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I am going to San Francisco next week. Is it possible to rent a bike and go across the golden gate bridge?

If anyone knows how much it is to rent a bike in golden gate park please let me know. Also, let me know if there are any must-see places in the city that I should go to. I will be staying around fisherman's wharf. I would like to spend a couple days sight-seeing around there, then spend a couple days elsewhere around the city.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    You CAN rent a bike, right there, on Fisheman's Wharf, but I can't think of the name of the place.

    The Golden Gate Bridge will be a thrilling trek, but I will recommend something even more fun. While you are there, take a ferry ride, with the bicycle to Angel Island. It is a rather large island, bigger than Alcatraz, that is a Federal Park. There are no vehicles allowed, other than bikes. Among its features is a bike path that circles the island at an altitude of a couple of hundred feet.

    This path affords the most spectacular views of the entire San Francisco Bay. Bring your camera, because, within a few minutes riding time, you can capture the city's skyline, the Golden Gate, the Marin hills, the picturesque town of Tiburon, the spectacular Oakland hills, the Bay Bridge, and back, again to the City.

    It is also the sight of the West Coast's equivilant to New York's Ellis Island, where immigrants from Asia were processed before entering the country. Many of the barracks and other buildings are still in existance, and docent led tours tell of much of the rich history tied into the place.

    The island has hundreds of picnic spots, so bring a box lunch. There are very few facilities, if any to purchase food or drink, so, be prepared.

    Most of the path is relatively flat, except for the very first (and last) haul up the hill to the part that circles the island. There are signs advising people to walk thier bikes up and down this part.

    Back on the mainland, you can ride very comfortably all along the wharves and the Marina District, along the way to the Golden Gate. Another little attraction, on the way is the Exploratorium science museum inside the Palace of Fine Arts. Of course, you can visit all the touristy places, along the water front, including the tall wooden ships, a WWII submarine and Liberty Ship. You will pass the Presidio of San Francisco, (originally a Spanish military installation, later a US Army base), Fort Point, (a Civil War era fort, guarding the entrance to the bay) which is directly under the Golden Gate's south end.

    There will be a little climb up to the level of the highway leading to the bridge, but the rest will be smooth and easy. Good views of the city from the other end too.

    Another interesting bike destination will have you go along the ocean front, along the Great Highway, from the tip of the peninsula, past the Cliff House, the beach, the West end of Golden Gate Park, past the Zoo, and a gradual climb up to Fort Funston, a fantastic Hang Gliding site, where the flyers literally step off a 100 foot cliff, into headwinds that are directed straight up the cliff face. These guys get immediate lift and are soaring at eye level, within a dozen feet of those standing on the cliff. Amazing picture taking opportunities! There is even an observation deck built at the edge of the cliff.

    Go online and pick up some borchures and maps. You may also find plenty of discount coupons for many attractions. There is no way you cannot have fun. San Francisco is one of those places that is extremely photogenic, rain or shine.

    Have Fun!

  • 1 decade ago

    I've often seen bikes at a place in the Fisherman's Wharf area. It's about half-a-block up the hill from the Cannery and the Hyde & Beach cable car terminal. That means it'son Hyde between beach and North Point. I've also seen bikes across from the Panhandle a block or two below the end of Haight Street. I've never rented a bike, so I don't know the price. I think some work is being done on the Golden Gate Bridge, so you may not be able to ride across it.

  • 1 decade ago

    You can rent a bike from

    http://www.blazingsaddles.com/

    Also there are a number of bike rental shops on Stanyan St. facing GG park.

    Try to visit the fort under the Golden gate bridge.They had a bike route there all the way upto Sausalito. Also check out Union Square, haight Ashbury, Golden Gate Park and across the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin headlands as well.

  • 1 decade ago

    You can cross the bridge on bike but notice the following.

    Bike/Pedestrian Path under south end of Bridge Closed Intermittently through the End of 2006

    The bicycle and pedestrian path under the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco side) that connects the Bay Ridge Coastal Trail with the east and west sidewalks of the Bridge and with a portion of Battery East Road will be closed INTERMITTENTLY, Monday-Friday between the hours of 7 am and 3:30 pm through the end of 2006. The closure is to accommodate seismic retrofit work on the Golden Gate Bridge. The pathway will be OPEN to bicyclists AFTER 3:30 pm for access to the west sidewalk. When closed, detour signs will be posted to direct bicyclists and pedestrians to use a route through the parking areas and tunnel under the Toll Plaza and Highway 101 to connect to Battery East Road or Lincoln Boulevard. Bicyclists should walk their bikes through the tunnel under the Bridge when the path is closed.

    Potential Detour on North Side of Bridge

    The portion of Conzelman Road below the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge is open to bicycle and pedestrian traffic. However, this will be closed, in the event the Department of Homeland Security raises the security to "orange" or "red." If closed, use Alexander Avenue to access Fort Baker, Discovery Museum and Sausalito.

  • 1 decade ago

    yes it is

    if you want to do that, you should be on the san francisco side rather than the marin side (i haven't seen anywhere to rent bikes on the marin side)

    on the marin side, you can bike around the old forts - it's very beautiful

    EDIT:

    other great places to go in the city are the haight/ashbury district, powell street (this is where all the nice stores are), the embarcadero is a good walk (about 40 piers worth), lombard street (the most crooked street in the world - but this, you must drive down, walking is straight up and down, not crooked) - also, if you would like an excursion out of the city - you can take BART to downtown berkeley and see UC berkeley and telegraph ave. (they're the same place)

    hope that helps!

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