Today is “Bike To Work Day” – Here’s the world’s best commute (video)

OK, I’m envious of this guy’s ride to work. I love San Francisco and the Bay area and his bike ride is stunning. Between the people, the food and the geography, it’s my favorite part of the US.


Read more about National Bike To Work Day and try it yourself, if you can.

It’s great to see so many cities expanding bike programs and moving us beyond a car society.

An American in Paris, France. BA in History & Political Science from Ohio State. Provided consulting services to US software startups, launching new business overseas that have both IPO’d and sold to well-known global software companies. Currently launching a new cloud-based startup. Full bio here.

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39 Responses to “Today is “Bike To Work Day” – Here’s the world’s best commute (video)”

  1. Molly Smoth says:

    I love the Bike to Work Day because every year I make new friends on my commute.

  2. Ninong says:

    John, as I mentioned to you previously, in my case it’s the ad to the right — not the one on the left — above the comment box. That one is displaced lower most of the time but not always. The other ad that is often displaced lower is the very first ad in an article, the one on the left of the text. It will drop down and cover part of the text. Another variation is that sometimes the ad is double-sized vertically and in that case it really covers a lot of territory. There is no accomodation for double-sized ads. They just stick them in a space intended for half their size.

    And the really annoying thing is that you can’t get rid of them or move them out of the way. They’re Google’s AdChoices ads.

  3. karmanot says:

    Taking the hard way to Kaiser.

  4. Wait, so you’re seeing the problem with the two ads ABOVE the comment box as well? Some other folks had mentioned the inserted ad in the post being a problem, but you saw this with te ads above the comment box too? Did this start around May 1?

  5. karmanot says:

    No matter our differences, when it comes to the City, everybody loves it. How lucky to have spent so many years living there.

  6. karmanot says:

    laughing! I know, that’s so L.A.

  7. karmanot says:

    True, no matter where we go, we call it the ‘City.’

  8. karmanot says:

    Everybody walked their dogs on Kite Hill. —A great place to meet folks.

  9. Ninong says:

    Yeah, I don’t think his “commute” made much sense either except that they were shooting a commercial for their backpacks and they wanted spectacular scenery. It’s kinda ridiculous to go from Sausalito to Conzelman Road to get to 101.

    P.S. — I’m so glad you mentioned about the ads getting in the way with no way to delete them. I told John about this back on May 2. He said he would mention it to his “ad guy.” I thought I was the only one having that problem.

  10. Ninong says:

    The “San Fran” stuff is coming from dumb sportscasters trying to pretend they’re familiar with San Francisco. It’s insulting.

    Another thing outsiders may not get is that The City has two capital letters. Anything less is another sacrilege. LOL

  11. Zorba says:

    I’ve never heard San Fran. It has been awhile since we lived there, but we still have friends there, and they don’t call it San Fran.
    Mostly, they refer to it as The City, as we did when we lived there.
    PS. And nobody from St. Louis ever calls it St. Louie, either, and I don’t care that the songs about it do. ;-)

  12. Ninong says:

    “Frisco” is even worse than wearing white socks with a suit (a la David Letterman).

  13. Ninong says:

    “Frisco” immediately identifies the person saying that as an outsider. Another thing I have noticed lately on TV is the number of commentators calling it “San Fran.” When did that get started? No one who lives there ever called it that during the 21 years I lived there. It’s either San Francisco or The City. Anything else is a sacrilege. LOL

  14. Ninong says:

    One time I was the second or third car on a steep hill when we caught the red light on a drizzly day in early fall. Naturally the woman behind me, driving an automatic, pulled up to within about five feet of my rear bumper. There was no way I could safely take off with my stick shift on a slick street surface on a steep hill. I turned off the engine, pulled the emergency brake and got out.

    I told her she had a choice. She could either back up another five feet or go around. Fortunately the guy in the car behind hers wasn’t as big an idiot as she was and he had left a good ten feet of space. When the rains first start in the fall the streets are slick until all of that road grime gets washed away.

  15. Ninong says:

    I didn’t see him on any freeways but the Mt. Davidson descent was just so the videographer in the helicopter could get a spectacular view of the city in the background. Most of the time he was following bike paths. Looks like he started out in Sausalito but he really took a roundabout way to get to Shotwell Street in the Mission.

  16. karmanot says:

    Couldn’t agree more. Motorists just don’t understand that bikes don’t behave like cars. It is automobiles that are dangerous to pedestrians, cycles and pollute the city.

  17. karmanot says:

    “Frisco”is even worse than wearing white shoes to dinner at Rue Lepic,

  18. emjayay says:

    OK then….I lived across Market from Kite hill on Clayton Street. Went to Kite Hill lots of times. I used to take visitors on little neighborhood walks to there. That neighborhood is great. Just above the Castro, the whole thing is a dead end so there’s no traffic, and it has that hill in the middle. For those of you who didn’t happen to live in the neighborhood, Kite Hill is a like a little mini neighborhood Twin Peak that no one else goes to, with just paths on it.

  19. Zorba says:

    Not too far away. We were about four or five blocks south of there, near the Noe Children’s Playground. Howdy, neighbor! ;-)

  20. Zorba says:

    LOL! I was fairly new to a stick shift when we moved to SF (yes, I agree; SF is bad to say, but “Frisco” is beyond the pale). But I must say, I not only got very good on the stick shift, I also got very good at parallel parking, especially in very tight spaces.
    We probably would not have needed a car there if I didn’t have a job out in Contra Costa County, and had to get our daughter to day-care before I left for work. Mr. Zorba walked or biked to work, in the city.
    When we travelled within the city, we never used our car. It was very easy to get around on pulic transportation, and a big plus was that that then we didn’t have to worry about parking.

  21. karmanot says:

    I used to live on Kite Hill—sounds close to where you were. My folks lived on upper Market on Grandview. I love it when folks talk S.F.! :-)

  22. emjayay says:

    I never had a problem with the stick shift in SF. (You can write that but you can’t say it. Or Frisco of course). But one time I had to back into a parallel parking space inches longer than the car on a steep hill (Masonic above Frederick). No prob. I’m good. Then I opened the door and smelled the very strong odor of red hot clutch. Great, I got a space and took 20,000 miles off the life of the clutch. Fortunately soon after that some Buick turned left in front of me in an intersection on San Pablo and the car was totalled.

    Note to people in SF: You don’t need a car, and when you get one get an automatic, unless your idea of driving is nonstop shifting and clutching. It makes it impossible to drive and drink coffee at the same time.

  23. Zorba says:

    Oh, man. We used to live in San Francisco, below Upper Market and above Noe Valley. It was not only a challenge to drive a stick-shift in SF (and I was fairly new at that), it was also a challenge to parallel park on those extremely tilted streets, trying to fit into tight spaces.

    I loved San Francisco. But, as far as biking back when we lived there, well, we had a toddler who had to go to day-care, and I had to commute to my job in the East Bay. Biking would simply not have worked for us.

  24. karmanot says:

    But, those Italian outfits make them look like beautiful insects.

  25. karmanot says:

    True, more than a few tourists get picked off by cars on Twin Peaks. If that doesn’t get them, 50 mile and hour freezing winds do.

  26. karmanot says:

    It’s always fun to tell first timers that the eucalyptus smell in Golden Gate is really feral cat pee. They peddle harder and improve time.

  27. karmanot says:

    I use to live on the Peaks, but not as steep as learning to drive stick on Pacific. laughing…. In this area The Sonoma County and Joe Redota trails are about twenty miles long and cover remarkable micro zones (also includes a bike path).

  28. emjayay says:

    There was a lack of cars, but it’s not impossible although it must have taken some editing. See my comment above about hills, for example Twin Peaks, which he did indeed ride up and down. It’s a couple hundred feet up before you even get to the grass part.

  29. emjayay says:

    Sausalito, GG Bridge, The Presidio, the Outer Richmond, Land’s End, GG Park, the Panhandle (where did the Haight/Upper Haight go?) up and down Twin Peaks, lower Twin Peaks/Upper Market neighborhood, (should have included Castro and 18th), Dolores Street, to Shotwell and 20th. Google Maps says 16.7miles, 2 hours 28 minutes (but I don’t think they really entirely considered the time for going up hills, particularly Twin Peaks). Not exactly a commute route, particularly the Twin Peaks part. The most direct way is 11.5 miles, 1 hour 37 minutes.

  30. unrepentant_expat says:

    Why so many negative clanks as to cycling as a means to commuting? A few times in my life I’ve had a couple of hour ride to and the from work and yet nonetheless found myself more refreshed from it. At just about any age, it is nice to have blood flushing through ones body. I would hate that my last words on Earth were, “Help me I’ve fallen and I can’t reach my remote”.

  31. unrepentant_expat says:

    “Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.”

    – H. G. Wells

    And many more great quotes from the greats…

  32. noskcire says:

    Ran a stop sign and then slipped between two cars. I would not consider this “commute” particularly safe.

  33. dgh says:

    That’s not a commute, it’s a 4-hour scenic workout. Nobody “commutes” from Sausalito to the Mission (the apparent start and end points) via what looks like Conzelman Road in the Marin headlands, past Land’s End to Ocean Beach, then through Golden Gate Park with a side jaunt up and down Twin Peaks. He went about 15 miles out of his way, the hard way.

  34. Kes says:

    I don’t know that I’d consider biking on a two-lane road around blind curves to be the “world’s best commute,” but to each his/her own, I guess. Personally, I wouldn’t feel safe biking the coast road.

  35. GarySFBCN says:

    Bikes are anti-social. Walking and public transportation is WAY better.

    Not to mention the smugness of bicyclists, especially in San Francisco.

  36. Bronxboy47 says:

    All very well and good if your job isn’t located a the top of one of San Francisco’s famous hills. Didn’t notice any hills in this video, and was he on an apparently trafficless freeway with his bike?

  37. SkippyFlipjack says:

    I guess we like to be different in the Bay Area — our Bike to Work Day was last week

    ps, that guy took one crazy-ass way to get to the office

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