It’s not difficult to imagine, when you first moved to San Francisco, that every corner must have a bike shop. However, once you moved out of the Mission District, it’s difficult to find a place to get your bike fixed. Heavy Metal Bike Shop is one exception in the nearby TransMission. However, if you live in Bernal Heights and decide to be car free, you are pretty far from 29th St.
So why does Bernal Heights only have one option for bike repair? There are definitely a lot of people in the neighborhood who are biking. Organizations like SFBike.org recently featured an article about a mom who bikes her child to school in the Mission from the North Bernal Heights. Plus, you do see many bikers in the evening out on the streets of the neighborhood.
Although some of us may have insane hills to deal with, the option to walk your bike, bike on flatter ground, and continue your journey with public transportation could be realized with correct community focus. In the meantime, without proper bike trails and bike repair options, Bernal Heights residents will be more likely to not to choose a car free option. In fact, long time Bernal Heights blogger cited moving out of the area because he was lured by bike trails elsewhere.
Bike culture and bike amenities are simply what people expect from a fully functioning neighborhood in SF. North Bernal Heights can only be enhanced by such real estate features.