SANDAG to Release Draft Transportation Plan

SANDAG Bike Plan

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is set to release the Draft 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) this week. The Draft RTP is the culmination of a two-plus-year planning process and its release triggers a public comment period on the document. The 2050 San Diego Regional Bicycle Plan that was adopted in May of last year is considered an important component of the RTP and the overall transportation strategy for San Diego County going forward:

The San Diego Regional Bicycle Plan was adopted to provide a regional strategy for making the bicycle a useful form of transportation for everyday travel. It was developed to support implementation of the both the Regional Comprehensive Plan (RCP) and Regional Transportation Plan. The RCP calls for more transportation options and a balanced regional transportation system that supports smart growth and a more sustainable region. The RTP calls for a multimodal regional transportation system that includes a regional bicycle network. The Plan provides that network, as well as the programs that are necessary to support it.

San Diego Regional Bicycle Plan [PDF] →

3 Responses to “SANDAG to Release Draft Transportation Plan”

  • Chuck Lowery says:

    As a former Oceanside City Council member and current participant in the City of Oceanside Bicycle Committee, I love the cover photo of the SANDAG bike plan. I must say that the word “cover” really applies to SANDAG as they continue to push their “more freeway expansion” agenda at the expense of other transportation choices. Even though they will accept resident-taxpayer comments as required by law, they are not interested in listening to us.

    So much potential, so little implementation. NOTE that we must continue to give input into our needs but until we replace those elected to represent us, we will not be heard.

    Thank you for the excellent work you do to keep us all informed, and for the beautiful photos.

  • Chris Morfas says:

    Pending regional plans in San Diego, Sacramento and elsewhere call for billions of dollars to be invested in bike facilities over the coming decades. This will create new opportunities to ride.

    Modifying land use decisions so that people live closer to where they work or shop will also make bicycling a more feasible option for many short trips.

    Still to be tackled is automobile speed. How we treat cars may be just as important for bicycling as how we treat bikes.

  • Ira Kinro says:

    The draft RTP sounds great, but lacks detail. The Bike Plan has a little detail, but mostly directs people to their municipal plan. The municipal plans are bound by the Caltrans Highway Design Manual. This rules out experiments like floating parking. Also, bike lanes will continue to disappear mid trip because certain sections of road are deemed to not need bike lanes. There’s this wacky idea that making the road a little wider and labeling it “bike route” provides continuity in the bicycle network. I think anyone can look at a bike lane disappearing in the middle of their ride and know that there is not continuity. The devil is in the details. The government has its own definitions of “bicycle network” and “continuity”. Good luck us. There’s a lot of work ahead.

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