Cycling west on Market St from the Ferry Station on the Embarcadero, the first neighborhood you hit is San Francisco's "Financial District". Before the 1989 earthquake the Embarcadero was a hideous elevated freeway. Now it's got bike paths and great tourist appeal. Among the trams, pedicabs and tourists on rental bikes you see lots of local recreational cyclists tooling along the Embarcadero, out to the Golden Gate Bridge to stomp the Marin Headlands around Sausalito, Tiburon and beyond.
Me, and a detail of Mona Caron's Duboce Bikeway Mural. Within one block, the mural compresses the length of the "Bay to Beach" bike route, including Duboce Ave and the mural itself. This detail is from the "Beach" end of the mural.
Andy proudly points out a Just-in-time for "Bike to Work Week" improvement—Signage for "The Wiggle". The icon of the Golden Gate Bridge at the top indicates that this route takes you to or from the GG Bridge (Note that there's no distinction between "from" and "to".)
Cyclists entering Golden Gate Park from the Panhandle need to first get onto the RIGHT side of Kezar Dr. To facilitate this, a short stub of greenway at Shrader St (affectionately termed the "Shrader Valve") exits the Panhandle greenway. Andy discusses ideas to indicate this to cyclists who tend to follow the panhandle greenway and end up stuck on the wrong side of Kezar at Stanyan.
Approaching (Pacific) Ocean Beach through the neighborhood called "The Richmond", which is not to be confused with the city of Richmond (east of the bay). As you can see, there's not much tree cover, but the weather is quite cool in San Francisco. This area was originally sand dunes but was developed in the reconstruction after the 1906 quake and fire. After WW-II, Richmond became the "New Chinatown" and today is largely Russian / East European.
Ocean Beach—Note "Seal Rock" and Adolph Sutro's grand "The Cliff House" in the background (now operated by the National Park Service). The hill is "Sutro Heights", from which descends Clement St, through the heart of "New Chinatown". Also note that the Golden Gate Bridge is NOT at the Golden Gate Park. The bridge is at the Presidio, to the north. The name "Golden Gate" refers to the strait, which the bridge spans.