Cool Trails for Bike Cruises in Downtown San Diego
1. Your neighborhood. It’s a good idea to meet your beach cruiser before heading out on a trail with other bikers, skaters, or walkers. Learn how your bike moves, how fast it goes easily, and how you handle the bike. Navigating your own neighborhood is also a good way to see where you live rather than driving your daily route to get somewhere quickly.
2. Coronado Bike Path – This 17.1 mile bike path is a pleasant cruise between the Coronado Ferry Terminal and Imperial Beach. This road is relatively flat with a nice wide road for easy driving. The trail can be busy on weekends with runners, inline skaters, other cyclists, and walkers using the trail as well. This trail can also be windy most afternoons. The path runs through the outskirts of Coronado and then through Silver Strand. The Pacific Ocean is on one side and the San Diego Bay on the other side of this promenade. The trail is well maintained in most areas. The San Diego side of the trail gets a bit rougher as the trail has a few more cracks.
3. Mission Bay Bike Trail – There are 11.4 miles around beautiful Mission Bay. This road tends to be heavily trafficked on weekends as cyclists, runners, walkers, and inline skaters use it as well. This has many starting points along Mission Bay. The elevation change is minimal, making this ride great for a single-speed Beach Cruiser as well. This path also takes the cyclist along the San Diego River and SeaWorld.
4. Mission Beach / Pacific Beach Boardwalk Trail – About 3 miles of fun along the Pacific Ocean. There is a speed limit on this road along the beach. It can get crowded during peak tourist season. There are no elevation changes along this route. There are many places to stop and enjoy the Pacific Ocean, eat something or have a drink. Belmont Park is an amusement park in the area that is home to a wooden roller coaster.
5. State Route 56 Bike Trail – This 10.3-mile long route runs from Del Mar to the Saber Springs neighborhoods in San Diego. There are a few food places at both ends of the trail, but not much in between. There is a significant quarter mile long uphill when going from west to east. This route is not a popular tourist route, but it is popular with bike enthusiasts and runners.
Above are some great bike rides in downtown San Diego for the Beach Cruiser enthusiast in all of us. Beach Cruisers can be used for more than just a beach cruise. However, if a beach cruise is what you are looking for, they are also listed.