Tuesday, April 24, 2018

San Diego Bike Coalition Launches Inaugural Regional Bike Summit on June 21

Regional leaders to gather for three days of discussions around improving bicycling
Summit to include breakout sessions focused on diversity, gender in the bicycling landscape

SAN DIEGO, April 17, 2018 – For the first time, the San Diego Bike Coalition will host a Regional Bike Summit to uncover strategies to improve bicycling in all communities of the San Diego region.

“With the rise of bicycling in San Diego, we saw an opportunity to bring together a diverse group of advocates, leaders and elected officials to discuss real solutions for better biking,” says Bike Coalition Executive Director Andy Hanshaw. “Our goal for this summit is to break down common barriers to bicycling in order to get more people on bikes regardless of gender identity, race or income.”

The Regional Bike Summit kicks off at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) with a half-day Women/Femme/Trans Summit to celebrate bicycling within this population and to give a voice to those within the bicycling community who aren’t typically heard. Highlights for the three-day summit include: 
Thursday, June 21 – 1 – 5 p.m.: Women/Trans/Femme Summit, Summer Solstice Bike Ride
This half-day summit features powerful female speakers such as Keynote Speaker Dr. Adonia Lugo, UCLA Urban Anthropologist and workshops that focus on female, trans and femme empowerment in the bicycling community.
The Bike Coalition's annual Summer Solstice Bike Ride will also depart from MOPA at 6 p.m., and ride to Mission Brewery in East Village.

Friday, June 22 – 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.: Regional Bike Summit
The full day of bike-focused discussions and workshops includes panels on important local and regional topics such as bikesharing, e-bikes, bike and transit integration and trail riding.

Saturday, June 23 – 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.: Mobile/Field Workshops, Velobration
Following a morning of mobile (on bike) workshops led across San Diego and Tijuana,  the Bike Coalition and the San Diego Mountain Biking Association will host a fundraiser at the Velodrome complete with New Belgium beer, costumes and live music.
According to Hanshaw, this summit has the potential to change the bicycling landscape in San Diego.

“We want this summit to break through to diverse populations so that we can cultivate a strong voice for better biking and get rid of the stereotypes associated with San Diego’s bike community,” says Hanshaw. “By uniting all communities and people, we can truly shape the future of bicycling in our region.”   

The Regional Bike Summit welcomes all those interested in the future of bicycling in San Diego to attend. 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.


San Diego Bike Coalition is a nonprofit organization that advocates for and protects the rights of all people who ride bicycles. They promote bicycling as a mainstream, safe and enjoyable form of transportation and recreation. For more information, please visit www.sdbikecoalition.org.

Source: Go Mixte

Free Monthly Speaker Series Features Bicycle Commuting 101 for Women (and everyone else)

Outdoor gear shop hosts event on May 2 to encourage more people to try a two-wheel commute

SAN DIEGO, April 24, 2018 — A local outdoor gear shop will treat aspiring bicycle commuters to an informational session full of how-to tips and gear must-haves to help more people kick their car habit—just in time for National Bike Month and Bike to Work Day.

Hosted by ROVE, an outdoor and travel store in Normal Heights, the ROVE Abouts monthly speaker series is a casual gathering in an intimate space with time to connect, learn and dream. On May 2, it will feature lessons learned from experienced bicycle commuter Jamie Hampton.

“We want to break down barriers and introduce inexperienced bicycle riders to a new way of approaching San Diego’s streets,” said Blake Robertson, who owns ROVE with his wife Jenna. “We know that Jamie Hampton, whose has been bicycle commuting in San Diego for almost 15 years, will share helpful riding tips and gear choices to make bicycle commuter fun and easy for everyone.”

Hampton, who leads Mixte Communications by day, is well known as a bicycle commuter and someone whose staff is often seen on two wheels. She’s been recognized by iCommute’s Diamond Award program as a San Diego Commuter of the Year for her dedication to bicycling and using transit to make business meetings all across the county. Her company is always a multi-year award winner of iCommute’s Diamond Awards honoring commuter programs that include education, flexibility, encouragement and support to encourage employees to ditch cars and try other forms of transportation.

In her May 2 presentation, Hampton will share her habits, tips and lessons learned with a heavy emphasis on those that will appeal to new or inexperienced riders. They will be practical tips to help with apparel on and off the bike, meal preparation, packing, finding the right path, essential gear and fitness. 
ROVE Abouts starts at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, at Rove in Normal Heights. No ticket or RSVP is required.


ROVE: Launched in 2016, ROVE is a small retail and community space in Normal Heights offering a curated selection of outdoor and travel gear, accessories and home goods to inspire an adventurous life. Learn more at https://rove.camp or by visiting ROVE at 3275 Adams Ave.

Source: Go Mixte

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November 3: Bike Coalition to Give Out Free Bike Lights to Riders on Bicycles

Sorry, I haven't posted much around here lately. I had pneumonia and totally missed the last CicloSDias because of it. But here's some news worth sharing:

November 3: Bike Coalition to Give Out Free Bike Lights to Riders on Bicycles
Two-wheeled travelers to light up the night for daylight savings
San Diego Central Library to promote safe commuting at night

WHAT: As Daylight Savings time brings shorter days, the San Diego County Bike Coalition invites all bike commuters to receive free front and rear bike lights. The Bike Coalition and the San Diego Central Library will encourage safe, nighttime commuting with helpful tips and important safety information about riding in the dark.

WHY: The Daylight Savings transition on Sunday, November 5, means more people who commute by bikes will pedal home in the dark. As California state law requires cyclists to use front and rear lights when commuting at night, the Bike Coalition wants to ensure all people in San Diego have access to what they need to be visible on busy streets and get home safely.

San Diego Bike Coalition
San Diego Central Library
WHERE: San Diego Central Library (330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101)

WHEN: Friday, November 3 from 3 to 6 p.m.
(source: Go Mixte)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

SUNDAY: Hundreds of Women On Bikes Take to South County for Inaugural Women Ride IB

Committee of local women who rides bikes created ride to empower female bicycling community
Morning bike rides to end among celebration of women-owned businesses at Bikeway Village in Imperial Beach

Funds raised to empower San Diego Bike Coalition to advocate for safe biking countywide

WHAT: Hundreds of women of all ages, races and abilities will grab their bikes and pedal for the inaugural Women Ride IB.

In the morning, hundreds of women will divide into two bike riding groups: some will take a casual ride on the roads from Imperial Beach to National City and back, while others will enjoy the mountain bike trails from Imperial Beach through Otay Valley Regional Park and back. Both bike rides will conclude with a festival showcasing local, women-owned businesses at the newly opened Bikeway Village in Imperial Beach.

All proceeds from Women Ride IB benefit the San Diego County Bike Coalition and its mission to protect and advocate for the rights of all people on bikes countywide.

WHY: According to the San Diego County Bike Coalition, Women Ride IB is an opportunity for the female bicycling community in San Diego to grow and celebrate each other. Brought from concept to fruition by a committee of more than a dozen women who ride bicycles in San Diego County, the ride was devised by women, for women.

WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, September 17
10 a.m.: Bike rides depart from Bikeway Village (536 13th Street, Imperial Beach)
11:30 a.m. – Noon: Bike rides return to Bikeway Village for the post-ride festival

San Diego County Bike Coalition
Hundreds of women on bikes
Women-owned businesses showcased at Bikeway Village festival

Register here. Registration is $40 or $25 for students.

Source: Go Mixte

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

DecoBike Pulls Out of San Diego Beaches

Super interesting article on News 8 today.

The City is removing is removing several DecoBike stations- 15 to be exact- in beach areas and will be relocating the stations to the urban core. I've never been particularly into DecoBike. I think they're a total ripoff, it shouldn't be cheaper to catch an Uber than it is to ride a bike, but maybe someday this City will get its shit together.

Station #              Station Location

13           4198 Mission Bay Dr (Mission Bay Boat Ramp)

52           1492 N Harbor Dr (W Ash St & N Harbor Dr)

68           1899 N Harbor Dr (W Grape St and N Harbor Dr)

92           4500 Ocean Blvd (PB Boardwalk)

103         780 Thomas Ave (Thomas Ave & Mission Blvd)

104         700 Grand Ave (PB Lifeguard Station)

105         760 Pacific Beach Dr (P.B. Dr & Mission Blvd)

108         1005 W Mission Bay Dr (Bonita Cove Park)

110         1098 W Mission Bay Dr (Ventura Cove Park)

111         Dana Landing Rd & W Mission Bay Dr

112         5800 Newport Ave (Newport Ave & Abbott Ave)

115         2100 Spray St (Spray St & Brighton Ave)

118         2727 De Anza Rd (N Mission Bay Dr & De Anza Rd)

131         2576 Laning Rd (USS Recruit, Liberty Station)

187         1240 East Mission Bay Dr (Fiesta Island Park)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

SANDAG Howard-Orange Bikeway Open House

Open House and Public Hearing on July 27
Traffic and Safety Assessment Published July 12

Date/Time:  Thursday, July 27, 6 - 8 p.m. 
                     6 - 6:45 p.m. Open House
                     6:45 - 8 p.m. Public Hearing
Location:     Lafayette Hotel
                     Mississippi Ballroom
                     2223 El Cajon Blvd
                     San Diego, CA 92104

About the project
The Howard – Orange Bikeway is one of six segments planned as part of the 13-mile North Park | Mid-City Bikeways. The proposed project would provide bikeways on existing urban roadways in the North Park and Mid-City (City Heights) communities of the City of San Diego, and also connect to adjacent Uptown and Eastern communities. The purpose of the proposed project is to make it more convenient, attractive, and safe for people to ride bikes. The proposed project also would benefit people who walk and drive by making roadways safer for all users.

The proposed Howard – Orange Bikeway will be 3.3 miles and will run along Howard Avenue, between Park Boulevard and 32nd Street, and along Orange Avenue between 32nd Street and Estrella Avenue.

Public Hearing and Traffic and Safety Assessment
This open house and public hearing marks an important step for the Howard – Orange Bikeway project. SANDAG, as the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), will hold a public hearing to hear comments on the proposed project. The public hearing will be held from 6:45 to 8 p.m., at which time attendees may provide verbal comments on the project. 

SANDAG published a Traffic and Safety Impact Assessment for the project on July 12, 2017. Preparation of this assessment is required before the SANDAG Board of Directors can make a determination that the proposed project is exempt from CEQA under Public Resources Code Section 21080.20.5.

The public hearing will be preceded by an open house from 6 to 6:45 p.m. showcasing project features and updates, including the results of the Traffic and Safety Impact Assessment. During the open house portion of the meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to talk with project team members and provide feedback. The SANDAG Transportation Committee is anticipated to consider whether the proposed project is exempt from CEQA at its September 15, 2017 meeting. Comments collected at the public hearing and open house and written responses to those comments will be provided to the Transportation Committee for its consideration prior to their September 15, 2017 meeting.

To learn more about the project, please visit KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/HowardOrangeBikeway.

Free bike valet parking will be provided at this event. Let us know if you plan to attend the open house and public hearing by visiting our Facebook event page. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Saturday, July 8: Tour De Fat Bicycle Parade & Music Festival

Tour de Fat Bicycle Parade is happening again this year. Since the music festival has changed from a free event in Golden Hill to a ticketed event at Waterfront Park, the bicycle parade has changed. This year the parade is still all ages, but will meet at Panama 66 at 2:30pm down and work down to Waterfront Park.

After the parade, gates to the Tour De Fat Festival open at 4pm. It is ticketed at $25 a person and is 100% 21+.

Saturday, July 8, 2017
4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Waterfront Park
1600 Pacific Hwy
San Diego, CA

Run of Show:
4:00 p.m. – Doors Open
4:20 p.m. – FIRE LEOPARD
4:40 p.m. – Fashion Show: Great costumes deserve great admiration. The fashion show is open to all who want to show off their Tour de Fat costume on the catwalk.
5:25 p.m. – The Verigolds
6:25 p.m. – Slow Ride: Race your fellow Tour de Fat-goers in a bike race where the last person to cross the finish line is the winner. The catch: if you put a foot down, you’re out.
6:40 p.m. – Ssssnake
7:00 p.m. – Dance Contest: Here’s your chance to strut your stuff. The winner walks away with a New Belgium cruiser bike!
7:30 p.m. – The Naked and Famous
9:00 p.m. – Adios! (curfew)

Roaming Throughout the Show – The Sputnik Stage: The world’s first satellite stage! A one-of-a-kind, Vaudeville Nouveau-meets-classic melodrama, Tim Burton-meets-Wile E. Coyote, all-American, one-quarter European, contraption-riddled, character-driven, risk-taking, expectation-breaking, circus-infused, standing-ovation-inducing, theatrical extravaganza!

Benefiting: San Diego Bicycle Coalition
The mission of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition is to advocate for and protect the rights of all people who ride bicycles. The organization promotes bicycling as a mainstream, safe, and enjoyable form of transportation and recreation. The funds generated from Tour de Fat support SDCBC in providing free community bicycle education courses to encourage more people to ride in their daily lives and awareness for safe streets and bicycle infrastructure.

San Diego Mountain Bike Association
The mission of the San Diego Mountain Bike Association is to advocate for outdoor recreational access throughout San Diego County, foster respect for the environment and educate trail users in safe and appropriate mountain biking use, provide expert assistance in sustainable trail design, building, and maintenance and work with other trail user groups, land managers, and policy makers to develop fair and responsible policies governing the use of public and private lands. The funds generated from Tour de Fat will allow SDMBA to rise to a new level of member service, communications, and more efficient operations.

Tickets: $25 +fees
Tickets are first come first served and are available for purchase in advance online
Donations for non-profit will be accepted at the show

For more information about the Tour de Fat San Diego stop, performers, or to purchase tickets, visit newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/city/san-diego.

About New Belgium Brewing
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire and the new Fat Tire Belgian White coming August 2017, New Belgium brews fourteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Citradelic Lime Ale, Voodoo Ranger IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale, Dayblazer Easygoing Ale, Tartastic Lemon Ginger Ale, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Bohemian Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale, Trippel and a gluten-reduced line, Glutiny Pale Ale and Glutiny Golden Ale. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.