In 2008, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition launched its most ambitious campaign: Connecting the City. Connecting the City is a vision for 100 miles of crosstown bikeways that are welcoming and comfortable for people of all ages, from your 8-year-old child to your 80-year-old grandmother.
Imagine pedaling on protected bikeways from the Bayview to the Richmond, from the Embarcadero to Ocean Beach, and everywhere in between — that’s Connecting the City.
Bay to the Beach Bikeway
This crosstown route is a continuous east-west bikeway connecting Ocean Beach and the Ferry Building. It’s already hugely popular with hundreds of thousands of people, and an important connection for people who live in the western neighborhoods and work downtown. This route links dozens of neighborhoods to our city’s main thoroughfare — Market Street — and the Financial District, and brings people to the doorsteps of countless cultural destinations from the SFMOMA to the de Young Museum. Best of all, it connects us to the city’s best open spaces, including the Embarcadero waterfront, Alamo Square and Golden Gate Park.
This route will be a continuous, safe and comfortable bikeway from San Francisco State University all the way to Aquatic Park linking important civic institutions like City College and City Hall along the way. On this route, you experience the unique flavor of San Francisco neighborhoods such as Glen Park, the Mission and Polk Street and the diverse local shops and restaurants that will benefit from this bikeway. Calmer streets, an improved pedestrian experience and bringing more people to local businesses will make these streets and neighborhoods better for everyone.
- Valencia Street
- Polk Street
- San Jose Avenue
Bay Trail Bikeway
The Bay Trail bikeway creates a waterfront connection all the way from Hunter’s Point past the Bay Bridge and onto the Golden Gate Bridge. Many of San Francisco’s best spots for sightseeing and exploring the city are along our unique waterfront, so why not connect our iconic bridges and put the Bay front and center with bikeways? We’ve seen an explosion in bicycling along this route in recent years with both locals and tourists. Creating a connection to international destinations such as UCSF’s Mission Bay campus, AT+T Park, the Ferry Building, Fisherman’s Wharf and Golden Gate Bridge is a smart way to help more people travel by bike
- North Waterfront
- South Waterfront