Our Work

Strategic Plan 2018-2023


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.


The latest updates on our many projects:

Each year, we work with the City of San Diego to ensure that as many bike projects get funded as possible in the City’s budget. We just submitted our budget requests for Fiscal Year 2024, which stretches from July 2023 to June 2024. This year, we teamed up with San Diego’s Vision Zero Coalition to submit a list of recommendations

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The City of Carlsbad is considering options to calm traffic on Tamarack Avenue, and we need your help convincing them to choose the safest option! Tamarack Avenue is an essential East-West bicycle route through the heart of Carlsbad, and provides an important connection to the Coastal Rail Trail. It also serves community destinations including Valley Middle School, Jefferson Elementary School,

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On August 23rd, the City of Carlsbad declared a local state of emergency around bike safety in response to the killings of two bicyclists on city streets within one week. This will allow the city manager to immediately begin reallocating city resources to help save lives. After two years in which bike-involved crashes increased by over 100% in Carlsbad, we

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From Sunday, August 7th to Monday, August 14th, four people were killed while using bicycles in San Diego County. Alongside BikeSD, Circulate San Diego, SD350, the Climate Action Campaign, and others, we’re sending an open letter to SANDAG and the cities of Carlsbad, National City,  and Escondido demanding rapid safety improvements to the streets where these crashes occurred and a

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We are devastated to announce that three people have been killed while using their bikes in San Diego County within the last week. All of these are unimaginable tragedies, and our hearts go out to the loved ones of both victims. At 5:45 PM on Sunday, August 7th, Christine Hawk Embree was riding her E-Bike in Carlsbad with her 16

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On Monday, June 13th at 12:00pm, the San Diego City Council will meet to vote on the finalized Fiscal Year 2023 budget. This will be our last chance to get a doubling in funding for the city’s quick-build bikeways program, so we need as many many people as possible to contact their Councilmembers in advance of that meeting, and to

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July - September 2021


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.


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.


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.

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

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