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Old 12-17-13, 12:19 PM   #1
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Any SART or SGRT path equivalent in San Diego area?

I will be in SD this weekend and will need to get a ride in. I don't really want to be in the streets and would rather have a long uninterrupted ride along a bike path (no street lights). Thanks in advance. Prefer closer to 8 and 805 freeway if possible.
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we only have a few bike paths paralleling rivers here in the san diego metro area and they are all in the 3-4 mile range one way.

your best bet will be the silver strand bike path that parallels hwy 75 for most of the way.
it'll be about a 15 minute drive south from the mission valley 8/805 junction. a good place to contact it is in chula vista.
you can drive south on the 5 or 15 fwys (15 merges into the 5) from mission valley, and from the 5 south,
exit on main st in chula vista. make a right on main and the start of the bike path is right there with parking along the street.
2 paths start there. the one on the left takes you to imperial beach but you want the one on the right which follows san diego bay.
the path is approx 8 miles one way but if you add in noodling around coronado at the northern end, you can add 4-5 extra miles.
pathway is almost pancake flat. no services along the path until you get to coronado or turn south into imperial beach near the start.
coronado is very bike friendly as long as you stay off the main east/west drag of orange ave and i recommend doing a loop around it.
you can pick up the coronado bike path, which keeps the marina, tennis courts and golf course on your right and goes under the big
bridge, eventually emerging onto a path directly bayside for about 2 miles. decent pizza place-village pizzeria-at the ferry landing.
nado gelato-a must stop for me-is on the other side of coronado on orange and c st (1017 c st) near the hotel del coronado.


there is the ocean beach bike path at the west end of mission valley, along with the fiesta island/mission bay area which is possible
to combine into a low traffic interaction ride. it is closer to the 8/805 freeways area but it is infinitely more complicated than the simple there
and back of the silver strand.

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Not many bike paths like that here. There the 56 path but still lighta there to cross but not bad and much longer stretch of pavement and less running traffic. If you want longer rides without much stop light then head for the hills, but you will be on the shoulder of the road. Or you can hit up mellow dirt trails on your roadie. PQ canyon is right there in Mira Mesa. I'd suggest 25-28c tires if you go the dirt route.
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we only have a few bike paths paralleling rivers here in the san diego metro area and they are all in the 3-4 mile range one way.

your best bet will be the silver strand bike path that parallels hwy 75 for most of the way.
it'll be about a 15 minute drive south from the mission valley 8/805 junction. a good place to contact it is in chula vista.
you can drive south on the 5 or 15 fwys (15 merges into the 5) from mission valley, and from the 5 south,
exit on main st in chula vista. make a right on main and the start of the bike path is right there with parking along the street.
2 paths start there. the one on the left takes you to imperial beach but you want the one on the right which follows san diego bay.
the path is approx 8 miles one way but if you add in noodling around coronado at the northern end, you can add 4-5 extra miles.
pathway is almost pancake flat. no services along the path until you get to coronado or turn south into imperial beach near the start.
coronado is very bike friendly as long as you stay off the main east/west drag of orange ave and i recommend doing a loop around it.
you can pick up the coronado bike path, which keeps the marina, tennis courts and golf course on your right and goes under the big
bridge, eventually emerging onto a path directly bayside for about 2 miles. decent pizza place-village pizzeria-at the ferry landing.
nado gelato-a must stop for me-is on the other side of coronado on orange and c st (1017 c st) near the hotel del coronado.


there is the ocean beach bike path at the west end of mission valley, along with the fiesta island/mission bay area which is possible
to combine into a low traffic interaction ride. it is closer to the 8/805 freeways area but it is infinitely more complicated than the simple there
and back of the silver strand.
Thanks for this. I will drive down to Silver strand bike path. I created a course on garminconnect and I can do a 20 mile loop which is very nice. Thanks a lot for this info. I tend to come down to SD to visit in-laws so this will be a nice destination spot while wifey and kids hang out in the area.
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Ted Williams BikeWay, which runs parallel to the 56, between Del Mar and Poway.
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since you mentioned the 8 and 805 fwys, there is always this if you find yourself with extra time...

http://www.strava.com/activities/100699325

it is a very short drive from that 8/805 junction. quiet neighborhood streets. very flat. only a few short stretches on adams ave which is pretty bike friendly anyway.
the 17 mile distance is one way but you can turn around at any point.
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CalamariChris thanks for that suggestion too.
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