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Golden Gate Park Bike Tour: 100 Years of Reclaimed Spaces

Saturday, October 2, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

People biking on Main Drive (now JFK Drive) circa 1898. Photo courtesy of OpenSFHistory

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and the SFMTA are teaming up for a timely tour of one of our nation’s greatest parks. This interactive* and leisurely five-mile bike ride through Golden Gate Park will explore the history and origins of the park and how the prioritization of people-centered spaces have helped shape this space since 1901.

We’ll visit the Rose Garden, 6th Avenue Skate Park, Marx Meadow, Hellman Hollow, and many other spaces in the park that used to be roadways but have since transformed into open areas for pedestrians, equestrians, picnickers, and people on bikes. The tour will be guided by San Francisco Bicycle Coalition staff and member-volunteer Nancy Botkin and Marie Jonas and will end at Ocean Beach.

Bring your own bicycle along with water, a mask, and a snack.

Route: Begins in the Panhandle (Baker and Fell) and traverses through JFK all the way to Ocean Beach. Note: a short segment of the ride will be on gravel roads. Mountain and/or gravel bikes aren’t required but there may be a few bumps. 

COVID-19 Protocols: If you’re not vaccinated, you are required to wear a face covering for the duration of the class. If you’re fully vaccinated (meaning two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer/Moderna vaccines or after the J&J vaccine) you are not required to wear a face covering. We also encourage participants to complete a self-health screening before arriving to the ride (details will be sent out in advance of event). We will have masks, hand sanitizer, alcohol spray, and wipes on-site for anyone to use.

Please contact Chris Bannister (christian@sfbike.org‬) with any questions about this ride.


Saturday, October 2, 2021
10:30 am - 12:30 pm


McKinley Monument in the Panhandle
Baker St. and Fell St.
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States

*Events not officially sponsored or organized by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an asterisk. We post events that might be of interest to our SF area members; we do not necessarily endorse any particular group or perspective you may find represented here.

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