FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021
SAN DIEGO – In a move to separate cyclists and scooter riders from cars on Pershing Drive, Mayor Todd Gloria has directed City staff to install bollards to create bikeways in both directions. This will be a temporary measure until the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) begins construction on permanent protected bikeways on Pershing Drive, where two San Diegans have recently lost their lives after being struck by cars.
Work on the temporary bikeways has begun. They will be complete in early October. Construction on permanent bikeways by SANDAG is expected to begin in early 2022.
“I brought to this office a firm commitment to creating safe and easily accessible ways for San Diegans to get from Point A to Point B without a car,” Mayor Gloria said. “That’s why my City budget this year included $1.1 million to create the Safe and Sustainable Transportation for All Ages and Abilities Team (STAT), a new 12-member unit dedicated to planning and building bikeways across the city. And that’s why SANDAG and the City have implemented policy changes to cut the permitting time on bike infrastructure projects.
“Traveling around our City without a car should not be life-threatening. I will continue to work to make active transportation safe for all residents in all neighborhoods.”