Citing the disruptions caused by the wildfires, SANDAG decided Thursday to postpone Friday’s countywide Bike to Work Day to May 30.

The planning agency said its primary concern is the health and safety of riders, the public, and emergency response personnel. The fires have affected air quality countywide, SANDAG said, making physical exertion inadvisable in areas where there is still smoke in the air. In addition, the lives of thousands of residents have been disrupted.

Cycling commuters. Photo courtesy of SANDAG
Cycling commuters. Photo courtesy of SANDAG

With much of the public safety resources in the region focused on the fires, SANDAG said it wants to do its part to keep people off the road to avoid putting further strain on emergency responders.

“Our thoughts are with the families who have been impacted by the fires and the emergency responders who are working hard to save homes and lives,” SANDAG said in a statement.

The San Diego Bike Coalition said it wholeheartedly supported the decision to delay the event.

“The bike coalition encourages residents countywide to participate in the delayed Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 30, and reminds all commuters to make safety the top priority in light of recent events and rising temperatures in San Diego County,” the organization said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with those who have been impacted by the fires and the emergency workers who are still working to put them out.”

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.