Uptown Bikeways will create connections within neighborhoods, improve streets, and create links to the larger bikeway network being built throughout the region. The project will provide on-street connections from Old Town and Mission Valley through Uptown to Downtown, North Park, and Balboa Park. The Uptown Bikeways is one of the first high priority projects identified in the San Diego Regional Bike Plan to be funded for implementation. View the project's fact sheet for more details. Information from community meetings conducted during the planning phase alignment analysis is available under the Get Involved tab.
After extensive public outreach efforts and preliminary analysis, conducted throughout 2013 during the project planning phase, bikeway alignments that appear to best meet project objectives – and present the most opportunity to create an excellent community asset – have been identified. The alignments were evaluated against five goals:
- Mobility: Increase choices; connect communities
- Experience: Improve travel safety for everyone, and create an exceptional biking experience
- Community: Build on and support related community initiatives
- Placemaking: Enhance community identity and public spaces
- Economic Development: Improve public infrastructure and strengthen opportunities for community and business development
Since the completion of the planning phase in early 2014, work on preliminary engineering and design has been underway. This includes detailed engineering analysis and technical studies of the proposed designs for bikeways along the identified project alignments. Numerous potential solutions to primary concerns and challenges have been explored. On June 5, 2015, the SANDAG Transportation Committee directed staff to move forward with final engineering of the original design concept for the project with the exception of a constrained design for a portion of University Avenue between Mission Hills and Hillcrest west of State Route 163.
The project will be phased and engineering analysis will continue to determine the final design and cost feasibility, and align the project with existing community initiatives in order to achieve the best project possible.
The project team will build on recent community input and Transportation Committee direction and continue to refine design solutions to balance the need for improved and safer places to bike and walk, transit efficiency, public safety, and quality of life. Project updates will be sent via email and social media. The project team will continue to outreach to residents and businesses along the project alignments, as well as members of the broader community, and provide presentations to community groups according to the phased implementation schedule.
Beth Robrahn, AICP
Active Transportation Planner
401 B Street, Suite 800
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