Approximately 3,500 cyclists will gather this Sunday for a seriously scenic ride across the Coronado Bay Bridge as part of San Diego’s 9th annual Bike the Bay event.
Staging for the casual 25-mile ride begins at 6 a.m. at Embarcadero Marina Park South located at 1 Marina Park Way.
This is a once-a-year opportunity to safely pedal across the Coronado Bridge. After riders cruise across the bridge, they will move onto a loop on the newly expanded Bayshore Bikeway. In the end, cyclists will pedal through five San Diego neighborhoods: Coronado, San Diego, National City, Imperial Beach and Chula Vista.
The non-competitive event is open to cyclists of all levels, as the pace of the ride will be casual so participants can take in the waterfront views. The route is primarily flat.
Organizers say Flagship Cruises will provide special free ferry service during Bike the Bay from the Coronado Ferry Landing to the Convention Center Marina and close to the starting line at Embarcadero Marina Park South. Participants and their bicycles can embark on three free ferry trips at 6 a.m., 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m.
Bike the Bay is organized by the San Diego County Bike Coalition as a fun way to promote riding bikes instead of driving cars in America’s Finest City.
Following the bike ride, organizers will host a festival that includes food, activities, beer garden and entertainment. The party runs through 12:30 p.m.
Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Friday. Walk-up registration may also be available if the ride is not sold out. Registration includes ride entry, a Klean Kanteen give away and entry into the post-ride festival. Registration fees range between $40 and $50.
For more details, visit the Bike the Bay website.