Hop on your cycle and gather your friends and fam for a good ‘ol group ride to the ballpark! East Village Association (EVA) is teaming up with the nonprofit San Diego Bike Coalition to “Do the Ride Thing” with the inaugural July 14 “The Cycle” East Village Summer Bike Event! Riders will learn bike safety awareness, smart cycling practices and routes, receive information on the newly installed city of San Diego’s Downtown Mobility Plan active transit corridors, while celebrating the East Village bike-friendly community.
10:30 a.m.: Participant meetup at outside Downtown designated location(s) to include — Normal Heights, North Park, Barrio Logan, and Spanish Landing – for a safe group-guided bike ride led by the San Diego Bike Coalition into the East Village. The Bike Coalition advocates and protects the rights of all people who ride bicycles, seeking to significantly improve the quality of life in San Diego. East Village welcomes our new biking neighbor headquartered at The Nook — the new affordable, micro-designed residential flat community. EVA will work collectively with the coalition in the implementation of the Downtown Mobility Plan to address the rapid neighborhood growth by implementing a cohesive network of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.
11 a.m.: When in doubt (of whether or not to do the meetup), pedal it out — bikers, skateboarders, rollerbladers, dockless bike riders, scooter-preference rentals, MTS transit riders, and yes, you walkers! — to Mission Brewery (1441 L St.) for the official event kick off. Mission Brewery, located in the historical East Village Wonderbread Building, is a top craft San Diego brewery, spearheading the East Village beer rEVolution, with a 2,500-square-foot tasting room in over 25,000 square feet of total space. The original brick and bow trusses give rise to an urban community gathering space where every hour is a happy hour, with the option to host private events, and/or watch the on-site brewing, bottling, canning, and kegging operation.
The Cycle event will have DJ’d music, drink and food specials, and an official branded swag bag filled with mobility-themed giveaways, the official Cycle throwback baseball tee, and a ticket to the Padres vs. Atlanta Braves 1:10 p.m. game.
12:30 p.m.: Keep on moving with a guided group ride to the complimentary Park 12 Atrium bike valet/security parking off of Park Boulevard (www.livepark12.com). Park 12 represents the EVolution of East Village with the spring 2019 completion of a 718-unit, one high-rise- and three mid-rise-building luxury apartment and storefront retail building overlooking San Diego Bay and Petco Park. Bringing community home — Park 12 has high-end perks including a nearly 5,000-square-foot entertainment hub; co-working space; and additional amenities to include an indoor-outdoor fitness center, two pools with a sundeck and spa, underground gated parking, a clubhouse with kitchen, resident lounge, and multiple rooftop terraces with outdoor seating, fire pits and grilling areas, two dog runs, and 24-hour concierge services.
1 p.m.: Take me out to the ballgame! Take me out to Petco Park! The Cycle fun ride ends with a walk directly across the street to Petco Park, the home of the San Diego Padres, who strive to make an impact in the community through outreach initiatives in the areas of children’s health, education and fitness. Petco Park is situated in the Downtown East Village neighborhood, near San Diego’s Gaslamp District with the main entrance located just two blocks from the Downtown terminal of the MTS San Diego Trolley light-rail system.
— East Village is San Diego’s largest Downtown neighborhood encompassing 130 blocks, between Seventh Avenue to 17th Street. More than 700-plus businesses are located in the thriving urban enclave including: restaurants, hotels, art galleries, micro-breweries, several educational institutions, San Diego Central Library and Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. EVolving East Village, a unique mix of arts, culture, education, entertainment, and emerging urban development is managed by the nonprofit 501(c)(3) East Village Association, Inc. (EVA). For more information and tickets to The Cycle, please visit www.EastVillgeSanDiego.com.