San Francisco is consistently voted as one of the country’s most bike-friendly cities, with a strong cycling infrastructure and spectacular rides within easy reach. And thanks to the increase in popularity of bike commuting and the efforts of advocacy groups like the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, biking is better than ever these days. Like everything else here, San Francisco cyclists have a unique flavor, from tattooed hipsters cruising around on fixies to hard-core cyclists through the Marin Headlands.
For getting around in the city, check out the Wiggle, a stretch one-mile stretch (indicated by green paint) that zigzags around the city’s hills between Duboce Triangle and Golden Gate Park. On Sundays, take advantage of the less-trafficked Golden Gate Park, thanks to a city closure of the eastern half of JFK Drive. The first Friday of every month, join the rolling spectacle that is Bike Party, a rolling costumed party that makes its way across the city. Or take a city tour on the 49-Mile Ride. For some truly epic rides, head out to the Marin Headlands for quad-burning climbs up Mt. Tam, spectacular routes through coastal towns like Sausalito and Tiburon, and motorists who are (mostly) respectful of cyclists.
Groups: San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Friends of Marin
Races/Events: Levi’s Grand Fondo; Save Mount Diablo Challenge; Sea Otter Classic
Retailers: Roaring Mouse Cycles, Mike’s Bikes; Valencia Cyclery