Two bikeways will be constructed along SR 15: the SR 15 Commuter Bikeway, which began construction in spring 2016, and the Central Avenue Bikeway, currently in preliminary engineering. Once completed, the bikeways will connect and stretch 2.2 miles between Camino Del Rio South and Landis Street along SR 15.
The SR 15 Commuter Bikeway will provide a safe and direct bike route connecting the communities in the Mid-City area of the City of San Diego with the major retail, commercial, education, and entertainment destinations in the city’s Mission Valley area. The bikeway, which will be separated from vehicle traffic, will extend from Adams Avenue along a one-mile segment of northbound SR 15 to Camino Del Rio South.
The bikeway will be 12 feet wide, paved, and striped to provide two-way travel. It will be separated from the freeway shoulder by a concrete barrier. There will be locations where wider paved sections will be provided to accommodate resting or passing bike riders. Lighting will be provided along the bikeway.
Currently, the only bike route access between Mid-City and Mission Valley are Fairmount Avenue, which has high speed conflicts, and Texas Street, which has a high speed conflict, and a very steep, sustained grade. Neither route provides a convenient link for bicycle commuters between Mid-City and Mission Valley, and both routes result in several miles of additional travel.
The SR 15 Commuter Bikeway is rated a high priority project in the regional bike network established with the adoption of Riding to 2050, the San Diego Regional Bike Plan. This plan was adopted by the SANDAG Board of Directors in May 2010 and subsequently incorporated into the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy in October 2011. The project also is included in the City of San Diego Bicycle Master Plan and the Mid-City Communities Plan. The bikeway will be built in conjunction with the SR 15 Mid-City Centerline Rapid Transit Stations project.
Andrew Rice, Caltrans