San Francisco: Tips to cycle in San Fran

San Francisco is home to a little bit of everything. Whether you’re a first time visitor or a long-time local, San Francisco’s Golden Gates welcome all. The best way to see San Francisco’s best side is to use a bike. Truly. With the huge bike culture and bike lances criss-crossing every neighborhood, it’s by far the greatest and most fun way to commute. And now you get all the tips you should know before biking in SF.

First of all you should definitely know the rules on the road. Stop at stop signs and lights, yield to pedestrians, front and rear lights required at night, sidewalks are for pedestrians and kids on bikes and you can ride in the middle of a lane if you need to.

A good lock is everything. If you’d like to discover SF with your bike you really need a good bike lock, because bike theft is prevalent in SF. Cut down your chances by getting a solid U-lock. And don’t forget: Always lock your bike to the frame, not to the wheel. Nothing worse than seeing a well-locked wheel sitting frameless on the sidewalk.

Be Mindful. Locals love that visitor appreciate the City by the Bay and all its various delights. But local cyclists, don’t love the fact that tourists on the bikes are often guilty of stopping in the bike lanes to snap photos. Especially around popular spots like the Golden Gate Bridge. So always remember to pull aside and stay right if you’re on a sightseeing ride and want to take pictures. Don’t stop too abrupt.

Let’s talk about public transport. All riders can bring their bikes on the MUNI buses, BART subway trains and Caltrains. Bikes are not allowed on the MUNI Light Rail, the historic streetcars or the cable cars.

The helmet discussion. Based on the slogan “helmet hair, don’t care!” you should always wear a helmet. While California laws mandate that only people under 18 must wear a helmet at all times, it is highly recommended that every rider does.

Now you know all the tips. And with a little pre-ride planning and attention to basic rules, cycling in San Francisco can be the best way to explore this beautiful city with its iconic spots! 

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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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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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