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August 1, 2017

Your Guide To Biking In San Francisco

image via: sf.curbed.com

San Francisco is a city bustling with activity. From the wharf to Chinatown, there are always people moving and shaking in the City by the Bay, which is why it can be such a great place for bikers. However, all that activity can also be dangerous, so it’s crucial that you know what you’re getting into before you start riding in the city limits. As such, we’re going to show you how to make ‘Frisco a biker’s paradise. Pack up your 3-speed beach cruiser and let’s hit the streets!

Know the Rules
As with most metropolitan areas, San Francisco allows bikes to travel in the middle of the car lane, assuming that there is not a designated bike lane on the side. However, one thing to remember is that it is illegal to ride on the sidewalk unless you are younger than 13.

Watch Out for Public Transportation
Considering that there are cars, trolleys, and buses that traverse the streets of San Francisco, that doesn’t leave a lot of room for bicycles. As such, you have to be hyper-aware of your surroundings, particularly when turning.

Fortunately, most of the bus and trolley lines allow bikes on board, so you can feel free to take a break and hitch a ride.

Be Careful on the Hills
One of the defining characteristics of San Francisco is that it has a lot of steep streets, meaning that it can be a tremendous workout trying to make your way up. Going down isn’t much better, though, because you have to manage your brakes the whole time, lest you lose control.

Overall, stick to the outer edges of the city or plan your route so that you can minimize the amount of hills you’ll encounter.

Lock Your Bicycle
Even if you are popping in somewhere for just a few minutes, it’s more than enough time for thieves to make off with your brand-new hybrid bike. There are a lot of homeless in the city (particularly near the tourist areas), so be vigilant.

Even with these obstacles, riding in San Francisco can be a rewarding experience, thanks to the rich environment and beautiful scenery. Have a great ride!


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