SAN DIEGO–Local officials and community members joined SANDAG Thursday to break ground on two key GO by BIKE projects in San Diego that will create more than 6.5 miles of bike and pedestrian infrastructure in the city’s urban neighborhoods.
The Georgia – Meade and Landis Bikeway projects will provide a safe and convenient connection for residents to walk and bike between City Heights, Kensington-Talmadge, Normal Heights, North Park, and University Heights.
In September 2013, the SANDAG Board of Directors approved the $200 million Regional Bike Plan Early Action Program (EAP) to dramatically expand the bike network throughout the San Diego region. The Bike EAP comprises 40 projects that total about 77 miles of new bikeways – all designed to enhance neighborhood connections to schools, shopping centers, and parks, as well as transit stations and other major regional destinations.
“Today marks a significant step on the path to creating a network of regional bikeways to give San Diegans safe options to travel to work, school, or just to get out and enjoy our beautiful region,” said SANDAG Vice Chair and Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear. “Breaking ground on these two urban bikeways brings us one step closer to achieving that goal.”
Blakespear joined San Diego City Council President Georgette Gomez, Councilmember Chris Ward, and local resident Khalisa Bolling, and numerous community members to kick off the celebration. The groundbreaking ceremony was preceded by a sunrise bike ride from North Park to Cherokee Point Park.
The Georgia – Meade and Landis Bikeways are the first urban bikeways to break ground as part of the larger set of North Park | Mid-City Bikeways projects, which will ultimately add more than 13 miles of bike boulevards and protected bikeways.
The $16 million Georgia – Meade and Landis Bikeways construction costs are funded by TransNet, the regional half-cent sales tax for transportation, administered by SANDAG.
The Georgia – Meade and Landis Bikeways are anticipated to be completed in spring 2022.