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Offline dicanip03

sanfrancisco bay bridge cycling
« on: May 02, 2007, 01:41:35 am »
Hi, Trying to organize logistics of my trip. Interested in cycling from San fancisco international airport to Oakland amktrak rail station to connect with the start of the Trans AM. Have been looking at google but the route is freeways. Any advice would be apreciated.


Offline valygrl

sanfrancisco bay bridge cycling
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2007, 08:17:09 pm »
The direct route is all freeway, and not rideable.

You can take BART (commuter train) from the SF airport to about 1-1.5 miles from the oakland amtrak.   It costs about $4, takes around an hour, and you are allowed to take your bike on during non-rush-hour times.  google "bay area rapid transit" for more info.  

trying to do this with a boxed bike and luggage would be a pain in the butt, but you could probably do it.  You would need to take a taxi the mile to the amtrack station.

The dumbarton is the only transbay bridge that allows cycling.  you can ride south down the peninsula to Menlo Park,  ride across the Dumbarton Bridge (hwy 84), which has an excellent, safe, separate bike lane, and then find your way up through the maze of high-density city from Fremont to Oakland.  There are definitely city-street ways to do this.  Not necessarily nice riding, though.

If you are trying to find the best way to get to Astoria (or nearby), you might look into renting a one-way rental car.  It might cost a little more, but save a bunch of time and some scheduling headaches.  I think you'll have to re-box your bike for amtrack, so you could also avoid that hassle.  If there are 2 or more of you, it would almost certainly be more cost-effective than the train.  You might have to return your car in portland, and then ride or hitch out to astoria.  There are at least 2 ways to do that ride, i have done the one along the columbia river (hwy 30, if i recall correctly) and it was just fine, and completely straightforward.  there is an RV park in the middle.  It took 1 1/4 days.

Or you could just catch a connecting flight to portland and start there.  

Also, if you are willing to spend a little time and take your chances, you can try craigslist.org (bay area version) and post a note on their rideshare listing.  

sorry, too much information.... :)

good luck!
anna


Offline dicanip03

sanfrancisco bay bridge cycling
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2007, 07:20:01 pm »
Hi, thanks for the information, I thought the ride would be difficult to navagate, so I might give the BART a go. I don't have to box the bike, so this should be OK.
Thanks Again  


Offline litespeed

sanfrancisco bay bridge cycling
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2007, 09:36:51 pm »
Valygrl's advice is excellent as usual. Another thing you might consider is U-Haul. You can just heave your bike(s) in the back of one of their little Toyota trucks and go to Astoria. It is expensive for one person but would be great for a group. And one way is no problem. Also, if they have a surplus of vehicles at your starting point and a shortage at your destination you can get a hearty discount - usually 50%. A lot of people move to the SF Bay area so they might want vehicles taken out.
I did this once in Louisiana after a collision - rebroken collarbone, dented helmet and badly skinned knee. I just rented a little truck and drove home to Florida to recuperate. No discount (wrong direction) but the car driver's insurance paid. Plus.

This message was edited by litespeed on 5-5-07 @ 5:54 PM

Offline valygrl

sanfrancisco bay bridge cycling
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2007, 11:38:43 pm »
thanks litespeed!  :)