Pershing Bikeway FAQ

What is the Pershing Bikeway Project?

The Pershing Bikeway will provide an enhanced 2.6-mile bikeway along Pershing Drive, and improve connectivity through Balboa Park and between North Park and Downtown San Diego. The project will help transform Pershing Drive into a “low stress” street that will promote safety for people walking, biking, and driving. The Pershing Bikeway will improve access to Balboa Park amenities and will serve as a critical regional connection for people who live, ride, and walk in the area.

Where is the project located?

The Pershing Bikeway will begin in North Park at the intersection of Utah and Landis streets, and run south along Utah Street to connect with Pershing Drive at Upas Street. The route will travel through Balboa Park on Pershing Drive to connect with B and C streets in Downtown San Diego.

Why is this project needed and what are the benefits?

The project will help fulfill the vision laid out in the San Diego Regional Bike Plan to make riding a bike a viable form of transportation for everyday travel. The project also will enhance the regional network of interconnected bike corridors, support facilities, and programs in the area to improve safety for riders.

The Pershing Bikeway will provide a safe and convenient route to and through Balboa Park for people walking and biking, and will connect people to employment, schools, and activity centers in the area. The proposed improvements along Pershing Drive will create safer biking and walking conditions for people of all ages and abilities, and will establish an important connection between North Park and Downtown San Diego.

Who is responsible for building this project?

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is leading the effort to complete this project, and is collaborating with Balboa Park staff, the City of San Diego Park & Recreation Department, and other City of San Diego officials.

Why is the proposed project being built along Pershing Drive?

Pershing Drive serves as an important access point for Balboa Park and provides a critical connection between North Park and Downtown San Diego along a scenic route. The Pershing Bikeway will improve safety and mobility in the area, and provide greater access to many of Balboa Park’s amenities and connect Balboa Park with other public facilities such as community parks, schools, and libraries. Additionally, this alignment helps fulfill the vision laid out in both the Balboa Park Master Plan and the East Mesa Precise Plan to create bikeways that connect and integrate neighborhoods with nearby recreational amenities.

What are the proposed project features?

The Pershing Bikeway project includes buffered bike lanes, a two-way separated bikeway, and an adjacent walking path. The project also features traffic calming measures that will make the roadway safer for people who bike, walk, and drive.

Will the Pershing Bikeway connect to other bikeways?

Envisioned as a key regional connection, the Pershing Bikeway will link people who bike and walk to other bike facilities at the north and south ends of the route. The Pershing Bikeway will connect to the future North Park | Mid-City Bikeways at the intersection of Utah and Landis streets. These planned bikeways consist of six segments that total 13 miles of bike boulevards and protected bikeways. The Pershing Bikeway also will connect to existing bike lanes on B and C streets at 19th Street in Downtown San Diego. Future City of San Diego plans call for the design and development of designated bikeways on B and C streets down to 4th and 5th avenues. The planned network of bike corridors will enable people to bike and walk safely on more direct, convenient routes within and between major regional destinations and activity centers.

Will this project impact traffic?

The project team considered the needs of all roadway users throughout the planning process, including people who bike, walk, and drive. To improve safety for all who use Pershing Drive, proposed project components include traffic calming measures such as a roundabout and traffic circle, redesigned intersections, lane reductions, and designated areas for people who bike and walk.

The Pershing Bikeway Traffic and Safety Impact Assessment concluded that the enhancements proposed by the project will not cause traffic impacts, according to standards set by the City of San Diego.

How is the project funded?

The Pershing Bikeway project is funded by TransNet Active Transportation Program funds. TransNet is the region’s voter-approved, half-cent sales tax for transportation administered by SANDAG.

What is the project timeline?

Conceptual planning for the project was completed in 2015-2016. As part of the project’s environmental review process, the SANDAG Transportation Committee approved the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) exemption at their meeting on January 20, 2017. Preliminary engineering will continue into spring 2017, final design will occur in 2017-2018, and construction is expected to begin in 2018.

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How can I stay informed about the project?

Contact the Project Manager, Chris Carterette, at chris.carterette@sandag.org or (619) 699-7319 to sign up to receive email updates. Visit KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/PershingBikeway for more information.

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