First a quick disclosure: I love my bike. I ride to work almost everyday, and I did it when I lived in New York too. I happen to think it’s a great way to get around.
In most other city you can choose to either ride your bike or not. You can enjoying it casually, ride it for exercise, whatever. Doesn’t really matter.
But when you get on your bike in San Francisco you’re picking sides.
There’s a not-so-cold war here pitting bicyclists vs. cars. You know the story: hippie bicyclists think that car drivers are destroying the environment, creating pollution and causing accidents, while car drivers think that there are too many bicyclists on the road, they don’t obey rules, and they’re often too nimbly to run over.
Biking is popular here and (except for the hills and the fact that it can drop 40-degrees an hour after you leave your house (see post on weather) it’s generally easy to get around. Except that there are a few “huge” “hills” every once in a while. No seriously, they’re huge. Even driving you start to navigate in three-degrees. It’s weird.
The other nice thing is that since it never gets warm you don’t break out that big a sweat. Unless you need to walk up one of those huge hills.
But don’t worry, there’s plenty of places to lock your bike once you get to your destination: