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If busy roads have deterred you from biking in the past, look to this North County ride—not a single section forces you to share a lane with cars. Start at the path’s northeastern terminus on the corner of Beven Drive and Wohlford Drive. The path will follow the “creek” (it’s more like a paved storm drain) for just under four miles before turning into a two- way protected bike lane that runs along North Broadway. This half-mile “missing link” through downtown Escondido was completed in 2019 and oˆers a preview of the many new high-quality bike lanes due to open in the coming years. The bike path will rejoin the creek at Centre City Parkway. When you pass the Escondido Transit Center on your left, you’ll see another bike path called the Inland Rail Trail that you can ride all the way to Oceanside. For this shorter ride, the path ends at Harmony Grove Road. Turn around and ride back to your starting point. The last few miles of your return trip oˆer views of the surrounding mountains. Escondido Creek Bike Path 12 MILES these routes are a great introduction to some of San Diego County’s finest rides—and places to eat along the way! BY ANDREW BOWEN Pedal Power: Five Great Bike Paths for Exploring San Diego Whether you’re a novice or a certified MAMIL (middle-aged man in Lycra),


Yield to your fellow humans Pedestrians have the right of way, always, even when matched with cyclists. So make sure you look out for people crossing the street and come to a safe stop to let them cross.

Don’t bike upstream Don’t be that person! Stay on the right side of the road when riding through busy streets or neighborhood cul-de-sacs. If you’re riding against traic, cars won’t have time to give you enough room to pass (and fellow cyclists will, to put it plainly, give you side-eye).

A beginner’s guide to the de facto rules of San Diego’s cycling community


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