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    • CommentAuthorcobraeverde
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2010 edited
     
    Date: First Friday of every month
    Time: 8:00PM sharp
    Location: Under Tijuana Arch on Avenida Revolución
    Documentation: Passport required for return to the US

    Getting there:
    Suggested tourist cyclist route San Diego - San Ysidro Border Crossing (One of many!).

    Please allow 15-30 min. to travel from the border crossing to ride start.

    During the Turista Libre art ride I got in contact with Arturo Viazcan, the founder of "Paseo Urbano Bicicletero" (Urban Bicyclist Ride), a group that meets three times a week to ride the streets of Tijuana.

    Riders of Tijuana/San Diego

    Paseo de TODOS (every) in Tijuana will be riding together to give each other strength to be able to peacefully change the way by which society perceives human mobility and transportation.

    We will unite so that together we can look after the common good and to make a meaningful presence as a single collective. In general, bicyclists are upset because the measures of a government who claims to be in favor of the bicycle/bicylists have not been taken in order to benefit the bicyclist, since the two bike paths from Tijuana (zona río y rosas magallón) are impossible to access via bicycles. The pseudo governmental support of such facilities is only used as a political scapegoat.

    In the inauguration of the Rosas Magallón sports center, the mayor Jorge Ramos declared: "Today we are planting the seed of hope; today we are investing in making sports a tool that can allow us to keep our children and our young ones from the wrong path." However, without access for pedestrians or bicyclists, it is impossible and very unsafe to access these bike paths unless it is with the use of a vehicle. Children and young people are not able to drive.

    The petitions that we have on our first phase are as follows:
    A revision to the Rules of Transit.
    A restructuring of the Public Transport system so that it is more efficient.
    Signaling/Signs that foster respect to the Pedestrian and the Bicyclist.

    We believe that if we provide with more security to the urban bicyclist and the pedestrian, society will be even more trustful of riding bicycles more often, which will result in the reduction of traffic in the neighborhoods as well as downtown It is almost unbelievable that in a two-block stretch people have to drive a vehicle (for example: going to the store to get milk).
    We invite you to be part of modernization and re-culturization of our city.
    This is a world movement.
    In Mexico it takes place in DF, Guadalajara, Puebla, Queretaro, Celaya, Monterrey, Oaxaca, Morelia.
    In Baja California it takes place in Ensenada and Tijuana.
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    Ride Details & Suggestions:

    Prior
    -Make sure that your bicycle is in good running condition.
    -Bring patches and our tubes in order to fix a flat.
    -Get together with friends and or family members to assist the ride.
    -Involve yourself and join us as a volunteer.

    During
    -Use lights and reflectors on your body or your bicycle.
    -Always ride on the indicated lane, try to yield to the vehicles whenever necessary.
    -Help out during intersections, supporting the volunteers, remember that the Paseo es de TODOS (it is everyone's ride)
    -Follow instructions of volunteers and law enforcement.
    -Maintain order and respect towards motorists, pedestrians and other bicyclists.
    -Avoid screaming things that could offend the integrity of others.
    -Avoid littering.
    -Avoid consuming drugs and alcohol during the ride.
    -Pay attention while crossing intersections.
    -Be responsible for minors that are riding and their education, or tell your mom/dad to take care of you.
    -Remember that you are the only one responsible of your safety to transit the street and taking care of others helps you become a part of a harmonious society.
    -Enjoy the ride.

    After
    Take advantage of the experience that you gained during the ride and share it with other bicyclists.

    Remember:
    -This ride is fun and festive, violent attitudes are not welcome.
    -The motorist is a potential bicyclist...smile and explain to him that this is el Paseo de TODOS (everyone's ride) and thank him for waiting.

    Visit Facebook for more information.

    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=137477426265047&index=1
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    To my understanding and what Arturo said, this ride is a bit of a Tijuana critical mass, except that it strives to be more organized, kept-together, more courteous and tries not to leave anybody behind and regroup as much as possible.
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    Here are some pictures of the last ride.




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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2010
     
    cobraeverde:...it strives to be more organized, kept-together, more courteous and tries not to leave anybody behind and regroup as much as possible.
    Sounds like our CM here in San Diego can learn a lot from these guys!
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    quiero ir! quien quieres ir conmigo?

    this looks awesome...does anyone who lives in SD proper want to go? i would love to go but would definitely want a buddy...

    xoxo,
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    AllisonEquality:quiero ir! quien quieres ir conmigo?

    this looks awesome...does anyone who lives in SD proper want to go? i would love to go but would definitely want a buddy...

    xoxo,


    I am definitely going, if you'd like we can meet somewhere and take the trolley down.
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    Yay! Yes! Let me know where. I am in Normal Heights. My email address is listed in my account for this board. Thanks!
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    "Bad Roads, Good People..."

    El Paseo de Todo was a really positive, vibrant experience...Cobraverde is an amazing bicycle coyote and the warmth of the people who gathered for the ride was inspiring. There were people riding of all ages and the energy of the ride was very community-oriented. There were a couple of times throughout the duration of the ride when a rider would get a flat and one of the ride leaders would ride to the front, calling out 'un ponchada, un ponchada!' The entire mass would pull over and patiently wait while the flat was repaired. With all the stops, I think the ride was something like 2-3 hours and the terrain was pretty flat, with some subtle rolling hills. The ride leaders did a very thorough job of stopping traffic for the mass and the presence of the traffic itself was patient and tolerant. In addition to this, there were several occasions where the ride halted for regrouping and I personally enjoyed the presence of several young kids on the ride, some of whom were very serious riders based on the look of their bikes and gear (from my amateur perspective). The riders who attempted to speak with me (and were met with a 'no hablo espanol') met me with their best english. I was offered an escort back to the border after the ride, although I didn't need to accept the offer (Cobraverde).

    After the ride, the group went to a diner where we consumed....burgers and fries! I had an amazing portobello 'burger' that I chewed while bopping my head to some 80s classics and between bites, I attempted to resuscitate my espanol and was met with positive responses. The energy of the group was so elated - they are deeply committed to cycling and their commitment perseveres in light of having no infrastructure for cycling. The people I spoke with were so encouraged to see that people came across the border to support their cause.

    Personally, I was deeply impacted by the opportunity to drop the potential divisions of culture and experience unity through the love of two wheels! I highly recommend the experience to anyone with a free Friday night (1st Friday of each month). I believe that in addition to the joy that comes from a well-spent evening with your bike, you will find your heart expand from the contagious exuberance of this group!

    PS. And the roads were really not any worse than what you see in SD.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2010
     
    AllisonEquality:El Paseo de Todo was a really positive, vibrant experience.
    Thanks for an amazing review, Allison - I wish I had been able to join you guys. And I will say it yet another time - sounds from your review that SD CM has a lot to learn from the way El Paseo de Todo is led!

    PS! How eventful was it to get through the US border checkpoint on your return?
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    Njord Noatun:
    PS! How eventful was it to get through the US border checkpoint on your return?
    It was a piece of cake! It took 10 minutes, including standing in line... However, I had a passport...might be a bit trickier with just your state-issued ID.
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2010
     
    Allison: That sounds like such a fun ride. I'd really like to go down to TJ sometime soon...I hear so many wonderful things about the place.
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2010
     
    Cobraverde: How often does this ride take place? I may not be able to do this for another month or so, but I am really interested in going.
    • CommentAuthorcobraeverde
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2010 edited
     
    bëany:Cobraverde: How often does this ride take place? I may not be able to do this for another month or so, but I am really interested in going.


    that particular ride takes place the first friday of every month.

    in addition there are, however, 3 weekly rides. one monday, one wed and one thursday.

    edit: all 3 the rides meet at 7-7:30, if anybody wants to go please let me know! we can go down there together. or i can give you very competent directions!
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      CommentAuthorArturo
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2010
     
    Hi Everyone.. here are some pics of last friday.. Thanks to Allison and cobraeverde for join us
    I Bike TJReady to StartOlds and youngs together
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    ^^^right where ceasar's salad was invented.
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      CommentAuthorBev
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2010
     
    A lot of the bikes seem to be mountain-esque (chunkier than my poncy bike). The ride was just on regular streets, right? No all terraining?
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    Bev:A lot of the bikes seem to be mountain-esque (chunkier than my poncy bike). The ride was just on regular streets, right? No all terraining?


    the mountain-esque trend is due to the fact that there's a really large mountain biking community in tijuana, partly propagated by a couple of MTB clubs. though there is a growing community and probably equal in size to road bikes.

    I was on my cannondale road bike and there were plenty others in other road bikes as well as a couple of people on fixed gears.

    ride stays on city streets/boulevards etc. no dirt trails or anything.

    you should check it out, it's way fun!
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      CommentAuthorBev
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2010
     
    It may take some prodding from Allison or Beany to keep me out that late, but would be interested. If nothing else, I'd like to see anothe side to TJ. Having grown up here it was Revolucion & tequila poppers. As I've gotten older, it just seems more dangerous (so much so we don't go to Baja anymore). So being with a large group of locals would be nice.
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2010
     
    Bev: Okay, tomorrow I'll send in the forms to renew my caboose's passport. I want to check out TJ really badly. I think a lot of the danger is over rated. I haven't reading anything about it, but I'd bet money that the odds of something bad happening to a bunch of cyclists are very low. I figure we follow the usual rules about being in a big city, don't go to sketchy area (yet) or interact with sketchy people.

    I have a feeling I'd really enjoy the city.
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      CommentAuthorBev
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2010
     
    Oh, yeah. Almost forgot about the passport thing. Please remind me when we do go as I WILL forget them. Mine & the Limey's are good. Does the Limey bring his passport or his resident alien card? Or both? I really don't like the idea of traveling around with said items, but I'm figuring that we can't get back without it.

    If I seem paranoid, it is because I am. One of the last times I travelled across the border on foot (me & 3 other girls) we had a very very bad incident where total strangers came up, started ass grabbing and skirt flipping. When we protested one of the girls got a fist cold cocked straight in the face. I've never seen anyone fall straight back onto concrete, smash the back of their head, eyes rolled back in their head, and not wake up. The cretins just walked off. No help, nothing from anyone. Bad scene.....

    So, I figure going in a larger group for a lovely social ride should be ok.
    • CommentAuthorcobraeverde
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2010 edited
     
    It seems that when it comes to Tijuana, it's a simple thing, for the most part. If you're not a drug dealer, if you're not walking/driving the city drunk, and if you're not, basically, looking for trouble, you will most likely be free of harm. It comes down to a question of common sense.

    Now, I understand that thaere are plenty of instances in which U.S. citizens have suffered attacks in the city, and the trend that I notice in the cases that I've had the opportunity to reflect about, is that these occurrences usully happen late at night, alongside alcohol.

    And just like there are plenty of examples of unfortunate occurrences, there is also a great number of positive experiences. This includes the very large number U.S. citizens that live in the state of Baja California that live normal, safe lives, along side the millions of mexicans who do as well. Personally, other than the obvious case of Derrik from Turista Libre, know of a handful of other individuals who live and have lived in Tijuana and in other parts of Mexico and Latin America free of harm.

    About the passport thing, I cross with a birth certificate and CA driver's license. Usually have no trouble doing that.
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      CommentAuthorBev
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2010
     
    Not going to walk around with my birth certificate. I have a passport. But what do resident aliens do? Both the foreign passport AND the resident alien card?
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2010
     
    Bev: But what do resident aliens do? Both the foreign passport AND the resident alien card?
    Yes -- both foreign passport and green card.
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      CommentAuthorBev
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2010
     
    ¡Gracias!
    • CommentAuthorkyle
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2010
     
    Is the Paseo de TODOS this Friday?! Is anyone from SD doing it? I'm not 100% because I have some guests in town, but I'd love to do this. If anyone who's done the ride before wants to meet up and ride down to the border, let me know. Thanks!
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    I went last time and want to go again, but I am not sure if I can remember where to go after you get across the border. I am trying to connect with someone I met last month to see if I can get an 'escort'...I would love to go if you want to try and meet up!
    • CommentAuthorkyle
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2010
     
    It sounds like a really cool way to check out Tijuana. I could meet up anywhere in the SD area to head down there. I'd be coming from the PB area. I'd be a good escort in that I'm a guy, and I have lights on my bike. But I'd be a bad escort in that I don't know Tijuana at all, and I've never crossed the border by bike. So keep me posted!
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    we'll go for sure...i think i can remember it, if we can't find someone to meet us. i know tj a little bit and my spanish is sufficient for asking for directions. crossing the border is a piece of cake, just make sure that you have your ID. i live on the mesa so we can just meet at velo cult and ride down to the trolley, if that works for you! the ride doesn't start until 8 but i think it is good to leave around six-thirty - does that work for you?

    The invitation is, of course, open to anyone reading!

    cobraeverde:About the passport thing, I cross with a birth certificate and CA driver's license. Usually have no trouble doing that.
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      CommentAuthorHans
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2010
     
    Count me in!
    I just posted on the Urban Bike & Social Club page also, so let's see how good of a turnout we get.
    • CommentAuthorkyle
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2010
     
    6:30 at Velo Cult tomorrow. I'll be there! And I'll bring my passport.
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    rad! yes! yay!

    i heard from cobraeverde today and he's going to TJ in the AM but will come meet us at the border so we are all set!
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    PS. how does it work as far as updating the title of this topic with the updated date? Does only the topic starter have permissions for this?
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2010
     
    AllisonEquality:How does it work as far as updating the title of this topic with the updated date? Does only the topic starter have permissions for this?
    Yes, either OP or a mod. I have updated it.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2010
     
    Does anybody know how to get from the trolley station, across the border, and to the meetup place on the other side?

    I can likely make it to this. If I can find my passport in time, that is.
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    Sigurd, the meetup is across from the arch at the north end of Revolution. To get there from the trolley station you take the footbridge over I-5 that is just south of the trolley. After crossing that you turn south and pass through turnstiles into the pedestrian section of the Mexican customs area. After passing the customs the foot path turns west towards another set of turnstiles. Pass through them and cross the street. Go south until you get to the pedestrian mall. Turn west and go through the mall to the footbridge that crosses the Tijuana River. After the bridge go west through this pedestrian mall. Cross the street and continue going west through two more pedestrian malls until you get to Revolution. Across Revolution is Plaza St. Cecilia. That is the meetup.
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    Njord Noatun:Does anybody know how to get from the trolley station, across the border, and to the meetup place on the other side?

    I did it last month and am going tomorrow. it should be cake!
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    Hello everyone. I am a gringo Tijuana resident, who is part of the emerging bike community here. The ride is a lot of fun. Allison described it perfectly. Although this town can be a little intimidating because of its reputation, I definitely urge you to give it a try, whether during a bike ride, or on foot. It's a magical place. A lot of people in SD ignore Tijuana. The reality is, Tijuana is a bigger city, that has a very interesting cultural scene that I would argue rivals anything San Diego has to offer. Unfortunately, people don't take advantage of it. There is a lively, hip scene for locals that has sprouted up around the downtown area in the last couple of years along 6th street [at its intersection with Revolution] and the culinary scene, from the street food to the renowned and sophisticated [but decently priced] Baja cuisine places, is simply amazing. If you come down for the ride, I suggest staying for a few hours after and having some dinner, or grabbing a few drinks. Ceasar's and Pop Diner, are cool new spots along Revolucion, if you don't feel like being too adventurous and straying from the traditional tourist strip, although it has been reclaimed by Tijuanenses anyway. 6th Street is the happening place to get drinks now. Several hundred beers from all over the world at Tasca and the Mezcal flows at La Mezcalera. And Zona Rio has amazing food for foodie options. There are a couple of blogs done by with-it Americans living in Tijuana that can point you in the right direction if you are interested in seeing what goes on down here.
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    Or you can hit me up via email for specific questions. Here are some scenes from the last ride.
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    And here is another bike group, that in reality, is more of a drinking club with a bike problem than a bike club. But we rode last week to the farmers market and had sangria in the sun. It's a shame you missed it. And if you are into food, peep this.
    [[_linker_]]
    See you in the streets of Tijuana.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2010
     
    I need to head down to NTC first, and will probably arrive at the SP meetup spot about half an hour early: I'll just hang out at Rebecca's, if anybody else is early and wants to join me.

    For anybody I haven't met - I will be likely be wearing my VC jersey if you're looking for me.
    • CommentAuthorkyle
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2010
     
    Really looking forward to this! I'll definitely be in South Park by 6:30. Sigurd, if I'm early, I'll stop by Rebecca's. I'll be wearing a black and white Electra jersey.

    Tijuanalandia, Thanks for all the info!
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    Hey TJ gringo! thanks for all the awesome info...hopefully we'll get to connect with you (tonight?)!

    Kyle & Njord (Sigurd?) - I'll try to get out early to meet up at rebecca's. I am always looking for a good reason to stop working early!
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2010
     
    Bike trouble just re-appeared: Show's off for tonight.:face-crying:
    Will have to walk bike home from work.:face-sad:

    You guys have fun!
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2010
     
    Wait - I can use Nikolai's bike -- the show may be on, after all!

    Hans, watch your mobile as I need to SMS you about your whereabouts around 7 or so (my mobile number in my profile).

    What trolley station downtown are you guys planning to depart from?
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    I am glad your bike sitch is working out....I think its called Cesear Chavez...it basically at the bottom of 25th street near logan heights.
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    It's called Barrio Logan.
    • CommentAuthorDrew
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2010
     
    I should see you all at VC by 6:30 YAYAY!!!!
    • CommentAuthorDrew
    • CommentTimeSep 4th 2010
     
    just got back from the ride. GO TO TJ!!
    So much fun. More later, n:face-monkey:w sleep.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeSep 4th 2010 edited
     
    Rode Paseo de Todos in TJ last night with a bunch of people from here. It was my first bike ride in Tijuana and a fantastic experience! About 250 riders, about 10 miles at gentle pace. Dozens of regroups; fantastic leadership and amazing cooperation and response from motorists.

    If SD CM could do 10% of the things that Paseo de Todos does right, it would be 10 times better: Highly recommended - I am certainly going back! Finished off a great evening at Hamilton's in SP.

    Thanks to AllisonEquality and Cobraverde for providing invaluable guidance for the rest of us newbies.
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      CommentAuthorBev
    • CommentTimeSep 4th 2010
     
    Be sure to let us know when the next one is!!!
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      CommentAuthorHans
    • CommentTimeSep 4th 2010
     
    First Friday of the month (easy to remember, the Friday after Critical Mass). This is their third.
    Njord, Cobraverde, and I are already planning a trip down for a Monday or Thursday night ride. They're ambitious down there. They have Monday (intermediate-2.5 hour), Wednesday (easy), and Thursday (faster pace/hilly-3,5 hour)rides. The hardest part of last nights ride was riding past the taco carts without stopping. I'll get my pictures "hosted" and get them up as soon as I can!
    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeSep 4th 2010
     
    So I am to understand that it's entirely possible to spend a night in TJ without being shot, kidnapped, abused, harassed, smuggled, or detained and held until you have $200+ to go home?

    ... that's not what I heard...
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeSep 4th 2010 edited
     
    I think this map is from one of their earlier rides and not yesterday's, but it gives you an idea of what these are all about.

    And here's a short video:



    Photos, or it never happened, you say? Well, here you go (courtesy of Arturo Viazcan, the founder of "Paseo Urbano Bicicletero"):