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:



Bikes on fence

Bikes on fence

Bikes in a tree

Bikes in a tree

More bikes in a Tree

More bikes in a Tree

Bikes on a sign

Bikes on a sign


About adamahata

On February 5, 2008, after 15 amazing years in New York City, I got married, changed careers, and moved out to San Francisco. All within a three-week period, and with very little preparation. This blog is for those of you who follow me out to San Francisco (or have been here for a while and are still trying to figure this place out). You're not in Kansas anymore Dorothy.
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5 Responses to Bikes!

  1. adamahata says:

    Thanks for the play-by-play review Sarah…and the link from your blog! That’s so cool…that’s my first link! I’m still getting the rhythm and tenor of the blog figured out, but really appreciate your nice feedback. My plan is to get a lot of the basic infrastructure/background infrastructure information out there and then evolve into a “this is what I saw today kind of thing”. As I keep building I hope to do both.

  2. Sarah says:

    P.S. I’m putting a link to you on my blog. 🙂

  3. Sarah says:

    Adam, this blog is hilarious. I LOVE it. And I have never even BEEN to San Francisco. Here is a list of things I love:

    1 – It’s very “you.”
    2 – When people (and by “people” I mean Peter) write in corrections, you acknowledge that they’re right, and then you DON’T correct the typo.
    3 – For the record, I knew what you meant by “degrees.”
    4 – I like how you label the photos of things as obviously as possible.
    5 – The New Yorker perspective you’re giving is HILARIOUS (referencing NJ or a “really far away Brooklyn” is genius).
    6 – The post about running home when the sun goes down is riotous.
    7 – I can’t wait to hear more about what goes on in San Francisco besides the weather and navigation one experiences going to and from work… but in the meantime, I appreciate your total fascination with the details of your immediate experience (like the time in DUMBO when wedding party after wedding party filed in to do their photos on the pier).

    I just wanted to list 7 things because I like the number 7.

    Keep up the good work!!

  4. adamahata says:

    Ah yes, that would be 3-“dimensions”. Thanks for reading!

  5. Peter Stern says:

    um, three degrees? or dimensions?

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