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San Diego Abandons Advisory Bike Lanes

In a response to a public data request from CBS 8, town says it can now not pursue plans to implement these deliberate for different elements of metropolis.

SAN DIEGO — The City of San Diego has formally put the brakes on its plans to put in Advisory Bike Lanes.

CBS 8 submitted a public data request for a metropolis spreadsheet itemizing the places for the Advisory Bike Lanes.

Editors Note: A earlier model of this story acknowledged that the City denied the request for the record of the Advisory Bike Lanes when in truth City workers did embody a draft record of places. CBS 8 regrets this error.

 In a message, metropolis workers advised CBS 8: 

“[The] list of potential locations to stripe Advisory Bike Lanes (ABL) on streets receiving slurry seal is a draft and not an official guiding document on where ABLs were to be installed. There are currently no plans to place ABLs anywhere in the City of San Diego and this draft is not reflective of future striping projects.”

The metropolis is scrapping the Advisory Bike Lanes after main backlash from Mira Mesa residents who awakened at some point to the brand new road design with none discover.

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The new lanes in Mira Mesa transformed a two-way residential street right into a two-way shared single lane, with bike lanes on all sides of the road. The concept is when cyclists should not current then autos can drive within the bike lane. When cyclists are current, then the automobile wants to permit the automobile touring in the other way to move earlier than going across the bicycle owner:

But Gold Coast residents rapidly complained and town backtracked on the bike-lane plan. 

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Days after CBS 8 broke the story, Mayor Todd Gloria apologized personally to a number of the neighbors for the dearth of notification.

However, metropolis emails obtained by CBS 8 present town had deliberate to put in the controversial lanes in not less than 5 different places all through town. Those places included Point Loma, Liberty Station, Pacific Coast Highway, South Park, and San Ysidro.

Emails additionally present town signed off on the lanes as early as final year. 

“This was the progressive design [Brian Genovese] and I discussed with you,” wrote Everett Hauser, a Program Manager for the City’s Transportation Department in a March 28, 2022 e mail to Department Director Jorge Riveros. “An item was brought to Mobility Board May of last year when we were issuing plans.”

Other emails describe the so-called “damage control” that town launched after the backlash in Mira Mesa.

“We need to do some very quick damage control on this, everyone,” wrote Riveros in a March 28 e mail. “This has crossed multiple divisions here in Transportation, as well as departments, and, again, it doesn’t appear that there is education or a coordinated message or response as the City.”

In the times that adopted, Mayor Todd Gloria’s prime spokesperson Rachel Laing instructed metropolis workers to not launch any particulars on different places the place Advisory Bike Lanes have been slated for.

“I think instead of feeding this whole blame exercise the news is angling for and driving reporters to do man-on-the-street interviews in communities slated for future projects, we need to say that all future projects are on hold until after the appropriate outreach and education is done in those communities,” wrote Laing in an April 4, 2022 e mail. 

“Please do not provide a list of planned projects at this time. In all of our external communications, let’s please acknowledge that we failed to do the needed education on this design that’s widely used but brand new in San Diego and that we’re going to correct our process going forward.”

CBS 8 reached out to town about its choice to desert the controversial bike lane proposal.

In a press release, a metropolis spokesperson confirmed that town has no plans for extra Advisory Bike Lanes within the “near-term future.” The spokesperson added, “Though the ABLs have merit and have been implemented elsewhere with positive results, we realize that this rather new striping design also needs robust community education and buy-in to be most effective. Right now we are focused on connecting San Diego with new bikeways that make mobility safer and helps The City of San Diego achieve our Vision Zero goals.”