Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge
Why mess with the hassle of renting a bike in San Francisco when you can start your journey from Jack London Square? Start your self-guided bike tour of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge with a ferry ride right out Bay Area Bikes’ back door. Here’s the perfect day trip on bike; suitable for all abilities.
Pick up your bike at Jack London Square, take the ferry to Pier 41, ride through Fisherman’s Wharf, bike the Golden Gate Bridge, ride into quaint Sausalito, take the ferry back to San Francisco, visit the Ferry Building and a final ferry trip back to Oakland. Guests typically start their day on the 10:40 ferry and return on the 5:15 ferry, with plenty of time in between for lunch.
Board the ferry at Jack London Square, just a few hundred yards from Bay Area Bike Rentals (buy your tickets on board).
Suggested ferry times : 10:40, 12:30 (weekend schedule) See notes on ferry schedules below. Allow 30 minutes before launch to get your bike prepped.
You’ll be treated to a scenic ride through the Oakland estuary, across the San Francisco Bay to the city. Check out the new Bay Bridge and the home of the America’s Cup races on your way to Pier 41.
Watch (and listen) for the sea lions when you approach Pier 41, wander through Fisherman’s Wharf and continue to head down Beach Street to Aquatic Park (at Hyde Street). Ride through Aquatic Park passing in front of the Maritime Museum, following the bike path (and other bikers). At the north end of the parking lot, you’ll encounter a hill. Don’t worry, many people push their bikes up this hill. By whatever means you get to the top, be sure to stop and take a look out of the bay for one of the best views of the bridge.
Follow the path through the park, and down the hill to the right. Take it easy on the downhill, as it stops abruptly at a crowded walking/biking intersection at Fort Mason (typically a bit of gravel gets kicked up on the path). You’ll be riding on the sidewalk for half a block until you pick up the bike/walk path. This path will take you down Marine Dr, between the marina and some of the most beautiful homes in the city. Continue on this bike path along Chrissy Field, passing by the Presidio to your left, and head to Historic Fort Point.
Bike the Golden Gate Bridge
At Fort Point (a popular windsurfing area), follow the road to the left up to the Golden Gate Bridge and the Information center. Just follow the other cyclists and don’t be shy to ask how to get to the bridge. You’ll ride on the west side of the bridge for 1.7 miles; bikes only on this side. At the end of the bridge, there is a bike underpass that will take you to the other side and Vista Point. If you’re riding during the week, you’ll be on the east side of the bridge, which is shared with pedestrians. However you get there, you will be at THE prime photo spot!
Leaving Vista Point, you’ll be riding on the road down the hill to Sausalito. Just take it easy and know that there will be other cyclists on the same route and the cars are used to bikes on the road. When you get to the first stoplight on Bridgeway Ave, you’ll want to get off the bikes, lock them securely and take stroll around the village, stop for a coffee, lunch or ice cream.
The Sausalito Ferry dock is just off Bridgeway; check times when you arrive or here. You’ll take the ferry back to San Francisco’s Ferry Building. The Oakland ferry leaves from a different dock than the one you arrived at from Sausalito, and you’ll have just enough time to stroll through the Ferry Building. You can also take the ferry from Sausalito to Pier 41.
Remember, you’ll be in good biking company this entire route. You’ll see lots of folks on bikes taking the same route. They just may not have as big a smile as you, since they had to start and their day in a crowded city. When you get back to Jack London Square, you can take in the beauty of the Bay and the city lights while enjoying a cocktail and dinner from one of the fine Jack London Square establishments.
Oakland/SF round trip $12.50 ($7.00 junior) Sausalito /SF one way $9.75 ($4.75 junior)
Tickets are purchased on the boat and collected upon disembarkment
Links to Ferry Schedules: Be aware–times vary for weekend or weekday trips
San Francisco Bay Ferry: Oakland<>SF, Sausalito<>SF
Golden Gate Ferry: Sausalito<>SF