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October 2020
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Construction Underway on the Fourth and Fifth Avenue Bikeways

This summer, SANDAG crews began construction on the Fourth and Fifth Avenue Bikeways project, the first segment of the Uptown Bikeways in the City of San Diego. Crews performed paving work and poured and formed new concrete curbs on Fifth Avenue between A Street and Beech Street to create median islands that will separate the bikeway from the parking and travel lanes. Crews are currently continuing this work on Fourth and Fifth avenues between Beech Street and Ivy Street. Other features under construction include stormwater drainage improvements, planters, pedestrian ramp upgrades, crossing enhancements for people walking, accessible parking space improvements, and electrical work for traffic signals. 

When complete, the project will add approximately 4.5 miles of separated and buffered bikeways on Fourth and Fifth Avenues between B Street in Downtown San Diego and Washington Street in Hillcrest, enhancing connections within and between communities in San Diego’s urban core. Learn more at KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/FourthandFifthBikeways.

Nine Neighborhood Traffic Circles Completed on the Georgia – Meade and Landis Bikeways

This summer, SANDAG crews completed the construction of nine neighborhood traffic circles, half of the eighteen traffic circles that will be built as part of the Georgia – Meade and Landis Bikeway projects in the City of San Diego! Crews most recently completed construction of five neighborhood traffic circles: two on Landis Street at Utah Street and Arnold Avenue, and three on Meade Avenue at Utah Street, 34th Street, and 38th Street. Two more neighborhood traffic circles are currently under construction at the intersections of Landis Street and 33rd Street and at Meade Avenue and Swift Avenue. Other features under construction include curb extensions, new crosswalks, and stormwater drainage improvements.

When complete, the Georgia – Meade and Landis Bikeway projects will provide 6.5 miles of vital connections for residents to walk and bike between vibrant communities within San Diego’s urban core including City Heights, Kensington-Talmadge, Normal Heights, North Park, and University Heights. The Georgia – Meade and Landis Bikeways are expected to open to the public in 2022. Visit KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/NorthParkMidCityBikeways to learn more.

Inland Rail Trail Phase 2 Close to Completion While Phase 1 Undergoes Repairs

SANDAG crews recently began pavement repairs along a one-mile segment of the Inland Rail Trail between North Pacific Street and Cherimoya Drive in the City of San Marcos. This section of the bikeway is currently closed to accommodate repairs including reconstruction, rehab, and repaving various sections of the trail, and is anticipated to reopen to the public in late 2020.

Meanwhile, crews are also finishing three miles of the Inland Rail Trail including 2.5 miles between Cherimoya Drive and Mar Vista Drive in unincorporated San Diego County and the City of Vista, and a half-mile segment between North Drive and North Melrose Drive in the City of Vista. Recent construction activities included paving and installation of fencing, railing, and trail lighting. This segment is anticipated to open to the public by the end of 2020. When this phase opens, there will be more than 10 miles of contiguous trail between the Escondido Transit Center and Mar Vista Drive in the City of Vista, helping provide a complete corridor in North County. To learn more about the Inland Rail Trail, please visit KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/InlandRailTrail.

Rose Creek Bikeway Nearing Completion

Over the last several months, SANDAG crews have made significant progress constructing the Rose Creek Bikeway in the City of San Diego. Recent construction activities included irrigation, electrical work, stormwater maintenance, invasive plant removal, and installing curbs, gutters, fences, railings, and retaining walls. Upcoming construction activities will include building the raised median for the bikeway on Santa Fe Street, roadway striping, paving the path along the creek, planting trees and groundcover, and installing lighting, signs, and other finishing touches. The bikeway is anticipated to open in early 2021!

The Rose Creek Bikeway will complete a two-mile gap in the Regional Bike Network as part of the Coastal Rail Trail between points to the north including Sorrento Valley, University City, and UC San Diego, and points to the south such as Mission Bay, Pacific Beach, Mission Valley, and Downtown San Diego. More information is available online at KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/RoseCreekBikeway.

New SANDAG Report Finds More People Biking Amid Pandemic

Since the start of the statewide stay home order, SANDAG has tracked numerous data sources to better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted travel in the San Diego region. Data shows that with more people staying closer to home, the choice to use alternative transportation for shorter trips, including outdoor opportunities for recreational and fitness activities, continues to increase.

The SANDAG InfoBits report Bike Riding in the San Diego Region Since COVID-19 examines bike volumes on eight corridors around San Diego County between mid-March and mid-August 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. The report also shares biking insights from residents and their plans to continue riding. During the start of the stay home order, daily volumes increased an average of 42% across the network during the first five months in 2020, compared to the same time in 2019. More than 4 out of 5 (84%) residents surveyed who have been biking more since the stay home order began said that they expect to continue biking even after restrictions are lifted.

City of San Diego Launches Better by Bike Campaign

Better by Bike is an outreach and education campaign launched by the City of San Diego and San Diego County Bicycle Coalition in May 2020. The campaign aims to promote diversity in bicycling, encourage support for protected bike lanes, and increase the number of people going by bike. The Better by Bike Blog launched on August 10 and highlights riders' personal stories, city bike infrastructure updates, and resources to get new riders prepared to hit the road. The campaign has involved two events so far – the May 2020 Bike Month Challenge using the Love to Ride mobile application and a Mid-City Bike Scavenger Hunt to support local businesses in August. Later this year, the campaign will launch an online bike education module for K-12 students and a local bike giveaway for students and parents in the Encanto area. Learn more about Better by Bike.

Update on Construction Activities During COVID-19 Pandemic

Public works construction activities have been deemed essential, so we’re continuing to keep active construction projects moving during the pandemic. Protecting the health and safety of the San Diego region, including our partners, contractors, and stakeholders, is a top priority for SANDAG. Be assured that construction workers are following precautionary health measures, and we continue to monitor developments and follow all health guidance and orders.

SANDAG offices are currently closed to the public. Our team is working remotely during this time to provide essential services, and to continue progress on critical regional projects. SANDAG will continue to monitor the development of COVID-19 in the region and follow guidance from the  San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.

For additional information, visit sandag.org/COVID-19.

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October 17 BIPOC History Ride
October 18 Pedal for Justice
October 29 Bike Light Giveaway
October 30 Spooky Spokes Trivia
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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), this document is available in alternate formats by contacting the SANDAG ADA Coordinator, the Director of Diversity and Equity, at (619) 699-1900 or (619) 699-1904 (TTY).

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