The Bicycle Program is a group of dedicated bicycle advocates working in partnership with public and private agencies and bicycle organizations around the country. Short and long-term goals of the program are to develop and maintain the safest and most convenient bike way system possible in the City of San Diego.
There are three types of bicycle facilities: bike paths, bike lanes, and bike routes. Bike paths are separate "roads" for bicycles, and are reserved exclusively for non-motorized traffic. Bike lanes are marked along existing roadways with special regulatory signs and painted bicycle lanes and pavement. Bike routes are suggested bicycle routes through the City. They are marked by green "bike route" signs, but have no other signs, stripes or markings separating bicycle traffic from vehicular traffic.
Bike lanes and routes are relatively easy to install and modify, simply by adding the necessary signs and pavement markings. Creating new bike paths is a much more costly and complex process. To build a new bike path, the City must go through a planning and environmental review process, and acquire the necessary permits from State, local, and Federal agencies. It can cost up to $1 million per mile to build a new bike path. Every year, the City Bicycle Program obtains Local, State and Federal grants to construct new bike paths. Input from the public helps us to determine which projects are most urgently needed. We also install support facilities such as bicycle racks and lockers.
Every year, the City hosts programs promoting safe and effective bicycling at elementary schools and education centers throughout the city. Working with local bicycle organizations and other cities in San Diego County, we help produce Public Service Announcements, as well as the free San Diego County Bike Map, which shows all bicycle routes, path, and lanes throughout the county. We also provide free literature promoting bike safety, helmet safety, and safe riding skills.
Bicycle Related Contact Information
Request a San Diego County Bike Map or information on bicycle lockers: Visit icommutesd or call 1-800-COMMUTE / 1-800-266-6883
Report a lost or stolen bike: San Diego Police (619) 531-2000.
Report vehicles illegally parked in bike lanes or bike paths: (619) 684-1400.
Animal or Litter Control: (858) 492-5060
Contact the City of San Diego Bicycle Coordinator: (619) 533-3045