Bike Day returns to work on Thursday after a 2-year hiatus in the pandemic
Bike Day returns to San Diego on Thursday after a two-year hiatus during the pandemic.
People who may be able to ride a bike to work are encouraged to use this option on Thursday, either as an experiment or to repeat what they did before.
Riding a bike to work can also be part of a trip that also includes a bus, trolleybus, ferry or walk. Most buses and trolleybuses allow passengers to take bicycles on board.
Encouraging people to experiment with cycling is becoming increasingly important for cities as they seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.
San Diego officials say cycling in San Diego grew 37 percent between 2019 and 2020, but that’s partly due to lifestyle changes caused by the pandemic.
Council member Raul Campilla said on Tuesday that he plans to drive more than three miles on Thursday for a meeting of the regional task force of the Missionary Routes.
Council President Sean Ella Rivera, who often rides bicycles, urged San Diego residents to give it a try.
“The idea is to get more people to recognize that it’s not just something that can be fun, but it can turn our trips into something that can be fun and active,” he said.
“We experience our communities differently when we ride bikes,” Ella Rivera said. “I appreciate the condition of our roads more. I notice smaller businesses. It’s just the best way to get started, if possible. “
He also urged all cyclists to wear helmets.
On Thursday, free T-shirts and drinks will be available at 100 pit stops organized by the county’s regional planning agency, the San Diego Association of Governments, which sponsors the event. Pit stops will run from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
In 2019, pit stops were attended by more than 8,200 people. It was the 29th consecutive local Bike Day to work.
SANDAG and the city are building protective bike lanes across the region to increase safety and encourage more people to think about cycling.
To register for the event and find a list of pit stops, go to the page icommutesd.com/events/bike-month.
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