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Countywide Organization Recaps Momentous Year For Bicycle Riders

San Diego Bike Coalition announces top 2014 regional bicycle achievements

San Diego County CA—As 2014 draws to a close, the San Diego County Bike Coalition reflects on a year of regional two-wheeled triumphs that have made San Diego a safer place for all people on bicycles.

Top bicycle achievements for the San Diego region include:

  • The Three-Feet for Safety Act became law, raising awareness about safely sharing roads with people on bicycles.
  • Two CicloSDias events brought thousands out to roll through miles of car-free streets in Pacific Beach and Hillcrest/Bankers Hill.
  • The National Bicycle Tourism Conference came to San Diego for the first time in its 25-year history.
  • The Protected Bikeways Act passed, encouraging cities to use safer, modern infrastructure for bikeway design.
  • The City of San Diego approved its first-ever Bike Advisory Committee, naming the San Diego Bike Coalition’s Andy Hanshaw as Committee Chair.
  • A record number of people participated in Bike Month and Bike to Work Day, despite its postponement.
  • City of San Diego committed to DECO Bike Share, installing 1,800 bikes and 180 bike stations citywide and launching in early 2015.
  • The City of Coronado joined Oceanside, Chula Vista and only 57 other cities nationwide with a Silver Bicycle-Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists.
  • New Belgium Brewing’s annual Tour de Fat raised more than $45,000 for local bicycle nonprofits in San Diego.

“With the implementation of two laws to raise awareness, bike sharing, CicloSDias events and so much more, I am happy to say that San Diego is becoming a bicycle-friendly region,” says Bike Coalition Executive Director Andy Hanshaw. “2015 has the potential to be one of the best years for bicycling yet, but 2014 won’t be easy to beat.”

For more information on bicycle events, improvements and education in San Diego, please visit www.sdbikecoalition.org.