Today’s Headlines

  • SFMTA, Muni Operators Reportedly Close to an Agreement (SF Gate)
  • GG Bridge’s Western Sidewalk Shuts Down for Repairs (SF Examiner, Marin IJ)
  • The “New Politics of Dense Development” in San Francisco (SF Examiner)
  • Spanish HSR Officials Visiting California This Week (SF Gate, SF Examiner)
  • Bicyclist Killed by Driver in Visalia in the Central Valley (Visalia Times-Delta)
  • 31-year-old Man Killed While Crossing San Tomas Expressway (Mercury News)
  • SF Streets Bond Has Early Approval, According to New Poll (City Insider)
  • SF School Bus Driver Marks 40 Years on the Job (SF Gate)
  • Real Time Bus Tracking Info, NexTrip, Comes to Los Angeles (LA Times)
  • Marin Transpo. Authority to Decide SMART Funding Thurs. (Marin IJ, Press Democrat)
  • Plan to Extend the Vine Trail Through the Napa Valley (Napa Register)

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  • So this last weekend my husband and I finally did the tourist thing and rode our bikes to Sausalito and took the ferry back to the city. (We had no idea the western sidewalk was going to be closed for four months and that we just squeaked this ride in.) It was Sunday morning, the weather was gorgeous–sunny, somewhat cool, no wind. Once we got to Crissy Field we were able to be on bike paths or bike lanes the whole way except for a short stretch just beyond the Warming Hut, and then on the Sausalito side the last stretch down the hill on Alexander Ave.

    We left early (got to the bridge around 8:30) so we didn’t have to compete with hordes of lycra-clad cyclists, although we did see a lot of these later as we ate breakfast in Sausalito. Going early also meant that the stretches of road we were obliged to share with cars had few of them, reducing fumes, noise and just generally making the whole trip more pleasant.

    This truly has to be one of the most spectacular bike rides on the planet. The views the entire way were stunning, and the ride across the bridge itself, looking out (with no obstructions) at the ocean and the Marin headlands is unmatched. (At least I can’t think of anywhere I’ve ever been that is quite like it. Very different from driving across the bridge in a car!)

    We were pleasantly surprised that we could use our Clipper cards on the ferry back to the city for quite a reduced rate, and the ferry ride offers more superlative views of Alcatraz and the city. I have to say I found getting my bike up the flight of steep stairs on the ferry a bit challenging even though one of the guys helped me push it up the ramp. Other than that, the hardest hill was getting from Castro/Noe Valley to the Presidio gate. The other two hills (from the Warming Hut to the bridge, and then after the Bay Area Discover Museum linking to Alexander Ave) weren’t bad at all. We took the ferry to the ferry building rather than pier 41, shortening the return ride home by a couple miles and avoiding tourist pandemonium. And of course, by taking the ferry back, we avoided two big hills on the return trip. A bit lazy maybe, but the whole morning was 22 miles, a big biking day for me.

    The first ferry back to the city wasn’t until 11:20, so we rode north from Sausalito a bit on the main (mercifully flat) road out of town, eventually hitting the bike path that goes through the wetlands.  Very heavily used, but we did get to see egrets and other waterfowl. In and around Sausalito we saw quite a few tourists on rental bikes. Interestingly, we saw two sets of tourists on electric-assist rental bikes. Hadn’t expected that.

    I have no idea how they are going to fit both pedestrians and bicycles on just one half of the bridge. If you do this ride, go early is my advice, or be prepared to cover that section of the ride slowly.

  • So this last weekend my husband and I finally did the tourist thing and rode our bikes to Sausalito and took the ferry back to the city. (We had no idea the western sidewalk was going to be closed for four months and that we just squeaked this ride in.) It was Sunday morning, the weather was gorgeous–sunny, somewhat cool, no wind. Once we got to Crissy Field we were able to be on bike paths or bike lanes the whole way except for a short stretch just beyond the Warming Hut, and then on the Sausalito side the last stretch down the hill on Alexander Ave.

    We left early (got to the bridge around 8:30) so we didn’t have to compete with hordes of lycra-clad cyclists, although we did see a lot of these later as we ate breakfast in Sausalito. Going early also meant that the stretches of road we were obliged to share with cars had few of them, reducing fumes, noise and just generally making the whole trip more pleasant.

    This truly has to be one of the most spectacular bike rides on the planet. The views the entire way were stunning, and the ride across the bridge itself, looking out (with no obstructions) at the ocean and the Marin headlands is unmatched. (At least I can’t think of anywhere I’ve ever been that is quite like it. Very different from driving across the bridge in a car!)

    We were pleasantly surprised that we could use our Clipper cards on the ferry back to the city for quite a reduced rate, and the ferry ride offers more superlative views of Alcatraz and the city. I have to say I found getting my bike up the flight of steep stairs on the ferry a bit challenging even though one of the guys helped me push it up the ramp. Other than that, the hardest hill was getting from Castro/Noe Valley to the Presidio gate. The other two hills (from the Warming Hut to the bridge, and then after the Bay Area Discover Museum linking to Alexander Ave) weren’t bad at all. We took the ferry to the ferry building rather than pier 41, shortening the return ride home by a couple miles and avoiding tourist pandemonium. And of course, by taking the ferry back, we avoided two big hills on the return trip. A bit lazy maybe, but the whole morning was 22 miles, a big biking day for me.

    The first ferry back to the city wasn’t until 11:20, so we rode north from Sausalito a bit on the main (mercifully flat) road out of town, eventually hitting the bike path that goes through the wetlands.  Very heavily used, but we did get to see egrets and other waterfowl. In and around Sausalito we saw quite a few tourists on rental bikes. Interestingly, we saw two sets of tourists on electric-assist rental bikes. Hadn’t expected that.

    I have no idea how they are going to fit both pedestrians and bicycles on just one half of the bridge. If you do this ride, go early is my advice, or be prepared to cover that section of the ride slowly.

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