Thousands of San Diegans will hop on their bicycles Sunday for a ride with one seriously amazing view as part of the 8th annual Bike the Bay event.
Organizers expect around 3,500 bicyclists to take part in the ride that includes the rare chance to safely pedal over the Coronado Bridge, including families, kids and even puppies in baskets.
In all, the flat route along the “Bayshore Bikeway” is 25 miles and takes bicyclists through five neighborhoods: San Diego, Coronado, National City, Imperial Beach and Chula Vista. It begins and ends at Embarcadero Marina Park South near Harbor Drive and Park Boulevard.
The casual pace ride – meant for riders of all levels – includes those breathtaking waterfront views for which San Diego is famous.
The event is hosted by The San Diego County Bike Coalition, a local non-profit that advocates for and protects the rides of all people who ride bicycles and promotes bicycling as a fun, efficient alternative to driving cars. The organization believes San Diego should be the premier bicycling destination nationwide.
Bike to Bay participants can register for the ride on The San Diego County Bike Coalition’s website. Cyclists will be broken down into two groups, with one group starting the ride at 7 a.m. and the second group following at 8 a.m.
Post-ride festivities begin at 9 a.m., including a Bike the Bay party with food trucks, beer gardens and entertainment at Embarcadero Marina Park South.
Organizers say most riders will complete the ride by 11 a.m., leaving lots of time to mix and mingle by the waterfront.