Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Bike Coalition Applauds Approval of Downtown Mobility Plan
Bike Coalition Applauds Approval of Downtown Mobility Plan Plan to significantly improve quality of life in downtown San Diego SAN DIEGO, June 21, 2016 – Today, San Diego City Council approved a precedent-setting initiative for improving quality of life in downtown San Diego: The downtown mobility plan. The plan aims to address rapid downtown growth by implementing a cohesive network of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to connect downtown San Diego with its surrounding neighborhoods and encourage more biking and walking in place of driving cars. The San Diego County Bike Coalition, an organization advocating for and protecting the rights of all people who ride bicycles, applauds City Council’s commitment to taking the initiatives to make San Diego a world-class city that addresses its anticipated growth and air pollution issues with contemporary solutions. “The health of our region depends on decreasing the use of cars and giving residents the opportunity to choose life on two wheels – and feeling safe while doing so is the key,”says Andy Hanshaw, executive director of the Bike Coalition. “With 90,000 people expected to live downtown by the year 2030, our city desperately needs this long-term solution for increasing mobility without increasing car use.” The downtown mobility plan supports the City of San Diego’s climate action plan -- which calls for increasing the number of people commuting by bike from one percent to 18 percent by the year 2035 -- as well as federal air-quality standards and state-mandated greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. According to Hanshaw, the key to reaching these well-intentioned goals is to build better bike infrastructure that makes anyone choosing two-wheeled travel feel safe. With today’s approval, the City plans to incorporate the downtown mobility plan into its budget – a process Hanshaw and local bike commuters hope to see move quickly to get San Diego rolling on its path toward becoming a modernized transportation city nationwide. For more information on the San Diego Bike Coalition and making San Diego a better place to ride bikes, please visit www.sdbikecoalition.org. ### San Diego County Bike Coalition is a nonprofit organization that advocates for and protects the rights of all people who ride bicycles. They promote bicycling as a mainstream, safe and enjoyable form of transportation and recreation. For more information, please visit www.sdbikecoalition.org.
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