San Diegans gearing up for bicycling events

August 4, 2013 by  

Bicyclists have two separate events to look forward to in the coming weeks.

Enthusiasts can first take part in an August 11 ride that will be the first ever ‘CicloSDias’ – a car-free event, also known as an ‘open street’ ride. The route is five miles long and winds along 30th Street through various neighborhoods. The street will be closed to cars from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on the day of the ride. Anyone who wants to participate may do so free of charge and without registering.

Then, on August 25, a highly anticipated event will take place – Bike the Bay. For this annual ride, the San Diego-Coronado Bridge will be closed to motorized traffic and turned over to bicyclists. The bridge is slightly over two miles long and rises to a height of 200 feet to allow ships from the nearby Naval Station San Diego to pass beneath it. It is always an exciting day, and a rare one, when traffic is banned from the bridge.

The executive director of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, Andy Hanshaw, is planning the events. He hopes to see a turnout of between 10,000 and 20,000 at the CircloSDias, noting that a similar event in Los Angeles, which began fairly recently, now draws 180,000 people. Hanshaw also notes that San Diego is not as bicycle-friendly as it could be, and hopes to change that.

Hanshaw and the event organizers might work with poster printing experts to create posters for display around the city. They might consider selling them as souvenirs as well.