San Diego Added 39 Miles of Buffered Bike Lanes in the Last Year

The city of San Diego has built a network of buffered bike lanes in the last year. Photo: Adrian Granda

The city of San Diego built miles of buffered bike lanes in the last fiscal year. Photo: Adrian Granda via BikeSD

San Diego has a deserved reputation for being not the friendliest place to ride a bike in the state of California.

This map shows the location of the new lanes. Image: BikeSD

This map shows the location of new bike lanes. Image: BikeSD

But lately the city has made some admirable strides. Sam Ollinger at BikeSD reports on San Diego’s relatively big year in bike infrastructure:

Donald Pornan, who works at the city’s Transportation and Storm Water Department, said that his department oversaw the implementation of 39.1 miles of buffered bike lanes.

It’s great the city is upgrading the sort of bike infrastructure they implement in the city and moving beyond the standard, boring (and often unpleasant to ride in) striped bike lanes.

There is still so much work to be done: taming driver speeds on city streets, and redesigning those many many freeway interchanges that pit fast moving vehicles against slower moving traffic like pedestrians and riders. But it is nice to see the city move forward (even if at a snail’s pace) in making bicycling conditions much more pleasant than it used to be.

Elsewhere on the Network today: Human Transit shares a new digital tool that allows anyone to try their hand at transit planning. Systemic Failure notes that new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy rides a bike. And People for Bikes reports that, contrary to stereotypes, cycling is skyrocketing among older Americas.