CARLSBAD — The city of Carlsbad hopes the May 20 National Bike to Work Day has spurred folks to pedal more often.
The city wants its residents to know that biking to work isn’t just for one special day, but that it’s something that can be done year-round.
“The city of Carlsbad is dedicated to improving the environment, reducing congestion, boosting the economy and providing opportunities for safe and healthy recreational activities,” said Mick Calarco, recreation service manager. “Bike to Work Day is one way of reinforcing this commitment.”
All in all, Calarco said he was pleasantly surprised to see more bikers than expected and attributes the success of the event to their partnerships with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), and Carbon Connection USA bike shop in Carlsbad.
More than 50 cyclists made a pit stop at a small park on Carlsbad Boulevard and Pine Avenue where officials and sponsors provided T-shirts, bike lights, sunscreen, water, replacement inner tubes, travel first aid kits, passes to Legoland’s Sea Life Aquarium and more.
During the morning hours, officials counted 90 bike commuters. The median age of riders varied from 25 to 35 years old.
Calarco hopes that Bike to Work Day sent a clear message that Carlsbad is an ideal town to ride a bike.
“We remain hopeful that people will continue to ride their bikes to work — at least occasionally,” he said. “Imagine the health and environmental benefits if workers ride their bike to work just one day a week. We hope to improve the health and promote the happiness and well-being of individuals by encouraging physical activity.”
With summer nearing, Carlsbad makes an ideal bike riding location because of it temperate weather and scenic coastline views. Some inland hills provide a calorie burning challenge for every level of rider, too.
“We offer 98 miles of bike paths,” Calarco said. “In our quest to become even more bike friendly, the city of Carlsbad is pursuing the official ‘Bike Friendly Community’ designation sponsored by the League of American Cyclists, a national organization whose mission is: ‘To promote bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and work through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America.’”
Calarco said a perfect beginners route for riders starts at the Village and heads south on Carlsbad Boulevard. This trail offers an abundance of scenery where dolphins are often spotted, he explained.
Calarco called a quick tour through the South Carlsbad State Beach Campground another great path.
“On your way back north to the Village, you might want to take a quick side trip on Palomar Airport Road to see the Flower Fields, or see what’s happening at the Strawberry Fields in Carlsbad,” he said. “Get outside and experience this great city and all it has to offer.”
For more bike trail information, visit carlsbadca.gov.