Five Summer Rides for Families

Family Rides
By Michaela Tait Morrison


With July well underway, there’s plenty of time to explore San Francisco and add some new biking adventures for your family. Stay active and have fun by finding new places to bike, scoot and ride together before summer runs out!

1. Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park offers fun, beautiful and amazing bike rides for the whole family. You may even want to bring a picnic and play after your ride. The Park is especially family-friendly on the weekends: JFK Drive is closed off to cars from Eighth Avenue to Transverse Drive on Saturdays, and from Stanyan to Transverse on Sundays. Become more involved to make Golden Gate Park more bike-friendly.

2. The Presidio

Throughout the Presidio, you will be shaded by tall trees and surrounded by greenery. People biking may pop out on the coast, making this a two-mile bike ride with the option of continuing on the car-free path to the Golden Gate Bridge or by the beach along Crissy Field.

3. Lake Merced

The Lake Merced path includes a lot of greenery and the kind of abundant water views we love in the Bay Area. Most of the ride is paved, with a few paths for off-road biking, for a little extra adventure.

4. Dozens of Playgrounds

How about biking to a playground? With each neighborhood having one of San Francisco’s 135 playgrounds within a 10-minute walk, or an even quicker ride, there are a lot of wonderful options to explore. Have fun at our favorite playgrounds.

5. Sunday Streets

Sunday Streets is a giant neighborhood block party traveling to a different neighborhood of San Francisco every month. Bring the whole family to enjoy music, booths, activities (including mazes, sports and contests) and of course, bikes. Make sure to stop by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition booth for free family bike test rides.

Make the most of your summer and go out on a fun biking trip with your family. Pump your tires, stay hydrated and most importantly, have fun!

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