Active City Spotlight: San Francisco

Your Guide to Running, Cycling, Hiking and Getting Active in the Bay Area


Places to Ride

Leave the south side of the Golden Gate Bridge, cross the bridge, and explore Marin County, away from the urban hustle and bustle. From there, there are endless possibilities. If you want some hills, try the Hawk Hill route up Conzelman Road in Golden Gate National Recreation Area—a tough climb, a view that's worth it and a descent that's breathtaking.

Other routes include:

  • Presidio: If you're looking to stay in the city, the Presido just south of Golden Gate Bridge has plenty of roads and trails for more casual bike riding.
  • Golden Gate Park: The east side of JFK Drive is closed to cars every Sunday, making for a great bike route.

Events to Remember

The Marin Century takes place in August with rides of 30, 60, 95, 100, 135 and 200 miles. It's a popular event for cyclists.

Other rides include:

Stores to Check Out

Bespoke Cycles in downtown (2843 Clay Street) is a great store for serious cyclists.

Other shops to check out:

  • The Freewheel, 1920 Hayes and 914 Valencia
  • City Cycle, 3001 Steiner Street

One Last Tip

Need a quick fix, or just want to learn more about bike repair? Check out the non-profit Bike Kitchen in the Mission neighborhood. Pay a $5 day-use fee and get access to the shop's tools and volunteer mechanics.

More: Packing Tips for Traveling With a Bike

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