FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bicycle Lanes on University Avenue Approved At City Council
SAN DIEGO (October 31, 2017) – Bicycle lanes will soon be installed on Vision Zero corridor University Avenue from 5th Avenue to Park Boulevard. Today, San Diego City Council unanimously approved a plan to remove metered parking in order to add the bicycle lanes, making University Avenue safer for all modes of transportation.
In 2015, SANDAG approved of the Uptown Bikeways project, which will bring protected bikeways to University Avenue, however a gap was created in the core of Hillcrest to mollify opposition in the neighborhood. Today’s action and leadership is a major step by the City of San Diego in filling the bicycle lane gap in the Hillcrest core and will save lives on one of the most dangerous corridors in San Diego.
Circulate San Diego and a diverse coalition of 20 organizations promoted a campaign for the last two years called Vision Zero, with the goal to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in San Diego by 2025. Mayor Faulconer and the San Diego City Council adopted a 10-year Vision Zero strategy in 2015.
“Today’s vote to shorten the gap on University is a key step toward improving safety on one of San Diego’s most dangerous Vision Zero corridors,” said Maya Rosas, Advocacy Manager with Circulate San Diego.
The concept behind Vision Zero is that traffic deaths are preventable – through safe street design, education, and enforcement. The program has been successful in other U.S. and European cities. To date, 20 cities across the U.S. have adopted a Vision Zero goal.
About Circulate San Diego
Circulate San Diego is a regional nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing mobility and making the region a better place to move, work, learn and play. Our work focuses on creating great mobility choices, more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, and land uses that promote sustainable growth. For more information, go to www.circulatesd.org.