Our Work

Strategic Plan 2018-2023

Mission

The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition advocates for, and protects the rights of, all people who ride bicycles. We promote bicycling as a mainstream, safe, and enjoyable form of transportation and recreation.

Successes...

The latest updates on our many projects:

On September 3, 2021, California lawmakers passed a bill that could reduce cycling accidents. Still expected to be signed by Governor Newsom, A.B. 122 would give cyclists the option to yield, rather than stop, at stop signs when safe to do so. According to Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horbath, this bill will encourage safer riding and have long-term benefits on the

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The City of San Diego recently began re-striping Morena Boulevard as construction on the Balboa Trolley Station comes to a close. Despite the connectivity to the Blue Line Trolley, Morena Blvd is being returned to a 4-lane speedway, with little to no safe space for residents, school children, cyclists, pedestrians, and commuters seeking access to the new mass transit station

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Vote YES on AB 122 – Bicycle Safety Stop Today, the way most people on bikes approach a stop-sign controlled intersection is illegal: approaching the intersection carefully, yielding to other traffic and pedestrians, rolling through if safe, and slowing and stopping if necessary.  AB 122 legalizes this common-sense practice. This would allow people on bikes to treat STOP signs as

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After more than two years, the Bicycle Coalition joined elected officials and our community partners on August 1st, 2021, to celebrate the opening of the 30th Street Bikeway. More than 200 cyclists showed up to voice their support for the bikeway opening, including our partners at BikeSD and City Heights CDC. Read more about the bikeway project here. Read more

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City Councilman Raul Campillo on Thursday announced $1.5 million in state funding for the “Bridge for Max” initiative to construct a pedestrian and bicycle bridge at the San Diego River Trail Crossing in the park where a 21-year-old man drowned in January. In January 2021, Max Lenail, a pre-med student at Brown University, went hiking at Mission Trails Regional Park

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In recent weeks, San Diego’s cycling community has faced five tragic deaths of our fellow cyclists. The current upward trend of injuries and fatalities reminds the Bicycle Coalition of the importance of our work and why we must continue to advocate for safe bicycle infrastructure throughout the region. Providing safe bicycle connections throughout San Diego County is vital to reaching

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October - December 2020

Advocate

Construction of protected bikeway on 5th Avenue
  • Years of advocacy are coming to fruition as we see SANDAG making great progress on the 4th and 5th Avenue portions of ther Uptown bikeway. This protected bikeway connects Hillcrest to the bikeway network in the City of San Diego’s Downtown Mobility Plan.
  • This month, the Coalition meets with SANDAG planners to discuss that agency’s upcoming Regional Transportation Plan. This plan sets the priorities for long-range transportation spending in the region, so this is an important opportunity to emphasize the contribution cycling can make to a more sustainable transportation future.
  • Board and staff update – As we were all impacted by the important social and racial reconings of 2020, the Bike Coalition paused to reflect and rethink how we go about our business and addressing our shortcomings as they relate to equity and representation, As a board initiated step, we formed and outreach and equity committee focused on addressing needed steps and actions to be more inclusive and at the staff level, we hired a new position specifically to focus on outreach. We know it’s just the first steps of a long term process and we are committed to working towards an organization that represents all and works for advocating, educating and celebrating bicycling in all places and all transportation justice spaces that we can positively impact. It’s a long journey but one we are committed to and hope that you will join us. 
  • During the last few months of 2020, SANDAG crews have made significant progress constructing the Rose Creek Bikeway in the City of San Diego. Recent construction activities included irrigation improvements, stormwater maintenance, electrical work, grading and paving, and the installation of landscaping, lighting, curbs, fences, and railings. Upcoming construction activities will include building the raised median for the bikeway on Santa Fe Street, paving the path along the creek, installing signs, and other finishing touches. The Rose Creek Bikeway will complete a critical two-mile gap in the SANDAG Regional Bike Plan Early Action Network as part of the Coastal Rail Trail. The bikeway is anticipated to open in spring 2021. Visit KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/RoseCreekBikeway to learn more.

Educate

City Heights Runners Club - Bike Rodeo and ABC
  • Taught 3 (virtual) Smart Cycling Courses to approximately 50 students
  • Taught 3 (virtual) Basic Bike Skills Classes to more than 40 students
  • Taught a bike safety assembly to 300 students at Morse High School
  • Taught a bike safety assembly to 300 students at Encanto Elementary School
  • Taught a Bike Commuter 101 class to employees of Sharp Medical Center
  • Collaborated with Little Ant Art to teach a bike painting class in December to 15 families

Celebrate

Joy Ride 2020
  • Organized our annual Bike Light Giveaway at the SD Public Library and distributed more than 40 free bike lights (and Suja Juice samples!) to San Diegans.
  • Volunteered at Father Joe’s Villages on October 29th, fixed more than 30 resident’s bicycles for free and provided bike safety gear.
  • Worked with Kiwanis of Southeastern San Diego, Black Girls Do Bike and City of San Diego to put on the Empire Bikes Back and distributed more than 90 bicycles (and bike safety gear) to students in Encanto in November.
  • Hosted Winter Wanderland Week from December 6th to 12th.
  • Acknowledged the great work of bike champions during our Golden Gear Award Ceremony.
  • Raffled off awesome prizes from New Belgium and Suja Juice.
  • Organized a self-guided Joy Ride in Balboa park, more than 100 participants rode the 3-mile route and complete mini scavenger hunt challenges.

What Members are Saying...

Thank you for everything that you and the SDCBC does. I really do think we need to get more people riding bikes more often, and in the almost ten years that I’ve lived in San Diego, I’ve seen a steady increase in both the quantity and quality of cycling infrastructure in the area. I don’t think as much progress would have been made without your influence, and I appreciate having an organization that advocates for our community’s health, a cleaner environment, and better transportation.

Jeremy M.

Thank you, sdbikecoalition.org! We really appreciate the very helpful Zoom series on safety and the safety gear! Some of the things that we learned were really eye opening. #RediscoverRiding

Gina M.

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