The San Diego Bike Coalition’s annual bike event, Bike the Bay, returns for its 14th year. On August 22, participants are invited to join the Bike Coalition and co-host Love to Ride on a 25-mile bike ride through five cities along the Bayshore Bikeway.
Since 2007, Bike the Bay has attracted thousands of cyclists from around the country by providing a family-friendly space for enjoying the outdoors on two wheels. This year, the group hopes to make the space more inclusive to groups often left out of conversations about cycling, such as BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities.
Due to COVID-19, last year’s Bike the Bay was held virtually. This year, the event will be held in person once more. Participants will be able to both cycle along the route as well as enjoy vendors and food trucks around the finish line at Embarcadero Marina Park South.
“Bike the Bay has become a San Diego staple, and we want everyone to know that this ride is for them. Though we missed being able to connect with our friends and community last year, we’re looking forward to making 2021 our biggest Bike the Bay event yet,” said Andy Hanshaw, Executive Director of the San Diego County Bike Coalition.
Participants are invited to ride along a 25-mile route that will start and finish at Embarcadero Marina Park South on the San Diego Bay. The route, which loops around the Bay, takes cyclists through Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Coronado and San Diego. Also available is an optional 8-mile off-route route, sponsored by the San Diego Mountain Biking Association. A full map of the route can be viewed at http://www.bikethebay.net/about-the-ride/route/.
Participants are welcome to register for the event online at http://www.bikethebay.net/participate/register/. Registration, which is $60 for participants who register before August 1st, includes optional swag, including jerseys and hats, for an additional donation. Registration is open to participants of all ages. Riders may register as either individuals or as part of a team.
Bike the Bay supports the San Diego County Bike Coalition’s mission of advocating for and protecting the rights of all people on bikes from Imperial Beach to Oceanside. The annual event brings cyclists together to share in the joy of riding during a family-friendly ride. Title sponsors for the event are Electra Bicycle Company, Hire Heroes USA; gold level sponsors are San Diego County Bike Coalition, Port of San Diego, La Rose Posay, CeraVe; bronze level supporters are Bicycle Warehouse, Trek Bicycle Superstore, REI Co-op, Coronado Brewing Company.
For more information, please visit www.sdbikecoalition.org.