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 - February 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 advanced 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 were provided to the SANDAG
Transportation Committee, which approved the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) exemption for the
Howard Avenue portion of the project at its February 16, 2018 meeting. As part of the project’s CEQA compliance, SANDAG prepared a Traffic and Safety Impact Assessment, which was published July 12, 2017.
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.
Alison Moss, AICP
SANDAG Project Manager
401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101