Tag: District 3

Posted on: December 16, 2013 Posted by: Sam Ollinger Comments: 8

$312 million updated Bike Plan passes with unanimous support from City Council

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The City of San Diego currently has 72.3 miles of Class I bike paths, including the Bayshore Bikeway. The updated plan proposes 94.1 miles.

Last Monday, the update to the 2002 Bicycle Master Plan passed with unanimous support from the City Council. This plan to build an additional 595 miles of bicycle facilities nearly doubles the city’s existing 510 miles* of facilities and further demonstrated our council’s growing commitment to bicycling.

During public comment, two of our proposed requests were included in the motion made by Council Member (and current mayoral candidate) David Alvarez and amended by Council Member Sherri Lightner. Our request to create a Bicycle Advisory Committee to ensure the implementation of the plan was also supported by the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition (SDCBC). Our request to remove the Coastal Rail Trail alignments from Rose and Roselle Canyons was not supported by the SDCBC but was supported by the community that this alignment affected: the Friends of Rose Canyon, the University Community Planning Group and Council Member Lightner whose district includes University City. Council Member Lightner spoke to not only preserving the city’s limited remaining open space but to also saving the city the huge financial and environmental expenses of building in Rose and Roselle Canyons – an amendment that was accepted by Alvarez and the rest of the council.

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The City of San Diego currently has 209.4 miles of Class II bike lanes. The updated plan proposes 140.6 miles.

Melissa Garcia, Senior Planner at the City of San Diego, presented the item for council consideration by stating that the goal of the plan was to “create a city where bicycling is a choice.” The goal to promote “environmental quality, public health and recreation and mobility benefits” were also mentioned.┬áThe purpose of the plan, Garcia stated, was to “maximize spending choices for implementation.”

Posted on: September 5, 2013 Posted by: Bike San Diego Comments: 3

Uptown Planners: Determined to prove they are out of touch with the needs of their own community

Uptown Planners is the community group that represents the neighborhoods of Bankers Hill, Hillcrest, Mission Hills and University Heights. They serve in an advisory capacity to the city of San Diego on all land use issues and development projects.

In the 1960s and 70s, the city of San Diego adopted policies to establish community planning groups. Their role was to:

provide citizens with an opportunity for involvement in advising the City Council, the Planning Commission, and other decision-makers on development projects, general or community plan amendments, rezonings and public facilities. The recommendations of the planning groups are integral components of the planning process, and are highly regarded by the City Council and by staff.

Posted on: July 8, 2013 Posted by: Bike San Diego Comments: 1

Report on Uptown Regional Bike Corridor: Overwhelming Support for Cycle Tracks on University Avenue

This week is a big week to decide on the preferred corridors for the Uptown Bike Corridor project. See our calendar for details and keep reading.

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Uptown Bike Corridor Meeting Attendees. Photo: Flickr/OperaSmorg

Last month, San Diegans crowded into the Santa Fe Room at Balboa Park Club to speak up in favor of dedicated bike facilities along key east/west and north south corridors.

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Uptown Bike Corridor Meeting Attendees. Photo: Flickr/OperaSmorg

If you followed our live updates on twitter, you have learned the results of the meeting, but in light of a big week with regards to the Uptown Bike Corridor – we thought it would be worthwhile to recap the meeting’s results here as we head toward picking the preferred design prior to construction.