Facts about the Golden Gate Bridge

Today we would like to present you some interesting facts about one of the most famous bridges in the world – the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. It’s not a secret anymore, our new store in San Francisco is open and that’s why you should know a few interesting facts before you cycle the bridge. Let’s start.

1993 was the year in which the construction finally began: After a long time of setbacks and fundraising, Strauss and his team finally broke ground on the bridge on January 5, 1933. It was a big event with a parade to Crissy Field. At least 100,000 people attended the celebration.

And we also found out that the Golden Gate Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York have something in common. Its cables were made by the same company that built the Brooklyn Bridge. Strauss needed cables that would be strong enough to support the structure of the bridge and bend 27 feet laterally in the Gate’s high winds. So he turned to the experts: Roebling’s Sons Co. – they made the cables for the Brooklyn Bridge 52 years earlier and knew exactly what to do.

Safety was super important! Strauss spent a ton of money on safety. On average one person was killed per million dollar spent on a big project. But Strauss wanted to beat those numbers and wanted all workers to wear glare free goggles, use hand and face cream to protect the skin from the high winds and go on special diets that should fend off dizziness. They also installed a net under the bridge that cost $130,000. It helped to speed constructions and gave the workers a feeling of safety. The net was an awesome idea, it saved 19 men who otherwise would have plummeted into to water below.

The colors of the bridge should be original carbon gray, aluminium or black and the U.S. Navy wanted black with yellow stripes. But at the end Irving Morrow (Consulting architect and responsible for the bridge’s Art Deco look) didn’t want any of those colors. Of course, the bridge was instead painted international orange, because it fits in better with the surroundings and it offers excellent visibility in San Francisco’s legendary fog.

After 4 years of contractions the opening was big. The people celebrate it for a whole week. The Golden Gate Bridge Fiesta lasted from May 27 to June 2. Opening day was “Pedestrian Day” and 15,000 people an hour went through the turnstiles, each paying 25 cents to cross. Vendors set up along the roadway sold an estimated 50,000 Hot Dogs. At noon on May 28, FDR pressed a telegraph key in the White House that announced the bridge’s opening to the entire world, and at 3 p.m. a fleet of 42 Navy ships sailed under the bridge; the day was capped off by a fireworks display at 10 p.m.

And now the question is how much weighs such a bridge? When the bridge opened in 1937, the weight of the bridge along with its anchorages and approaches was 894, 500 tons. Re-decking in 1986 reduced the total weight to 887,000 tons.

Now you have all the background information and you’re ready to bike the Golden Gate Bridge with Unlimited Biking.

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Discover San Francisco Bay with Unlimited Biking!

San Francisco Bay with Unlimited Biking: Where to go? What to see?          La Baie de San Francisco avec Unlimited Biking : Où aller? Que voir?

San Francisco is the New York of the west coast, it can be difficult to navigate sometimes because the city is so huge. Here are some places you can visit by bike during your stay! Enjoy the ride! San Francisco est le New York de la côte ouest, il peut être parfois difficile de se retrouver dans la ville car elle est vraiment immense. Voici quelques endroits que vous pourrez visiter à vélo pendant votre séjour! Appréciez la balade!

To facilitate your stay here are places to see and visit by district or area:      Pour faciliter votre séjour, voici des endroits à voir et à visiter par district ou par région:

  • Golden Gate Bridge the most famous bridge in the world! Le pont le plus célèbre du monde !
  • Presidio a 1,500-acre park next to Golden Gate Bridge. Est un parc de 1 500 acres à côté du Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Sausalito former fisherman’s hamlet. Un ancien hameau de pêcheur.
  • Vista Point the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge! Les meilleures vues du Golden Gate Bridge !

  • Palace Of Fine Arts a monumental architecture constructed for the Panama-Pacific Exposition. Le palais a une architecture monumentale et fut construit pour l’exposition Panama-Pacific.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf one of the city’s busiest tourist areas with a lot of souvenir shops. Une des zones touristiques les plus fréquentées de la ville avec de nombreuses boutiques de souvenirs.
  • Ghirardelli Square is where you can find the famous Ghirardelli chocolate company. Vous y trouverez la célèbre boutique de chocolat Ghirardelli.
  • Lombard Street one of the most famous streets in San Francisco, it is known for its bends and the fact that the street is very steep! Une des rues les plus célèbres de San Francisco, elle est connue notamment pour ses virages et le fait que la rue soit très raide !
  • Alcatraz Island 1.25 miles offshore from the city, Alcatraz is the most known prison in the world. À 1,25 kilomètre au large de la ville, Alcatraz est la prison la plus connue du monde.

  • Transamerica Building the second-tallest skyscraper in San Francisco! Le deuxième plus grand gratte-ciel de San Francisco !
  • Jackson Square is one of San Francisco’s oldest historic districts. C’est l’un des plus anciens quartiers historiques de San Francisco !
  • Union Square is a public plaza in downtown San Francisco known for the central shopping, hotels and restaurants. Est une place publique du centre-ville de San Francisco connue pour ses boutiques, ses hôtels et ses restaurants.
  • Chinatown in San Francisco is one of the oldest Chinatowns in the U.S you can find there traditional eateries, herbalists, bakeries and souvenir shops. C’est l’un des plus anciens quartiers chinois des États-Unis. Vous y trouverez des restaurants traditionnels, des herboristes, des boulangeries et des boutiques de souvenirs.

  • Embarcadero with its iconic clock tower you can find there several waterfront attractions, piers offers ferries to Alcatraz Island, there is also restaurants and Bay Bridge views. Avec son emblématique tour, vous trouverez plusieurs attractions sur le front de mer, des quais proposant des ferries pour l’île d’Alcatraz, des restaurants et une vue impressionnante sur le Bay Bridge.
  • Rincon Park is a great place if you want to lay down in the grass along the promenade. You will also be able to admire the Cupid’s Span sculpture! C’est un endroit idéal si vous voulez vous allonger dans l’herbe le long de la promenade. Vous pourrez également admirer la sculpture Cupid’s Span !
  • Oakland Bay Bridge is the world’s widest bridge! Ce pont est le plus large du monde!
  • Coit Tower is a memorial for the volunteer firemen who had died in San Francisco’s five major fires. The tower is made of reinforced concrete and measure 210-foot. La tour est un mémorial pour les pompiers volontaires décédés dans les cinq principaux incendies de San Francisco. La tour est en béton armé et mesure 210 pieds.

  • Ocean beach is not far from the Golden Gate Park, the beach is located on the westside of San Francisco bordering the Pacific Ocean. Cette plage n’est pas loin du Golden Gate Park, elle est située à l’ouest de San Francisco, en bordure de l’océan Pacifique.
  • Sea Cliff this district is known for the amazing ocean views. Ce quartier est connu pour la vue imprenable sur l’océan.
  • Golden Gate Park is 20 percent larger than Central Park in New York. Ce parc est 20% plus grand que Central Park à New York.

  • Twin Peaks are a pair of 922-foot-high summits with a 360-degree views on San Francisco City. Sont une paire de collines de 922 pieds avec une vue à 360 degrés sur la ville de San Francisco !
  • Painted Ladies located at Steiner St this victorian houses are very famous for their colors and style! Situées à Steiner St, ces maisons victoriennes sont très célèbres pour leurs couleurs et leur style !

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THE GOOGLE SELF DRIVING BICYCLE!

Have you ever dreamed of having a bike that drives itself? Google did it … or not!

2018 Google Amsterdam posted a video about it, you can watch it here!

In this video you can see a self-driving bicycle which enables cyclists to do other things while they ride. The bicycle can also come to you directly thanks to an app. This technology looks really amazing! It’s really a great idea, no?

Sorry to tell you that but this video was totally fake! It was a Google prank for April Fools’ Day! But the next video is not a prank, this is a true self driving bike. Imagine this concept on a regular bicycle!

2019 BMW’s Self-driving bike at CES in LAS VEGAS! Watch it here!

This video is real and this is not a prank! BMW has really developed a bike that can drive by itself! It can make several turns, accelerate, brake just like a normal bike, but without a driver! This new technology is really very impressive and should allow motorcycle drivers to have less accidents. Imagine also that you are becoming a passenger on this motorcycle and not a driver anymore. You will also be able to control your bike from a distance and ask to the motorcycle to come to pick you up. The next step of this technology would be to adapt this to bicycle!

However when I saw this I wondered if the bike was well protected against hackers. With this type of connected and autonomous vehicle hackers can steal vehicles from a distance or even worse cause intentional accidents to kill targeted people.

Do you think that one day we will have self driving bikes? Would you like to have a bike that drives itself? Leave your opinion in the comments!

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