Sylvie Froncek is the programs director of San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, who oversees IB Active program with grants and funding from the city of Imperial Beach and SANDAG. IB active started in October of 2019 to encourage education and awareness of bike riding.
As part of IB Active 2020 an event called Ciclovia, a street festival on Imperial Beach Boulevard was planned for the month of June, but has now been postponed to the spring of 2021.
Froncek put out a survey about bike riding to residents of Imperial Beach and recently received the results. “It’s refreshing to the way people are seeing this as a challenge and an opportunity to make a change,” she said of the pandemic.
The survey was posted on social media and 12 people responded. Based on the responses Froncek said 11 of them use their bicycle regularly, most of them use a bike to go tho the beach and 75 percent of them use their bike daily, while 58.3 percent have a car but prefer to use a bike. The demographics of the responders have a ratio of 1 woman to 3 men. “It’s less common for women [to ride] roads [they] don’t feel as safe or accessible. It’s different than countries like Holland where it’s a 1:1 ration and it’s more normal way to get around,” said Froncek.
One of the survey respondents said, “Active transportation reduces traffic, reduces emissions, reduces demand for parking and is a great way to get exercise. IB has many dedicated bike lanes as well as beautiful off [road] facilities. It is a great way to get outdoors and practice social distancing.”
The San Diego Bike Coalition is keeping bike riders involved despite the pandemic with a number of events. In partnership with Love to Ride and IB Active, the organization kicked off the National Bike Challenge 2020 which started on May 1 and goes through May 31 with weekly challenges. Participants can sign up on line and earn prizes. The May Bike Month takes place in lieu of normal events which would take place during this time.The organization is also offering free virtual classes.
May 7 at 11:30 a.m. Bike Friendly Driver Course free 1.5 class. The class teaches road rules for both cyclists and motorists so they can share the rod safely. Certificates upon competition and follow up quiz.
May 11 at 11 a.m. Bike Commuter Basics - learn rules of the road tips for riding to work mapping routes
May 12 at 10 a.m. IB Active Bike Yoga, series of yoga moves to strengthen, stretch and one tour body for biking.
May 14 at 11 a.m. Basic Bike Safety - general bike safety, legal rights and responsibilities and some emergencies maneuver skills. This is a 1.5 hr. webinar.
May 18 at 6 p.m. Smart Cycling League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors will share their knowledge to make you feel comfortable riding on the road and in traffic. All levels of experience welcome.
May 19 at 1 p.m. Yoga on a Bike - learn how to do yoga while riding your bike.
May 21 at 1 p.m. Bike Painting with Kelly Leakier of Little Ant Art, a 1.5 hour guided painting class.
May 25 at 11 a.m. Fix a Flat.
For more information and to sign up log on www.sdbikecoaltion.org.