The term “bike-friendly city” is tossed around a lot these days, but San Francisco actually earns its label, unlike most others. This city is literally a cyclist’s dream, and although it may be hard to believe, it is about to get even better. Whether you ride for exercise, pleasure or environmental reasons, San Francisco gives you plenty of reasons to put on a helmet and start peddling. Are you wondering just how bike-friendly San Francisco really is? Well, to give you an idea, it ranks 8th in the list of the 50 Most Bike Friendly Cities!
$200 Million Bike Plan
Since 2010, the city has added 25 bike-parking corrals, 20 bike-lane miles and new traffic signals that offer right-of-way to riders. If bike enthusiasts are not already singing the praise of the city over these changes, now a $200 million bike plan has been proposed. This plan includes:
- More than 50 miles of current paths will be upgraded.
- Twelve miles of new bike lanes will be added.
- Twenty thousand bike racks will be installed.
- Bringing in 2,750 bikes to offer for grab-and-go sharing.
- Revamp 50 intersections to improve safety of riders.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency feels that the population in general is far too dependent on personal vehicle use. However, in all fairness, residents can’t be expected to adopt a more bike-friendly lifestyle if the environment doesn’t encourage it. This plan will solve these concerns.
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
Whether you bike to work every day or if you simply enjoy a casual ride on your weekend off, you will appreciate the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. This very unique organization is truly dedicated to making the city a safer place for cyclists. Their site offers everything from safety tips to maps to bike-related events throughout the city.
They will keep you up to speed on construction areas, rulings on proposed projects and available workshops. They even offer maps, locations that provide valet bike parking and places where you can rent a bike trailer.
It does not matter if you are new to the area or simply looking for a new place to explore, a ton of bike-friendly routes have been created by the San Francisco Bicycle Advisory Committee.
In addition to endless biking opportunities throughout the city, there are also a lot of places to explore throughout the many parks and secluded areas that will award you with unparalleled views you would not otherwise find.
For example, the San Francisco Bay Trail takes you around Sierra Point, beside yacht harbors, along Colma Creek, through Point San Bruno Park and then around Belle Air Island. If you are after a more challenging ride, North Beach offers a trail with steep hill climbs, but the murals of Coit Tower and views atop Telegraph Hill make all the hard work worth it. This is especially true the second time you go, because you actually know what beauty is waiting for you. Be sure to bring your camera or smartphone to capture some great pictures.
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