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San Diego reshapes downtown transportation network

The first phase of the plan will create a "tangible example" of a protected urban bicycle facility

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The two-way cycle tracks will run on major arteries in downtown San Diego
The two-way cycle tracks will run on major arteries in downtown San Diego

Construction has begun on the first phase of San Diego’s Downtown Mobility Plan to improve safety.

 

It includes the installation of two-way cycle tracks on major arteries in downtown for use by cyclists and scooter riders, creating safer passage from Balboa Park to the San Diego Convention Centre as well as other popular destinations.

 

Separated from vehicular traffic

 

Cycle tracks are a special kind of bike lane that provide a right-of-way designated exclusively for bicycle and scooter travel within the roadway. The two-way cycle tracks will be painted green and will be separated from vehicular traffic by parked cars, flex posts or grade variations.

 

“As we encourage people to get out of their cars more, we need to build transportation networks that provide safe paths of travel for everyone,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

 

“Connecting the popular destinations in downtown to surrounding neighbourhoods is an important step in that direction and will give San Diegans more opportunities to embrace the surge in mobility options over the past year.”

 

The first phase of the Downtown Mobility Plan will redesign three main corridors with cycle tracks. They are:

  • Beech Street, from Pacific Highway to Sixth Avenue
  • Sixth Avenue, from Beech Street to Harbor Drive
  • J Street, from 1st Avenue to Park Boulevard.

“The Downtown Mobility Plan is a vital step forward I providing safe infrastructure for all San Diegans and to meet our mobility goals,” said City Council member, Chris Ward.

 

“San Diegans are ready for new and innovative mobility options as they move around our city, and this investment will improve the quality of life for those living and working downtown while moving San Diego closer to achieving our Climate Action Plan benchmarks.”

 

Colin Parent, head of the mobility and land use think-tank, Circulate San Diego, said that building the first phase of the plan will create “a tangible example" of a protected urban bicycle facility” as well as serve as an example for the region. He added: “Once people see that it works in downtown, they will want protected lanes for their own neighbourhoods.”

“San Diegans are ready for new and innovative mobility options as they move around our city"

The 9.3 miles of cycle track in the Downtown Mobility Plan accounts for 16.5 per cent of the total downtown street network. The second and third phases will be completed over the next three years.

 

Over the last three years, the city has repaired more than 1,000 miles of streets and added or improved more than 200 miles of bike lanes. The Downtown Mobility Plan is intended to help the City support more mobility choices, including bicycles and motorised scooters, consistent with the landmark Climate Action Plan.

 

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