- Ride a bike? Wanna save some money at local merchants? Then you'll want to check out sdbikecommuter.com for a listing of numerous coffee shops, pizza places, hair salons, restaurants, clothing stores, and more that will give you special offers like 2-for-1, $10 off, etc. just for getting there on your bicycle. They even have a map showing you where all the participating businesses are. My favorites on the list? The Daily Scoop, Caffe Calabria, Meshuggah Shack, Rebecca's Coffee Shop, Sicilian Thing Pizza, and Toronado.
- I spotted this bumper sticker in Point Loma on my lunch break today. It's officially the coolest bicycling bumper sticker I've ever seen:
- Did you know that San Diego is inching its way closer to having a dedicated bike path that goes nearly all the way around beautiful San Diego Bay? I "biked the bay" once several years ago, and much of the distance was pothole-ridden streets with cars whizzing by. Little buy little, a smooth, car-free bike path called the Bayshore Bikeway is taking shape around the bay. This past weekend, the newest 1.8-mile segment opened up, between H and Palomar streets in Chula Vista. Here's a look at how the overall Bikeway is taking shape. And here's more good information on the project.
- My own amazing bike named Pee Wee -- a folding electric wonder -- took me to a hidden corner of Balboa Park last week on the first day of Spring. Here's a picture I took of Pee Wee at the Old Cactus Garden behind the Balboa Park Club. Now forgotten and passed over by most visitors to Balboa Park, this little garden used to be the premier cactus garden in the park, during the Panama–California Exposition from 1915-1917. I started the day exploring the park's much-larger and better-known Desert Garden alongside Park Boulevard. There, I learned that it was inspired and preceded by the Old Cactus Garden, now hidden away at the opposite end of the park, behind many buildings, somewhat unkempt, and left to compete with the roaring sounds of Highway 163 in the canyon below. After work, on my bike ride back home, I set out to find this forgotten garden. In spite of its glory days being long past, I delighted in its ragged charm. I found myself loving it even more than the bigger, more glamorous Desert Garden. In the Old Cactus Garden, I bid adieu to the first day of Spring.
Maybe I'll see you out on the bike lanes, bike paths and sharrows of San Diego someday.
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