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.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Summer Solstice Ride & Mixer

It was a wonderful bike ride and great opportunity for the staff and board members to meet and connect with members! Thank you to all that support us through memberships and donations. Without members, we could not move forward to help make San Diego County better for people that bike. Thanks also to Mission Brewery for hosting!











Friday, June 12, 2015

BLT Ride- Encinitas to Del Mar

Bike Learn Together Ride from Encinitas to Del Mar and back. Lead by Joel Flood, of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, and Pauline Callahan. The next BLT Ride is July 11th, in Chula Vista. More information at sdbikecoalition.org

North Coast Connected is a partnership between the cities of Del Mar, Encinitas and Solana Beach; SANDAG; North CountyTransit District, and the CivicSpark AmeriCorps program. North Coast Connected aims to promote sustainable commuting and local transportation options for residents and businesses.












Friday, May 22, 2015

Carlsbad Village Business Spotlight- North County Family Bicycles


“Bicycles are the physical embodiment of freedom.”

Carlsbad resident Michael Kimmitt opened North County Family Bicycles, 300 Carlsbad Village Dr. Suite 300SB, just in time for San Diego Bike Month. The timing is apt: Kimmitt sells and repairs bikes designed for everyday riding, the main goal of Bike Month, from commuting to family outings, grocery shopping to beach cruising. Kimmitt stocks quality kid bikes, folding bicycles and cargo bikes. NC Family Bicycles also specializes in bike “make-overs” to transform average bikes to perfect ones that fit customers’ personalized needs and styles of riding. For growing riders, Kimmitt offers the Kids’ Bike Exchange Program, which puts the full retail value of a current bike toward a larger bike for kids, even if the original was purchased elsewhere.  NC Family Bicycles also offers Lifetime Flat Tire Repair.

NC Family Bicycles is dedicated to the idea that bicycles “create freedom, and the right kind of bicycle creates the freedom you’re looking for.” Kimmitt proudly shares that his entire staff bikes to work,  and he chose to open in Carlsbad because, as a resident, he knows the Village is a great place to travel by bicycle. He credits the improved bicycle infrastructure and ideal weather. Located just off Rt. 101 on Carlsbad Village Drive, NC Family Bicycles is the third in a triad of bike shops including Pedego Carlsbad and Ride Cyclery, which each specialize in different types of cycling.

“Bicycles are one of the last consumer machines that an ordinary person can purchase, and can come to thoroughly understand,” Michael remarks. NC Family Bicycles looks forward to assisting Carlsbad residents in their everyday riding, upgrading their current bikes and introducing recent advancements in bikes designed to transport kids and cargo.

Kimmitt also hopes to host local social rides that encourage new riders to build confidence. This weekend, NC Family Bicycles has partnered with the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition as part of Walk + Bike Carlsbad to host Tips for Biking with Kids on Saturday, May 30th, from 1:00PM-2:30PM. Join us or stop in anytime. NC Family Bicycles is open 7 days a week.

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, May 11, 2015

The Key to Reaching City Goals is in the Green, Protected Lanes


Written by Andy Hanshaw, Chair of City of San Diego Bike Advisory Committee, Executive Director SDCBC
 
May is National Bike Month. Across the country, communities will spend the month of May promoting programs and activities to encourage more people to ride bicycles in their daily lives. And why shouldn’t they? The benefits of replacing a short car trip with a bike ride are numerous: studies show it benefits our health, our communities and our local businesses.  
National Bike Month is a good time to assess how far San Diego has come as a bike-friendly region and, while we have great goals for bikes, one thing is clear—we’re not investing in or implementing the strategies that will get us there.
In order to make San Diego a city less impacted by climate change, living with less pollution and maintaining safer streets for everyone, we need to get more people riding bikes. How do we do that? The most obvious, and only first step is to build safe and protected bike infrastructure citywide that connects neighborhoods, businesses, schools, shops and other destinations. Without more bike paths and lanes to make riders feel safe on our streets, our lofty city goals are just that: goals.
Currently, three city initiatives address this goal by encouraging the implementation of safe bike infrastructure and the many proven benefits they bring.
·       First, the City of San Diego wants to reduce impacts of climate change and harmful pollution in our air and environment; a goal everyone agrees is important. Mayor Kevin Faulconer and city council have drafted a Climate Action Plan with goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by calling for a significant increase in the number of people using a bicycle for everyday transportation. The goal of the plan is to get six percent of San Diegans riding bikes for transportation by 2020 and 18 percent by 2035. Currently, that percentage is barely one. How can we get more people riding if people don’t feel safe on the roads outside of a car?
·       Mayor Faulconer has outlined a plan to resurface 1,000 miles of city streets over the next five years, yet resurfacing streets doesn’t specifically include adding safe bike infrastructure. We need to do more than resurface and repave our streets; we need to repurpose them. Repurposing streets means we reconsider how we can use the space on our roads to make them safe for all types of transportation, particularly bicycles and pedestrians.
·       Hearteningly, the Regional Bike Plan includes already-funded bicycle projects planned for several key urban areas in the City of San Diego, including Uptown and North Park/Mid-City. The car-first mentalities we’re used to have caused push back on some of these innovative bike projects, keeping us stuck in an outdated and unsafe environment. Research shows better bike infrastructure benefits businesses and cities in the long run, so what are we waiting for?
While the status quo often has an allure, there are things far scarier than change—the fact that the city hasn’t prioritized the safety of its bicyclists and pedestrians over the relatively small loss of on-street parking that may be needed in order to complete these smart growth, sensible and needed projects. Riding a bike down University Avenue in Hillcrest is both a challenge and terrifying to many. If people don’t feel safe on bikes, no one is going to ride and our city’s progressive and necessary goals will collect dust. It’s as simple as that.
We have already seen firsthand that safe bike infrastructure encourages more people to ride from the recently installed buffered bike lanes on 4th and 5th Avenues. These bike lanes running from Hillcrest to downtown are perfect examples of the continuing change needed to reach climate and bike ridership goals and increase public safety. This model needs to be a part of the citywide strategy for a safer and healthier San Diego.
If we are going to talk the talk, let’s bike the bike. This is a call to significantly increase funding for biking and walking in our transportation budget.
A call to reduce our car emissions and air pollution to slow the damaging effects of climate change in our beautiful city.
And one to make the people of San Diego our biggest priority when the City plans for the 2016 budget and beyond.
Above all, this is a call that can't wait.