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. Still not seeing your question below? Contact us!

  • 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 27, 2017. Click here to see the route.

  • Can my son/daughter ride with me?

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

  • 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 entry on the 25 mile Bike the Bay ride on Sunday, August 27, 2017, fully supported rest stops with snacks and drinks, entry into post-ride festival, and a 10th anniversary medal, Good E-Bag 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 27, 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.

  • 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.

    Parkopedia.com 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?

    Flagship Cruises and Events will provide special complimentary ferry service from the Coronado Ferry Landing to the Convention Center Marina and close to the start at Embarcadero Marina Park South on the day of the ride. Beginning at 6 a.m. there will be 3 ferry trips available for passengers and bicycles at 6 a.m., 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. to the Convention Center only. Please plan to arrive before 6 a.m. in order to use this service. We greatly appreciate the support of Flagship Cruises and Events for providing this service at no cost. Please visit their website for more information (www.flagshipsd.com)

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

    Please plan to arrive early on Sunday, August 27th 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
  • 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! More information to come soon.

  • 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 second 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 the new 2017 Bike the Bay gear! Purchase your 2017 apparel at registration check-out.

    Click here to see examples and to reserve your Bike the Bay 2017 swag!

  • 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.

  • When can I register in person or pick-up my bike number?
    • Saturday, August 12 from 11am-2pm @ Bicycle Warehouse, Pacific Beach, 4670 Santa Fe Street
    • Saturday, August 19 from 11am-2pm @ REI Co-op San Diego, 5556 Copley Drive
    • Saturday, August 26, from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. @ Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
    • Sunday, August 27, beginning at 5:30 a.m. @ Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
    • Pre-purchased merchandise will be available during these times
  • What is the Bike the Bay give-away this year?

    It’s our 10th anniversary… it’s going to be good! We’re giving away a commemorative medal to all participants.

  • Where do I pick-up my pre-purchased apparel?

    You can pick up your apparel at one of the packet pick-up times and locations or the day of the ride. Apparel is not mailed before the ride.

    • Saturday, August 12 from 11am-2pm @ Bicycle Warehouse, Pacific Beach, 4670 Santa Fe Street
    • Saturday, August 19 from 11am-2pm @ REI Co-op San Diego, 5556 Copley Drive
    • Saturday, August 26, from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. @ Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
    • Sunday, August 27, beginning at 5:30 a.m. @ Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
  • 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. You select this option at check-out. Bike mailings are $5. You can also pick your bike number and ride information at one of these times/locations.

    • Saturday, August 12 from 11am-2pm @ Bicycle Warehouse, Pacific Beach, 4670 Santa Fe Street
    • Saturday, August 19 from 11am-2pm @ REI Co-op San Diego, 5556 Copley Drive
    • Saturday, August 26, from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. @ Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
    • Sunday, August 27, beginning at 5:30 a.m. @ Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego