September 28, 2015
Mayor Casey Tanaka
Councilmember Bill Sandke
Councilmember Mike Woiwode
Councilmember Carrie Downey
Councilmember Richard Bailey
Dear Honorable Mayor and Councilmembers:
The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition is writing in response to the action taken by the Council at its September 15, 2015 meeting and your decision to suspend further bicycle safety markings that were previously approved. As advocates for bicycle safety throughout the San Diego Region, we are very concerned about the impact that this decision may have on not only the residents of Coronado but the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come to the city and ride their bikes there; whether for transportation or recreational purposes.
Coronado is a beautiful city that offers a very enjoyable riding experience for everyone. On any given day, one can witness dozens of families riding along many of the wide, comfortable bike lanes and paths that have been in place or were recently implemented as part of the Coronado Bicycle Master Plan. A plan that seeks to increase ridership and reduce the negative environmental and traffic impacts of automobiles. The plan will also increase opportunities for active, healthy living in the city and perhaps most importantly improve the overall quality of life for residents and visitors. We believe this is a good plan and we applauded the city for recently taking action to implement the elements of the plan.
So why stop now based on the concerns of a few who seemed to be more concerned with the visual look of bike lanes rather than the actual safety that they provide? It’s unimaginable to think that the city would take steps to decrease the safety of its citizens based on this recent action largely due to the comments that were presented related to the aesthetics of the safety markings.
The City of Coronado recently applied for and received funding for a Safe Routes to School outreach and education campaign that we are very pleased to be partnering with you on. Through this effort, we should be able to teach bicycle safety to thousands of elementary and middle school children in Coronado. Ironically, it is estimated that some 60-70% of school kids are already biking to school. An incredible number that the city should take pride in; yet this recent decision could compromise any further efforts to improve safety for those riding to school.
We are asking you to please reconsider your actions of the September 15th meeting and continue your previous efforts that were making Coronado a safer, more accessible and bicycle-friendly community which is deserving of its Silver designation of the League of American Bicyclists. This recent action could not only damage Coronado’s impression for attracting bicyclists but other cities across the region. We strive to make San Diego County one of the safest and best places for anyone to bicycle and we ask you to join us in helping us achieve that vision. We welcome the opportunity to work together with you and hope that you understand the value and importance for the safety of all who live, work and play in Coronado.
San Diego County Bicycle Coalition