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Old 03-23-12, 06:16 PM   #1
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Ready to start taking the San Diego-Coronado ferry

First time I've posted here in the regional discussions. Hopefully some of you will know the places I'm talking about.

I just got my box of bike goodies in the mail today, and after installing the new saddle, headlight and taillight I think my old Peugeot is ready.

I used the bike to commute occasionally up the Silver Strand bike path from Imperial Beach to Coronado - work was about a 9 mile ride from my last residence, but it was almost always windy next to the ocean and either too cold or too hot, so I usually just took the car.

After buying a house and getting settled in, and starting to pay attention to how much I was actually spending every month on gas, I wanted to start riding down to the (free) commuter ferry in downtown San Diego, but I had my bike set up with only a front brake, and there are a lot of hills between City Heights and there. It's 6.5 miles to the ferry and another 3 or 4 once I get off. The singlespeed setup and fairly steep gearing will either make me more of a man, or will make me walk up a few hills

Anyone else here taking this ferry on a regular basis?

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Old 03-23-12, 10:00 PM   #2
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I ride the Coronado-San Diego ferry many times a month and always have my bike with me. I always have to pay $4.75 EACH way. I ride all three ferries from San Diego - Convention Center, Marriott Harbor, Broadway pier. I've asked about the fare for a bike and it is always $4.75. When I board on Coronado Island they always tell me I must have a $4.75 ticket.

Am I missing the free ferry somewhere?
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http://www.sdhe.com/san-diego-commuter-ferry.html

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Fare Free Service for MORNING commuters only. Please obtain commuter ticket from ferry crew for afternoon return trip.
Hope this helps.
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I thought the ferry service was completely abandoned when the bridge was built.
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On a weekend trip to San Diego a while back, I started north of the airport, and did a loop around to Coronado - taking the ferry back. A nice ride. I, too, didn't know about the free option; but it was worth whatever I paid.
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I didn't know there was a free option either but that's a great idea (probably for promoting cycling or walking in order to keep traffic off the bridge, island or downtown during commuter hours, but just a guess). Wish I could help but I've only traveled that ferry to get from Coronado to downtown or Seaport and then back.

That is quite a commute you have going if I remember the area correctly. Used to live there. Hope someone can help you.

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AH! - morning riding

I am seldom done drinking the required 3 cups of coffee in the morning by 8:40 AM - nothing in my world starts until after 9 AM so I guess I'll have to keep paying to ride the ferry
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I thought the ferry service was completely abandoned when the bridge was built.
Its passengers and bikes only now. They don't have the ones you can drive on anymore.
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AH! - morning riding

I am seldom done drinking the required 3 cups of coffee in the morning by 8:40 AM - nothing in my world starts until after 9 AM so I guess I'll have to keep paying to ride the ferry
I have a coffee cup holder on my handlebars, found it at Target I believe. It does tend to spill to varying degrees based on the type of cup and the bumpiness of the surface you're riding on, though. Besides, I usually just have one cup before I leave home in the morning.
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