Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Carlsbad Taco Tuesday Social Ride July

Another great Taco Tuesday Social Ride in Carlsbad! We hope to see more at our next one, August 25th.
We meet at Frazee Beach at 6PM to do a 3-4 mile social ride then get get tacos!
Thanks to Senor Grubbys and North County Family Bicycles for partnering with the Walk+Bike Carlsbad Campaign.We were very happy to equip Carlsbad bikers with NiteRider lights, to be better seen on the road, day and night! Be Seen, Be Visible!
















Walk + Bike is a partnership led by the City of Carlsbad, Circulate San Diego and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition to promote walking and biking around Carlsbad, with a special focus on the downtown Village and surrounding areas. The 12-month campaign is funded by a grant from the San Diego Association of Governments and includes events, outreach to schools, business promotions and other activities to get more people walking and biking instead of driving on short trips around town. For more information, visit www.carlsbadca.gov/walkbike




Monday, July 27, 2015

North Pacific Beach Sip 'N Stroll

Great turn out for North PB Sip 'N Stroll on Sunday, July 26th, 2015. Thanks to Robert Leone for sharing photos!







Sunday, July 12, 2015

BLT Ride in Chula Vista

A beautiful ride in Chula Vista to the salt water and back. We had a great group of bikers that ranged from 10 years old and up. There were a few experienced bikers alongside people looking to learn more about riding. We provided multiple League Certified Instructors on the ride, questions could be answered and best practices could be discussed. The 6 mile course gave opportunities to practice scanning/signalling, starting and stopping, riding in a group, lane positioning and left turns.

Our next Bike and Learn Together Ride is August 2nd 2015, and will be through downtown San Diego! Event Page









BLT Rides (Bike & Learn Together)

A Casual Bike Ride with Traffic Safety Education
Once a month we offer a fun ride in a scenic part of San Diego County. Part learning experience, part coffee jaunt, these rides welcome all riders, but are geared for beginners. If you would like an introduction to road riding, riding in a group or just a nice morning out with some fun bicyclists, this is a ride for you. The rides are typically 8-10 miles, mostly flat on bike paths and lightly traveled roads. We do it at a pace that encourages talking and interaction. We talk a lot, stop a lot, while having fun and getting information about riding in various situations. No one is ever left behind.




Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Taco Tuesday Social Ride Carlsbad -June

(Held on July 7th, because of weather).
Great crowd of people that like to bike and like tacos, thanks to Norte Restaurant for accommodating our group! We hope to see more at our next one, July 28th, when we will visit Senor Grubbys.(377 Carlsbad Village Dr.) Senor Grubbys is offering a special deal for Taco Tuesday Bike Riders that day!
We meet at Frazee Beach at 6PM to do a 3-4 mile social ride then get get tacos!








Walk + Bike is a partnership led by the City of Carlsbad, Circulate San Diego and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition to promote walking and biking around Carlsbad, with a special focus on the downtown Village and surrounding areas. The 12-month campaign is funded by a grant from the San Diego Association of Governments and includes events, outreach to schools, business promotions and other activities to get more people walking and biking instead of driving on short trips around town. For more information, visit www.carlsbadca.gov/walkbike.


Friday, July 3, 2015

Recent Update on Uptown Bikeway Project


We partnered with Circulate San Diego, BikeSD, and Climate Action Campaign to take a stand against SANDAG's recent actions on the Regional Uptown Bikeway Project. The current condition of the proposed alignment on University is unsafe and needs to be addressed. We are continuing to advocate as this project, as it is vital to the community and an arterial corridor that must provide safer access to people that ride.

Below is the letter we drafted with our partners. We were given the opportunity to speak on behalf of people who ride yesterday in a meeting at SANDAG. We are advocating for you and for safer bicycling. More information about the Uptown Bikeways Project
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June 23, 2015

SANDAG
Transportation Committee, Honorable Chair Todd Gloria
401 B Street, Suite 800
San Diego, CA 92101
RE: Uptown Bikeway Project

Chair Gloria and Transportation Committee Members:
Since the June 5th meeting of the Transportation Committee, information has been brought forward through the media regarding the Regional Uptown Bikeway project.  We are concerned to hear about the reported meetings that were held with leadership of the Hillcrest Business Association, their contracted lobbying consultant (California Strategies) and SANDAG leadership prior to the staff recommendation that was released for the "Constrained Option”.  At no time were members of the community who supported SANDAG’s original design concept for the project invited to participate in these discussions and we believe the planning process during these pre-meeting negotiations was flawed.
On behalf of those signed below, we are requesting that the Transportation Committee reconsider their action taken on June 5th to allow for additional public input to be considered on the project.  In addition, we feel there was agreement on several elements of the Transforming Hillcrest plan that can be included into an alternative that would be supported by a vast majority of all stakeholders. We are very concerned for the unsafe and potentially liable position that SANDAG or the City may be placed in as a result of Committee’s action at the meeting to only provide the protected bikeway on a portion of University Avenue. We only hope to find a solution that will avoid this unsafe “gap” in the bikeway.
We respectfully request SANDAG to continue to work with all stakeholders and present design alternatives that will accomplish what they originally set out to do; increase safety, increase mobility and bicycle ridership, decrease greenhouse gas emissions and increase economic and place making opportunities throughout the corridor.
Our ultimate goal is to not stop or hinder the progress of the project but rather continue to find the best possible design alternative that will accomplish the goals for safety and increased bicycle ridership through an adequate, transparent public process. 
Finally, we welcome the opportunity to meet with you and representatives from SANDAG so that you can have a better understanding of our concerns and more importantly, hear our ideas for moving forward which is a goal we all collectively share.  We will reach out to you soon request a meeting.  We appreciate the continued effort that SANDAG is putting into this incredibly important regional transportation project.
Sincerely,
Andy Hanshaw
Samantha Ollinger
Executive Director, Bike SD
Nicole Capretz, Executive Director
Jim Stone, Executive Director

Cc:           Gary Gallegos, Executive Director, SANDAG
                  Charles “Muggs” Stoll, Director of Land Use and Transportation Planning, SANDAG

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Walk+Bike at Carlsbad Farmers' Market

Great outreach at the State Street Farmers' Market in Carlsbad Village yesterday. We met many interested residents and also informed tourists that were very receptive to all the progress being made in Carlsbad towards a greater walkable/bikeable community. We talked about the benefits of walking and biking and shared trail maps. We also discussed the upcoming Taco Tuesday Ride(June 30th), many walks, and the Walk+Bike About on July 26th.

We also handed out bike lights to Carlsbad residents as well, stressing visibility while biking. Thanks to NiteRider, located here in San Diego, for partnering with us.





Walk + Bike is a partnership led by the City of Carlsbad, Circulate San Diego and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition to promote walking and biking around Carlsbad, with a special focus on the downtown Village and surrounding areas. The 12-month campaign is funded by a grant from the San Diego Association of Governments and includes events, outreach to schools, business promotions and other activities to get more people walking and biking instead of driving on short trips around town. For more information, visit www.carlsbadca.gov/walkbike.