Friday, March 15, 2013

San Diego City Council Passes Resolution Promising Bicycle Infrastructure Improvements

Last week the San Diego City Council unanimously passed resolution promising bicycle infrastructure improvements to enhance safety.

BikeSD worked with Council Member Zapf on the resolution in response to the deaths of two cyclists in separate incidents in the councilmembers’ district over the past year. The resolution calls for the City to plan and develop infrastructure projects, explore ways to make cycling safer, support grants and other funding to build facilities and maintain staffing to implement projects.  You can read the complete resolution here:

BikeSD and SDCBC came out in support of the resolution while noting that it will take more than resolutions to ensure that all people who ride bikes are safely accommodated on our roads. Momentum has been building improving cycling in San Diego, but this resolution reaffirms the City’s commitment to implement the 2011 Bicycle master plan and other programs. Aggressive action is needed to avoid more needless deaths and injuries to cyclists.

 In their discussion of the resolution, it was clear that the councilmembers shared a desire to make improvements for cyclists, although they noted that actually getting projects on the ground can be difficult.  With Mayor Filner’s recent announcement of the City’s first CicloSDia, bike share coming, and SANDAGs early action bike program, exciting changes should be coming sooner rather than later.
The Coalition will continue to work with the City and other advocates to make sure that much needed improvements for bikes are actually made and not just talked about.

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