Bay City Bike's four locations in Fisherman's Wharf serve as the brick-and-mortar trailheads for bikers looking to cruise through the scenic streets and notable sites of San Francisco and the Bay Area. From each location, cyclists can ask staffers for directions to a number of scenic routes, including a path that crosses the Golden Gate Bridge and crosses into Sausalito, mountain-bike trails through the Marin Headlands, or tours of historic locales such as the Palace of Fine Arts or the famed phone booth known for letting people teleport out of Alcatraz. Those who prefer to explore San Francisco by other modes of transit can sign up with Bay City Bike for tours via Go Cars, Segways, and buses.
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B-cycle operates much like a car-sharing service, allowing members and non-members to rent bikes when they need them and return them to the same or any other station. Because B-cycle encourages short trips throughout the city, only jaunts lasting less than an hour are covered with your membership; however, you can extend your pedaling for $2.50 for each additional half hour. From now until October 31, bikes will be available at many of the city's popular sightseeing locations, allowing fun-savvy wayfarers, visitors, and new residents to gander at Chicago's stately skyscrapers and overbig pizzas, all while reducing carbon emissions.
House of Air is not a house—it's a repurposed airplane hangar, and inside is The Matrix. Forty-two trampolines make up this main court, which is part wall and features two skatepark-inspired bowls at its north end. On any given day, the Matrix busies itself by proving that gravity can be exploited. Guests launch from the floors and angled corners high into the air, some of them wearing GoPro rental cameras that record each breathtaking flip and dizzying spin.
Despite its size, the Matrix is just one of several areas inside the hangar. There's also the Colosseum, an arena for dodgeball games; the Training Ground, where experienced fliers practice their wall-walks during Open Air sessions; and the Air Jr. Bounce House, an inflatable playground for three- to six-year-olds. The wonderland of trampolines therefore caters to visitors of all stripes. Some might want to take an Air Conditioning class, while others throw jumping parties. Those who want to learn impressive tricks can even take private lessons from a staff of professional coaches, whose specialties range from snowboarding to competitive gymnastics.
Segway of Oakland harbors a fleet of off-road Segway x2s and street-friendly Segway i2s, which renters mount for city tours, lessons, and offsite events. Both tours and lessons begin with a video overview of segway basics to acquaint the rider and the ridden. Tours then traverse the city, with guides sharing historical tidbits on Oakland’s oak-ruled past on a route that hits Jack London Square, the downtown sector, and the shores of Lake Merritt. Group lessons jet through skill-building exercises in parking lots and on bike paths. After building confidence, students graduate to higher speeds and more varied terrains, such as bridges and grassy fields, and lessons culminate in an independent ride. Segway of Oakland can also enrich team-building events for companies or exceptionally competitive families with segway demonstrations.