Frequently Asked Questions

Click below to find answers to our frequently asked Bike the Bay questions. Check back often as we add more FAQs to the list!

  • What is Bike the Bay?

    This non-competitive community bike ride is for riders of all abilities and will take you on a scenic, and primarily flat 25 mile ride, around the San Diego Bay via the Bayshore Bikeway on Sunday, August 25, 2019. Click here to see the route.

  • Can my son/daughter ride with me?

    For the safety of all, no riders are permitted to participate under the age of 10. No trailers are permitted – but a “tag-along bike” is okay. Sorry, no exceptions.

  • Can I ride with my pet?

    Unfortunately, no. Sorry!

  • Do I need to wear a helmet?
  • What is included in the cost of registration?

    Your registration includes the entry on the 25-mile Bike the Bay ride on Sunday, August 25, 2019, fully supported rest stops with snacks and drinks, entry into the post-ride festival, giveaway item, and our sustainable “Good E-Bag” delivered after the ride to your Inbox with local deals.

    Click here to register!

  • What happens if it rains on the day of the ride?

    Event organizers for Bike the Bay have been advised by local officials that should it rain on the morning of August 26, the event will need to be canceled in the interest of safety for all participants. Bike the Bay has gone to great lengths to make this an enjoyable and safe experience for all and the threat of rain on the surface of the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge would compromise that experience. Should this occur, every attempt will be made to reschedule the ride.

  • Are bicycle rentals available for those who don't have their own bike to ride Bike the Bay?

    San Diego Bike Shop has authorized a discount for any registrants needing rentals for Bike the Bay. Reservations for those needing a bike must be made at least 48 hours in advance. San Diego Bike Shop is located at 619 C Street, (619) 237-1245, [email protected] Be sure to mention Bike the Bay to receive discount.

    You might also think about a dockless LimeBike?

  • Where do riders park on the day of the ride?

    Participants may park on the street and surrounding garages at the San Diego Convention Center on Harbor Drive ($15). For additional information and locations, visit Ace Parking – Please be aware of clearance levels of garages if you plan to use a rooftop car rack. is a free website that lists all the publicly available parking lots and garages and also provides information about street parking.

  • What is the ferry schedule from Coronado to San Diego?

    Bike the Bay will be sponsor, on first-come-first-serve basis, one free ferry ride at 7 a.m. only. Please plan to arrive early in order to use this service. This is not round trip – one way from Coronado only. You’re welcome to purchase a ticket to or from as well.

  • What time do I need to be at the ride?

    Please plan to arrive early on Sunday, August 25th in order to park before the ride and be at the starting point not later than 6:30 a.m. for the wave-start staging.

    • 5:30 a.m. – Late Registration Opens
    • 6:30 a.m. –  Staging of Riders
    • 7:00 a.m. – Enthusiast Waves Begin
    • 8:00 a.m. – Recreationalist Waves Begin
    • 8:30 a.m. – Post-Ride Festival Opens
    • 9:30 a.m. – Rest Stop #1 Closes
    • 10:30 a.m. – Rest Stop #2 Closes
    • 11:00 a.m. – Rest Stop #3 Closes
    • 11:30 a.m. – Official Ride Course Closes
    • 12:30 p.m. – Post-Ride Festival Closes
  • What is the difference between Enthusiast and Recreationalist?

    The only difference is the start time! Some of the more experienced riders like to get to the front of the pack, some of the more “enjoy the view” riders take their time toward the back.

  • Are riders permitted to take photographs while on the bridge?

    Sorry, no stopping on the bridge is permitted for any reason, including photography. This policy has been established for the safety of all riders.

  • Will official ride photographs be available?

    Yes! Click here to view 11th-anniversary photos.

  • What happens at the post-ride festival?

    The post-ride festival is a place to gather with family and friends to celebrate after another great year of biking around the bay! The festival is free for everyone, including non-riders, and includes entertainment, food trucks for food purchases, beer garden, local businesses, and vendors. For the third year, we will have a VIP area!

  • How can I purchase Bike the Bay apparel?

    We know you’re itching to get your hands on Bike the Bay gear! Purchase your apparel at registration check-out! You can always go back into your account and add items later anytime before August 1.

    This year we will have very few uniforms for sale at the event. We encourage you to reserve them online during registration. Uniform sizes do run small.

    Limited 2018 gear is still available at registration check-out.

  • What happens if I can't make the ride?

    Unfortunately, due to the significant time and cost of planning this amazing event we are not able to offer refunds!

  • What type of bikes are permitted on the ride?

    All bikes are welcome! (i.e. e-bikes, tandems …) Please note that if you are riding a tandem, you will need to register two riders. Bikes and participants must adhere to California Vehicle Code.

  • When can I register in person or pick-up my bike number?


  • What is the Bike the Bay give-away this year?


  • How do I get my pre-purchased apparel?

    Your pre-purchased apparel is not mailed. You can pick up your apparel at one of the packet pick-up times and locations or the day of the ride. Again, apparel is not mailed before the ride.

  • Is Bike the Bay competitive?

    Bike the Bay ride is a fun and non-competitive, not timed, ride for cyclists of all abilities. We encourage the “go slow and say hello” model. The safety of all riders is our highest priority. Please observe the following rules/restrictions so everyone can enjoy a fun and safe ride.

  • Do I need to bring my own waterbottle?

    Yes! We’re sustainable – no plastic cups! We have large water stations throughout the course.

  • Can I avoid waiting in line to pick up my bike number?

    Yes! We suggest having your bike number and day of instructions mailed to you. Mailings are not sent on a rolling basis. They are all mailed after August 1, 2018 in waves.

    You select this option at check-out. Mailing option is not included in registration fees or registration. Bike mailings are $5 for each bike number to be mailed even if it is to the same address.

    You can also pick your bike number and ride information up at a pre-ride packet pick-up date/time.