With its iconic, steep hills, you might not think of San Francisco as being a bike-friendly city. But the City by the Bay actually has an extensive bicycling network that can be ridden for both utilitarian and recreation purposes. Some of the routes and trails are even located just minutes from our UDR San Francisco luxury apartment communities, allowing residents easy access to countless miles of two-wheeled transportation. Here are three favorites.
1. Angel Island. A short ferry ride from San Francisco takes you to an easy 5-½ mile ride on the aptly named Perimeter Road on Angel Island. Perfect for riders of all ages and fitness levels, Angel Island offers spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands and other landmarks. No cars are allowed on Angel Island, making a ride here even more pleasant. Many cyclists pack lunches and take a break in one of the many picturesque picnic spots along the ride, while others grab some fresh fare from Angel Island Café. The ride can be extended by taking any number of easy side trips to:
- Battery Ledyard
- Camp Reynolds
- Immigration Station
- East Garrison
- North Garrison
- Perles Beach
- Quarry Beach
2. Braille Trail. Located in the Soquel Demonstration Forest, this is arguably one of the most popular mountain bike rides in the Bay Area. The challenging single-track is approximately 13 miles long and contains a number of ladders, bridges, jumps and drops for experienced riders, but bypass access is available for those who are still gaining confidence. Click here for more detailed information.
3. San Francisco to Sausalito. It may be littered with tourists, but this iconic bike ride is still a local favorite. There are a number of different starting points, with most riders starting at the Golden Gate Promenade for an 8 mile ride or from Fort Mason to shorten the ride to 7 miles. Either way, the views from the bridge are breathtaking. Once in Sausalito, grab a bite to eat or cool off with an ice cream cone before heading back to town on the ferry.
These are just of few of the many bike rides in the city. For dozens more, check out The Best Bike Rides in San Francisco by Wayne D. Cottrell.
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