Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Bike Activities This Week

It's been so long since my little family unit has been on bikes together that I had to dig through my archives to find any evidence of us on bikes. This is from 5 years ago, and to be honest, we stopped riding because our neighborhood got too dangerous and aggro for us to feel safe. So thought the BikeSD email below warranted a repost.

BikeSD sent out a helpful reminder for some activities happening this week, so in the spirit of amplification, here's the content of their email. 

Free Cargo Bike Carnival 

Friday, April 12 — from 3-6 p.m. at San Diego's Waterfront Park: Bring your bicycles for an kid-friendly family ride along the new J Street protected bike lanes in downtown San Diego. Free demos of cargo bikes suitable for families (including electric bikes and accessories). Free helmets for 100 kids and adults with expert fittings by Bike coloring book by artist Lisa Y. Mendez. Facebook event page here.

Family Ride and People-Protected Bikeway on 30th Street 

Saturday, April 13 — at 10 a.m. at Bird Playground (northeast corner of Balboa Park). Community members will ride their bicycles along 30th Street in North Park to show support for safer streets for all users. During the family-friendly ride, dozens will act as a human barrier protecting bike commuters from cars to make a bold statement that any new bikeway along 30th Street, a critical corridor, must be physically protected. District 3 Councilmember Chris Ward will be riding with us. If you're interested in being part of the people-protected lane, contact Join us! Facebook event info here.

30th Street Bikeway Design Public Hearing In North Park 

Tuesday, April 16 — from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 2901 N Park Way. North Park
Planning is hosting a public hearing on proposed bike lanes being considered on 30th Street. The City of San Diego has a critical opportunity to provide safe streets for families by ensuring that protected bikeways become the default when considering new bike facilities. Protected bikeways are essential to helping new riders feel safe getting out on the road and to meeting the City's climate and safety goals. Come be a voice for biking and safety in North Park. Facebook event page here.


Monday, April 1, 2019

NIxle Report: Serious Injury Collision

It's been awhile since I've posted here. There are a ton of bike events and Bike To Work Day is coming up and there have been and will be a lot of community meetings and conversations about bike lanes and paths and SANDAG stuff, but life has been busy and I've been off the saddle for a long time, so it feels disingenuous to write as a bike rider, let alone an advocate, but then I realized part of the reason I don't ride is because I'm mostly terrified to ride these days. Some of my favorite people, who ride everyday, have been injured or road scarred or hit that I wonder what business I have riding the streets of San Diego. If I can't walk somewhere, I'll take a ride or Uber any day over the risk of bike riding. It makes me sad, but it's a sad reality.

So I'll try to get some posts back on this page--especially since I still pay for the domain--but I don't claim to be any authority on local bike happenings. Hit up San Diego County Bicycle Coalition for the cool stuff, and BikeSD is still super active and instrumental in local advocacy. For now, I'll post stuff like this when it comes across my email and light a candle for safe riding.

Incident# 48527
Begin Date/Time: 03/29/2019 04:30 AM
End Date/Time:
Beat: 512 Location: Main St./I-15 Off Ramp
Neighborhood: Logan Heights Inc
Type: Serious Injury Collision Synopsis: A 60 year old male driving a Ford F-150 Pick-Up truck stopped for a red traffic light on the I-15 off ramp to 3300 Main Street. A 73 year old male bicyclist was riding Southbound in the Northbound lanes of Main Street. The traffic signal cycled to green for the pick-up truck. The bicyclist rode out in front of the pick-up truck and was struck. The bicyclist was transported to a local hospital and is being treated for life threatening injuries. SDPD Traffic Division responded to the scene and will be handling.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

November 2: Riders on Bicycles to Receive Free Bike Lights at Central Library

November 2: Riders on Bicycles to Receive Free Bike Lights at Central Library

Cyclists to light up the road for daylight savings

Bike Coalition joins Police Department to promote safe commuting at night

WHAT: As Daylight Savings time brings shorter days, the San Diego Bike Coalition and the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) invite all bike commuters to receive free front bike lights. All riders on bikes can head to the San Diego Central Library where the Bike Coalition and Police Department will encourage safe, nighttime commuting with free bike light installation, helpful tips and important safety information about riding in the dark.

WHY: The Daylight Savings transition on Sunday, November 4, 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 and Police Department want 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 Police Department
San Diego Central Library
WHERE: San Diego Central Library (330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101)

WHEN: Friday, November 2 from 4 to 6 p.m.

source:Go Mixte

Friday, October 5, 2018

October 21: Thousands to Roll Through Car-Free Streets in Ocean Beach at CiclOBias

San Diego Bike Coalition invites families to shop local at open-streets celebration

SAN DIEGO, September 25, 2018 – On October 21, the San Diego Bike Coalition will bring its open-streets celebration back to the beach with CiclOBias Ocean Beach. The car-free event encourages San Diego residents and tourists alike to bike, walk, skate or stroll through neighborhood streets to support local businesses and enjoy time outdoors.

“We wanted to bring this year’s open-streets event back to the beach in an area abundant with local shops and restaurants,” says Bike Coalition Executive Director Andy Hanshaw. “CiclOBias will allow people of all ages to explore all that Ocean Beach’s vibrant beach community has to offer from a completely new standpoint.”

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 21, select streets in Ocean Beach will close to cars to allow people to participate in a variety of family-friendly activities and re-experience the charm of the neighborhood from outside a car. The CiclOBias route begins at Voltaire St. and expands through Bacon St. with access to Santa Monica Ave. and Newport Ave.

Since the first open-streets event, CicloSDias, rolled through North Park streets in 2013, the Bike Coalition has engaged community partners, city officials, local businesses and neighbors to host five additional open-streets celebrations in beach and inland communities. CiclOBias is a partnership with the City of San Diego, the County of San Diego, the California Office of Traffic Safety, San Diego Police and the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association.

The Bike Coalition encourages people of all ages to join for the free CiclOBias on October 21. For daily updates, roll along with the San Diego County Bike Coalition on Facebook and Twitter or at


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

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

June 21-23: Regional Bike Summit in San Diego

June 21: Inaugural Regional Bike Summit to Lead with Female Empowerment

Three-day experience to end with Velobration celebrating kickoff to summer
San Diego Bike Coalition to host panels and workshops around better bicycling

WHAT: The first-ever Regional Bike Summit will kick off with a half-day summit devoted to empowering the women, trans and femme bicycling communities. Powerful female speakers will lead discussions and workshops on issues such as transportation justice to give a voice to those who aren’t typically heard.

The remaining two days of the summit will uncover real strategies for improving bicycling in all communities of the San Diego region. A Velobration party will close out the summit and kickoff summer with live music, beer and bike-themed entertainment.

WHY: With San Diego’s recent ranking as a top ten city for bicycling, the Regional Bike Summit will bring together a diverse group of advocates, leaders and elected officials to discuss solutions for better biking in the region. The Bike Coalition hopes this summit will get rid of the stereotypes associated with San Diego’s bike community and break down common barriers to bicycling in order to get more people on bikes regardless of gender identity, race or income.

San Diego Bike Coalition
Bike leaders and advocates
Elected officials
For a list of featured speakers, click here.

Regional Bike Summit venue: Museum of Photographic Arts (1649 El Prado San Diego, 92101)
Velobration: World Beat Cultural Center (2100 Park Blvd, San Diego, 92101)

Women/Trans/Femme Summit: Thursday, June 21 – 1 – 5 p.m.
Regional Bike Summit: Friday, June 22 – 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Mobile/Field Workshops, Velobration: Saturday, June 23 – 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

source: Go Mixte

Monday, June 4, 2018

Vote Yes On Prop 68

A note from CalBike:

Although it’s not obvious from its title, the Parks, Environment and Water Bond includes major funding opportunities for trails, walking and biking. Many millions of dollars will be available for trails not just in remote parks but connecting the destinations we try to reach every day.

Proposition 68 responds to the fact that many Californians across the state lack access to safe parks, wildlife, trails, and recreation areas, which limits their ability to experience the outdoors, improve their physical and emotional health, exercise, and connect with their communities. Biking and walking are critical aspects for any engagement, and really, survival, with the natural landscape surrounding us. Clean and human-powered forms of mobility provide the momentum for this initiative and a key step to increasing and connecting healthy communities across the state.

Furthermore, Proposition 68 has clear intention to address the state’s historic underinvestment in parks, trails, and outdoor infrastructure in disadvantaged areas and many communities throughout California. Every Californian should have access to clean, safe, and reliable drinking water, access to green space and parks, and vibrant healthy communities. This initiative further gains our support because of significant funding that goes towards increasing access to clean parks and water for diverse populations, particularly minority, low-income, and disabled populations and tribal communities.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

May 26: Dozens of Families from King-Chavez Schools to Bike to Art

San Diego Bike Coalition to partner with KCicletas for second annual community bike festival Bike ride ending at Chicano Park to explore bike culture

WHAT: To kick off the second annual Bike to Art event, families will embark on a bike ride from King Chavez Elementary School to Chicano Park, ending at a community festival celebrating all things bikes. Families can peruse a variety of bike-inspired artwork as well as take part in bike repair and safety classes to learn how to care for and safely use their two-wheeled companions. This is a collaboration event with the San Diego Bike Coalition and KCicletas, a grassroots cycling club that teaches bike handling, maintenance and safety out of the King-Chavez Neighborhood of Schools network.

 WHY: According to the San Diego Bike Coalition and KCicletas, Logan Heights and local community residents should feel empowered to ride bikes as a safe, healthy and fun form of everyday transportation. The second annual Bike to Art event will celebrate the joys of bicycling with a free, family-friendly festival for all to enjoy.

WHO: San Diego Bike Coalition KCicletas King Chavez Elementary School iCommute RAD Army 

WHERE/WHEN: Saturday, May 26 9:15 a.m. – Bike ride to start at King Chavez Elementary School (415 31st St, San Diego 92102) 10 a.m. – Festival at Chicano Park (Logan Avenue and Cesar Chavez Street, San Diego)

### San Diego County Bike Coalition (SDCBC) 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