Author: Paul Jamason

Posted on: June 4, 2018 Posted by: Paul Jamason Comments: 0

Save the Hancock Street Bike Lane

Hancock Street in Middletown

Given the photo above, you might be asking, “Save what bike lane?  All I see is another poorly-maintained San Diego street.”  Well, the City is performing the “Midway-Pacific Highway Community Plan Update” for this area, and this wide, auto-oriented stretch of Hancock Street is set to receive a Class II (unbuffered) bike lane as part of the proposed Hancock Transit Corridor:

Hancock Transit Corridor is envisioned as a multiple-use and mixed-use corridor connected to the Washington Street Trolley Station and the historic Mission Brewery, with a diverse mix of residential, office, and retail uses. Residential development, which can include workforce and affordable housing, will activate the area and take advantage of nearby access to trolley service.

Posted on: May 19, 2017 Posted by: Paul Jamason Comments: 2

UC San Diego’s Bike Un-Share

After racking up more than 1000 free rides per day, the new (but unauthorized) Ofo bike share system was removed by UC San Diego officials last month. Despite the obvious demand for bike share, and a four-year-old UCSD undergraduate report describing a bike sharing system for campus, officials pulled the plug on the program.

Screen Shot 2017-05-19 at 3.24.03 PM

Ofo’s “insurance policies did not meet campus requirements when reviewed by UCSD Risk Services”, according to UCSD Marketing and Communications Director Laura Margoni.  In addition, a UCSD police officer explained that no procedure for maintaining or repairing Ofo bikes existed.

Posted on: January 20, 2016 Posted by: Paul Jamason Comments: 1

Power to the People (on Bikes)

Trying to make San Diego’s roads safer for people on bikes can seem daunting.  Who has the time to attend every public event where changes to your neighborhood’s streets are being considered?  From city and SANDAG meetings that take place while we’re all at work, to community planning meetings and bikeway open houses that occur on busy weeknights, it’s nearly impossible to consistently make your voice heard.

Meanwhile, there are powerful forces in our communities actively working against your safety and the taxes you pay for it.  In Hillcrest, three years of public input on the SANDAG Uptown Bikeway was disregarded when the Hillcrest Business Association successfully lobbied SANDAG and the city to eliminate most of the project from University Avenue.  Remember, this project is paid for with your TransNet sales tax dollars.  Yet the HBA was able to raise tens of thousands of dollars using funds from the Hillcrest Farmers Market and business donations, and this money is still being used to kill the rest of the Bikeway.  So even when your voice is heard, it’s being drowned out by powerful, politically-connected interests that put street parking over your health, safety and tax dollars.

For me, the best way to make sure my voice actually has an impact is to support BikeSD.  That’s because BikeSD’s executive director, Sam Ollinger, is the best resource we have in San Diego to create positive change.  I’ve seen Sam speak numerous times at public meetings and there is no one more knowledgeable and effective at making our case than her – period.  And when our safety is on the line, she doesn’t accept weak compromises like other advocacy organizations in our city.  But after years of donating her time for free to our cause, we need to be able to fund her efforts.  And that’s why I’m asking you – in the midst of paying your holiday credit card bills – to please give what you can so Sam can continue to represent us in making our streets safer.

Posted on: January 30, 2014 Posted by: Paul Jamason Comments: 7

Uptown Bike Corridor: A Critical Juncture for Our City’s Future

If you are a business owner that supports our mission and wants to see our city become a world class city for bicycling, please help us by taking this survey. It will help us evaluate any concerns you have so that we can consider them in our advocacy. Thank you.

In my previous post for Bike SD, I described the Interim Height Ordinance in Uptown and its use by community planners to promote lower densities and increased parking.  This time I’ll be talking about the SANDAG Uptown Bike Corridor Project that would create protected bike lanes (cycle tracks) for both local residents and bicycle commuters.  

Posted on: January 10, 2014 Posted by: Paul Jamason Comments: 4

Height Restrictions and Bicycles: Uptown is at a Transportation Crossroads

What is the Interim Height Ordinance, and what does it have to do with bicycles?

Currently, the Interim Height Ordinance (IHO) limits building heights in Hillcrest and Mission Hills to 65 and 50 feet, respectively. Prior to the IHO, the 1998 Uptown Community Plan allowed building heights up to 200 feet on some streets, and under these guidelines a 12-story hotel was proposed for 301 University Avenue in 2008. The project was out of scale for the relatively narrow street, so residents protested, and the City Council enacted the IHO for the two years required to complete Uptown’s Community Plan.

That was then. Now, over five years later, the Community Plan is targeted for completion in late 2015. Meanwhile the IHO has been extended repeatedly. Many residents and community leaders advocate for making it permanent, or even further reducing its height limit.