Tweed Ride San Diego 2018

10th Annual San Diego Tweed Ride

Tweed Ride San Diego 2018Get your tweed on at the free 10th Annual San Diego Tweed Ride: Sunday, December 2, 2018. A casual Uptown ride with live music and party afterwards. Riders meet up outside Panama 66 Restaurant Park outside the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park at 10:00 am. Ride to leave by 11:00 am. Details on the Tweed Ride Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/309460329848554/

 


Join Us This Saturday (2/17) for a Bayshore Bikeway Group Ride and Ribbon Cutting!

This Saturday, 2/17, BikeSD will be joining SANDAG, elected leaders, and the public to celebrate the opening of an improved section of the Bayshore Bikeway in National City.  It's great to see another portion of the Bayshore Bikeway get upgraded and we look forward to the completion of the full Bikeway, which was started in the 1970s.  BikeSD will be present and sharing a table with our friends from the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition.  We'll have our wonderful water bottles and terrific t-shirts for sale as well as flyers and stickers to give away and information for the public to get involved with BikeSD.

The ribbon cutting event starts at 9 AM at 1400 Tidelands Avenue, National City, CA 91950.  The actual act of cutting will be at 9:30 AM with remarks and cheering.  Come and enjoy the festivities with food and great local businesses like Hub + Spoke Cycleworks.  After the ribbon cutting we'll be going on a group ride along the Bayshore Bikeway to Coronado with a stop at Trident Coffee in the recently opened Bikeway Village in Imperial Beach. We'll return on the Coronado Ferry which heads from Coronado to Downtown San Diego every half hour so we'll likely be on the 12:30 or 1:30 ferry.  We'll start the group ride at 10:30 AM so please be there by 10:30 so we can all leave together.

Join us for conversation, enjoying the beautiful Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay, and celebrating a step forward in creating a robust bike network across the City of San Diego and across the region.  Below is a map of the route we'll take and after returning to Downtown San Diego we'll disperse or grab lunch, as people prefer.  It will be a great start to the weekend and the ride is very flat and almost entirely on a dedicated bicycle path.  Please join us and spread the word.

Join us for a ride after the ribbon cutting! Click image for dynamic map.

Here's the official flyer for the event as well.

Join us on 2/17 to celebrate an improved section of the Bayshore Bikeway!

See you Saturday morning and make sure to arrive by 10:30 AM to join us on the bicycle ride!


Join Your Community Planning Group to Make San Diego a Better Place to Ride

Once a month volunteer residents in over 50 community planning areas meet to advise the City of San Diego on land use decisions. Community planning groups (CPGs) provide guidance on a wide range of issues, from the large, multi-year community plan updates to individual residential and commercial developments. To learn more about what community groups do and how to get involved, consider attending attending our next member meetup on March 6 at Iron Pig Alehouse in Pacific Beach. Circulate San Diego will be joining BikeSD to discuss how residents can (and should) get involved in local planning groups to help create a world-class city for biking.

How to Join Your Community Group

Any effort to improve bicycling in San Diego is basically a land use decision; therefore, these groups play an important role in making San Diego a world class bicycling city. As an organization, BikeSD, encourages bicycle riders everywhere to join their community groups. While a CPG role is strictly advisory, these groups remain influential. We have highlighted a few recent examples to show how these groups have helped or inhibited our effort to improve bicycle infrastructure in San Diego.

  • In March 2015, Uptown Planners held a special meeting to address the Uptown bikeway. Despite the passionate pleas of bicyclists, the Uptown Planners supported 4 motions that weakened or opposed the planned bikeway. Less than ten weeks later, the SANDAG transportation committee officially created a hole in the planned network by abandoning any improvements in western Hillcrest.  
  • In the “Complete the Boulevard” study, the need for dedicated bicycle infrastructure were widely ignored. While city staff did study these options, they were excluded after Kensington-Talmadge and City Heights CPGs made it clear that they would only support sharrows (or no bike infrastructure) on El Cajon Boulevard.
  • The ridiculous creation of a hole in the Uptown Bikeway caused advocates to mobilize and join the Uptown CPG (including BikeSD endorsed candidates). The personnel change provided immediate sanity as the board passed a series of motions supporting a continuous east-west corridor. In a passionate defense of 4th and 5th Ave. segments of the planned Uptown Bikeway, former District 3 Councilmember, Todd Gloria, cited these changes in the local CPGs as positive sign of support for the project.
  • City staff has cited the Uptown CPG’s motion to close the “Gap” when presenting the proposed “Hillcrest Gap” solution.
  • The planned transformation of downtown San Diego’s streets, Downtown Mobility plan, was supported by the Downtown CPG. The San Diego City Council unanimously supported the plan in June of 2016.  

Every community in San Diego should be a great place to safely ride a bike. Community planning groups play a large role in whether that happens. Whether it is advocating for secure bike parking at a new development or supporting a road diet, we need support (even minority support) on CPGs. If your community has either an upcoming community plan update (Clairemont, Old Town/Midway, Kearny Mesa) or is home to one of SANDAG’s early action bicycle projects, your CPGs will play a very important role in our transportation future.  

Each planning group has slightly unique eligibility rules for elections. All CPGs hold elections in March. If you choose not to join a CPG, please consider voting (and bring friends) for bicycle friendly candidates!!


Dinner and Bikes is this Thursday

This Saturday, we are hosting the sixth annual Dinner and Bikes event. Tickets are very limited, so please get them today.

Here’s what happens at a Dinner and Bikes event:

As the audience arrives, they serve themselves from chef Joshua Ploeg’s seven-course gourmet vegan and gluten-free buffet spread. While the audience is eating, local advocates discuss their work and local issues and initiatives over the first fifteen minutes.

Then, Elly Blue and Joe Biel co-present a new interactive discussion and presentation including eight short films about Groundswell movements—incidences where people demanded better neighborhood conditions and successfully implemented them. Stories include how Reading, PA came to be 13th on the East Coast for bike commuting without any advocacy or government spending; former gang members riding bikes to raise awareness about gang violence, Mexico City’s superhero of the streets, Peatonito; the story of the League of American Bicyclists’ equity council; how the City of Portland’s Sunday Parkways worked as a response to gentrification; and how cyclists are representing themselves and creating their own voices all over the world.

Throughout the evening there are plenty of opportunities for discussion, questions, and browsing the Microcosm pop-up book and t-shirt store. We wind down and pack up around 9 PM and everyone is tucked away in bed by 10...or creating an off-site after party!

Curious about more? Check out this cool promotional video:

Dinner & Bikes Tour from Microcosm Publishing on Vimeo.

Seating (and the gourmet vegan dinner) is limited. So get your tickets today.


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This Weekend: Loads of Good Times with Festival of Funk, CRSSD Festival and CodeAcross

It's almost the weekend, and while you sit and procrastinate this Friday afternoon at work by clicking refresh over and over again on this site, we've got some fantastic events for you to attend. Hope to see you at one or all of them!

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You are invited to experience The Funk at its highest level. The Festival of Funk is a celebration of sours, saisons, and all things funky, carefully curated from some of the most fearlessly innovative brewers in the world. We've put together a jaw-droppingly rad group of breweries and locked down one of San Diego's most legendary venues for a party of epic proportions.

Attendees will be baptized in the deep and diverse waters of funk, from the delightfully tropical to the intensely sour and everything in between, experiencing the truly amazing variety of flavors these exotic yeast strains and bacteria are capable of kicking out. The Festival of Funk will also a prime opportunity to pick the brains of some of the most talented and adventurous brewers in the world, so come prepared with your beer-nerdiest questions.

We'll have plenty of food options on site as well as water stations, an outrageously funky DJ mix from Peso, and a few surprises. We'll also have tons of ultra-sexy merchandise on hand, including a painfully fresh, limited edition Festival of Funk tee.

All proceeds from Festival of Funk will be benefiting the incredibly kick-ass BikeSD organization, a non-profit working to make San Diego a better place to live, work, and ride, and the Cleveland National Forest Foundation.

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Use google's directions to figure out a good route to get downtown.

Tickets have sold out, but if you're stressing out about parking - don't. Ride your bike down and we will valet it for free so you can enjoy yourself in a gorgeous downtown park. If you ride Decobike, note that the nearest stations are #61 located at Cedar St. & Kettner Blvd located east of the Water Front Park. and station 208 (on B St. Pier) located south of the park. Because of the festival, stations 52 and 68 will not be available. If you're struggling to figure out the best way to get downtown by bike, check out the Ride the City app, or google maps for the best routes.

Neither Amtrak nor the Coaster will be running tomorrow, so if you live too far away, do consider either carpooling or taking the bus down. Each MTS bus can accommodate up to two bicycles.

  • #CodeAcross - This Sunday.
  • Bike riding software developers: rejoice. You are needed to help jumpstart a data driven approach to making San Diego streets safer for biking. 11am - 2pm |Origin Code Academy | 101 W. Broadway, Suite 1100, San Diego, CA

    Open San Diego (OSD) has been working on a bike app that will send data about where biking infrastructure is needed directly to San Diego’s transportation planners. This Sunday, as part of CodeAcross, a global event for people who want to make their City work better, OSD wants your input on how to make sure the app leads to better experiences for San Diego’s cyclists.

    Just like a data driven approach drove the adoption of Vision Zero, the WeBikeSD app can provide data to fuel decisions that make our streets safer. Learn more and let us know you’re coming by following this link: RSVP.

    Lunch will be provided and you’ll meet new people who care about the things that you do. Don’t think you’re a CodeAcross kind of person? You’re probably wrong, but use this handy flowchart tool to figure it out for yourself.