San Diego is arguably one of the best places in the country to explore on a Onewheel, solowheel, scooter, or other electric rideable.
With year round good weather, water everywhere you turn, and bike paths galore, you can spend countless hours cruising around without ever getting bored, or running out of things to see.
Here is a list of the best places I’ve found after years of riding in San Diego with minimal vehicle and pedestrian traffic as well as places along the way to charge up if the need arises.
Pro Tip: A Lot of people don’t know this, but when in google maps, you can switch your view to the “bicycling” option in settings which will highlight some of the best routes in a particular area for riding. That’s what you’re seeing in every screenshot below.
It’s hard to beat the Mission Bay bike/pedestrian paths that surround most it. This area is friendly to electric rideables, has amazing views of the water, and plenty of bars/restaurants/coffee shops to charge up along the way.
This area is an amazing place to ride as it takes you past some of San Diego’s most iconic landmarks such as the San Diego harbor, USS Midway, Seaport Village and more. I would not recommend this area for beginners as there is heavy pedestrian traffic you will have to maneuver around.
Coronado Island, and Tidelands Park
Here’s where things get a bit messy. Technically, Coronado island has banned all electric scooter and motorized vehicles from its bike paths and roadways. However, since the Onewheel isn’t classified as a motorized vehicle you can usually get away with riding here. It’s possible, although unlikely you would get stopped or ticketed. In the unlikely event it does happen, I would plead ignorance, and take your ride elsewhere. In two years of riding here I have never been stopped.
If you get kicked off Coronado Island, it’s time to head to the strand. This beautiful strip of bike path between Coronado Island and Imperial Beach is wide open with little to no people on it at any time.
Ocean Beach & San Diego River Area
This long path that goes along the San Diego river is a beautiful spot to explore taking you right into the heart of Ocean Beach with its many shops, bars, restaurants, and hippie vibes
Although the sidewalks and bike paths are limited in this area, the streets are quiet, and there are countless things to see along the way such as La Jolla cove, Children’s Pool, and as well as shops, restaurants, and neighborhoods to explore
A cruise around San Diego isn’t complete without a stop off in Balboa Park. This entire area is covered in rideable paths but be warned it can be pedestrian heavy at times.
Places to avoid
Pacific beach: Minimal bike paths, rowdy drunks, crazy drivers
Mission beach, Pacific Beach, and La Jolla Boardwalks: All electric or motorized devices have been banned from the boardwalks only. These were never places I would recommend anyway considering the heavy pedestrian traffic makes for a slow and unenjoyable ride.
Sunset Cliffs: Street riding only, no bike paths, lots of traffic
There are far too many other places to ride in San Diego to list here, but hopefully this gives you a good overview of some of the best spots. Rent a board today to check them out for yourself!
What are your recommendations of best places to ride? Let me hear them in the comments below!