If you love surprises and enjoying life in the slow lane, Emeryville seems to inspire joy with sculpture and other art as part of daily life as you ride your bicycle around the shoreline community. Art stands life-size or larger than. Playful larger-than-life figures frolic under the overpass across Powell Street which leads to the Emeryville Marina and Emery Cove dockominiums. One wields a paint brush, a child and dog scamper, another bikes. Spotlights shine on each figure after dark and the whole area under the bridge looks like a park, clean and cheerful. The other side opens to the gleaming lights of the Bay Bridge masterpiece and the Port of Oakland's iconic cranes.
Check out Emeryville's official art walks here.
Public art bike map here.
Emeryville spans only two square miles yet more than 10,000 call it home, some of whom live aboard boats in the two marinas.
Life size bright orange bicycle sculptures actually serve as bike racks at Emery Bay Public Market.
Heading across the parking lot to the elevator towers and the walkway over the Amtrak railroad, the elevator doors welcome travelers with the hand-painted tiles of children arranged into a mosaic or quilt of tiles. The station itself looks inviting with high ceilings and lots of windows making the station bright and airy as well as immaculate with clean restrooms and a little cafe.
Just riding through the red brick office structures near Amtrak, one finds a bronze life-size horse and rider in the grass, the figures gleaming in the afternoon sun.
How else to get there besides train and bicycle? The Emery-Go-Round shuttle provides free rides from the MacArthur BART station as far to the shoreline as the condominium complex and the marinas, among other destinations. The shuttles take two bikes at a time just like AC Transit.
The Westgate Market on Powell near the Emery Cove Marina, with the market's deli, is reknowned at the marina for it's sandwiches. There's nothing better than a whole roastbeef sandwich with cheddar on a Dutch Crunch Roll except two halves of a roastbeef sandwich with cheddar on a Dutch Crunch roll.
Meanwhile. The Bay Trail section leading across the new Bay Bridge toward Treasure Island stays open all week. The ride will go to Treasure Island by the summer of 2015. Currently the ride stops near the dismantled part of the old Bay Bridge and it's a great photo op. The entrance to the four mile ride starts near Ikea, near the Emery-Go-Round stop for the Bay Street mall that heads back to MacArthur BART on the shoreline side of the street.