May is National Bike Month, and there is a lot that San Diego cyclists can do to get involved. Throughout National Bike Month, we will regularly update our blog with posts on how you can get your bicycle ready, issues affecting cyclists in San Diego and upcoming events.
Bike to Work Day to Advocate for San Diego Cyclists
One of several events during National Bike Month will be Bike to Work Day, where cyclists can set aside the boredom of traditional vehicles and enjoy the beautiful San Diego outdoors. On May 15th, invite coworkers and friends to give cycling a chance for a day. Not only is it good for the environment, it is great for physical and mental health. The San Diego Bicycle Coalition hopes that cyclists can collectively break 25,000 miles on Bike to Work Day.
Cycling advocates will use the event to encourage city officials to provide more funding for bicycle infrastructure. The San Diego Bicycle Coalition claims that more people would use bicycles in San Diego if the streets were more cycling-friendly. As of July 2013, San Diego has 385 miles of bicycle lanes.
SANDAG, San Diego’s forum for public policy making, recently approved $200 million to upgrade cycling infrastructure throughout the city. One major project underway is the Bayshore Bikeway, a bicycle path that will encircle Coronado Bay.
Bike to Work Day started with the League of American Bicyclists in 1956 to bring attention to cycling as an alternative mode of transportation to get to work. The tradition continues to this day, and cycling advocacy groups in San Diego want to see more people cycling to work.
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