San Diego County is banking big on bicycles to help drive smarter mobility in the area, despite some lingering controversy over the issue. Amid years of project delays and cost overruns, the San Diego Association of Governments recently approved issuing $90 million in bonds to continue expanding a massive network of bike lanes in San Diego County, as detailed in a KPBS news report.
- San Diego County approves $90 million bond for the expansion of bike lanes in the area.
- The bond proposal, first passed in 2013, spans throughout several major corridors in San Diego County.
- Opponents of the bike plan have expressed concerns with the project’s numerous delays and cost overruns.
The route for San Diego’s Annual Bike the Bay event includes some of the areas that will benefit from the passage of the new bond proposal. (Photo: City of San Diego)
San Diego could become one of the most coveted areas for bicyclists, with the recent approval of a whopping $90 million bond proposal to expand bike lanes in the county.
The bond proposal, passed by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), will include expanding the county’s plan to build bike lanes along several key corridors in the county. Part of a regional plan first passed in 2013, the areas for the expansion include the Coaster and Sprinter rail lines in San Diego’s North County area, San Diego Bay, the San Diego River and several streets in the city of San Diego’s core urban area.
For years, the bike lane project has been stymied by delays and cost overruns, prompting some major criticism of plan among some San Diego County residents. In fact, some contend that the delays and overruns have amounted to more than $5.5 million per mile.
WHY THIS MATTERS
Given the expected growth of the bicycle market, San Diego County’s massive $90 million bond proposal could be a sign of things to come in other major cities. The project also serves as a model for other municipalities, to avoid some of the financial pitfalls that come with trying to launch a major bike lane plan.