Protected lanes image for West Point Loma Blvd

Advocacy Alert: Bring Protected Bike Lanes to West Point Loma Blvd

Thursday, April 18, 2010 - 6 PM to 8:30 PM
Peninsula Community Planning Board Meeting
Location: Point Loma Library, 3701 Voltaire Street, San Diego, CA 92107

Come voice your support for fully-protected Class IV bike lanes along West Point Loma Blvd. The City of San Diego is presenting this option to the Peninsula Community Planning Board. It's critical that bike and street safety advocates come and support this project to help create an amazing transformation of a neighborhood street and provide a wonderful bike facility for all ages and abilities.

Spread the word and help show support for this opportunity to create safer streets in the community.


Councilmember Chris Ward addresses the 30th Street ride

More than 150 riders use "people-protected bike lane" to call for safe 30th Street bike lanes

Bird Park gathering for the 30th St bikeway ride

On Saturday morning, scores of North Park families and friends turned out to call for protected bike lanes on 30th Street. From 6 year olds on training wheels to 66 year olds on road bikes, the mood was joyous as District 3 Councilmember Chris Ward and staff from the Mayor's office spoke and rode in support of creating protected bike lanes on 30th Street. And then more than 150 bike riders led by BikeSD board president Nicole Burgess set off from Bird Park to create a line of bike riders stretched for blocks along 30th Street. And in a first for San Diego, these riders passed through a "people-protected lane" created by two dozen activists on the very street where the city of San Diego is considering adding new bike lanes.

The message was clear: North Park residents want streets that are safe for all ages, that help the city meet its climate goals, and that give them more options for getting around the neighborhood. Organizer and local resident Matt Stucky partnered with BikeSD, Climate Action Campaign, the San Diego County Bike Coalition, and CirculateSD to create an event that highlighted the possibilities for a safer, better 30th Street just days before the City presents its new street design for 30th at the North Park Planning Committee on Tuesday night, April 16.

If you haven't seen the coverage by Angie Lee on CBS8 News check it out: https://www.cbs8.com/article/life/family/cycling-activists-rally-for-protected-bike-lanes-in-san-diego/509-1526e805-92d1-4f1f-91ee-85fb71bc9697

Or see some other video posts of this event right below:

ride on 30th street

 

or watch a time lapse video from inside the ride (Facebook):

30th Street ride April 13 time lapse

BikeSD urges our members to come to the North Park Planning meeting: Tuesday, April 16, 6:30-8:30 pm, located at North Park Christian School, 2901 North Park Way. Event details on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/333399813966754/. Come!

map of North Park Christian School


Vote! Peninsula Community Planning Board: Thurs 3/21, 4-8pm

BikeSD's C4 Board has endorsed seven candidates for this PCPB election.

Get our slate list right here —
http://bikesd2.site/2019/03/20/our-peninsula-community-board-2019-endorsements/

If you live in the Point Loma/Peninsula neighborhoods, get out and VOTE in the Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCPB) election. Voting will take place Thursday 3/21, from 4pm - 8pm at the PL Hervey Library (3701 Voltaire Street, San Diego, CA 92107).

See map below to confirm that you live in the voting-eligible area.http://bikesd2.site/2019/03/20/our-peninsula-community-board-2019-endorsements/

Peninsula voting area
If you live inside the gray boundary area, you can vote.

 


Wanted: safe space on 30th St for all users

30th Street Bikeway Update - We Have a Real Opportunity

Wanted: safe space on 30th St for all users

 

There’s a real opportunity for a transformative redesign of one of San Diego’s premiere urban streets — if we remind the city of its Complete Streets, Vision Zero and Climate Action Plan policies.

Just last week, the city started community outreach to gauge support for adding bike lanes to 30th Street from Juniper Street north to Howard Street following the pipeline replacement project. Councilmember Chris Ward’s office held the first of three meetings to solicit community input. After a preliminary study, city engineers concluded that two design options were feasible. The first option would add “Class II” bike lanes either against the curb south of Upas or between parked cars and the automobile traffic north of Upas. The second option would add protected bike lanes for the entire segment — called a “cycletrack,” the safest kind of on-street bike path.

[ UPDATE: April 4, 2019 - KPBS covers the story: https://www.kpbs.org/news/2019/apr/04/activists-rallying-protected-bike-lanes-north-park/ ]

Preserving parking spaces?

Unfortunately, city staff prepared a preliminary design based only on the first of these two options (drawings for northern section and for southern section). As explained by city staff, the preliminary striping plan was created to strike a compromise between the current bikeway-lacking roadway design and the need to preserve as much street parking as possible. Rather than a protected bikeway, the city’s design removes a small number of parking spaces but still makes bicyclists and scooter users ride between the automobile traffic and parked cars, exposing riders to the dangers of being “doored” (i.e., colliding with a car door) and getting thrown into traffic.

door zone area on 30th St
Red area shows a "door zone" on the bike lane.

This is the similar minimal design that led to a cyclist’s death last week in San Francisco and prompted a quick fix to upgrade to a protected bike lane by removing parking. As San Francisco’s transit agency acknowledged, the death was preventable if the better design had been  originally implemented.

Sharrows?

In the City’s proposed design for 30th Street, the section south of Upas is even less safe: bike lanes are placed only in some areas, and the city proposes using ‘sharrows’ — which require cyclists to share the lane with cars going between 25-35 miles per hour:

Red area shows a 'sharrow'
Red area shows a proposed 30th St 'sharrow.'

There are two main problems with the preliminary striping design. First, it contradicts the city’s own policies in North Park to design “complete streets” for all users. As defined in the community plan, a complete street is “designed for everyone in mind, for people of all ages and abilities using multiple modes of transit in lieu of car-oriented streets that are designed to primarily accommodate the automobile.” At the first community meeting, city staff admitted that the preliminary design was not an “8-80” facility, meaning one designed for users from the ages of 8 to 80.

CAP goals missed

Second, the preliminary design doesn’t go far enough to honor the city’s commitments to reach the binding targets of its Climate Action Plan (CAP): to reduce the number of car trips and increase the share of walking, biking, and non-car trips in the city.

The CAP goals shaped the debate about the North Park Community Plan, one of the first community plan updates passed after the CAP. When the update was being crafted in 2016, an analysis by the city showed that the proposed street design in the adopted plan was not enough, standing alone, for the city to achieve its CAP goals.

The City reassured the city council and community that it could meet the CAP goals because the community plan “does not account for other programs and policies that would be implemented throughout the life of the community plans, such as additional bicycle and pedestrian improvements whenever street resurfacing occurs, as feasible.” To make sure these “additional” policies weren’t empty promises, the city expressly included a commitment in the community plan to planning additional bike lanes in coordination with street resurfacing.

To achieve these goals, the city council later directed staff to “leverage coordination of street resurfacing to take advantage of opportunities for progressive design standards to facilitate safer mobility, including... protected bikeways.”

The time has now come for the city to honor its commitments to fighting climate change and following through on its Climate Action Plan goals and Vision Zero policy by designing a street that serves all users and does not primarily cater to motorists. As specified in the City’s own policies, any restriping plan should follow progressive design standards to add a protected bikeway “designed for everyone in mind, for people of all ages and abilities using multiple modes of transit in lieu of auto-oriented streets that are designed to primarily accommodate the automobile.” A progressive bikeway design will also make it easier for pedestrians to cross the street by shortening the width of the roads devoted to speeding cars.

Safer lanes can reduce parking needs

Designing a safe 30th Street for pedestrians and cyclists doesn’t have to unreasonably impair parking. For the commercial district north of Upas, there are nearly 1,400 public parking spaces either on the street or in the parking garage within one block of 30th Street. The city could maintain over 90 percent of that parking and add protected bike lanes and pedestrian improvements. If cycling increases on 30th Street in the same way it has in other cities that added protected bike lanes, the number of new daily cyclists would likely exceed the number of lost parking spaces.

The City has adopted one set of progressive design standards, set forth in the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide that directly address how to design a bike facility for all age and abilities. Given the speed of cars, the level of traffic, and the presence of a city bus line, the only option that fulfills the City’s policies is a protected cycletrack design. The city already identified such a design as being feasible on 30th Street. The City needs to present this second option for its next community review and not be limited to only the “less safe” first option shown at the first meeting.

It will take a collective effort to make sure the City of San Diego honors its climate and Vision Zero safety commitments. We need to make sure the City doesn’t commit to a less safe street design because of speculative fear that a loss of parking will lead to failing businesses. It turns out the bike lanes help business: Study after study after study after study after study shows that cyclists spend more in shops than drivers. These studies show that removing street parking to add bike lanes often results in substantial increases in sales in nearby shops or, at worst, no significant negative effects.

We need your help

Yes! I support bike lanes on 30th St. I'll sign the petition.

There are three easy steps everyone can take to help us achieve something transformative in North Park:

  1. Sign the petition asking Mayor Faulconer to honor the city’s promises by directing staff to design a high-class protected bikeway on 30th Street.
  2. Let the City see the community that wants safer streets for everyone by posting a photo of you, friends and family using the hashtag #SafeLanesOn30th and be sure to tag @BikeSD.
  3. Last but perhaps most importantly, attend the community outreach meeting at the North Park Planning Committee on April 16th at 6:30pm at 2901 North Park Way (2nd Floor).  Showing broad community support at this meeting will be critical!

Rise Up Town members after victory at Uptown Planners, March 5, 2019

Update: Pro-bike and housing candidates win Uptown Planners election

Rise Up Town members after victory at Uptown Planners, March 5, 2019
Rise Up Town members, L-R: Curtis Allen (owner of Uptown Bicycles, BikeSD member), Steve Cline, Sharon Gehl, Gail Friedt (BikeSD member), Oscar Tavera, Zach Bunshaft, Randy Wilde (BikeSD member), Patrick Santana (BikeSD board member), Ian Epley, Matt Medeiros, Brer Marsh (BikeSD member), and Clint Daniels (BikeSD member).

thumbnail of KPBS story on Rise Up TownA major victory on March 5, 2019, for RISE UP TOWN, a slate of seven pro-housing, pro-biking, pro-walking, pro-transit candidates on the ballot for Uptown Planners board. This race offered a rare opportunity to shift the direction of this community board by bringing pro-housing/biking voices to a majority on the board. BikeSD members and allies who live (or owns a business or property) in Hillcrest, Mission Hills, Bankers Hill, UC Medical area, Middletown, and University Heights were urged to come out and vote. More from the KPBS story here: https://www.kpbs.org/news/2019/mar/06/density-urbanists-uptown-planners-yimby-housing/