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Any cyclist in San Diego can tell you that, between our many mesas and valleys, this isn’t the best city for flatland riding routes.

One of my favorite level-ground circuits is the San Diego Bay loop, which entails a ferry from Downtown to Coronado followed by a combination of frontage roads and jaunts on the scenic Bayshore Bikeway through Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, and National City.

It’s a fair distance (roughly 24 miles) and you’ll pass everything from upper-crust beach manors to sketchy South Bay apartment blocks among the salt marshes and intertidal mudflats, where egrets glide above the eel grass.

Tomorrow, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) invites all to join in celebrating the opening of a new 1.8-mile length of the Bayshore Bikeway between H and Palomar streets, which was made possible by federal Transportation Enhancement funds and SANDAG’s regional TransNet sales tax.

Meet at the parking lot off of Bay Boulevard and West J Street/Marina Parkway in Chula Vista at 11 a.m. for refreshments, gifts, and giveaways.

County Supervisor Greg Cox, SANDAG Second Vice Chair and Imperial Beach Mayor Jim Janney, Chula Vista Mayor Cheyl Cox, and San Diego Port Commissioner Scott Peters will be there to cut the ribbon and officially inaugurate the new stretch of bikeway.

“This latest project marks another major milestone in fulfilling the regional vision to create a world-class bikeway that stretches all the way around San Diego Bay,” the SANDAG press release reads.

To date, over half of the planned 24-mile bikeway has been actualized.

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