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Posted on: August 25, 2009 Posted by: Bike San Diego Comments: 0

Bicycle Funding

Have you ever wondered how bicycling projects get funded in the San Diego area? Most of the funding for bicycling projects in San Diego come from the TransNet program.

The TransNet program is a state program created by a one-half cent sales tax which funds transportation improvement programs in California. Between 2008-2048, about $14 billion is expected to be distributed among highway, transit, and local road projects to reduce traffic congestion in San Diego County. In San Diego County, SANDAG (comprised of 18 area cities) administers these funds generated by the TransNet program. The program is set to expire in 2048. During the period 2008-2048, $0.28 billion will be spent on Bike and Pedestrian programs. In comparison, major highway & transit projects will get $4.67 billion.

For Fiscal Year 2010, $8.0 million is available for allocation toward non-motorized transportation projects in the San Diego area. Besides various studies that will be conducted to evaluate the feasibility of constructing bicycle and pedestrian facilities, some of the funding will go toward the installation of bicycle loop detectors in Districts 2, 3, 4, 7, and 8.

Posted on: August 25, 2009 Posted by: Bike San Diego Comments: 1

9th Annual Bicycle Film Festival is coming to San Diego

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The 9th Annual Bicycle Film Festival is coming to San Diego for the first time. The kickoff party begins on September 4th at the Kensington Club (4079 Adams Ave) at 8PM.

From their press release:

Join us for two days of films, parties, Goldsprints and fun. On Friday, September 4, please join us for Goldsprints at The Kensington Club, hosted by Adams Avenue Bicycles, to kick off the BFF in San Diego. Saturday, September 5, the screenings take place at The Museum of Photographic Arts. Film highlights include Where Are You Go, where directors Benny Zenga and Brian Vernor spend four months on the Tour d’Afrique riding from Cairo to Capetown, documenting their experiences and interactions with the people they meet along the way; the BMX documentary I Love My Bicycle: The Story of FBM Bikes directed by Joe Stakun; and Anima D’Acciaio, where “Ciocc” shares his wisdom and life story while hand building a revolutionary new frame for urban fixed gear cycling, directed by Daniel Leeb. Following the films, we head to the Whistle Stop Bar for the closing event.

Posted on: August 24, 2009 Posted by: Bike San Diego Comments: 0

City Projects Cropping Up

If you have been riding, walking, or driving on San Diego streets within the last two weeks, you have probably noticed some additional roadway construction. The results of a $102.7 million bond are coming to fruition across the city as crews get to work on a list of city council-approved projects, including resurfacing 120 miles of streets.

Bike San Diego noticed this morning that the wretched stretch of Maryland Street between Meade and Lincoln has been resurfaced. The lines have not yet been painted, but we can assume the bike lane will reappear there shortly. This is particularly handy for riders traveling between University Heights and Hillcrest, as they now have a smoother and safer ride down Maryland to Lincoln and the Vermont Street pedestrian bridge over Washington Street, rather than negotiating the often-hazardous intersection of Cleveland Avenue and Washington Street.

Noticed any other projects that are having an impact, either positive or negative, on bicycling in the San Diego metro area? Leave a note in the comments, or send us a tip.

Posted on: August 23, 2009 Posted by: Bike San Diego Comments: 0

Public Meeting on Transportation Alternatives in Chula Vista

On August 25, 2009, the City of Chula Vista, Caltrans, and SANDAG will hold a public meeting “to learn about our study to examine long-range transportation projects and services to improve bicycle, bus, freeway, freight, local street, pedestrian and Trolley travel,” in the City of Chula Vista.

The meeting will be held at 276 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA. The flyer for the event is here

Posted on: August 23, 2009 Posted by: Bike San Diego Comments: 0

Burley 2009 ST Product Recall

2009 d’lite ST and Solo ST Child

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Burley announced a voluntary recall of the 2009 d’lite ST and Solo ST Child Trailers. Although no incidents or injuries have been reported, the hazard reported is that “the axle assembly’s internal sleeve can loosen, causing one wheel to separate from the trailer. This poses a risk of injury to the child occupant or bike rider.”
Burley’s website has more information on the voluntary recall.

Image via totallrecallinfo.com