Departing from the charming town of Tiburon, the Angel Island Tiburon Ferry takes passengers on 10-minute rides to the historic Angel Island State Park. The ferry is run by the McDonogh family, which boasts a storied history of five generations of running boats to the island while quoting lines from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The company runs its route year-round, encouraging hikers and bicyclists to take advantage of the islands' trails in any season and also runs regular sightseeing cruises around the bay. Passengers can embark on one- to two-hour excursions that glide beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, explore Alcatraz, or cruise along the shoreline of Marin County.
The ASE-certified mechanics at A1 Imports Autoworks keep both foreign and domestic vehicles humming smoothly down thoroughfares. Helmed by JP Cadoux, a seasoned motorsports enthusiast with professional racing experience, the auto-savvy team of techs brings a love for all things automotive to every oil change and tune-up. The staff, which specializes in BMW rebuilds, skillfully cares for coaches of any make and model. For quick care, A1 also performs basic work such as oil changes in about 45 minutes, or approximately the time it takes to microwave, eat, and regret 15 Hot Pockets.
Members of City Carshare, the company reports on its website, drive 50% less than individual car owners, annually saving more than 20 million pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. This is exactly what the local nonprofit had in mind in 2001 when they opened more than 200 Bay Area lots full of fuel-efficient, alternative-fuel, and electric cars and sleighs pulled by Virginia creeper. These vehicles are the linchpin in their two-fold social commitment to creating healthy urban spaces and strong communities.
The first part of that is relatively straightforward: fewer cars on the road mean less congestion and smog and reduced demand for parking lots that could be transformed into parks that grow into concrete jungles. The company defrays the high monetary costs of car ownership by providing insurance coverage, 24-hour roadside assistance, and all the fuel your vehicle needs to get on the road. To foster a sense of community, they hook members up with a private ride-sharing program and entice them to explore the city via their key fob, which unlocks perks at other local businesses. Their mission is backed by a global network of transportation visionaries in the international CarSharing Association, of which City Carshare is a founding member.
An innovative service featured by the likes of CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, Getaround puts you in someone else's driver's seat. Thousands of users with available vehicles list them on the site for nearby renters to browse and borrow through the Getaround mobile app—which can even unlock most vehicles, making impulsive getaways easy. In addition to providing more flexibility and convenience than most standard rental agencies or sharing services, another benefit of Getaround's model is access to a wide variety of exciting rides: luxury cars such as BMWs and Porsches join a loose-knit fleet that also includes Priuses, Teslas, and Smart cars. Full insurance coverage protects both drivers and renters, and round-the-clock roadside assistance provides a dependable safety net in case a car has an acute attack of homesickness mid-trip.
A gleaming Rolls-Royce parked front and center is not an uncommon occurrence at Keatley Detail, long the most trusted South of Market operation for an automotive deep clean. Interiors and exteriors alike emerge looking factory-fresh after one of their detailing treatments. Unlike the typical brushless car wash, Keatley offers a membership program of a few details per month, to keep that paint job shiny and maximize the resale value, should you ever look to sell your ride. Even waiting for your car to be cleaned is an upscale experience, with a waiting room that offers free WiFi, coffee and water. For fine-toothed detailing or to buff away the latest scratch and scrape that inevitably comes from parking on the street, Keatley Detail is the place to go.