Biking to America’s Cup
Due to the high volume of fans expected for the America’s Cup events, bicycling might just be your best way to avoid congestion and move quickly between venues. And with the Bay Area’s mild climate, it’s almost always a good day to get around by bike.
Among the numerous streets with dedicated bicycle lanes, there are a few well-known bicycle routes that allow you to avoid the hills. Recommended routes, as shown on the map, the October weekend events are: Polk Street, from Civic Center to Aquatic Park, the Embarcadero from the Ferry Building to the northern waterfront, and Embarcadero to Pier 80 via Terry A. Francois and These and other routes are marked with bright green painted lanes and “sharrow” signs on the ground and by San Francisco’s pilot bicycle wayfinding signs along the routes.
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will provide free valet bike parking at Marina Green and Pier 27/29 (indicated by 'P' on the map above) for the America’s Cup events. See the Bike Parking section for details.
Plan Your Trip
To plan your bike trip within San Francisco, use the 511 BikeMapper (SF version), which gives you turn-by-turn biking directions to your destination. As opposed to traditional online maps this map is bike specific, which means it will highlight recommended shortest or flattest route.
If you’re coming from outside San Francisco, plan your trip with the regional 511 BikeMapper. To save time, you may also consider bringing your bicycle on transit into the city. See the next section.
Taking Bikes on Transit & Bridges
Bicycles are allowed on all Bay Area ferries and nearly all rail lines. Exceptions are San Francisco Muni Metro, historic streetcars and cable cars. Nearly all Bay Area public transit buses, including Muni buses, are equipped with bicycle racks. Be sure to make eye contact with the operator and let him or her know that you will be stepping in front of the vehicle to load or remove your bike. If you’d like to bring your bike on BART, make sure to check out the rules for bringing your bike on BART. Learn more about taking bikes on transit.
If you’ll need to cross the San Francisco Bay, check out your options for crossing Bay Area bridges with your bike.
Once you get there, you’ll need to know how and where to park your bike. 511.org provides tips and information on securing your bike and your options for bike parking throughout the Bay Area. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will provide free valet bike parking at Marina Green and Pier 27/29 (indicated by 'P' on the map above) for the America’s Cup events.
Bicycle valet parking will be available at Pier 27/29 and Marina Green from 10am to 7pm on select race days: July 4-5, July 7, Saturdays and Sundays from July 13 through August 25, August 6,7,10, September 1-4, and September 7, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Self-park bike corrals will be available at Pier 27/29 and Marina Green daily from July 4 through September 22.
Attended (or valet) bicycle parking is also available at the following East Bay and South Bay locations if you’d like to bike to transit:
Whether you’re an experienced rider or new to biking, it’s always important to ride safely. Obey all traffic laws, wear a helmet, use hand signals when turning and turn on lights at dusk and dawn. And, there are a few challenges that are unique to bicycling in San Francisco:
- Don’t get caught in the tracks. Try to cross Muni/streetcar tracks at 90 degree angles whenever possible.
- Protected bike lanes keep you separated from moving traffic on Market Street, and along the Embarcadero (on weekends only). These lanes are great for folks less accustomed to riding in city traffic.
- Check out the 511 Bicycling safety video for more safety tips. For more information on biking in San Francisco, please visit the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition website.
Renting a Bike
Visit www.parkwide.com for a listing of bike rental locations conveniently located near transit and America’s Cup viewing locations. Some of the identified bike rental locations include Justin Herman Plaza (adjacent to the Ferry Building), Union Square, Marina Green and Golden Gate Park (behind the Bandshell and along JFK Drive).