Oceanside Shifts Bike-Friendly Initiatives into High Gear

When in San Diego County, catch a breath of fresh, salty air. When in Oceanside, specifically, take a bike ride around town for a break from another hotel room. Located on the coast between San Diego and Los Angeles, Oceanside is an escape. With sandy beaches, a harbor reminiscent of New England, and rich history—check out Old Mission San Luis Rey—you’re bound to find relaxation in this charming town. Their newest initiative: a bike incentive program aimed to get your blood pumping and give you peace of mind in the process.

Group Pedaling

Oceanside is introducing a new incentive program for groups—ideal for those looking to unwind following a conference. If you’re planning an overnight stay before July 1, 2019, your group can qualify for one of three incentive packages. Extras include destination bike jerseys, sponsorships and gift cards. Keep in mind, however, that these incentives do not apply to summer months.

For those looking to participate in cycling events, Oceanside does not disappoint. Bike the Coast, Taste the Coast is open to all riders with varying route distances, with a food event at the finish line. Race Across America, known as one of the most arduous bike races, begins in Oceanside, with the goal of raising money for important causes as they ride through the country. And for those looking to put the pedal to the metal in the SoCal sun, Oceanside Ironman 70.3 invites elite athletes from across the country to compete.

Another addition for groups? The city recently opened the Multi-Use Cycling Course Oceanside, fitted for cyclocross—the combination of mountain biking, off-road and obstacle racing. It’s perfect for training events, races and potential team-bonding experiences.

Oceanside Keeps Cyclists Safe

Oceanside considers cyclists’ safety one of its biggest priorities. In fact, Oceanside was the first city in San Diego County that received a designation by the League of American Bicyclists—and it continues to hold a silver status as a Bicycle Friendly Community. On top of this achievement, it has also become the first city in San Diego County to support the Rider Safety Visibility initiative, in which communities use technology and innovation to create cycling apparel that increases safety on the road. It also advocates for alternative transportation vacations and bike safety. For event planners hoping to find a city that doesn’t hinder attendees’ daily routines and also prioritizes safety, Oceanside is becoming an ideal destination.