By Dave Roberts

May is Bike to Work Month, so last Thursday I joined local officials at the County Administration Center to promote regional biking initiatives and encourage commuting on two wheels.

That was after finishing my own 25-mile ride — from my home in Solana Beach to the county building — earlier that morning. After meeting at the Solana Beach train station, my contingent with members of BikeWalkSolana and the North County Cycle Club headed south.

Supervisor Dave Roberts (left) rides alongside Karl Rudnick of BikeWalkSolana, on the Rose Canyon Bike Path.

We cruised through Del Mar, breathed salty air along Torrey Pines State Beach and broke a sweat as we climbed the grade into Torrey Pines State Reserve. We cycled past research centers and UC San Diego, and then picked up the Rose Canyon Bike Path — a paved, pedestrian-only lane just east of Interstate 5 near Highway 52.

The next stretch took us past Mission Bay and Old Town and finally to 1600 Pacific Highway.

Invigorated by the workout and mood-boosting endorphins, I arrived at the county building in time to freshen up before my first meeting of the morning.

Later, at a news conference organized by the San Diego Bicycle Coalition, some cyclists said they had arrived by way of “multi-modal” transportation — usually a combination of bike and train or bus. Others had ridden from a meeting spot in Hillcrest to the county center on San Diego Bay.

The message from elected officials and community leaders was consistent: bicycling is a wonderful way to commute to work.

In my remarks, I said that biking is so important to our quality of life as well as to our physical health. And bike riding fits in perfectly with our county’s Live Well San Diego initiative to promote an active lifestyle.

In Solana Beach, with our Highway 101 improvements, our beautiful Coastal Rail Trail and traffic-calming measures on local streets — my home city has improved both the cycling experience and safety for this active form of transportation.

Bike-friendly fixes include narrowed travel lanes and 6-foot-wide bike lanes on certain busy streets. Some of these streets are designated “safe routes to school.”

More and more kids are biking to school. In fact, during a recent open house for one of my kids at Skyline School, I learned that the campus needs a bigger bike parking area because so many kids are riding to school

Just north of Solana Beach, Encinitas continues to complete projects to improve safety and access for cyclists. City Councilwoman Lisa Shaffer provided details on biking amenities in Encinitas.

Thursday’s Bike to Work launch included members of the Blind Stokers Club — a group that gets sight-impaired residents onto bikes. Congrats to the Blind Stokers and Director David White.

As one of five San Diego County Supervisors, I pledge to continue doing all I can to promote safe bicycle riding within the county and to demonstrate how much fun it is to bike to work.

We will be back in the saddle in two weeks. Join me at 7 a.m. on May 15 at the Solana Beach Train Station for another great ride to work.


Dave Roberts is vice chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

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