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Thousands Of Cyclists To Roll Across The Coronado Bridge On Two Wheels For Bike The Bay

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Posted: Friday, August 9, 2019 11:14 am | Updated: 11:37 am, Wed Aug 14, 2019.

In its 12th year, San Diego’s iconic Bike the Bay event pedals back into town on Aug. 25. Offering riders from all over the U.S. a rare opportunity to cycle across the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge, Bike the Bay welcomes cyclists of all abilities. The ride travels along Bayshore Bikeway, which hugs San Diego Bay through five cities.

“Twelve years ago, we had a vision for a more bike-friendly San Diego,” said Bike Coalition Executive Director Andy Hanshaw. “We created Bike the Bay to make this vision a reality and today it helps us by bringing riders from all across the county, and the world, to come enjoy our sights by bike.”

It’s the year’s biggest fundraiser for the San Diego Bike Coalition, which advocates for and protects the rights of all people on bikes from Imperial Beach to Oceanside. In its 12 years, the ride has raised more than $700,000 for the organization with a over 35,000 participants.

Participants will travel through five cities along the Bayshore Bikeway to take in the region’s breathtaking sights. For the second time, participants will also have a chance to embark on an optional off-road portion, adding natural habitat and undeveloped areas to the list of “awe” moments that riders will experience. 

On Aug. 25, Run-Of-Day, the ride starts and ends at the Embarcadero Marina Park South, 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101. Late registration will open at 5:30 a.m. At 6:30 a.m., the staging of riders will take place. Riders in the Enthusiast Waves will begin the course at 7 a.m. followed by the Recreationalist Waves which starts their trek at 8 a.m. The post-ride festival will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The Bike Coalition shares the City of San Diego’s Climate Action Goal of achieving 6% bike commuter mode share by 2020. The organization also represents better biking at City Council meetings, submitting public comment on behalf of people on bikes. Through its outreach, it sends instructors into communities where bike education has been historically absent. Bike the Bay helps to support the Bike Coalition’s advocacy efforts for safer streets and bikeways, as well as education and encouragement programs.

For more information or to sign up for Bike the Bay, visit http://www.bikethebay.net. For more information on the San Diego Bike Coalition, visit https://sdbikecoalition.org.

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