CHULA VISTA–San Diego leaders, bicyclists, and residents united on Saturday morning to celebrate the completion of a new 1.8-mile segment of the Bayshore Bikeway, which will eventually loop 24 miles around San Diego Bay. “This new segment of the Bayshore Bikeway offers bicyclists a safe and scenic route to explore the Chula Vista bayfront,” said County Supervisor Greg Cox. “You can visit Chula Vista, get a little biking in, and then enjoy beautiful San Diego Bay. That’s not a bad way to spend a day.” To date, 14.3 miles of the bikeway have been built. The world-class recreational amenity is more than half completed. The new segment – located entirely in the City of Chula Vista – cost $1.8 million to build. It begins at H Street and ends at Palomar Street, running along Bay Boulevard and an inactive railroad right-of-way through property and easements owned by the San Diego Unified Port District, San Diego Gas & Electric, the Metropolitan Transit System, and Community Health Group. The project is funded by federal Transportation Enhancement funds and the regional TransNet half-cent sales tax administered by SANDAG. “The Bayshore Bikeway is not just a recreational amenity, it’s a viable commute alternative,” SANDAG First Vice Chair and Santee Mayor Jack Dale said. “The Bikeway links to many employment sites around San Diego Bay. For example, the northern end of this newest stretch is at the entrance to the Goodrich plant.” As part of its commitment to making the San Diego region more bike-friendly, SANDAG has outlined $3.8 billion of investments in bicycle and pedestrian projects and programs by mid-century as part of its 2050 Regional Transportation Plan. Cox, chair of the SANDAG Bayshore Bikeway Working Group, led the ribbon-cutting celebration. Dale, Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox, and San Diego Port Commissioner Scott Peters also participated. In late 2012 or early 2013, SANDAG will begin construction on the next segment of the bikeway, a 2.8-mile stretch extending along the east side of San Diego Bay from 32nd Street and Tidelands Avenue in National City to 32nd Street and Harbor Drive in the City of San Diego.