Multimodal fitness

San Francisco car-free fitness freak Jackson West offers his tips on getting away from it all to enjoy nature without the dubious benefit of a car.

I haven’t done it in a while, but my bike trips into Marin begin with a Caltrain trip to San Francisco. From 4th & King, it’s a very pleasant bike ride around the Embarcadero past the piers and the Presidio to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Like West suggests, I always bring a transit pass and a little cash with me on my bike rides. Clipper has saved me from a long walk a couple of times in the Bay Area, and I routinely carry my Santa Cruz bus pass while riding around Santa Cruz County.

If you’re looking for transit-reachable destinations, Transit & Trails is a super handy resource.


  1. My favorite transit-accessible outing is Water Dog Lake in Belmont. It’s less than 1.5 miles up Ralston Avenue from the Belmont Caltrain station. It has some sweet trails for xc mountain bikers plus some gnarly downhill trails in the Carlmont open space below the official park.

  2. …the sf – marin ferry boats can add an interesting twist to a day of riding also but i would suggest avoiding the sausalito into the city ferry journey in the summer…jam packed w/ rent-a-bikers…

    …ride the train into sf, pedal over the bridge into & throughout marin, have lunch, end up at the larkspur ferry which in turn drops you back on the embarcadero & from there back to the train & onto wherever home lies…

    …sounds like fun…

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