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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Best bike routes in San Francisco!

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You just have arrived in San Francisco and you want to visit this beautiful city quickly and efficiently while doing a sporting activity? We have the solution for you: Unlimited Biking! Are you ready to discover the Bay of San Francisco by bike? Hold your handlebars with both hands and let’s go discover the city and its surroundings! Here are some of the best spots in San Francisco Bay to discover by bike!

  1. Golden Gate Park (10 mile / 2 to 3 hours) : Golden Gate Park is a green space measuring approximately 3 mile by 0.5 mile, located in San Francisco not far from the Golden Gate Bridge. In terms of size it looks like Central Park. It is the 3rd most visited public park in the United States. You can find the best spots to visit below. So read on!
  • The de Young Museum, is a fine arts museum located in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
  • California Academy of Sciences is a research institute and natural history museum. Among the largest natural history museums in the world, it houses more than 26 million specimens.
  • Conservatory of Flowers, the Victorian-era glass greenhouse at Golden Gate Park has more than 2,000 species of plants and flowers.
  • San Francisco Botanical Garden, with its 22.3 ha, the garden contains nearly 9,000 types of plants from all over the world with particular attention to Magnolia, palm trees and plants from Central America, South America and Southeast Asia.
  • Japanese Tea Garden, is a popular place in Golden Gate Park, originally built as part of a major world exhibition, the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894.
  • Stow Lake, is an artificial lake built in Golden Gate Park. This charming little lake, with its pedal boats, waterfall and Chinese pavilion, is one of the residents’ favourite places.
  • National Aids Memorial Grove, is a dedicated place for the millions of Americans directly or indirectly affected by AIDS, they can come together to heal, hope and remember.
  • Buffalo Paddock, is a place where there is a herd of American bison
  • Beach Chalet, is an historic building in Golden Gate Park with ocean views and an american cuisine.
  • Strawberry Hill, the hill occupies an entire island in the artificial lake Stow and is connected by two bridges.
  • Speedway (Hellman Hollow) and Lindley Meadows, is a charming place perfect for picnics and enjoying the landscape.
  • Spreckels Lake, is an artificial reservoir located behind an earth dam and a pavilion located north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
  • Music Concourse, is an open-air square with an oval-shaped hall where there are usually theatrical performances and concerts.
  • Dutch and Murphy Windmills, are two historic windmills

If you want to discover the park in is totality and explore the different important places, cycling is the best choice!

2. Tilden Regional Park (5-10 mile / 2 to 3 hours): is a 2078 acres regional park located in East Bay, in the San Francisco Bay area near Berkeley. The park has several bike paths and is perfect for moderate speed rides!

3. Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito (8 mile / 2 hours): Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito to enjoy the view of the bay and its surroundings. On the bridge, remain vigilant as you share your track with pedestrians. On the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, stop at Vista Point to capture the bridge and the San Francisco skyline as a backdrop. Then go down to Sausalito, a former fishing village renowned for its floating houses!

4. Fisherman’s Wharf to Golden Gate Park (7 mile / 2 hours): Departure from the piers in the north of the city to the west towards Golden Gate Park. Thanks to this tour you will discover many famous places in town such as the Presidio, the Marina District, Fisherman’s Wharf and the magnificent Golden Gate Park. This moderate bike ride will take you from the city and its buildings to the park and its green nature!

5. Union Square to Golden Gate Bridge (5 mile / 1 to 2 hours): You will leave Union Square and get closer to the famous Golden Gate Bridge on your bikes. On the way you can admire the northern part of the city and its various piers and monuments such as Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, Crissy Fields, the Presidio and finally the Golden Gate Bridge and its architecture that defies gravity!

6. Union Square to Sausalito (10 mile / 2 to 3 hours): From the very modern city centre of San Francisco to the former fishing village of Sausalito, this dynamic cycling tour will take you across the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. You will also discover during this tour several places well known of the inhabitants such as Chinatown, Coit Tower, Fisherman’s Wharf, Maritime National Historical Park, Alcatraz Island, the Palace of fine arts theatre, Crissy Field and its impressive view on the Golden Gate Bridge, Torpedo Wharf, Presidio, the vistas points which is on both sides of the bridge as well as Sausalito its view and the floating houses. This tour is one of the longest but also one of the most interesting to do!

7. Union Square to Golden Gate Park (5 mile / 1 to 2 hours): This bike ride will guide you from downtown San Francisco to the sumptuous Golden Gate Park. You will pass by the Cable Car Terminal, San Francisco City Hall, Golden Gate Avenue, and the famous Painted Ladies!

8. San Francisco Zoo to Lands End Park Trail (5 mile / 1 to 2 hours): To pedal while breathing the iodized air of the Pacific Ocean, without ever losing sight of the waves from the beginning to the end of the ride. Start from the San Francisco Zoo and follow the beach on the bike path. The road is flat until Balbao Street. Then you have 1 mile to go to Lands End Park with, below, the ruins of the Sutro Baths, the largest aquatic complex of the late 19th century. You will then arrive at the USS San Francisco Memorial, then Eastern Coastal Trail Overlook, and finally Lands End!

9. Alamo Square to Ocean Beach (5 mile / 1 to 2 hours): To the ocean! This bike ride past the famous Painted Ladies of San Francisco and across the Golden Gate will guide you straight to the Pacific Ocean and the fine sand of Ocean Beach!

10. Union Square to Twin Peaks (5 mile / 1 to 2 hours): The bike ride starts in the center of San Francisco to the Twin Peaks Hills, it is a short but intense ride as it takes you to the 918 feet high peak. This is one of the bike tours, which should be definitely not missed because the Twin Peaks offers a 360-degree view of all the city’s neighborhoods from above. Day or night, it is an impressive landscape that will enchant you!

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