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Old 01-23-07, 08:51 PM
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My commute across San Francisco, with lots of pictures!

So, I only do my commute three times a week, because my schedule lets me work from home on Tuesdays and Thursdays. So, today was a "work from home" day, but at about 3:30 I was getting a little restless and decided to go out for a ride. I decided I'd do my commute to work, and take some pictures so I could show them to you guys on the internet.

This isn't really my normal commute route, but a route that was suggested by a coworker who lives in the same neighborhood. It's about 7 miles to work by this route. After I got there, I took my normal route home, which is about 5.5 miles. The whole trip was about 12 miles long (roughly) and took right about an hour (including stopping for traffic, etc). I challenge anyone to find a faster way to get across SF and back by any other means of transport!

Anyway, here are the pictures. Note that I took a lot of them while moving without stopping, so they're not exactly perfectly composed.

Here's my bike. It's what I'll be riding for the duration of this photo tour. Now, let's go!


This is Lake Blvd. at 20th Ave, right by my house. It has bike lanes.


Further down Lake. So far, flat, straight, and has bike lanes.


Ok, now I've turned left onto Arguello, here's my first hill. It's sort of steep, but it's really short - only one block, really. (it's steeper than the picture makes it look like. If you click the picture and look at the bigger version, you can see better.)


At the top of the hill, you'll find the Presidio.


The Presidio has trees and things.


Looking out from the Presidio, you can see the top of the Palace of Fine Arts, and Alcatraz in the background.


At the bottom of the hill in the Presidio.


One more.


There's downtown off in the distance, that's where I'm headed.
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Looking back behind me, there's this big red bridge.


Heading out of the Presidio


Here's some boats parked by the road.


Here's Alcatraz.


The city over there is getting closer.


Here's... some pirate ship or something. I'm sure someone else knows more about this ship than I do. It looks cool, though. Alcatraz one more time, in the background.


One street up from the Embarcadero. I don't actually know what this street is called. It has cool green streetcars. You have to watch out for the cobblestones and train tracks, though.


Here's the Embarcadero.


Action shot, looking down.


One more shot of the Embarcadero.
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Turning right from the Embarcadero onto Mission Street. I think this is officially "downtown".


2nd St and Mission. If I was going to work, I'd go about two blocks up the street to the left. But I'm not, so I'll turn right instead and head back towards home.


Market Street. When riding on Market Street you have to watch for: train tracks, trains, buses, cars, pedestrians, and other cyclists, all going all directions at once.


Heading up Geary, away from downtown.


First hill on the way home. It's a pretty small hill.


More uphill, still not bad.


So I made it to the top, now I go back down


At the bottom of the hill, I turn right onto Divisadero. Here's Divisadero.


Then I turn left onto California, and have one more hill to go up. This is the biggest hill on my ride home.
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At the top. It's all downhill from here.


Welcome to the Outer Richmond. Five more block to my house.


Here's a picture of me, immediately after finishing my ride. Just because.


So, there you have it, 12 miles in about an hour. That's what the San Francisco afternoon commute is like on a Tuesday afternoon in January. I hope you like my pictures.
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Here's... some pirate ship or something. I'm sure someone else knows more about this ship than I do.

It's the Balclutha at the San Francisco Maritime Museum. Click the link for the full story. No records of pirates manning the helm though.



Cool route to work.

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clear blue skies...
green trees...
people not bundled up...
bike lanes...

**** you

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Thanks for pictures! San Fran rocks!
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Originally Posted by CrosseyedCrickt
clear blue skies...
green trees...
people not bundled up...
bike lanes...

**** you

Haha, I was thinking the same thing as I went through those. Great set of pictures though.
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Bike lanes w/ no cars in them even. Very nice!
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Haha, I was thinking the same thing as I went through those. Great set of pictures though.
you're assuming my post was made in jest aren't you?
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Originally Posted by CrosseyedCrickt
clear blue skies...
green trees...
people not bundled up...
bike lanes...

**** you
I think this might be more effective than "**** you". Wouldn't be shorter to just go up Divisadero or a parallel street and hang a left on Oak Street?

Geary looks clean and wet. I guess they shot another car commercial. When I lived there, it always seemed to work that way.
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Awesome pictures!

Riding through the Presidio is absolutely amazing! I never will be able to take the view/scenery/weather for granted.
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Very nice

I really like the feel of the city; considered moving there someday. Bike community seems to be much stronger than up here in Sonoma too.
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Great images!! I retired twenty years ago but had bicyle to work accross Pasadena Califormia for many many years before that. However I cannot boast of as beautiful a route as yours. I enjoyed every one of your images. Thank you very much for sharing them with us.
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Very nice. Much better than my snow, ice, dirt, potholes, industrial areas, ....commute
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I wish texas had bike lanes like they do in Ca.
great pictures and thanks for your descriptive ride.
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Nice, not a whole lotta traffic and it's nice and clear. Even got some other cyclists in the pics.
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Totally awesome =)))

BTW im visiting San Fransisco soon, anyone know where I can rent a bike cheaply? Seems like most places are 60$/day and dont include lights or locks, might as well buy a bike for that price.
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Very cool! I've never been to San Francisco...now I have an idea what it looks like.
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I grew up right near where you live now. 1+ on going through the Presidio. My only beef with the route is that on your way home, instead of taking California, I would have taken one of the streets to the North -- Sacramento, Clay, or Washington. However, I move a lot faster on a bike now than I did as a kid and the stop signs on those streets would probably keep me away from them.

Now I'd probably go through the Presidio both ways. That way, on the way home on a nice day, you could detour over the GGB and ride up the Marin Headlands! I used to ride up there all the time in High School. It would be fun to do that again, now that I'm 20 years older and in way better shape!

Great pics...and a note for everyone else while we drool over the weather. There are going to be a lot of summer mornings and evenings when notfred is going to be riding to and from work in windy fog. I used to work out at the VA, right by the ocean. The temperature can drop 20-25 degrees in a few minutes.
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Forgot: Redline 925 with drops....drool. Good on you for negotiating the hills.

How big is it? If it's the right size, I know where to find you to steal your bike...and it's SPD ready!
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Awesome! Love the pix, love the bike, love the town. We were just there for the first time back in October, we really loved San Fran and wondered how you guys/girls deal with the hills-must be a great workout. I remember stopping at an intersection at the top of a hill (in our rental car), near Lombard Street, with a cyclist to our left looking fearfully down the hill from his bike. I yelled out to "just do it" to which he replied (with a German accent) "I'm too scared", I figured he was a tourist and not at all used to those streets. Anyway, it seems that I recognized the places in most of your pix and now really miss CA. This was a great idea, thanks.
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Great pictures; I feel like I got a quick taste of the town. How did you take the photos? Snapping one-handed while riding? Bar-mounted camera?
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Nice photo gallery!


Originally Posted by gwhalin
Bike lanes w/ no cars in them even.

I'm sure he saw plenty of that on Mission, Market and surrounding streets. It's also common for motorcyclists to use the bike lanes on the Embarcadero.




San Fran is a great city to bike in. The motorists giving cyclists the squeeze in the busy parts of town just add to the challenge and fun ;-)

The on-bike self-portrait, by the way, is called a Panda Portrait.

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Originally Posted by HAMMER MAN
I wish texas had bike lanes like they do in Ca.
Cyclists in San Francisco worked long and hard for those facilities. You can make it happen!

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