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:

By Hoang-Dan Nguyen        Although San Diego is boosting its efforts to expand its bicycle infrastructure network, these improvements are not coming fast enough to prevent injuries and deaths on our roads. Partially due to unsafe infrastructure, at least fourteen cyclists have been hurt or killed in collisions with motor vehicles in San Diego County over the past

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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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July - September 2021

Advocate

Celebration Ride for the opening of the 30th Street bike lane
  • Organizing partner and speaker with Mayor Gloria and others at opening of 30th Street Cycletrack celebration ride attended by hundreds of cyclists. Project advocacy efforts took years with efforts lead by local community members.
  • Advocated for safer bicycling along Pershing Drive after recent fatalities. Held joint press event with partner organizations. Pershing now has a road diet in both directions and interim post and buffer protected bikeway prior to the permanent SANDAG planned permanent protected bikeway.
  • Advocated for SANDAG EAP funding allocations to complete planned bikeways in the Regional Bike Plan. Focus in next few months on supporting increase in Transnet funding for future active transportation projects.

Educate

LCI Seminar graduates 2021
  • Held five Bike Education events for elementary and middle schools have been completed. The majority of these have been in the North County neighborhoods of Carlsbad and Encinitas.
  • Two virtual school assembly events. Both the Bicycle Coalition and the San Diego school system are trending towards in person events although that transition is not complete for either. Each school has its own protocols which adds hours to the planning process.
  • We’ve reached nearly 700 kids thus far. Additionally, thanks to virtual events, we’ve had more interaction with parents as well.
  • Employer Events have been a slower process. We’re assuming this is due to uncertainty in the workplace, as employees move back into the office. The Account Executives at SANDAG have been encouraged to sign employers up now, for events that may not happen until the spring.
  • Move Free SD
    • Created videos and education materials about riding through roundabouts and teaching new riders how to bike
    • Conducted helmet counts and analyzed data
  • City of Encinitas
    • Teaching a monthly city cycling class in Encinitas.
  • City of Carlsbad
    • Created two self-guided bike routes using Story Maps. One of them is a route to visit historical buildings and it will be showcased for Move Carlsbad event.
    • The September Smart Cycling Class Road Session in Carlsbad with about five participants
    • Taught two virtual Biking with Kids classes in August. One was recorded for the City to share on their carlsbadcommuter.com website. Nine people attended the livestreamed class.

Celebrate

Bike the Bay 2021
  • On August 1st, we celebrated the 30th Street Bike Lane Opening (watch the video)
  • Women+ on Wheels
    • Held a ride and expo in Penasquitos Creek Park in September. 250+ attended.
  • San Diego Design Week
    • Led a series of events including a Pride Ride Bike Tour for San Diego Design Week on 9-11-21, about 15 people attended
  • Mid-City Bike Program
    • This program ended in early October and in total we gave away 70 bicycles, trained five apprentice mechanics, and built great partnerships in City Heights
  • Launched Free Bikes 4 Kidz program
    • Did our first volunteer event where we had 20 people from Rad Power Bikes come fix about40 kids bikes for the program on 10-20-21
  • Successful 14th Annual Bike The Bay held on August 22nd returned as in-person event with 2400 participants – close to the 2019 event participation level. All event logistics coordinated with volunteer committee with social media assistance from Mixte Communications. Post ride Expo featured vendors and sponsor exhibits. Plans for larger 15th year celebration in place for 2022 event.

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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