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San Diego named one of best "bike-friendly" cities in U.S.

SAN DIEGO, California -- America's Finest City has scored another national "bragging right," named this week as one of the ten best cities for bicycling.

San Diego is the only California city on the list, published Tuesday by USA TODAY.

Here's what they said about San Diego:

"Year-round mild weather, a terrain that's not too hilly or too flat, and loads of distinctive neighborhoods? Not a bad start ... and we haven't even mentioned the beaches. The Silver Strand on the island of Coronado runs parallel to San Diego Bay and is one of the most beautiful cyclist-friendly routes in Southern California. A trip to Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma peninsula offers intermediate and advanced riders a taxing coastal ride. Pacific Coast Highway stretches up the San Diego coastline and passes through some of the area's most beautiful beach towns and preserved communities of vintage surf culture. For specific trail info go here. Also, The City of San Diego just established a municipal bike sharing program with a local outfitter DecoBike."

Officials with the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition said the recognition is warmly welcomed but long overdue.

“San Diego is making great strides and we’ve got even more on the way to be excited about including CicloSDias, bike share and the regional bike plan,” executive director Andy Hanshaw said.

He cited major accomplishments from the past year that include:

• Launching San Diego’s first ever open-streets celebration, CicloSDias

• SANDAG’s approval of $200-million for a regional bike plan Early Action program

• San Diego’s first bike share program with DECOBikes unanimously approved

• Record number of Bike to Work Day participants in May, 2014

For more information on bicycle opportunities and developments in San Diego, please visit HERE.