Everything You Need To Know

Ride the bridge, Bike the Bay! Cruise around the San Diego Bay and enjoy your only opportunity to ride across the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge. This non-competitive community bike ride is for riders of all abilities and will take you on a scenic, and primarily flat ride, around the San Diego Bay via the Bayshore Bikeway. Along the way, riders will travel through the surrounding cities of Coronado, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista and National City before finishing back at the start/finish line at Embarcadero Marina Park in downtown San Diego.

Not only will the scenic 25-mile route travel through all five of these very diverse communities but it will also allow riders their only opportunity of the year to ride over the beautiful Coronado Bay Bridge. All riders will return to San Diego for a post-ride festival with food, beverage, beer garden and entertainment.

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  • General Information
    • Start/Finish at Embarcadero Marine Park South, near Harbor Drive and Park Boulevard, San Diego
    • Choice of 7:00 a.m. (Enthusiast) or 8:00 a.m. (Recreationalist) Start Time!
    • Please plan to arrive early to park before the ride and be at the starting point no later that 6:30 a.m. for the wave start staging.
    • Scenic and flat 25-mile, non-competitive ride along the Bayshore Bikeway
    • Registration includes: ride entry, fully supported rest stops with snacks and drinks, post-ride festival, and (new this year!) a Klean Kanteen stainless water bottle.
    • Post-ride festival includes: Entertainment, food trucks on site for food purchases, and a beer garden. New this year is a VIP area!
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  • Bike the Bay Schedule

    Please plan to arrive early 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 (if available)
    • 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
  • Packet Information
    • Saturday, August 13, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. @ Bicycle Warehouse, Pacific Beach, 4650 Santa Fe St., San Diego
    • Saturday, August 20, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. @ REI San Diego Store, 5556 Copley Drive, San Diego
    • Saturday, August 27, from Noon – 3 p.m. @ Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
    • Sunday, August 28,  beginning at 5:30 a.m. @ Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
    • Pre-purchased event merchandise will be available for pickup at these times only. Pre-purchased merchandise will not be mailed with your packet.
    • Walk-up registration and merchandise purchases will be available on a first come first serve basis.
    • Ride packets and bib numbers will be mailed to riders who selected the mailing option by 8/15/16.
  • Parking

    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.

  • Free Ferry Service from Coronado

    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. Please plan to arrive before 6 a.m. in order to use this service. We greatly appreciate the support of Flagship Cruises and Events (www.flagshipsd.comfor providing this service at no cost.

  • Gear Check

    You may check in your warm-ups at the start line near the registration area. Please remember to clearly mark your bag with your bike number. Do not pack valuables as we are not responsible for any lost or damaged items. Bags may be claimed at the Rider’s Gear pick-up booth, near the finish line, by showing your bike number.

  • Rules & Restrictions

    The Bike the Bay ride is a fun and non-competitive ride for cyclists of all abilities. The safety of all riders is our highest priority. Please observe the following rules/restrictions so everyone can enjoy a fun and safe ride:

    • Helmets are mandatory for all riders.
    • No individual riders under the age of 10.
    • Riders will not be allowed on the official course unless they display bike numbers on the front of their bike.
    • Except for the one side of the bridge, the route will be open to all traffic so riders must share the road and avoid impeding other traffic as much as possible.
    • Riders should use bike lanes when available and safe, and ride as close to the right hand side of the road as practicable.
    • Riders must obey all rules of the road, traffic signals, crossing signals, and stop signs at all times.
    • Watch downhill speeds and stay in control at all times.
    • Reckless, fast and out of control riders will be stopped and taken off the course by ride officials.
    • If you have a flat tire or mechanical problem, please pull slowly off to the right and out of the pathway of oncoming riders. This is especially important while crossing the bridge.
    • If you need help because of illness, injury, fatigue, or mechanical failure, pull off of the road to the right. Place your bike safely out of the way and in an upside down position. A SAG wagon and ambulance will patrol the course. First aid will be available at the start/finish.
    • Bicycle Repair will be available only at the rest stops.
    • Do not take photos during the bridge crossing. A photographer will be on the bridge to take your picture.
    • Unfortunately, due to the significant time and cost of planning this amazing event we are not able to offer refunds.
    • Have FUN, be SAFE and ENJOY the ride!
  • Beneficiary

    Proceeds from the event benefit the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition! A non-profit organization dedicated to improving the safety, connectivity and quality of life for all who ride in San Diego.. Click here to learn more!