Border to Bayshore Bikeway
Virtual Construction Information Session Questions & Answers
The following questions were asked at the Construction Information Session held before construction started in Summer 2023. Please send any additional or follow-up questions to [email protected].
Q: How long will the construction of Border to Bayshore Bikeway last?
A: The construction process will take approximately a year and a half, and the bikeway will be open to the public in 2025. Construction activity will occur during the week and during daytime hours, which are reviewed and approved through encroachment permits received from the cities of San Diego and Imperial Beach.
Q: What about Emery Academy and Mendoza Elementary School? Why are you not routing through Saturn Boulevard?
A: During the planning phase and community outreach connectivity to Emery Academy and Mendoza Elementary School was a priority along the bike route connecting from San Ysidro Boulevard all the way to the Bayshore Bikeway, but 13th Street and Grove Street were selected because of the greater safety level compared to Coronado Avenue and Saturn Boulevard. The project team, along with stakeholders from the City of Imperial Beach, also identified 13th Street as a better option for the north-to-south route because there are already existing bikeways on 13th Street, and the aim is to leverage that connection.
Q: Does this project include re-paving the streets or just painting the bike lanes?
A: Some streets will be resurfaced. We are also including buffered bikeways or two-way cycle tracking with raised islands. For example, resurfacing work will take place on Beyer Boulevard, but it also depends on the type of bike infrastructure that we are doing in this segment. The bikeway improvements will be a bike boulevard along Iris Avenue onto Oro Vista Road, which then turns into Ingrid Avenue and Halo Street. The bike boulevard will complement shared lane markings with other traffic calming elements. Bike boulevards are streets with lower traffic, and this is where we will see the painting and striping on the roadway, along with other traffic calming features.
Q: You mentioned this route runs near several transit stations. Are you working with MTS to make sure buses and trolleys can allow for more bikes?
A: Yes. as part of the planning phase which took place between 2015 and2018, we worked extensively with MTS to ensure design concurrence and to make sure the bikeway was not in conflict with existing bus routes and proposed bike routes. Specifically, potential conflicts were examined in relation to the various transit centers, including Iris Transit Center, where the bikeway accommodates the turning radius of the buses coming in and out of the station. We continue to work with MTS and other regulatory agencies to ensure that the project aligns with the existing conditions and proposed future improvements.
Q: Will bike lanes have stop signs? For example, at four-way streets?
A: Yes. Where bike lanes are completely separated, and they come to an all-way stop intersection, an additional stop sign will be added to ensure bikes are complying with the all-way stop requirement.
Q: There are several areas along the route that flood during the winter due to poor drainage or sloping. Does the proposed construction address these trouble spots?
A: Our project team did identify several of these drainage concerns and explored solutions. If there are any other drainage concerns that you are aware of, there is always an opportunity to inform us of those. Residents are often the most knowledgeable about these local problem areas, and that input is always appreciated.
Q: What is the plan for the very high-volume intersection at 13th Street and Palm Avenue in Imperial Beach?
A: We are proposing a bend-out feature so that bikes are re-routed away from traffic and allowed to cross with a bicycle signal and indicator, along with additional traffic improvements.
Q: Will the traffic signals, especially at 13th Street and Palm Avenue, get bicycle detection improvements too?
A: Yes, loop and push-button detection will be installed at those traffic signals, so there will be multiple ways to detect cyclists.
Q: Are plastic bollards or separators going to be used along portions of the route to discourage drivers from blocking or parking in the bike lanes?
A: Yes. One instance of where separated protection will be provided is via a raised median along Beyer Boulevard. There are signs posted to not enter the two-way cycle track facility, and it is designed in a way to discourage vehicles entering that space.
Q: Will there still be parking available along Beyer Boulevard or will it be displaced by the bike lanes?
A: There is some impact to the total number of spaces, but there will still be parking available in the corridor.
Q: Do we have an idea of how much parking will be lost?
A: According to the preliminary parking assessment conducted in 2018, although there is some parking loss, but there is also some parking gained in different areas of the project since it is extensive, spanning seven miles. There are also some locations where there is a net zero loss or gain. For specific locations, more detailed information can be provided.
Q: Could you provide more detail on the section between Beyer Boulevard and E. Beyer Boulevard?
A: The route from Beyer Boulevard descends from Park Avenue to Halo Street, then crosses over the I-805 freeway pedestrian bridge. The pedestrian bridge will be leveraged for connecting Beyer Boulevard with East Beyer. Also, the existing bridge will serve as a multi-use path for pedestrian and bicyclist alike to connect above the I-5 freeway.
Q: Will all signalized intersections have bike signals?
A: There will be Most of the signalized intersections on Beyer Boulevard as well as 13th Street will have bicycle signal. There is not a bicycle signal at E Beyer Boulevard with San Ysidro Boulevard or at Hollister Street with Grove Street. Otherwise, all the other signals will have bicycle signals.
Q: Are there any safety measures included to prevent cars or motorcycles from using the existing Bayshore Bikeway?
A: The Border to Bayshore Bikeway connects to the existing Bayshore Bikeway, but it does not address anything further as this project’s limits end right before the Bayshore Bikeway Project area begins.
Q: Why was Beyer picked (which already has a Trolley line) instead of San Ysidro Boulevard, which is full of residents and small businesses?
A: During our Community Workshops there were a number of routes that included San Ysidro Boulevard as well as going up Broadway and Coronado Avenue. Many corridors were considered, but Beyer Boulevard was selected because it provides the greatest level of safety. It also connects to the two transit centers and allows the opportunity to implement the San Ysidro community plan, which was adopted in 2016. The San Ysidro Community Plan identified a reduction of travel lanes on Beyer Boulevard to reduce it to one lane in each direction. By implementing a two-way cycle track on Beyer Boulevard, we were able to help the City of San Diego implement one of their key projects. Ultimately, the planning process was complex, but this plan allows for the connection of two Trolley stations, connections to some schools, as well as implementing the City of San Diego’s community plan for the area.
Q: Will you be adding more bike racks in commercial areas along the route for people to stop and shop, visit restaurants, etc.?
A: Yes, the project is incorporating bike racks at different locations throughout the area. There are also some bike lockers at various transit centers, but the project will be adding bike racks as well.
Q: Are any of the drought tolerant plants going to drop foliage, flowers, or seeds that will affect traction on the bike routes surface?
A: None of the plants would produce large amounts of debris. All plants will have some, but the deciduous trees would likely be the greatest producers. These trees would drop leave annually but neither produces large amounts. The trees proposed on this project include Callistemon citrinus (Lemon Bottlebrush) and Lyonothamnus floribundus (Catalina Ironwood), which are both evergreen trees which should not be a significant source of debris. Cericidium x ‘Desert Museum’ is a deciduous tree that annually loses its leaves and could potentially deposit leaves on sidewalks; however, the leaves are very small. Lagerstroemia indica 'Cherokee' (Cherokee Crape Myrtle) is also a deciduous tree and could deposit leaves on the sidewalks. Both deciduous trees are fairly small and do not produce profuse amounts of debris.
Q: Was the traffic from the school on Seward and Park Avenue taken into consideration?
A: Yes, the traffic circle there shouldn’t obstruct the current flow of access to the area. It is a constrained right of way, but it was taken into consideration so that all traffic patterns would remain possible at this location.
Q: Why not choose Iris Street for the east-to-west route? Saturn Boulevard connects to Coronado, which has bikeways in place.
A: A portion of Iris Avenue from Oro Vista to Beyer Boulevard was selected for the connectivity it provides. The project team also considered Coronado and other portions of Iris Street and Saturn Boulevard. Ultimately, this route was selected based on trying to connect the most schools, Trolley stations, and to leverage existing facilities to connect to the Bayshore Bikeway. 13th Street was identified because it already had a connection to the Bayshore Bikeway as well as having minimal impact on parking and bus routes.
We also want to create a bikeway that is the most direct and therefore competitive [regarding travel times] with vehicles. For example, if someone was riding their bike down Beyer Boulevard, it would take roughly the same amount of time as a vehicle with the same amount of traffic. We also want to increase safety as much as possible for all road users, which is why moving the bikeway to a quieter street with lower traffic volume is the most appealing. The hope is that this will encourage people who are interested in riding their bikes but are otherwise deterred because of a very busy street or intersection.
Q: Will there be an intervention encouraging cyclists to slow down when crossing the pedestrian bridge over the I-805 to prevent issues with slower pedestrians?
A: Beyond signage and the narrowness of the right-of-way, there are not additional features that would slow cyclists through the pedestrian bridge. However, there is signage to and from the route, and it is a very constrained area where speeds should generally be lower.
Q: Will the bikeway cross the Trolley tracks at a 90-degree angle?
A: On East and West Park there is not a 90-degree bikeway crossing. Due to the constrained right-of-way of the tracks, there is not enough room for it. However, both Iris Avenue as well as each side of Park Avenue will have traffic calming features to allow cyclists to more safely cross at a 90-degree angle. Because they are class 3 protected bike lanes (shared facilities with pedestrian or motor vehicle traffic), it should be easier to cross at reduced speeds.
Q: Are there plans in the future to add a bike lane that goes through San Ysidro Boulevard as well?
A: No, not as part of the scope of this project, but that is an area of potential need that can be identified as part of either regional or local future projects.
Q: The Beyer Boulevard crossing across Dairy Mart Road is currently tricky for pedestrians to navigate because of the Trolley tracks. How will this be improved?
A: The Beyer Boulevard and Dairy Mart Road grade crossing is complex due to the intersection's proximity to the Trolley station. The width of the road has been reduced so that the crossing distances for pedestrians are reduced significantly across all lanes. There are also some railroad signal timing improvements that are being made at the same time as part of a separate SANDAG project. The hope is to make it easier for pedestrians to cross safely while the rail gates are down. This is one of the most challenging locations to address, but some new interventions will be put in place.