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SANDAG gives cyclists priority boost

COAST CITIES— San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) approved scenario 1 for the regional bike plan early action program on Sept. 27, which allows a $200 million investment in high priority bike projects during the next 10 years.The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, an organization supporting the rights of bicyclists, says this will help create a regional bicycle network of interconnected corridors, support facilities and programs to make bicycling a convenient form of transportation.

In 2011, SANDAG’s board of directors made a commitment to active transportation with the adoption of the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan and its Sustainable Communities Strategy, which included integration of Riding to 2050: San Diego Regional Bicycle Plan previously approved in 2010. The board developed the bike plan early action program, and in April 2012, SANDAG’s transportation committee accepted its goals and began initial cost estimates. Following a recommendation by the transportation committee, this prioritized projects within the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan.

Some high profile projects in the list of early-action priorities include the North Park – Mid-City bike corridor, the Uptown bicycle corridor, several Coastal Rail Trail San Diego bikeways, San Diego River Trail bikeways, additional Bayshore Bikeway connections and some downtown to southeast San Diego connections.

The city of San Diego and its bike share partner, Decobike, are currently searching for input on locations for the new bike share system slated to open in 2014.

For more information on the Bicycle Coalition’s strategic initiatives, visit