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Don’t limit your bikes to a commuter vehicle. Try taking it out for a spin around one of San Diego’s many bike routes. Whether you enjoy mountain biking or a flat bike path next to the water there is a path for you in the San Diego bike routes. From 1 mile routes to 15 mile routes we’ve got it all. Don’t spend your money on gas, spend it on food. See how far your bike can take you next for classic San Diego views, restaurants, and great activities!
Take the Ferry over to Coronado from Downtown or drive over to San Diego’s very own Island to start your 9 mile bike ride. This is a flat bike ride that tours you through Coronado with fantastic views and great stops. Along this path you’ll bike along the bay with spectacular views of Downtown, through Coronado’s famous Orange St where you can grab a bite to eat, ice cream cone or drink. As the ride continuous you’ll pass right by Hotel Del Coronado and past the silver strand that hosts many endangered birds and wildlife to San Diego.
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Balboa Park Ride
If you haven’t explored uptown San Diego yet or Balboa park, now is your chance. This 14 mile ride starts at Bea Evenson Fountain, toward the end of El Prado in Balboa Park and takes you through Balboa Park, Hillcrest, University Heights, North Park and South Park. Pave your way through the stores and restaurants of each city so you can stop for a snack or just enjoy site seeing. If you wait to bike the park until December, sign up for the Tweed Ride to ride along cyclist aficionado’s who dress up in their finest Sunday clothing for this ride.
San Diego Bay
Starting along the bay by the Gaslamp District take the bike route all the way to Liberty Station. The ride is flat and generally car free with views of the Marina District, Coronado, Point Loma, and Downtown. The pathed out path is 6 miles one way; I highly recommend getting to Liberty Station finding a restaurant or Liberty Market for brunch, lunch, or a sunset dinner then finding your way back to Downtown after.
Rose Creek Trail
The Rose Creek Trail is secluded from any car traffic and is a cyclist top secret. This trail gets your from Mission Bay to La Jolla through a 12 mile trajectory which includes beautiful mountainous views, a tunnel and bridge ride which riders love and take time to take photos. For this bike ride you want to start at De Anza Cove in Mission Bay and stay true to the bike route heading north until the path encounters Santa Fe Street or stay on the UTC until you reach the Rose Canyon Open Space. Along the way you’ll find places to buy a cup of coffee, sandwiches, or dinner!
Ocean Beach Bike Path
Ride on the trail that mimics the shape of the San Diego River channel. The 4 mile path extends from the Dog Beach in Ocean Beach, the mouth of the river, past Mission Bay and lastly shows you to the Hotel Circle Place in Mission Valley. While you’re on the path, make your way to Sunset Cliffs and bike along some of the most magnificent views along the San Diego Coast.
Mission Bay Bike Path
This 12 mile trail takes a rider through 10 public parks, 2 wildlife reserves, and alongside part of the San Diego River. Don’t just bring your bike gear; bring your picnic basket, a game or blanket to stop along the way by some of San Diego’s best hangout spots. Your trajectory will be easy along a flat area by the interior of the bay and mostly vehicle free apart from a couple short sections. Start this route at 850 W. Mission Bay Drive, check out the recommended route by the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition.
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