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26 Places Where Kids Can Ride Scooters

Wondering where your little one can ride a scooter around Oakland? I have unwittingly become an expert. Two scooters and two helmets are permanently in my trunk. My scooting squad is ready for adventure wherever we happen to go. I love scooting for my kids because it is a super-easy way to get outside, learn balance, and stay active.

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3 miles of scooting trails at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park | Photo: Julia Gidwani

We’ve had to get resourceful to find new places to scoot. We can only scoot around our hilly neighborhood so many times. Thus I’ve rounded up all the best places I’ve found in East Bay to take younger kids scooting. Let us know what places I’ve missed in the comments, and let’s get rollin’!

Oakland (and Piedmont) Places I Love to Scooter with Little Ones

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Scooting the Bay Bridge Trail | Photo: Julia Gidwani
  • Middle Harbor Shoreline Park: In addition to the 3 miles of paved trails, this park is full of gigantic fun.
  • Chabot Space & Science upper parking lot deck: Though Chabot Science Center is temporarily closed (opening again in November!), the parking lot is not and is often empty.
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Those little pink and red dots are my daughters zooming by on their scooters in the Chabot Space & Science parking lot | Photo: Julia Gidwani
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Scooting Jack London Square | Photo: Anna Azimi
  • Dracena Quarry: This Piedmont park has a great little enclosed loop that’s ideal for younger kids scooting. There’s also a fun playground for when they get tired of scooting.
  • Dimond Park: A terrific park with playgrounds, creeks for stomping, and paths to scooter (at least a little hilly).
  • Brooklyn Basin: This waterfront spot has mixed-use paths, grassy areas for rolling around, great food options, and the best sunsets.
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People of all ages and abilities skate and scooter along the wide path at Brooklyn Basin | Photo: Nick Williams

Berkeley & Albany Scooter Riding Spots

  • Aquatic Park: Bring along your scooters when you visit Dream Land at Aquatic Park and scoot along the waterfront and watch the Frisbee golfers and trains.
  • Cal campus: We like to park by the BAMPFA building, there is a slight uphill into campus which takes bit of encouraging (or physically pushing) little kids to cover the distance. We endure the uphill nudge because both my daughters love bombing it down the hills on the way back to the car (sometimes I actually hold on to my two-year old’s dress to slow her down on our return).

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    Explore Cal on wheels – it’s big, and little feet get tired quick. | Photo: Anna Azimi
  • Jewel’s Terrace Park: There’s a nice little loop around the grassy field that’s fun for little kids.
  • Memorial Park: Scoot your way all the way around Albany High school on the path that goes past the tennis courts and baseball field.
  • Ohlone bike path: This path is a local favorite extending from Berkeley into Albany right under the BART tracks. Watch out for fast bikers.

Alameda kid-friendly paths

  • Old Alameda Point: We like to park at Encinal Beach and scoot to the USS Hornet to get right up close to the massive ship.
  • Krusi Park: Fun playground attached to wide, paved trails for scooters and bikes.
  • Jean Sweeney Open Space: The newly paved trail is definitely one of our favorite spots. Bonus: they have hand sanitizer stations installed throughout the pathways and a dirt trail for running alongside kiddos.
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Jean Sweeney in Alameda is one of our favorite places to scoot | Photo: Julia Gidwani

Richmond Paved Trails and Lots

  • Miller/Knox parking lot: This lot is generally always empty and is 510 Families contributor Julie’s favorite spot to take her four kids for a supervised scooter ride. Pro tip: Bring a kite or plan to go to nearby Keller Beach or to visit the fairy houses if there’s time.
  • Barbara and Jay Vincent Park: This park is not only great for scooting, but also has lots of grassy or areas to pop off and play in sand or eat snacks. The trail can be a bit narrow in parts and heavily trafficked on the weekends, so plan to arrive early. Parent warning: Many cyclists tend to blast by at high speeds near the waterways, and not account for unpredictable movements of toddlers on scooters.
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Scooting all the gorgeous trails in Richmond | Photo: Julia Gidwani

El Cerrito Scootering Spots

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Not even the rain can stop this toddler on a scooter. | Photo: Kat Choi

Even More East Bay Scootering Paths and Places

  • Castro Valley: Lake Chabot Regional Park is best for little scooter riders on weekday mornings.
  • Concord to Pleasanton: the 33 paved mixed-use miles of the Iron Horse Trail has bikes and horses along with runners and mini scooters, so please stay to the right.
  • Lafayette: Lafayette Reservoir has a flat walking path that is good for young ones on scooters. Watch out for sidewalk cracks.
  • Orinda: Orinda Community Park: has a nice paved loop inside a fenced area.
  • San Leandro: Marina Park has ample space to scoot and social distance.
  • Walnut Creek: Heather Farms has a nice loop around the pond.

If your kids are older, there are some local skate parks for more advanced scootering. Piedmont’s local skate park is also now open, with special/reduced hours.

Favorite San Francisco Scooter Spots

  • Golden Gate Park: look for closed off roadways throughout the park, offering plenty of space to distance and scoot freely.
  • Upper Great Highway: we love the closed section of the 1 (only weekends now), next to Ocean Beach. Take in the view, and all the fresh ocean breeze.
  • Crissy Field: miles of nicely maintained, paved trails with access to beach and grassy areas. This trip always gets sandy, but is very much worth the drive across the bridge. Many dog walkers and dogs off-leash though, FYI.
  • Embarcadero: we like to take the first exit off the Bay Bridge and head on over to the Embarcadero shoreline for a change of scenery every now and then.

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    Scooting SF | Photo: Julia Gidwani

Our favorite scooters are Micro Kickboards. They are a bit on the more expensive side, but as far as I can tell they hold their resale value when my girl gang eventually grows out of them. Plus we’ve been using the Micro Mini for 3+ years now with no signs of it giving up anytime soon.

If I were a Spice Girl, I would (currently) be Sporty Spice. I wear running shoes pretty much every day, to keep up with my girls and especially if we’re going for a longer distance. I’m happy running alongside them, but if you’re not into running, consider bringing along your very own scooter, skateboard or bike for the trails.

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