Concept Sketch of Normal Street Promenade

Normal Street Promenade Workshop - Thursday, January 24, 6:00 PM

Concept Sketch of Normal Street Promenade

The Normal Street Promenade will be a new public space in Hillcrest along Normal Street between University Avenue and Washington Street and will be the first transit-oriented pedestrian promenade in San Diego.

Concept Sketch of Normal Street PromenadeTo develop the final concept, the City of San Diego and SANDAG will work with the community through a series of workshops. The conference room at Joyce Beers Community Hall will have different stations showing the bare bones concept and then a visual preference station showing options for lighting, landscaping, etc.

The first workshop will be held:

DATE: Thursday, January 24th
TIME: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Joyce Beers Hall, 3900 Vermont St, San Diego

Please be sure to join fellow residents and learn more about this upcoming project. More background on our earlier report on the Normal Street Promenade here.


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Park Boulevard and Robinson Av intersection design 2018

Park Boulevard Bikeway - open house & traffic safety hearing January 8

SANDAG announcement of Park Blvd Open HouseMark your calendars for the January 8th open house and hearing about SANDAG's proposed Park Boulevard Bikeway Project. This event is focused on presenting the recently-completed Park Boulevard Traffic and Safety Impact Assessment.

Date/Time:
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
6 – 6:45 p.m. Open House
6:45 – 8 p.m. Public Hearing

Location:
Roosevelt Middle School
3366 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92103

 

The Traffic and Safety Impact Assessment being presented at the open house has some very interesting bike and pedestrian path designs. Below is an image of the current intersection at Park Blvd. and Robinson Ave. Below that is a drawing from the Traffic Study showing how the new bike path is configured at this same intersection. The proposed bike lanes come up onto the corner bulb-outs and cross through the pedestrian space (taking the rider out of traffic lanes for many movements through the intersection). Please take a look at the Traffic and Safety Impact Assessment for more eye-opening details on this new bikeway.

Street view of Park and Robinson intersection 2018
Current intersection at Park and Robinson, looking north. December 2018.
Park Boulevard and Robinson Av intersection design 2018
Configuration of proposed low-speed lanes and bulbouts at Park and Robinson intersection, as detailed in the Traffic & Safety Study (p. 35). January 2019.

SANDAG's Transportation Committee is anticipated to consider whether the proposed project is exempt from CEQA at its February 1, 2019, meeting. Comments collected at this public hearing and open house (as well as written responses to those comments) will be provided to the Transportation Committee for its consideration before its February 1, 2019, meeting.

SANDAG's project director believes the Park Boulevard bikeway has broad community support and doesn't expect much, if any, opposition to the design. Nevertheless, we encourage all BikeSD members with an interest in the Park Blvd bikeway to attend and give their input. Support for bikeways in San Diego is never something to be taken for granted so it's important for bike advocates to speak in favor of these facilities at every public hearing.

Hope to see you there on Tuesday at 6 pm!


SANDAG 2019 Regional Plan Transportation Themes Open Houses

SANDAG Regional Plan Transportation Themes

SANDAG is in the process of developing San Diego Forward: The 2019-2050 Regional Plan, which will outline the overarching vision for our region over the next 30 years. As part of this process, SANDAG is asking for your input on what you think the San Diego region’s transportation network should look like in the future and what transportation issues are most important for your quality of life. This survey is available through May 10.

TAKE THE SURVEY

You will have to write in BICYCLE many times on the survey questions. For example, to answer the question "What method(s) of transportation do you use during your daily commute? (Select all that apply.)," Walking and Biking are listed together under Active Transportation. Walking and Biking are transportation modes that use different infrastructure. Biking should be its own method of transportation, particularly with such an extensive list that, for example, separates Carpool and Vanpool and has separate categories for Bus and Rapid. There are three comment areas on the survey to comment and reiterate that bicycling is extremely important. Let’s make our voices heard.

There are several workshops scheduled, during which, SANDAG employees are available to answer questions at multiple poster stations. The graphics are highly engaging, but the content is generalized and informational and avoids serious discussions regarding Climate Action Plan or Vision Zero goals. Here is the schedule for the upcoming workshops:

North County Coastal: Wednesday, April 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Encinitas Public Library Community Room | 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas 92024

East County: Monday, April 30 from 3:30–5:30 p.m. El Cajon Police Department Community Room | 100 Civic Center Way, El Cajon 92020

South County: Tuesday, May 1 from 5–7 p.m. San Ysidro Civic Center | 212 W. Park Avenue, San Diego 92173

North County Inland: Wednesday, May 2 from 5–7 p.m.  Centro Universidad Popular | 1234 N. Santa Fe Ave, Suite 100 Vista 92083

Central San Diego: Thursday, May 3 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Jackie Robinson Family YMCA Community Room |  151 YMCA Way, San Diego 92102

CLICK HERE for supporting materials for the workshops.

I attended the last workshop and here are a some of my comments on the information stations:

Emerging Technologies

"Technology is evolving and has the potential to radically change our region’s transportation system." I am doubtful that technology will radically change the region’s transportation system away from a car-centric approach. Political will could radically change the system, but not technology. Additionally, there is some early research that indicates ride sharing services increase Vehicle Miles Traveled or VMT.

Regional Plan Overview

Overall the Transportation Themes lean heavily toward a continuing car-centric approach to transportation. The Regional Economic Prosperity Objective includes "investing in transportation projects that provide access for all communities to a variety of jobs with competitive wages." And the Policy Objectives for Environmental Stewardship include making "...transportation investments that result in cleaner air, environmental protection, conservation, efficiency, and sustainable living and address climate change." How do these two policies interact? How is success measured for these policies?

Climate Change and Environment

On the poster "Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Passenger Vehicles and Electricity," the regional plan calls for allocating funding to electric vehicle charging stations while the "Local Efforts" poster calls for promoting public transit access, active transportation, parking management, and complete streets.

What Do We Want to Promote?

What does “Promote” mean? I would like to see “allocate funding for public transit access, active transportation, and complete streets.” Throw out parking management which is a euphemism for “make parking easier”—which promotes driving.

Healthy Communities

This station explains all the benefits from Policies and Strategies if local jurisdictions invest in transportation infrastructure that maximizes public health benefits, social interaction, and community cohesion. The benefits are numerous for increased access to active transportation and public transit, and walkable and bikeable neighborhoods.

Performance Measures

"Performance Measures" are a series of questions in several categories. For example, "Innovative Mobility & Planning Goals" includes these three questions:

1. Is delay reduced?
2. Are more people walking, biking, using transit, and sharing rides?
3. Is the transportation system safer?

These are great questions, the key is how will they translate into performance measures? And how much money will be allocated to measuring the goals?

Please attend a workshop in your region or take the online survey and type BIKES!


Join Us This Saturday (2/17) for a Bayshore Bikeway Group Ride and Ribbon Cutting!

This Saturday, 2/17, BikeSD will be joining SANDAG, elected leaders, and the public to celebrate the opening of an improved section of the Bayshore Bikeway in National City.  It's great to see another portion of the Bayshore Bikeway get upgraded and we look forward to the completion of the full Bikeway, which was started in the 1970s.  BikeSD will be present and sharing a table with our friends from the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition.  We'll have our wonderful water bottles and terrific t-shirts for sale as well as flyers and stickers to give away and information for the public to get involved with BikeSD.

The ribbon cutting event starts at 9 AM at 1400 Tidelands Avenue, National City, CA 91950.  The actual act of cutting will be at 9:30 AM with remarks and cheering.  Come and enjoy the festivities with food and great local businesses like Hub + Spoke Cycleworks.  After the ribbon cutting we'll be going on a group ride along the Bayshore Bikeway to Coronado with a stop at Trident Coffee in the recently opened Bikeway Village in Imperial Beach. We'll return on the Coronado Ferry which heads from Coronado to Downtown San Diego every half hour so we'll likely be on the 12:30 or 1:30 ferry.  We'll start the group ride at 10:30 AM so please be there by 10:30 so we can all leave together.

Join us for conversation, enjoying the beautiful Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay, and celebrating a step forward in creating a robust bike network across the City of San Diego and across the region.  Below is a map of the route we'll take and after returning to Downtown San Diego we'll disperse or grab lunch, as people prefer.  It will be a great start to the weekend and the ride is very flat and almost entirely on a dedicated bicycle path.  Please join us and spread the word.

Join us for a ride after the ribbon cutting! Click image for dynamic map.

Here's the official flyer for the event as well.

Join us on 2/17 to celebrate an improved section of the Bayshore Bikeway!

See you Saturday morning and make sure to arrive by 10:30 AM to join us on the bicycle ride!


Your Favorite SANDAG Bicycle Project is Most Likely Delayed

Often, I am asked about what upcoming bicycle project is the most exciting. I love all bicycle projects but I often suggest upcoming SANDAG projects. Whether I select Pershing Bikeway or a North Park - Mid City Bikeway, my audience usually groans. Typical responses include “Is that actually going happen?” or “Are the NIMBYs just going to win like they did in Hillcrest?” Frankly, I never have a convincing counter argument.

For supporters of SANDAG’s planned bicycle projects, the excitement has waned as the planning process has dragged on. SANDAG's Regional Bike Plan Early Action Program (EAP) was approved by the SANDAG board in 2013. The EAP's goal was to have the entire project list built in 10 years. Below is the project list sorted by priority:

SANDAG's Priority List

For city of San Diego residents, the highest priority projects, Uptown and North Park Mid City Bikeways, brought a lot of enthusiasm. The first outreach meetings for Uptown Bikeway and North Park Mid City Bikeway was 2013. At the time, SANDAG project told the community advisory groups to expect construction  in 2016. Currently, neither of these of projects have started construction.   

In the table below, we highlighted all of the SANDAG current bicycle projects in the city of San Diego. Comparing  the past 2 program budgets shows just quickly these projects can be delayed multiple years. Will SANDAG finish the EAP projects by 2023 as promised? From the FY 2017 to FY2018 program budgets, many bikeways suffered opening delays of greater than 1 year. All segments of SANDAG’s EAP top priority projects, Uptown Bikeway & North Park Mid-City, suffered delays of at least 1 year.

Bikeway timelines

We understand that project delays occur. Our concern is that delays are related to a lack of political will to get these projects completed. SANDAG staff is directed to spend far too much time mitigating the smallest of NIMBY concerns relating to bikeways. We need City of San Diego elected leadership to champion these projects and demand results. The City of San Diego is represented by Council President Myrtle Cole and Mayor Kevin Faulconer on the SANDAG board. On the Transportation Committee, Councilmember Georgette Gomez represents the City of San Diego. We encourage our elected officials to review the Bicycle EAP progress. These projects complement the City’s Vision Zero goals and Climate Action Plan.