The proposed University Bikeway will provide a vital connection for residents to walk and bike between vibrant communities within San Diego’s urban core – City Heights, Eastern San Diego, and La Mesa. Proposed features include separated bikeways, buffered bike lanes, high visibility treatments, and protected intersections designed to make the streets more pleasant for everyone – people who walk, bike, work, and live there.
Separated bikeways are protected from vehicle lanes by a vertical element such as raised medians, on-street parking, or bollards, and provide a degree of safety desired by people who are interested in biking for transportation, but are concerned about the safety of riding with vehicle traffic. Buffered bike lanes are conventional bike lanes combined with a painted buffer that increases the distance between people on bikes and the adjacent motor vehicle travel lane and/or parking lane.
The University Bikeway will run along University Avenue, between Estrella Avenue and 70th Street. The proposed bikeway will also provide an important connection to the Howard – Orange Bikeway to the west and an entire network of high priority regional bikeways just beyond.
The University Bikeway is one of seven 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. The North Park | Mid-City Bikeways project is a vital part of the regional bike network, GO by BIKE, and a high priority project funded through the Regional Bike Plan Early Action Program.
As part of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance, SANDAG prepared a Traffic and Safety Impact Assessment for the project, which was published on May 1, 2018. SANDAG hosted an open house and public hearing for the University Bikeway project on May 16, 2018, and provided written responses to the written and verbal comments from the meeting to the SANDAG Transportation Committee, which approved the CEQA exemption for the project at its June 15, 2018, meeting. The University Bikeway segment is currently in final design. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2020.
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Chris Romano, AICP, LEED AP ND
SANDAG Project Manager
401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101