It's usually more fun to do something in a group, and bike commuting is no exception! There is a surprisingly large community of San Francisco bike commuters going south in the morning, and I've been pleased to join various groups for the early morning ride in.
|Waiting at a red light in the Mission district with the SF2G FFFF (first friday friendly frolic ride), a NRLB ride that attracts a large group|
|Here's some of the grit in my canonical route-- waiting for a red light on Bayshore Avenue. Multiple lanes, highspeed traffic, freeway entrances and exits and lots of trucks and busses.|
|A prettier bit of the commute.|
Route*: surface streets, bike/pedestrian trail (primary route)
Distance: 10.4-12 miles for basic routes
Elapsed time: 50-58 minutes (depending on light cycles)
Exercise time: 50-58 minutes basic trip
Reading/relaxing time: 0
Bliss factor: 6
Cost per trip: -$1.40 ($0.60 basic bike cost estimate -$2 company reimbursement for riding my bike to work)
Enables: exercise, social interaction, fitness challenge, positive reinforcement of likeminded bike commuters, helps me get up and out of the house early!
Disadvantages: SF2G tends to leave very early, tied to a schedule in the morning, must pack clothing, fixed departure (but this also has an upside).
*I hop off early on this route, since I only go to South San Francisco
This post is part of my Anything Goes Commute Challenge series. Click here to read more posts in the series.