The best way to get across town is to do it by foot.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to walk across the street.
You can cross the city with the help of a bicycle.
But in the case of San Francisco, that’s not an option because of the city’s notorious congestion.
“The traffic is very heavy and you’ll be stuck on the right side of the street,” says San Francisco resident and local cyclist Dan Toth.
That’s because of San Franciscans “slow and heavy streets.”
To cross a city street you need to pay a toll.
The city charges tolls for a number of different roads, including freeways, expressways, interstates and tunnels.
That means you’ll have to pay for every single mile you cross.
But because tolls are levied by the state and city governments, they’re also a lot more expensive than they seem.
“You have to wait for the tolls to come in,” Toth explains.
“And the toll will go up as you drive, and then the toll goes down as you go.”
So you have the added burden of paying a toll every time you cross the road, all for the express purpose of crossing the street faster than everyone else.
“If you pay it, you’re going to be the only one who can go to the next stop,” says Toth, who has crossed several San Francisco streets with a bicycle on multiple occasions.
It’s not a bad way to cross, but it’s a big expense, and it’s also not a cheap way to do so.
“It costs around $8-$10 to cross a San Francisco street,” he says.
“So you’re paying around $10-$20 to get there.”
And when you cross, you don’t get the chance to pay the toll.
If you pay a high toll, you can’t cross the rest of the way, and you end up stuck in traffic waiting for the next one.
Toth and his wife, Laura, have a couple of options for getting around San Francisco: a car or a bicycle (which they’ve used more than once).
“We’re not the only people who do it this way,” Toths says.
It takes a little more planning and some practice to figure out which one is right for you.
It is possible to cross San Francisco in a bicycle, but you’ll need to use the right-of-way to get around.
“We’ve had people who have done this before,” Tuth says.
One of them, a driver, got a $500 fine.
Toths admits it’s risky.
“I’d say it’s not recommended, but there’s nothing we can do about it,” he said.
Tuth also recommends using a bike lane to cross.
“Most people cross San Francis streets in the left lane,” he adds.
“Bicycles are better for a couple different reasons.
First, they are more stable, so you can cross faster.”
It’s also possible to get the same result without using a bicycle lane, if you follow the rules of the road.
That said, it can be tricky to get people to understand how to use both of those options.
“There’s a lot of people who don’t understand what we’re talking about,” Teth says.
That includes people with epilepsy who can’t ride a bike.
“They say they need to ride a car, and they’re fine with that, but they’re not very good at it,” Tith adds.
You’re also not guaranteed to be able to cross with a bike if you have epilepsy, but if you don, you’ll likely have to take a road rage class to learn how to do that.
TOTH says that the road rage classes he’s taught, as well as those he’s been given, have been very helpful in helping people learn how best to cross safely.
He suggests using a helmet when crossing, and even riding on the sidewalk if you’re not confident you can do so safely.
“My advice to anyone that is unsure of how to cross is, you’ve gotta take a class,” Tiths says.
And if you’ve never crossed San Francisco before, it’s best to practice first.
It will be much easier to understand the rules if you know what they are and have practiced the first time.
“That’s really the key to the process,” TOTH explains.
If this article has made you question your cycling habit, consider reading this story about how a mother and her daughter were able to complete the journey from the top of a mountain to the bottom of a city in just four days.
It was not easy.
“But it was really worth it,” she says.