The annual Bike the Bay event will celebrate its 10th year on Sunday, offering residents the annual opportunity to pedal over the iconic San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge.
The 25-mile ride around the San Diego Bay has become a tradition for thousands of cyclists in the region, from competitive racers to casual cruisers. The event has nearly doubled in size in the last decade, drawing about 3,400 participants last year.
“The ride is continuing to grow, and it’s been really great to get the support that we’ve had,” said Andy Hanshaw, executive director of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, which organizes the event. “We have over 200 volunteers that make it happen.”
Since its inception, the ride has raised roughly half a million dollars for the coalition, a nonprofit that offers programming and classes, as well as advocates for bike lanes and other investments in active transportation throughout the county, Hanshaw said.
“This ride has earned a spot as a regional summer bucket list item, all for a cause that goes back into the community,” he said.
The event starts and finish in downtown San Diego at Embarcadero Marina Park South. Participants first ride into Barrio Logan and over the Coronado Bridge, then roll down the Silver Strand to Imperial Beach before heading back north through Chula Vista and National City.
The anticipated start time is 7 a.m., with a second wave of riders leaving at 8 a.m. There will be a post-ride festival starting at 8:30 a.m. held at the finish line, with music by Amanda Cogan and a beer garden from Coronado Brewing.
Riders are encouraged to arrive early as there is expected to be a significant line. Take Park Boulevard behind the San Diego Convention Center to get to the start line.
Rest stops with water and snacks are planned for several locations along the route: The Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista, Glorietta Bay Park in Coronado, National City Hub and Spoke and 13th Street and the Silver Strand Bikeway in Imperial Beach.
Sponsors this year include Electra Bicycle Company, REI Co-op, Port of San Diego, Peet’s Coffee & Tea and Bicycle Warehouse.
The Bay Shore Bikeway is currently undergoing renovations, with about 15 miles of a total 24 miles completed, according to the San Diego Association of Governments website. The project will not impact the event.
Folks can register for Bike the Bay online at bikethebay.net. It’s $45 for coalition members and $50 for nonmembers. Participants can pick up their bike number on Saturday at designated locations or on Sunday before the event starting at 5:30 a.m.