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North Park bike lane plan gets boost from 18 local businesses

Posted at 11:49 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 10:40:38-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A plan to add bike lanes along 30th Street in North Park got a boost of support Tuesday from a group of 18 businesses.

“We see protected lanes on 30th Street as just the beginning of the transformation of our streets to truly support biking, walking, and transit as meaningful transportation choices,” read the letter, which was sent to Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Councilmember Chris Ward.

It was signed by the owners of 18 local businesses located near 30th Street, including Modern Times Beer, Union Cowork, Waypoint Public and Bottlecraft.

On Twitter, Modern Times Beer posted the letter, adding “Our world-class businesses deserve world-class streets. We urge the city to stand firm in its commitments to climate, safety, clean air, & thriving business corridors, & stick with Option A.”

Option A would remove street parking along 30th Street from Howard Avenue to Juniper Street. The city estimates 258 parking spaces would be lost in the first stretch from Howard to Upas St. Another 162 parking spaces would also be lost in the second stretch from Upas to Juniper Street.

The removal of the parking spaces would make room for protected bike lanes on both sides of the street and would preserve center turn lanes.

That option has divided the community, however, with opposition coming from other businesses, residents and the North Park Main Street organization.

“Why not meet in the middle?” said Angela Landsberg, executive director of North Park Main Street.

She has been pushing the Mayor’s office for a plan known as “Option B.” That plan would create separate bike lanes but maintain some of the parking by creating “floating” parking spaces between the bike lane and vehicle traffic lanes.