Cycle your way around San Francisco. Bicycles give you the freedom to see more, stay fit and explore hidden corners of the city that you just won't see from a bus or trolley. Bike on your own or as part of a tour, or do a little of both. We'll review some of our fave bicycle activities below.
Although it certainly has its hills, much of the city is easy cycling territory. San Francisco is a compact city and perfect to explore on bicycle. Since 2006, San Francisco's bicycle traffic has increased by 100%, thanks largely to the introduction of an extensive system of dedicated bike lanes.
On this gentle, 5-hour bike tour, explore the city's famous and lesser-known neighborhoods — the Mission, the Castro, Civic Center, Haight-Ashbury, the Painted Ladies of Alamo Square.
The pace is leisurely and follows a safe route that avoids the city's steepest hills. Riding in tandem with your guide, pedal through the eclectic locales — the Panhandle, NoPa (North of the Panhandle), SoMa (South of Market), Golden Gate Park and the Lower Haight, stopping to rest and take photos. There's also time to break for lunch at a local cafe, taqueria or food truck. Numbers are limited to nine people, ensuring a small-group experience.
Cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge on a 3-hour bike tour that explores the city from Fisherman's Wharf, Aquatic Park Cove, and Fort Mason Center to Crissy Field.
Led by a local guide, this popular bike tour is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. The route follows flat land as you explore along the scenic waterfront before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. As you head towards the bridge, you pedal towards the Marina Green and enjoy the scenic panorama — the Palace of Fine Arts, Angel Island and views of Alcatraz. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge, which now features a wide lane for bicycles. At Vista Point, on the far side of the bridge, you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the city skyline.
At the end of the guided portion of the tour you're free to continue your biking adventure for the rest of the day. Your guide equips you with a cycling map to help guide you around the city and nearby coastal areas, including Sausalito. For a more challenging bike ride, head up to the Marin Headlands. Use a ferry ticket for your return from Sausalito. Back in the city you can use the map and continue to explore the city.
This is not your normal bike tour! Enjoy a leisurely bike ride through San Francisco's vibrant neighborhoods and visit three popular local breweries & bars to sample craft beer.
Meet your guide and the small group near AT&T Park in SoMa to get fitted to your bike and begin your tour. Cycle through the Mission District and Haight Ashbury, where you'll visit the best of local bars and breweries — 21st Amendment, Thirsty Bear Brewing, Southern Pacific Brewing Company, Zeitgeist, or Magnolia Brew Pub. Finish off your ride with a loop through Union Square and along the Embarcadero.
Another good biking option is to explore the city at your own pace, and stop as often as you want, on an independent bike tour. Visit Fisherman's Wharf, Haight-Ashbury, the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street and Chinatown.
You can rent a regular bike or an electric bike (now we're talking!) and enjoy the freedom to create your own itinerary. With an easy-to-use electric bike you'll see more of the city in a fraction of the time, and make those hills just a little easier to climb. Bike rental is valid for a full-day, and both types of bikes are equipped with a storage bag, bell, water cage and bike rack.
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