Guide to Biking in San Francisco



If you’ve ever wondered how this famously hilly city consistently ends up on lists of most bikeable cities, look no further than its network of low ground-seeking bike lanes and paths.

The city’s most scenic bike route also follows this pattern, tracing the shoreline along the Embarcadero for just over two miles. Not only does this path circumscribe a generous portion of the city, but it showcases the best of San Francisco. You’ll pass Fisherman’s Wharf, the sea lions at Pier 39, and Telegraph Hill, all while taking in gorgeous views of the bay.

Wanderu, a ground travel meta-search website, just published a comprehensive guide to biking in San Francisco, featuring an infographic with info on bike lanes, rental prices and public transit lines that allow bikes on board.

There are a total of 222 bike lane miles in the City by the Bay. About 80 percent of public transit lines accept bikes on road. When you add the fact that the weather is almost always around 70F, commuting to work with anything but a bike begins to sound unreasonable.

The average price of renting a bike in San Francisco is $33 a day. If this is too much, you can use the Grab-and-Go Bike Service. There are 37 bike docking stations operated by Bay Area Bike Share. This is a great option if you’re looking to explore the downtown neighborhoods and if you want to make shorter trips rather than one long one. You’ll need to purchase a 24-hour membership ($9), a 3-day pass ($22), or an annual membership ($88).

The most Instagram-worthy bike path is 16.6 miles and will take you through Sea Cliff, Presidio, The Palace of Fine Arts, Painted Ladies in Alamo Square Park, and Golden Gate Park.

You can also go on the Foodie’s Adventure, a San Francisco Biking & Eating Tour. The 12-mile route includes the Mission District, the Golden Gate Park, Painted Ladies, and Inner Richmond.

More readings:

Best City Bike Paths in the U.S.

8 of the Most Common Cycling Injuries and How to Prevent Them

Best Cycling Trips in U.S. and Canada