Join Nicole Gluckstern and Burrito Justice, for their acclaimed literary bike tour “Bikes to Books.”
Combining San Francisco history, art, literature, cycling, and urban exploration, “Bikes to Books” began as an bike ride homage to the 1988 street-naming project spearheaded by City Lights founder and former San Francisco Poet Laureate, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, in which 12 San Francisco streets were renamed for famous artists and authors who had once made San Francisco their home. Twenty-five years later, Nicole Gluckstern, a local author/city cyclist and Burrito Justice, an amateur historian/cartographer, joined forces to devise a bike tour and interactive map connecting all 12 streets and authors/artists, from Jack London to Jack Kerouac, South Park to North Beach. The 7.1 mile tour, which takes between two and three hours to complete, is admittedly not for the faint of heart nor gear—these streets were not chosen for their proximity to bike lanes, and there is plenty of traffic to dodge, hills to climb, one-way streets, and even a set of stairs. But it’s a diverting and unique way to celebrate both the literary and the adventurous spirit of San Francisco.
Meet at 12:45 p.m. at Jack London Street in South Park
Ride will commence at 1 p.m. sharp
Ride will end at approximately 4 p.m. in North Beach (outside City Lights Books)
Bring bikes with gears, snacks, and enthusiasm
7.1 miles, some hills
Map to Start Location