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Walk+Bike Chula Vista Announces First-Ever Open Streets Celebration in Chula Vista on Sunday, April 30 2017

February 8. 2017

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CONTACT: Mia Bolton, Mixte Communications, 301-395-4145

Walk+Bike Chula Vista Announces First-Ever Open Streets Celebration in Chula Vista on Sunday, April 30 2017

CiclaVista invites the community to shop local and enjoy the ride

SAN DIEGO, February 8, 2017 – On April 30, neighbors across San Diego County will ditch four wheels for two at Chula Vista’s first-ever open streets celebration; a culmination of a year’s worth of activities as a part of Walk+Bike Chula Vista.  

Walk+Bike Chula Vista Education, Encouragement, and Awareness Campaign is a SANDAG grant-funded program operated by the City of Chula Vista’s Recreation Department, together with local non-profits – the San Diego Bicycle Coalition and Circulate San Diego. It is a program designed to encourage and promote biking and walking throughout the City.
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San Diego Bike Coalition Starts Outreach Portion of the Walk + Bike Chula Vista Program

October 20, 2016
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CONTACT: Mia Bolton, mia@gomixte.com, 301-395-4145
 
San Diego Bike Coalition Starts Outreach Portion of the Walk + Bike Chula Vista Program
South Bay businesses to cultivate community health by encouraging sans-car customers
SAN DIEGO, October 20, 2016 – Today, the San Diego County Bike Coalition bolsters its partnership with the City of Chula Vista’s Recreation Department and Circulate San Diego to start its business outreach efforts as a part of the year-long Walk + Bike Chula Vista campaign. The SANDAG-funded program will encourage local businesses to in turn encourage their customers to use biking and walking as a preferred form of transportation within the Chula Vista Third Avenue Village community.
“When a community commits to biking and walking, our health, wallets and local economy flourish,” says Bike Coalition Executive Director Andy Hanshaw. “With the help of local businesses, Walk + Bike Chula Vista brings our region closer to becoming a bike-friendly destination for everyone.”

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San Diego’s Tour de Fat On the Hunt for “Car for Bike Trader”

September 16, 2016
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CONTACT: Mia Bolton, mia@gomixte.com, 301-395-4145

San Diego’s Tour de Fat On the Hunt for “Car for Bike Trader”
San Diego County Bike Coalition calls for video submissions to swap four wheels for two

SAN DIEGO, September 16, 2016 – Every year, Tour de Fat draws thousands of people to its bike-loving, beer-drinking, wacky festival in Golden Hill Park. For one person, Tour de Fat will become a pivotal life moment in which s/he pledges to trade four wheels for two in a promise to live life by bike for one year. The San Diego County Bike Coalition calls on locals to submit creative videos to compete for the title of 2016 Tour de Fat Car for Bike Trader.

Each year, the New Belgium-sponsored Tour de Fat challenges one person at each of its nine stops to rise to the challenge. The lucky contender joins its motley crew of circus performers and musical acts on stage to hand over the keys to the car they’re giving up. Once the new commuter has committed to a full year without a car, the swapper is awarded with a $2,250 stipend to build the bike of his/her dreams, and the price of his/her car is donated to the respective bicycle organizations in each city. In San Diego, proceeds benefit the San Diego County Bike Coalition and the San Diego Mountain Bike Association.

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CicloSDias Expects 15,000 to Roll Through North Park on October 30

August 24, 2016
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CONTACT: Mia Bolton, mia@gomixte.com, 301-395-4145
CicloSDias Expects 15,000 to Roll Through North Park on October 30
Bike Coalition supports Uptown businesses with open streets celebration 
SAN DIEGO, August 24, 2016 – Back by popular demand, San Diego’s only open streets celebration returns on Sunday, October 30. The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, an organization advocating for and protecting the rights of all people who ride bicycles, hosts its fourth CicloSDias to give communities a break from the stress of car traffic, promote local business and encourage people to experience the neighborhood sans cars.
From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., select streets in North Park, Normal Heights and City Heights will close to automobiles and open for any and everyone to roll, skate, bike, scoot, stroll and dance along a course highlighting the heart of North Park’s local business community. The route begins at Hamilton Street and branches off along parts of 30th Street, Adams Avenue, Lincoln Avenue and University Avenue for a total of three miles.

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Mark it Down! Tour de Fat is Coming to San Diego on September 24 With More Zany Antics Than Ever Before

Contact:  
Jenny Foust
Communications Strategy Group
Mark it Down! Tour de Fat is Coming to San Diego on September 24 With More Zany Antics Than Ever Before
Day includes costumes, bikes, music, contests, fundraising, and the only place to get Carnie Blood!
Ft. Collins, Colo., August 11, 2016 –  New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat, a traveling celebration of all things bike, is returning to San Diego Saturday, September 24. Tour de Fat will take place in Golden Hill Park offering a day of eclectic entertainment, a costumed bike ride, a gameshow, car-for-bike swap, fashion showdown, great music, and of course plenty of New Belgium beer. The event is free, yet all donations and proceeds from beer and merchandise sales will go to San Diego-area non-profits.
“We can’t wait to bring the magic of Tour de Fat back to San Diego,” said Matt Kowal, New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat Impresario. “New Belgium celebrates 25 years this year. To me, more than anything, that means 25 years of Fat Tire shining like a rainbow over a waterfall of ho-hummity. Emblazoned with a red cruiser bicycle, Fat Tire speaks to the inspiration of our company, our founding beers, and our ethos of balance. And so it was and so it continues to inspire us all, let’s celebrate! Whether you ride your bike down or ride one of our mutant bikes around, we will have a bash and raise some cash for bike-orgs that work hard for you all year!”

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Children and Youth Bike Safety Classes Get an Intergalactic Twist with Empire Bikes Back

August 10, 2016
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CONTACT: Kate Kelly, Kate@gomixte.com, 216-406-6484
Children and Youth Bike Safety Classes Get an Intergalactic Twist with Empire Bikes Back
Local organizations to host interactive Star Wars themed bike training in Southeastern San Diego
SAN DIEGO, August 10, 2016 – On August 27, light sabers, robots and alternate universes meet bikes. The San Diego County Bike Coalition, the only countywide organization advocating for the rights of all people on bikes, has teamed up with the Southeastern Kiwanis Chapter, Urban Collaborative Project and Circulate San Diego to host its first-ever Star Wars themed bike rodeo.
The Empire Bikes Back Team of collaborating partners hope the trainings, cleverly titled The Empire Bikes Back, will encourage kids of all ages living in Southeastern San Diego to become confident and knowledgeable bike riders. The tragic number of crashes in this part of the city inspired the local organizations to co-host classes that emphasize bike-handling drills and simulation of traffic situations.

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3,500 People to Pedal For Once-A-Year View of San Diego

July 11, 2016
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CONTACT: Mia Bolton, mia@gomixte.com, 301-395-4145
3,500 People to Pedal For Once-A-Year View of San Diego 
9th Annual Bike the Bay offers only opportunity to bike the Coronado-San Diego Bay Bridge 
SAN DIEGO, July 2016 – When one lane on the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge closes, another one opens—for cyclists. OnSunday, August 28, bike lovers of all levels are encouraged to grab their bikes, helmets and friends to join more than 3,500 people for San Diego’s 9th annual Bike the Bay.
Participants in this casual 25-mile ride experience the only opportunity to pedal across the world-renowned bridge for one of the county’s most breathtaking waterfront views, followed by a loop on the newly expanded Bayshore Bikeway. The Bayshore Bikeways remains,San Diego’s premiere bike attraction, winding through five San Diego neighborhoods — Coronado, San Diego. National City, Imperial Beach and Chula Vista.

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Bike Coalition Applauds Approval of Downtown Mobility Plan

June 21, 2016
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Contact: Mia Bolton, mia@gomixte.com301-395-4145
 
Bike Coalition Applauds Approval of Downtown Mobility Plan
Plan to significantly improve quality of life in downtown San Diego

Plan to significantly improve quality of life in downtown San Diego

SAN DIEGO, June 21, 2016 – Today, San Diego City Council approved a precedent-setting initiative for improving quality of life in downtown San Diego: The downtown mobility plan. The plan aims to address rapid downtown growth by implementing a cohesive network of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to connect downtown San Diego with its surrounding neighborhoods and encourage more biking and walking in place of driving cars.
The San Diego County Bike Coalition, an organization advocating for and protecting the rights of all people who ride bicycles, applauds City Council’s commitment to taking the initiatives to make San Diego a world-class city that addresses its anticipated growth and air pollution issues with contemporary solutions.

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Bike Coalition Applauds Implementation Strategy for Bike Master Plan

June 2, 2016
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CONTACT: Mia Bolton, 301-395-4145, mia@gomixte.com

Bike Coalition Applauds Implementation Strategy for Bike Master Plan
$312-million plan prioritizes safer biking in low-income neighborhoods
 
SAN DIEGO, June 2, 2016 – Last night, San Diego’s Bike Advisory Committee announced its recommendations for implementing the city’s $312-million bike master plan. San Diego County Bike Coalition Executive Director Andy Hanshaw, who also chairs the Bike Advisory Committee, says the equitable strategy puts San Diego’s low-income communities at the forefront of bike infrastructure improvements. The committee utilized the statewide pollution-monitoring tool, CalEnviroScreen, and the city’s Vision Zero strategy to identify projects in corridors with the highest air pollution and injury rates.
 
“The committee members have worked for nearly two years to develop the best plan to make bikes a safe and viable transportation option citywide,” says Hanshaw. “By prioritizing areas that have the most collisions and the most pollution, we’re showing dedication to a healthier, safer future — sooner.”
 
The committee’s implementation plan identifies six locations as highest priority for infrastructure investments:
  • El Cajon Boulevard from 43rd Street to Montezuma Road
  • El Cajon Boulevard from Utah Street to 43rd Street
  • Fourth Avenue from Elm Street to Island Avenue
  • Fifth Avenue from Elm Street to Harbor Drive
  • University Avenue from Utah Street to Fairmount Avenue
  • University Avenue from Fairmount Avenue to La Mesa City Limit
This news comes on the heels of last month’s announcement of an implementation strategy for the city’s climate action plan. According to Hanshaw, the city worked closely with the Bike Advisory Committee to reflect these recommendations in the recently released climate action plan implementation strategy. 
 
“At the end of the day, both plans exist to make San Diego a healthy, sustainable place,” he says. “And bikes play a very large role in that.”
 
The committee’s recommendations will now be shared with city transportation staff and presented to the San Diego City Council’s smart-growth and land-use committee, chaired by Councilmember Lorie Zapf.  
 
For more information about the Bike Advisory Committee, click here. To learn more about the San Diego County Bike Coalition, please visit www.sdbikecoalition.sdcbcdream.org.
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Coronado Public Schools to Celebrate National Bike to School Day

Contact: Michelle Luellen, 619-381-2941, michelle@sdbikecoalition.sdcbcdream.org

Coronado Public Schools to Celebrate National Bike to School Day 

2,100 children encouraged to pedal to class on May 4

Coronado, CA (May 4, 2016) – Coronado Village Elementary School, Coronado Middle School, Coronado High School and Silver Strand Elementary School will join schools from around the country to celebrate National Bike to School Day on May 4, 2016.

Approximately 1,000 students will be riding or walking to school on Wednesday along with parents, teachers and community leaders including Mayor Casey Tanaka.   (more…)

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