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Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: normal heights-san diego, ca
Bikes: come and get 'em
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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.
Last edited by ooga-booga; 12-17-13 at 01:40 PM.
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