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A Perfect Post-Holiday 20-Mile Bike Ride: SF to Tiburon

Biking through Sausalito, flickr.com/geekstinkbreath

Like most of us, the week between Christmas and New Years is spent eating cookies, lounging on the couch, watching movies, and drinking a lot. You know, having fun! But it’s probably time to get moving. 

Here’s a perfect post-holiday bike ride to pedal off the pounds and take in some of the Bay Area’s most gorgeous scenery. This 20-mile ride is filled with ocean vistas, rolling hills and a lovely ferry ride back. And don’t worry, if the ferry isn’t coming for a bit, you can always grab a Bloody Mary or ice cream in Tiburon. Hey, no need to give up the holidays that fast. It’s not even New Years yet.

Basic Directions: Start in San Francisco at Marina Green, and pedal your way up to the Golden Gate Bridge. Keep on rolling down into Sausalito, and along a bike path to Mill Valley. From Mill Valley, head East and follow bike signs for Tiburon. Take the Tiburon Ferry back to San Francisco. Ferry costs $10.50. Queue up early to ensure a spot for you and your bike on the boat.

Play-by-Play Directions:

0.0 Start at Marina Green

0.7 Continue forward to enter Crissy Field

1.1 Left onto Halleck Street

1.3 Right onto Lincoln Boulevard and follow it to the Golden Gate Bridge

2.4 Pedal across the Golden Gate Bridge (West side after 3pm and on weekends)

4.7 At Marin side of the Bridge, turn right onto Alexander Avenue

6.1 Right onto Second Street into Sausalito

7.2  Ride through Sausalito and pick up the bike path on right at end of town. Path goes in and out here; keep a close eye out.

11.3 Path ends, turn right onto E. Blithedale Avenue

12.2 Right onto Frontage Road

13.0 Left onto Ricardo Road and right onto Strawberry Drive

15.6 Right onto Tiburon Boulevard (almost there!)

15.8 Right onto Greenwood Cove Drive

16.5 Pick up bike path again and enjoy a few miles of bike path

18.0 Right onto San Rafael Avenue, follow along West Shore Drive

18.9 Continue on Beach Road

20.6 Right onto Main Street

20.8 Arrive at ferry dock in Tiburon

Take ferry back to Fisherman’s Wharf and pedal your way back home.