Everyone from preschoolers with bikes fitted with training wheels to avid athletic cyclists and even brand new e-bike owners are all invited on Sunday to pedal to downtown Coast Highway for Cyclovia Encinitas. , the city’s annual celebration of all things cycling. Related.
Even people who don’t yet own a bike can get there by borrowing a rental bike from the BCycle carpooling program, soon to be launched by the city.
“It will be launching on (Wednesday), so it will be a great opportunity for people to experience the new Encinitas (e-bikes),” said Nick Buck, the city’s special events and projects supervisor.
Sunday’s Cyclovia event takes its name from a Spanish term meaning “cycle path”. Held around the world, these Cyclovia events encourage people to give up their cars by briefly closing roads to vehicular traffic and creating what are called “open streets”.
San Diego, Pacific Beach, and Chula Vista host Cyclovia events, but Encinitas’s is the only North County Cyclovia, organizers report.
The Encinitas event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, and the coastal road will be closed between D Street and J Street to accommodate cyclists, inline skaters and pedestrians. Automobiles will be rerouted around the area.
When people walk in, they’re offered the option of using a free “valet bike” option, or they can just lock their bikes to one of the downtown bike racks, Buck said.
In addition to bike sales, cycling information booths, and live music, the event features a cycling skills ‘pump track’ hosted by the San Diego Mountain Bike Association and a ‘rodeo course’. On Safety Skills organized by the San Diego Bicycle Coalition. The pumping track – a course designed to maximize a cyclist’s momentum while minimizing the need to pedal – will be located at the intersection of Coast Highway with G Street and the rodeo will take place at the intersection of H Street.
Organizers “strongly encourage” people to wear face masks at this outdoor event to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The city’s ambulance provider AMR Ambulance will offer a COVID-19 walk-in vaccination clinic where people can get Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and boosters. People who wish to take advantage of this service must bring their vaccination record and photo identification to obtain a second dose of vaccines or a reminder. The clinic will be at the intersections of D Street on the Coastal Road.
Jointly organized by the city’s Environment Commission and the recently renamed Commission for Mobility and Road Safety, Sunday’s Cyclovia event aims to promote the goals of the city’s climate action plan and encourage people to reduce their use of gasoline-powered vehicles, organizers report. It has received support from the San Diego Bicycle Coalition and the Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association.