Riding to 2050: San Diego Regional Bike Plan
proposes a vision for a diverse regional bike system of interconnected corridors, support facilities, and programs to make bicycling a convenient form of transportation for everyday travel. This vision is intended to guide the development of the regional bicycle system through the year 2050.
Planning for a more bicycle friendly region helps resolve multiple complex and interrelated issues, including traffic congestion, air quality, climate change, public health, and livability. By guiding the region toward the creation of a substantial regional bicycle network, this plan can affect all of these issue areas, thereby improving existing and future quality of life in the San Diego region.
The Bike Plan presents an interconnected network of bicycle corridors that will enable residents to bike safely on more direct and convenient routes within and between major regional destinations and activity centers. It also supports implementation of both the SANDAG Regional Comprehensive Plan
(RCP) and the SANDAG 2050 Regional Transportation Plan
(RTP). The RCP calls for more transportation choices and a balanced regional transportation system that supports smart growth and a more sustainable region. The RTP calls for a multimodal regional transportation system that includes a regional bicycle network. The Bike Plan provides that network.
Investing in Active Transportation
Biking and walking are modes of active transportation, a concept that emphasizes the health benefits of these modes of travel for individuals and communities. In October 2011, SANDAG made an unprecedented commitment to active transportation with the adoption of the 2050 RTP and Sustainable Communities Strategy
, calling for an early action program that would:
Prior to establishing the early action program, SANDAG had set aside initial funding to implement portions of the high-priority regional bicycle projects and to initiate work on several supporting programs.