With Giants playoff games, 49ers home game, Fleet Week, America’s Cup Races, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and a myriad of other events, San Francisco streets and transit will be overflowing. So what’s the best way to get around the city and see all the events? By bike, of course!
Bicycling will be the easiest, quickest and most enjoyable way to get around the city this weekend. And to make it even easier, new bikeways and free, secure valet bike parking will be in place to accommodate the huge number of people who will be bicycling.
Valet Bicycle Parking
This weekend, free valet bike parking at the following locations:
- America’s Cup: October 3-7 from 10am-7pm at the Marina Green
(Marina Boulevard and Webster)
- Fleet Week: October 5-7 from 10am-7pm at the Aquatic Park
(Beach Street end)
- Giants Games: October 6-7, times TBD at bicycle valet station on south side of ballpark on Portwalk. See www.sfbike.org/giants for more details.
- Hardly Strictly Bluegrass will be providing its own valet bicycle parking at various locations in Golden Gate Park. See http://t.co/Dt2KMxO9 for a full map.
Valet bicycle parking is a longtime San Francisco tradition, which has been implemented by cities throughout the country, particularly at sporting events and large public, outdoor gatherings. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition provides free bicycle valet at more than 75 events each year, including all San Francisco Giants home games. This year alone, the SF Bicycle Coalition has valet parked more than 10,000 bicycles.
Dedicated Bikeway on the Waterfront
As called for in the America’s Cup People Plan, along the busy Embarcadero, people on bikes will have a dedicated bikeway in place for this weekend from Washington Street to Bay Street, and on Bay Street from Embarcadero to Mason Street. The bikeway provides a safe, separated space for people on bike, while allowing more walking space on the existing pathway for the huge numbers of people expected for Fleet Week and America’s Cup and visiting cruise ships.
Bicycle Route Planning
Planning a trip by bike is easy! Just visit http://511.org/americascup/biking.asp for full trip planning details. In addition to great crosstown routes like Polk Street, the Wiggle, and the Embarcadero, the site offers tips about bringing your bike on transit. Bikes are allowed on BART and Caltrain, as well as Muni buses. Muni trains do not allow bikes.