$200m for Bikes – Historic, at least for San Diego

San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), the regional transportation organization, recently approved an historic $200 million for bicycle projects in the region. SANDAG hopes to complete 77 miles of new bicycle facilities within the next 10 years.

This is truly historic for San Diego, and a major step for bicycle transportation. It has been praised by nearly all local bicycle advocacy groups and alternative transportation groups. GSSD applauds this move too.

But let’s put SANDAG’s $200 million / 77 miles in 10 years in perspective:
Chicago has set a goal of 662 bicycle miles by 2020 (7 years) – an increase of over 400 miles of bike facilities.
New York City has added over 200 miles of new bike facilities in the last 3 years.
Minneapolis plans to add 240 miles of new bikeways in 20 years.
Portland approved $613 million for 662 miles over the next 20 years. 

So while San Diego should pat itself on the back for making a big leap (reletive to its past spending), let’s remember, we are still very, very far behind. Nothing short of a “Manhattan Project” for pedestrian, bicycle, and transit programs will bring us up to world-class status in 20 years. We do want world-class status – don’t we?

 Walter Chambers
GSSD 

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2 Responses to $200m for Bikes – Historic, at least for San Diego

  1. Doug6100 says:

    Note that Portland is estimating $0.93 per mile while we are estimating $2.60 per mile (almost triple). Is that the price that we pay for living in ‘Paradise’?

    Any chance that we can get the pedestrian bridge back on the radar that connects Mission Gorge with the east end of Balboa?

    It is fun to think where this will be in the next 10+ years. Thanks for the article.

  2. Pingback: SanDiego spends $200 million for bicycle paths; bicycle advocates want more. | The Little Picture

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