- Thousands to pedal through five cities along iconic Bayshore Bikeway
- Proceeds from picturesque ride to support better biking in San Diego
pr On Sunday, August 27, bike lovers from all over the country will gather for a rare opportunity to ride across the world-renowned San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge. At the tenth annual Bike the Bay, nearly 3,500 participants of all bike-riding abilities will cruise through five cities along the Bayshore Bikeway, experiencing the region’s most breathtaking views on one of its premiere bike paths.
In 2007, San Diego Bike Coalition Executive Director Andy Hanshaw worked with the Bike Coalition to bring Bike the Bay to life. Today, it remains the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year, empowering its work to advocate for and protect the rights of all people on bikes from Imperial Beach to Oceanside.
“We started Bike the Bay ten years ago as a way to raise money for biking countywide while showcasing the character of our region and the abundant opportunity we have to become the most bike-friendly place in the country,” says Hanshaw. “Now, this ride has become a San Diego staple – a summer tradition for families, tourists and locals who want a remarkable view of the place they call home.”
On Sunday, August 27, bikes will pedal into Embarcadero Marina Park South on Harbor Drive. The ride will begin in two waves beginning at 7 a.m. A lane on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge will close to cars to allow participants to pedal the 2.1-mile bridge safely and completely car-free.
The remainder of the 25-mile route rolls through five surrounding cities including Coronado, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, National City and the City of San Diego. The ride follows the Bayshore Bikeway – a nationally renowned bike path and destination for thousands of two-wheeled travelers every year. A portion of the National City stretch of the bikeway will be completed just prior to the event, offering riders of the 10th annual Bike the Bay a new experience on a familiar route.
Post ride, participants can enjoy live entertainment, food trucks and a Coronado Brewing Co. Beer Garden at Embarcadero Marina Park South. To celebrate the ride’s 10-year anniversary, the Bike Coalition will distribute commemorative medals to go along with the memories made along the ride. Exclusive Bike the Bay cycling jerseys are available for purchase as well.
Registration, course maps and other information can be found at www.bikethebay.net. Registration is required and should be done as early as possible as previous years have sold out. A portion of Bike the Bay proceeds benefit the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, an organization advocating for and protecting the rights of all people who ride bicycles.
For information about this year’s corporate sponsors and sponsorships, please visit http://www.bikethebay.net/participate/sponsors-vendors/. For more information on the San Diego Bike Coalition and making San Diego County a better place to ride bikes, please visit www.sdbikecoalition.org.