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The Greatest: Five Great Ways to Bike in the Presidio

Thursday, Aug 17, 2017 Category Recreation and Wellness

Photo by Charity Vargas

We pretty much have it all in the Presidio – within our 1,491 acres we have beaches, forests, historic buildings, a freshwater lake, three watersheds, and even a campground. Whew!

That means there’s a lot to see, and biking is a wonderful way to experience every bit of this lovely place. There are 25 miles of bikeways in the park, making it possible to get from the Presidio Officers’ Club to the Golden Gate Bridge to Baker Beach in nothing “flat” (sorry, bad tire pun). For those who are new to biking, we have a 2.7 mile Accessible Loop with a large portion available for cycling. This loop takes you by four scenic overlooks, providing a great introduction to the park.

Cycling is part of the Presidio’s culture and our sustainability efforts, so each year we host an annual event during Bike to Work Day, we have bike racks located throughout the park, and even our CEO, Jean Fraser, is an avid cycler.

Are you ready to get started? Here are five great ways to bike in the Presidio.

1. Presidio Family-Friendly Bike Ride

Presidio Family-Friendly Bike Ride

Twice a month, the park hosts a Presidio Family-Friendly Bike Ride where a Park Ranger and a Presidio Trust guide lead you on a gentle 4-mile route that offers an insider’s perspective on the waterfront and the historic Main Post. The event begins at the Presidio Visitor Center. Bring your own bike or rent one from the Presidio’s Sports Basement. The ride is perfect for everyone 8 years and up. (PS: the ride will take a brief hiatus in December through the rainy season).

Check out our events page for the Presidio Family-Friendly Bike Ride >> 

2. YBike Learn to Ride Program

YBike Learn to Ride Program

Photo by Charity Vargas

Do you have a kid who’s looking to get out on the road on two wheels, but needs help with the basics? Come check out the YBike Learn to Ride Program! Once a month, the Presidio Community YMCA hosts this friendly, free, safe instruction for kids where they get the chance to take a spin and become a bicycling pro. Bikes and equipment are provided. Co-sponsored by the Presidio Trust.

Check out the Presidio YMCA's page for an upcoming YBike event >>

3. Bike Valet at Presidio Picnic

Bike Valet at Presidio Picnic

Every Sunday, Presidio Picnic​ has two great incentives to get you into the park on two wheels – food trucks offering the tastiest eats in San Francisco, and free bike valet sponsored by New Wheel and staffed by Yellow Bike. If you leave the car at home and bike to Presidio Picnic, you’ll definitely burn off that Del Poppolo pizza. This season’s Presidio Picnic, sponsored by Off the Grid Markets and the Presidio Trust, runs through from March through October. 

4. Rent a Bike at Sports Basement

Rent a Bike at Sports Basement

Did you know you don’t even need to own a bike in order to get biking in the Presidio? Thanks to the good – and very bike-savvy – people at the Presidio Sports Basement, you can travel light and rent a bike right here at their location at Crissy Field. Whether you’re looking to do an epic ride across the Golden Gate Bridge, or toodle around along Mason Street on the Bay Area Ridge Trail, this is the perfect way to start your biking adventures in the park.

5. PresidioGo Shuttle

PresidiGo Shuttle

If biking to and from the Presidio sounds like too much riding for one day, you can catch a ride on the free PresidiGo Shuttle, which offers a free lift from downtown SF to the Presidio every single day. Each vehicle is equipped with a bike-rack that holds two bikes. The Downtown Route has stops at the Embarcadero BART, Transbay Terminal, and the corner of Van Ness and Union. Explore other parts of the park on one of the Around the Park PresidiGo Shuttles. All PresidiGo routes start at the Transit Center, where you can grab a snack and pop into the Presidio Visitor Center for some tips before beginning your ride. Bonus: the MUNI 43 also takes you to the Presidio Visitor Center and features bike racks!