Action Item: Send a Letter in Support of 30th Street Protected Bike Lanes to Mayor Gloria

Plans for the 30th Street Protected Bike Lane Project are on the verge of being implemented. We have been informed by city staff that we can expect repaving to begin in March, after AT&T installs their 5G infrastructure. Some of those who oppose the project are trying to delay the project further in the hopes that they can water down the current plan. Help BikeSD inform Mayor Gloria and his administration that we demand nothing less than the full implementation of a protected cycletrack along 30th street as soon as possible.

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Mayor Todd Gloria and City Council,

I support the implementation of protected bicycle infrastructure on 30th Street in North Park. Thank you for your leadership and efforts to bring these improvements to our community. There are many benefits that these lanes bring, especially for health, environmental, and economic benefits. These myriad benefits extend beyond the bike and scooter riders who use the bike lanes, which can result in safer streets for all, less congestion, and ultimately less competition for already limited parking spaces.

While we recognize the need to use our streets for outdoor dining in the interim while our city endures the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot allow these short-term impacts to delay the City’s progress on creating a city-wide network of safe, protected bicycle infrastructure.

We urge the City of San Diego to continue with the implementation of these long-term improvements to 30th Street in the North Park community. It will enhance the safety of all residents and users of our streets and will ensure that San Diego is more resilient in the face of climate change and more residents can choose to go by bike. Many of the business owners along the 30th Street corridor will benefit from increased business and foot traffic through their stores. There is significant precedent for cycle infrastructure increasing business revenue and not all businesses are against the project.

To help achieve our Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic deaths and achieving our Climate Action Plan mode share goals, investing in protected bikeways along neighborhood commercial streets like 30th Street is critical. Protected bikeways allow safe travel for people of all ages and will allow more people to choose environmentally beneficial mobility options like scooter and bike instead of making a car trip.