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BICYCLE COMMUTING ACROSS SAN FRANCISCO BAY
A "Bike Commuting Tips" Visitor Wrote:
Presently bikes are not allowed on the Bay Bridge; even if they were, it's about a 4.5-mile crossing with great views but lots of traffic noise. (Bikes are allowed on the Golden Gate Bridge, which is an excellent ride out of the city to enjoy some scenic open space in Marin.) The main options for non-driving transbay workers are BART, Oakland-Alameda Ferry, CalTrans bike shuttle, and AC Transit. You will find many answers to bikes on transit in the Bay Area at 511.org.
Bay Area Rapid Transit
The BART blackout does not apply to bikes traveling to the East Bay from the Embarcadero station (last San Francisco station) in the AM hours or from the East Bay (you must disembark at Embarcadero) in the evening hours. There are other methods of dealing with BART's bike black-out policies. One is to acquire a folding bike, which is always allowed on BART. Another tactic is to use two bikes: one to the SF BART station, the other at your East Bay destination station. Security is the big issue here, and BART does provide bike lockers and secure storage at some stations. For more info see: BART.
CalTrans Bike Shuttle
There are, of course, other agencies that transport bikes across the Bay Bridge. Amtrak shuttles passengers for its most excellent and bike-friendly Capitol Corridor service (between Sacramento and Bay Area) by bus from several locations in SF to their Emeryville station, and you can put your bike in the luggage compartment under the bus. And there are probably others that I'm not aware of.
Anyway, I hope this begins to help. Thousands of bicyclists happily cross San Francisco Bay every day by various means.
Comments? Suggestions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org || Updated 06.09.07