News and other links from San Diego

  • As you may have heard, the mayoral candidate who wanted to make San Diego more bike friendly lost the primary election. Bob Filner has already begun the discussion to make San Diego more bikeable. Will Carl DeMaio do the same?
  • Our regional planning agency, SANDAG, would like you to know that San Diego is pedal powered.

    The video smells a lot like Fresno’s “Biking = Joy” effort except San Diego’s video lacks the natural feel that was evident in Fresno’s public service video. Perhaps in an effort to stave off any possible complaint from the overly cautious San Diegan, every single rider in the video is wearing a helmet and riding in a way that no one really does in San Diego. In an attempt to have us visualize a brighter future, the streets in the video are free of potholes and heavy auto traffic. One part of the video appears to show riders on MLK Promenade where bikes are currently not welcome. But overall it is a good effort and I commend SANDAG for it as they’ve come far from their “Lose the Roaditude” days. Perhaps they can include this in promoting the next update of the Regional Transportation Plan.
  • Sunset Magazine ranks the Bayshore Bikeway #5 in their list of top 20 best bike paths in the West (via)
  • As proof of how bike infrastructure can result in economic development, Imperial Beach will soon have a “Bikeway Village“, a space with retail, commercial and recreational facilities that will be built around the Bayshore Bikeway in Imperial Beach.
  • Bicycling Magazine releases its list of top 50 bike friendly cities and San Diego is not on it.
  • San Diego Magazine is giving away a Jamis commuter bike.
  • Paul Jamason visits Santa Monica and christens it Bike Utopia.
  • Goat heads continue to sow the seeds of frustration to all those who ride along Vulcan Avenue in Leucadia
  • Hate riding down Washington Street and fear death? You are not alone.