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Tues, March 5, 6pm - Vote the 'Rise Up Town' slate at Uptown Planners election

Come vote for BikeSD's endorsed slate of candidates for the Uptown Planners board
The slate consists of 7 emphatically pro-housing, pro-biking, pro-walking, pro-transit, and pro-more-neighbors candidates — called RISE UP TOWN. This March 5 election night offers a rare opportunity to shift the direction of Uptown Planners by bringing pro-housing/biking voices to a majority on the Uptown Planners board. We urge every BikeSD member and ally who lives (or owns a business or property) in Hillcrest, Mission Hills, Bankers Hill, UC Medical area, Middletown, and University Heights to come out and vote for the Rise Up Town slate at 6pm on Tuesday, March 5. This election has the potential to shape the direction of our community's land-use decisions — for the better — for years to come. Rise Up Town will be handing out slate cards at the line to vote.
Rise Up Town candidates 2019

More bikeways   Less Walgreens

 

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, March 6

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Joyce Beers Community Hall
3900 Vermont Street.
San Diego, CA 92103
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Joyce Beers Community Center


Interior photo of Hillcrest Mission Hills Public Library

Wednesday, March 13 - Learn Bike and Pedestrian Advocacy Skills

Interior photo of Hillcrest Mission Hills Public LibrarySpeak Up: Learn Bicycle and Pedestrian Advocacy Skills
Anyone interested in learning how to speak during comments at City Council and working in tandem with the BikeSD Advocacy Team please join us for our monthly advocacy trainings. Our Advocacy Team influences decision making, resource allocation, and implementation of bicycle friendly projects and policies. Learn what a speaker slip is and how to complete it. Learn how to time your speaking for speaking at the podium at City Council meetings. Practice making a public comment. Meet other advocates. Make change happen.

 

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, March 13

Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Mission Hills/Hillcrest Public Library
Community Room
215 W. Washington St.
San Diego, CA 92103
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map of Mission Hills/Hillcrest library


A Quick Look at FY 2019 City Council Budget Priorities

Council district mapSan Diego City Councilmembers submitted their priorities to the Office of the Independent Budget Analyst (IBA) in January 2019 and the IBA created a report which can be seen here: https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/18_01_fy_2019_city_council_budget_priorities_complete_report.pdf

From the report:

"All Councilmembers indicated that support for the Climate Action Plan (CAP) is a priority in FY 2019, although no single-CAP related item was supported by a majority of Councilmembers. Budget priority memoranda included requests for adaptive traffic signals intended to ease congestion; additional staffing for the City’s Urban Forestry Program, Vision Zero program, and other CAP-related activities; a Community Choice Energy local buildout study; a mobility monitoring program to measure bicycle, pedestrian, and transit mode share; and the addition of CAP social equity metrics."

City Council budget priorities 2019

BikeSD is pleased that all Council members supported programs related to City’s Climate Action Plan and public safety including Vision Zero. But we continue to see a lack of clear direction with regard to exactly what projects should be prioritized. BikeSD Executive Director Judi Tentor spoke in favor of the Budget Priorities and encouraged Council to accelerate bicycle infrastructure projects as much as possible.

Councilmember Scott Sherman from the Seventh District was the only Councilmember who did not call out Pedestrian and Cycling Safety as a priority. All other Councilmembers cited many bicycle related infrastructure projects.

Eight Councilmembers prioritized projects in their memoranda designed to enhance pedestrian and cycling safety. A variety of requests were made as part of this priority including:

  • Prioritizing funding for infrastructure improvements in the corridors identified as part of Vision Zero, especially the “Fatal 15” intersections
  • Initiating traffic calming measures such as raised delineators or electronic (VCalm) signs
  • Installing rectangular rapid flashing beacons, crosswalks, and constructing Safe Routes to Schools program improvements

This is good news. BikeSD will be reviewing bicycle infrastructure projects outlined in the report in the coming weeks. If we can hold the the Council to account on these projects, push for funding and accelerated timelines, we might come close to meeting our CAP goals for bicycle mode share. Maybe.


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Sunday, Feb 16 - Carnival of Caffeination at Modern Times

The spectacle of caffeinated and fermented wonders that is our Annual Carnival of Caffeination makes its triumphant return as we turn San Diego’s Jacobs Center into a playground of caffeinated magic, rare & delicious beers, tasty cuisine, and aerial high-fiving with some of the world's most formidable brewers & roasters.

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On hand will be a jaw-dropping arsenal of dark, coffee-centric, and barrel-aged beers alongside a king’s ransom of dazzling coffee-creations from some of the most boss-level roasters in the universe. Whether you’re a beer or coffee fan, prepare for a day of pure bliss. If you’re both, prepare for nirvanic levels of sensory pleasure.

We’ll have a seriously choice smorgasbord of food options (including vegan options), plus water stations and a stunning array of the sauciest merch you’ve ever laid eyes on--plus a few thrilling surprises.

All profits from this wonderland of beverage-craft will go to BikeSD, a non-profit at the forefront of making San Diego a better, more sustainable place to ride.

 

Event Details

Tickets: http://www.moderntimesbeer.com/events/carnival

Date: Sunday, February 17

Time: 12 pm - 4 pm

Location: Modern Times Beer ( - Point Loma) - Google Map link

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West Point Loma Blvd. showing cyclists riding on sidewalk, 2019

West Point Loma Blvd bike lanes: still no approval from PCPB

West Point Loma Blvd. showing cyclists riding on sidewalk, 2019

On Thursday night, staff from San Diego's Traffic & Storm Water Division (TSW) presented slides detailing the West Point Loma Blvd bike lane project to the Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCPB). The project encompasses a "road diet" on a 4-lane-wide stretch of West Point Loma Blvd., reconfigured to a 2-car-lane street with a Class 2 bike lane (paint-buffered only) and other traffic calming measures. This was the third presentation since October 2018 made by the city to the Peninsula community board about the West Point Loma Blvd. bike lane project. TSW's slideshow gave PCPB the results of their detailed traffic analysis, parking study data, lane configuration drawings, and Level of Service (LoS) impacts — all of which showed minimal impacts on drivers along the corridor — in an effort to win approval from the community board for the project.

Unfortunately, the PCPB did not approve the project, though it also did not make a motion of denial.

San Diego TSW engineer Madeline Saltzman presenting to the Peninsula Community Planning Board, January 17, 2019Speakers in support of the project from BikeSD and San Diego County Bicycle Coalition urged the board to approve the bike facility. There were also others, including local residents on West Point Loma Blvd, that also spoke in favor of better bicycle facilities along this corridor.

There were also a handful of residents that were opposed or had questions. Two audience members took issue with the term "road diet," and insisted that this should be called a "lane removal." Board members' questions focused on issues of traffic delay, the 'back-in/angled parking' configuration, the decline from a Grade B to a Grade C 'Level of Service', and the 'math not working out' when a car lane was removed. These questions were challenging for TSW staff, who gave technical answers that didn't mollify critics on the board.

Many of the PCPB board members shared desire for better bicycle facilities but still wanted to critically discuss specific design elements. Nicole Burgess of BikeSD said, "I think some them truly want to be traffic engineers."

In the end, there was no vote on the project but the board passed a motion calling for the City to return and discuss it further at the PCPB Transportation Subcommittee.

BikeSD's Nicole Burgess speaking in favor of the West Point Loma bike lanesNicole Burgess wrote San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer immediately following the meeting, "I believe the City has done due diligence and provided adequate information as they have presented three times now at the PCPB. Also, as a reminder, the OB Planning Group unanimously supported a road diet to provide safe bicycle facilities."

BikeSD believes that Level of Service (LoS) should not be the focus of presentations about bike infrastructure, just as it has been removed as a valid topic for CEQA studies. LoS leads to a very narrow discussion about the impact on drivers and travel-time rather than safety and the equitable use of public rights-of-way. Instead, the Vision Zero Systematic Solutions for Safety should be the leading guideline for these types of improvements. We can not let Community Planning Groups make final decisions for the safety measures needed for our streets to meet Vision Zero and CAP goals.

The West Point Loma bike facility was originally proposed by the Bicycle Advisory Board back in the spring of 2018, with unanimous support for the project. For the safety of all road users, BikeSD is hopeful that Mayor Faulconer and Councilmember Jennifer Campbell will advocate for this type of improvement in their community. We applaud TSW's proposed striping plans and believe this Class 2 bike lane is an essential piece of the puzzle to fill in the gap along this corridor.

 


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