BikeSD Biking Around Town – Sunset Cliffs
San Diego is a beautiful place to live and there are many great places to go for a bicycle ride. I often ride with my kids and have used an excellent Burley trailer for the past few years but they are getting to large for that so I recently purchased a Taglong attachment for my bike to allow my young kids to bike with me.
A Tagalong basically turns a regular bicycle into a tandem bicycle for one adult and one child. The kids have loved being able to peddle when we bike together, and they can see much more since they’re sitting up higher. Here’s a photo of what the Tagalong looks like hooked up to my bicycle in front of the Ocean Beach Pier.
I’ve mostly been biking around my neighborhood in North Park with the kids but had been wanting to go somewhere more scenic and with a longer route to enjoy. Since we often visit the beach in Ocean Beach it seemed like Sunset Cliffs would be a great choice – mostly flat, great views, and easy to bike to from the Ocean Beach Pier.
We headed south from the Pier and meandered along Ocean Front Street which is an alley-like street that weaves along the coast and then jumped onto Sunset Cliffs Boulevard at Point Loma Avenue, which is where the Sunset Cliffs Coastal Trail starts. We continued on Sunset Cliffs to where it ends at Ladera Street and then returned on the same route. Along the way I stopped to take a few photos to give a sense of the route and views.
Sunset Cliffs is very popular for biking, walking, and jogging. Due to erosion of the cliffs there is not a consistent running path or bicycle path – there are some portions that have a dedicated space and others that do not. It would be great to see a wider running and bicycle path in this area, perhaps a future improvement that would be well used given the popularity of the area.
I recorded our ride on my phone using the Strava app and you can join BikeSD members and supporters on Strava to share routes and connect with others. Join us at: https://www.strava.com/clubs/bikesd
Below is an image of our route and some statistics from Strava, a total of 4.82 miles we rode in 28 minutes. If you’re looking for a fun, relaxed ride with awesome views check out Sunset Cliffs sometime. And enjoy your ride!