Two Great Cycling Cities and Where to Stay

Another initiative to get people out of cars and on their bikes is Sunday Streets. On occasional Sundays throughout the year they will close the roads to cars and only allow bikes, skates and those on foot to pass through.

The Government has installed over 1500 bike racks and all new car parks must provide a relative amount of bike racks to car parking spaces.

Around 16% of San Francisco’s residents class themselves as ‘frequent cyclists’ cycling on two or more days per week.

Cycle-friendly hostels in San Francisco

To get the most for your money in San Francisco book into the Green Tortoise Backpackers Guesthouse. Here you’ll get free meals, free wi-fi and even a free sauna. It’s located in the city by the bay and the free bike rental means you can travel around the city in style the green way. You’ll feel at home at the Green Tortoise – there’s a kitchen, a pool table and foosball table, a piano, a stereo and quiet areas too – there’s also a bike rack to store your bike safely. There are private and dorm rooms with comfy beds, a lucky few have TVs and a huge selection of movies. The hostel is just a few minutes on a bike away from Chinatown, San Francisco Bay, Fisherman’s Wharf and Little Italy.  The city is easy to navigate on a bike and the staff at Green Tortoise will be happy to give you a free map and directions. Dorms and privates start at $33.00 pppn.

The Contest:

We’ve actually got two chances for you to win.  The good folks at Hostel Bookers are giving away a Pearl Izumi jersey/gloves prize pack to one of our Loving the Bike readers.  To enter, start following @hostelbookers on Twitter and “Like” them over on Facebook.  You get one entry for doing each of these things….wait a minute, let’s get you a couple more chances to win.  If you’re not already “Liking” us on Facebook or following us @lovingthebike, then do that for two more entries.  Once you’ve done all this, come back here and let us know by entering a comment below telling us how many entries you get and you’re in to WIN.

Contest closes on Friday, August 19th at Noon EST.


For a limited time WIN a bike and cycle accessories of your choice worth $500US (€350)! Go to and tell HostelBookers what fantasy accessory or feature you would like your bike to have.

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  • Anonymous

    4 for me!

  • Kim

    Two likes on facebook.

  • James Kluza

    I’m following and liking both, 4 for me?

  • MinorBaker

    following on Twitter – 2 entries

  • Psbandmb

    I followed on twitter.  2 entries. . . I can always use a new Pearl Izumi jersey

  • Bob A

    Now Follow and Like Hostel Bookers (2 entries).  Do we get entries if we already follow and like you Darryl? If so, then I’m in for four.  Thanks!

  • Katie

    Liked and following everywhere!  Maybe I’ll win.  :-)

  • Aaronthestrong

    I like to win stuff! I have liked everyone and everything and followed everyone and everything! I totally need some new gloves! :D

  • Ian Redmond

    just did it darryl 

  • Dan Landson

    I love cycling & Traveling!!!!!

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Totally.  I’m still working at making a living out of Family Time, Cycling, and Traveling.

  • Joel Phillips

    I follow you on twitter already so I just have 3 entries here and the one comment for the free bike.  (I will add that I came up with one bitchin’ fantasy accessory).

    Happy Riding……

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike

      I’ll bet you’ll have one rocking fantasy accessory idea…..I’ll head over there to check out what you suggested.

  • Pedro Verdugo

    was already following you on Twitter–now I’ve completed the remaining “trifecta:” like on FB x 2, and following Hostelbookers on twitter. BTW: that’s a smoking price for a Loving the Bike kit, definitely gonna have to pick one up.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Awesome….yeah it’s a great price for the jersey and kit.  Good quality and comfortable as well.  Make sure you send us a picture of you in it once you have one.

    • Bob A

      To say nothing of the kick-ass design! (a little self-promotion never hurts)

  • BrennanAnnie

    Done, done done done done.  Derek, if I don’t win this, tell me how I can buy a loving the bike jersey. I would love to have one!

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike

      HI Anne,

      Did you just call me Derek…hahahahaha.  Thanks for entering and you can purchase our Loving the Bike Jersey’s at

      • BrennanAnnie

        Again, I am such a moron. I am so totally a candidate for early dementia.

  • Brandon Eason

    Followed both on Twitter.

  • Valerie

    I liked both on Facebook and followed both on Twitter so I get FOUR entries. :)