Bayshore Bikeway -produced by Louis Bohan

Imperial Beach to Coronado to Gaslamp by bike and ferry in 5 minutes. As always, wear a helmet, bring enough water, a patch kit and a pump, obey all signs and lights, and respect your fellow cyclists.

With a little peddle power and sunscreen, families, commuters, and weekend cycling enthusiasts can take a rolling tour of the Southbay and Coronado, followed by a ferry to the Gaslamp.

The Bayshore Bikepath from IB to the Coronado waterfront stretches less than 11 miles, is completely flat, and has the benefit of crossing minimal roadways. More determined cyclists can roll the entire 24 mile loop, encircling the bay.

An additional three miles will be added by 2012 as the bikeway is expanded between Chula Vista and National City.

A liesurely ride one way will take about 1.5 hours, and allow you to keep an eye ahead for wildlife and endless scenary. Or, a sweat inducing 15mph average speed will take you about 45 minutes, though this speed is not recommended in areas of heavy pedestrian traffic along the waterfront.

Starting from Imperial Beach

You travel west past salt ponds and marsh lands, north up the Silver Strand, with the bay and ocean on either side and under Coronado’s bridge and along the waterfront, finishing with a peaceful ferry ride to downtown San Diego.

Before starting the ride in IB, stop by Saltwater Magic for any bicycle maintenance needs.

From downtown San Diego to Imperial Beach

Use all-day parking (cost around $20), and take the ferry to Coronado, which costs $4.25.

Then, stay left as you walk your bike through the Coronado Waterfront Market. The walkway will lead towards the parking lot, but stay left as it rolls east towards the Coronado bridge and along the waterfront.

You’ll pass a golf course, the Hotel Del Coronado, the Navy Amphibious Operations Base and the Silver Strand Training Complex. As you near IB, you’ll see “the elephant cage,” a huge Wullenweber directional finding circular antenna.

Soon after, the path turns east towards the1 13th Street entrance, which is an excellent turnaround point if you don’t plan to ride around the bay. If you cross a steel foot bridge, you’ve gone too far.

If you need a coffee or bicycle maintenance in Coronado, try Cafe 1134 and Holland’s Bicycles, both on Orange Avenue.

As always, wear a helmet, bring enough water, a patch kit and a pump, obey all signs and lights and respect your fellow cyclists.

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