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America’s Six Best Biking Bridges

As Isaac Newton once said, “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” This is especially true from a cyclist’s perspective. In stark contrast to the unpredictable nature of city streets, bridges offer a temporary moment of unhurried tranquility. A decision-free straight-shot, a bridge is where a biker can truly hone into the zen-like trance the sport provides with some fresh air and glorious views to boot. Here are the six best bridges to bike over in the country: 

Brooklyn Bridge

When it was completed in 1883, New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge was considered the eighth wonder of the world. Known for its innovative steel cable design and sweeping views of city skyscrapers lining the East River, it’s a rite of passage for any urban cyclist to cross this iconic arch on a bike. As of 2021, the city’s Department of Transportation unveiled a brand new dedicated cycling path, eliminating any potential interference from pedestrian traffic. For an in-depth overview and rundown of the bridge’s captivating history, be sure to sign up for Unlimited Biking’s Highlights of Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour.

Golden Gate Bridge

A true staple of American iconography, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge is the most photographed bridge in the world. Traversing its 1.7 mile bike path is more than just a convenient way to get to Sausalito. It’s a spine-tingling, endorphin-producing roller coaster ride of two-wheeled glory with unbeatable views of the city skyline, Marin County, Alcatraz Island, and the Pacific Ocean. Getting up close and personal with its trademark orange beams is a thrill on a self-guided journey, but for a more educational outing, check out Unlimited Biking’s Golden Gate Bridge Tour.  

Old Seven Mile Bridge 

Do crystal clear cerulean waters, a riveting history, and shark, stingray, and pelican sightings sound like your cup of tea? Pedal no further than the crown jewel of South Florida, the Old Seven Mile Bridge. A two hour drive from Unlimited Biking’s Miami Beach location, Old Seven Mile Bridge makes the perfect day trip for any cyclist looking to swap urban life for an aerial glide over The Florida Keys’ dazzling tropical wonderland. Unlike in 1994’s True Lies where Arnold Shwarzenegger obliterated the bridge, Old Seven Mile is fully operational 24/7/365. 

Long Beach International Gateway Bridge

If the stunning 30 mile coastal ride from Unlimited Biking’s Santa Monica location through picturesque Los Angeles County into Long Beach is a seven-course fine dining dinner, the Long Beach International Gateway Bridge would be its dessert. The only cable-stayed bridge in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the bridge provides unforgettable views of the San Pedro Bay, Port of Long Beach, Catalina Island, and city coastline. Traditionally an automotive bridge, the south edge’s bike path, named for local bicycle advocate Mark Bixby, opened on May 20th, 2023, and has been a beloved mainstay of the region ever since.

Coronado Bridge

364 days a year, San Diego’s Coronado Bridge is only for automobiles. However, the sheer beauty experienced by those who partake in the city’s annual Bike the Bay cycling event is enough to land this mesmerizing two mile aquatic skyway a spot on this list. Connecting San Diego with the peninsular resort city of Coronado, this ultra-elevated bridge offers dreamy views of the San Diego skyline and sailboats traversing serene SoCal waters. On a really clear day, you can see all the way to Mexico.

George Washington Bridge

The GW Bridge holds the title of world’s busiest bridge, with over 100 million vehicles crossing it each year. But from a cyclist’s perspective, it’s an untapped, wide open road that pales in comparison to the popularity of the six bridges along the East River. If unspoiled views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline weren’t enough, this mile-long stretch of car-free bliss connects the enchanting New Jersey coastal path to the postcard-worthy Hudson River Greenway, which is located mere minutes away from Unlimited Biking’s 56th Street location.

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