Bikes to Books Tour

This unique bicycle literary tour of the city began as an homage to City Lights co-founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s 1988 project in which 12 streets were renamed for famous artists and authors who once called San Francisco their home. Twenty-five years later, local author/cyclist Nicole Gluckstern and amateur historian/cartographer Burrito Justice devised a bike tour and interactive map connecting all 12 streets and authors/artists, from Jack London to Jack Kerouac, South Park to North Beach.

This ride marks the one-year anniversary of the project, and publication of a new, expanded poster map. The 7.1-mile tour takes up to three hours, and is not for the faint of heart nor gear. There is plenty of traffic to dodge, hills to climb, one-way streets, and even a set of stairs. Riders meet at 12:45 pm at Jack London Alley, ride begins at 1 pm sharp and ends at approximately 4 pm in North Beach outside City Lights. Bring bikes with gears, snacks, and enthusiasm! Maps will be available for purchase.