San Diego scored a 43 out of 100 on Walk Score’s bikeability meter, deeming it a “somewhat bikeable” city. Our score is determined by four components: bike lanes, hills, destinations and connectivity, and bicycle mode share. Wondering what all that means? Let’s bike it out.
Walk Score rates this category on the total length of bike paths and lanes. Learn more about bike lanes or plan a bike commute, and get caught up with projects that San Diego has in the works to make the city more bike-friendly.
Hilliness is based on the steepest grade within our area, calculated using the National Elevation Data set from the United States Geological Survey (USGC). Play with the USGS’ interactive map to learn more about nearby topography.
Destinations and connectivity
This uses our city’s Walk Score, which measures whether or not you need a car to run daily errands.
Bicycle mode share
This category takes into account the social nature of bicycling. There’s safety in numbers. Even if a city doesn’t have tons of infrastructure for cyclists, more cyclists mean more drivers are aware of bicycles — which makes roadways safer.
How can we boost our score?
The top way to increase the bikeability of our city is — you guessed it — by biking more. We can boost our community score by learning more about biking in our city.
There’s no bad time to start, but May is National Bike Month, and San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is hosting Bike Anywhere Day on Thursday, May 18. Pledge to pedal, you can even score a free t-shirt.
Don’t have a bike yet? Support one of these local bike shops:
- San Diego Bike Shop, 619 C St.
- Moment Bicycles, 1891 San Diego Ave.
- Adams Avenue Bicycles, 2602 Adams Ave.