We’ve recently had my husband’s mum out to stay with us for a couple of weeks and one of the places she wanted to visit was San Francisco. We’ve been a couple of times already and I’ve written about it here and here so I won’t repeat myself!
When we visited San Francisco the first time we came to California about 6 years ago (and before I was writing this blog) we did most of the usual tourist things to do in SF, including cycling over the Golden Gate Bridge. We didn’t mind doing it again though so we got a Groupon deal for cycle hire and picked the bikes up near Fishermans Wharf. We used Bay City Bike this time but we’ve also used Blazing Saddles before, both were great and give you everything you need (bike, helmet, lock and map). Definitely do check groupon though as you can usually find a deal on there.
The standard ‘bike the bridge’ route is to start around the wharf area, cycle along the waterfront, up and over the bridge then down to Sausalito, a picturesque seaside town on the other side of the bay. It’s about an 8 mile trip in total. Most people then get on a ferry at Sausalito with their bike and head back across the bay. It’s a well trodden path and there are lots of bike rental companies all around the Fishermans Wharf area, and lots of people cycling the route, even on a chilly November day!
If your visiting San Francisco for the first time, cycling over the Golden Gate Bridge is probably high up on your list of your things to do. It definitely is a fun activity and a bit of a different way to see some of the city. It’s nice when you’re spending time in a city to get active and this is a great way to do it. This is a pretty easy route with only a couple of short hills, so don’t worry if you haven’t been on a bike for years, it’s not that tough. For more ideas of things to do in SF, check out my post on my Top Ten San Francisco.