The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is in the planning process of a project to improve the bicycle infrastructure in the North Park – Mid-City area. The first Advisory Group meeting for this project was held on January 30th in City Heights and will be followed by additional meetings open to the public to solicit ideas and insights into what this plan should include.
The project is scheduled to be in the planning and feedback stage until Fall 2013 at which time a final report will be issued and the results of community input will be taken into consideration by engineering and then construction. The dollars allocated to this project have not yet been determined. (Read: The more people that show up, speak up, and act up the more likely this project will receive attention and funds to make it a reality and not just another plan that finds itself in a waste bin rather than implemented on our streets.)
I attended the first meeting and have attached a pdf issued by SANDAG summarizing the discussion that evening. The project lead for SANDAG is Bridget Enderle, Associate Active Transportation Planner for SANDAG. If you can’t attend a meeting or would like to contribute your thoughts in advance of a meeting Bridget can be reached at Bridget.Enderle@sandag.org. The official website for the project can be found here.
I’m excited to see the city giving attention to bicycle infrastructure and encouraging more residents to ride to work or leisure. San Diego has a prime climate for bicycling and I hope to see BikeSD realize the vision of making San Diego a world-class bicycling city. In addition to this Mid-City project, there is a similar effort to improve the bicycling environment in the Uptown area.
The route corridors presented at the initial meeting as being focus points (which are subject to change and adjustment as necessary) were:
- Meade Avenue from Park Boulevard to Fairmount Avenue
- Orange Avenue / University Avenue from Park Boulevard to 70th Street
- Landis Street / Wightman Street from Park Boulevard to Interstate 15
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 from 6:00 – 8:30 PM. the location has not yet been set but if you are interested in this project and/or have input concerning these neighborhoods please mark your calendar and make an effort to attend. Again, if you can’t attend in-person you can send your comments directly to Ms. Enderle at the email above. If you prefer you can send them to me via the comments section or by email and I’ll present the feedback I receive at the meeting in person.
There is some good momentum in the San Diego bicycling world at the moment and hopefully SANDAG can bring additional resources and dollars to build on recent accomplishments like the first, second, and third bike corrals in the city (Hillcrest and North Park), improved bicycling lanes on Highway 101 (Encinitas), and the coming debut of a bike-sharing program in San Diego.