Howard - Orange Bikeway

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NEW: Bikeway Enhancements Questionnaire

As SANDAG moves closer to finalizing the design on bikeways in the North Park and Mid-City areas, we are seeking your input on aesthetic elements that could be included in these projects.

There are several locations with traffic calming features, such as curb extensions and neighborhood traffic circles, where there is an opportunity to add aesthetic elements to help beautify the community and provide a sense of place. The City of San Diego requires project elements that fall within their guidelines of “typical” materials and standard maintenance efforts. All options proposed in this questionnaire are consistent with these requirements. 

This questionnaire should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your input is highly valuable to our planning efforts. Results will be analyzed in aggregate so that individual responses will remain anonymous. Please complete the questionnaire by March 16, 2018. Thank you in advance for your input.

Project Overview

The proposed Howard – Orange Bikeway will provide a vital connection for residents to walk and bike between vibrant communities within San Diego’s urban core – North Park and City Heights. Proposed features include buffered bike lanes, neighborhood traffic circles, curb extensions, and traffic calming measures designed to make the streets more pleasant for everyone – people who walk, bike, work, and live there. View this project's fact sheet in English and en Español.

The Howard – Orange Bikeway will run along Howard Avenue, between Park Boulevard and 32nd Street, and along Orange Avenue between 32nd Street and Estrella Avenue. The proposed bikeway will also provide important connections to several regional bikeways including the Georgia – Meade Bikeway to the west, the University Bikeway to the east, and the Central Avenue Bikeway in the center. 

The Howard – Orange Bikeway is one of six segments planned as part of the North Park | Mid-City Bikeways, which will add approximately 13 miles of bike boulevards and protected bikeways and connect the North Park and Mid-City neighborhoods. The project will help fulfill the vision laid out in the San Diego Regional Bike Plan to make riding a bike a more convenient and safer choice for everyday travel. 

Project Update - January 2018

SANDAG hosted an open house and public hearing for the Howard – Orange Bikeway on July 27, 2017, where attendees were invited to learn more about the project and provide written and verbal comments. In order to keep the project moving forward, SANDAG will be advancing the Howard Avenue portion of the project in early 2018. As part of the project’s environmental review process, written responses to the written and verbal comments received at the July 27, 2017 open house and public hearing will be provided to the SANDAG Transportation Committee, which is anticipated to consider whether the Howard Avenue portion of the project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) at its February 16th meeting. Written responses to comments will also be posted on the project website.

At this time, SANDAG is conducting further study of the Orange Avenue portion of the project to determine the feasibility of additional traffic calming measures, including median islands at select intersections. Median islands would calm traffic along Orange Avenue by reducing cut-through traffic while maintaining local access. The potential use of these traffic calming measures will ultimately be subject to review and approval by the City of San Diego. 

Environmental review of the Orange Avenue portion of the project is currently on hold, pending the results of further study. If the additional traffic calming measures are added to the project design, then a revised Traffic and Safety Impact Assessment may be required for the Orange Avenue portion of the project. If so, it will be made available for public comment at an additional open house and public hearing.

Project Manager

Alison Moss
SANDAG Active Transportation Planner
401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 595-5354
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