The Streets of San Francisco

If there's one thing that makes our beautiful city stand out, it's definitely the real estate.  Not only is this the 2nd hilliest city in the world, but it certainly makes for a challenging ride on a scooter and a motorcycle, for that matter. If you ride either one, try navigating some of these streets, challenging in more ways than one!

Lombard Street. Of course, being the most crooked street in America, this is probably the only one that most tourists know about. With eight (8) switchbacks and a red brick road, it not only tests your skills but your nerves as well.

Vermont Street heading South. Between 20th and 22nd Streets, for a smaller, less glamorous version of Lombard Street. It'll force you to turn your head and use your counterweight technique like nobody's business.

Gough Street. Start at Bay Street and go all the way down to Market Street. You'll go through some of the steepest hills in San Francisco, along with the flats. It may push your throttle control skills to a whole new level. If you don't like roller coaster rides, you may want to avoid this one.

Twin Peaks Boulevard. Look at the map and you'll see a lovely Figure 8 right at the top of the hill. Not only are the views amazing, but so are these curves. Don't forget to layer up, it can get pretty foggy and cold at the top.

Arguello Boulevard at Washington Boulevard. (heading South from the Main Post). As you head south (going uphill), look for a sharp right turn onto Washington Boulevard (before you exit the park). You’re forced to slow to a speed of no more than ~10-15mph (more than 15mph is doable, but may take more practice) for one of the steepest right turns you’ve ever done on 2 wheels. Remember not to tailgate any cars too closely, because if you do and they stop unexpectedly in the middle, you probably won’t make it in a fully upright position. Stopping in a corner on a flat hill is one thing, but stopping in an uphilll corner is another.

Those are just a few for now, more challenging aspects of riding in the City to come!

This article was published on the ExaminerSF on 8/20/2010.