Making it in San Diego: New bike lanes expected to ease traffic around city

Council approves 40 new bike lanes/paths

SAN DIEGO (KGTV): As part of an effort to make San Diego more bicycle-friendly and ease traffic in high congestion areas, Monday the San Diego City Council gave the go-ahead on the construction of 40 new bike lanes and paths.

The 40 areas were identified as high priority needs in San Diego's Bicycle Master Plan. It will add 65 miles of bicycle infrastructure at a cost of $34.7 million.

Maps of the proposed "High Priority Projects" can be found here.

Local cyclists welcomed the news.

"I think there are enough commuters and enough people riding around, taking anything but a car, you gotta make space for it," says Morgan Burnett, who bikes from Point Loma to the Pacific Highway area every day for work.

"It's really tough," says Armando Zamora. He uses Texas Street to cross the 8 Freeway every day. That's one of the areas expected to get a new bike lane.

"That would be awesome," he says, of not having to share a sidewalk to a street lane. "Otherwise you take a chance on getting hit, and that's not an option for me."

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