Wednesday, July 26, 2017

SANDAG Howard-Orange Bikeway Open House

Open House and Public Hearing on July 27
Traffic and Safety Assessment Published July 12

Date/Time:  Thursday, July 27, 6 - 8 p.m. 
                     6 - 6:45 p.m. Open House
                     6:45 - 8 p.m. Public Hearing
Location:     Lafayette Hotel
                     Mississippi Ballroom
                     2223 El Cajon Blvd
                     San Diego, CA 92104

About the project
The Howard – Orange Bikeway is one of six segments planned as part of the 13-mile North Park | Mid-City Bikeways. The proposed project would provide bikeways on existing urban roadways in the North Park and Mid-City (City Heights) communities of the City of San Diego, and also connect to adjacent Uptown and Eastern communities. The purpose of the proposed project is to make it more convenient, attractive, and safe for people to ride bikes. The proposed project also would benefit people who walk and drive by making roadways safer for all users.

The proposed Howard – Orange Bikeway will be 3.3 miles and will run along Howard Avenue, between Park Boulevard and 32nd Street, and along Orange Avenue between 32nd Street and Estrella Avenue.

Public Hearing and Traffic and Safety Assessment
This open house and public hearing marks an important step for the Howard – Orange Bikeway project. SANDAG, as the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), will hold a public hearing to hear comments on the proposed project. The public hearing will be held from 6:45 to 8 p.m., at which time attendees may provide verbal comments on the project. 

SANDAG published a Traffic and Safety Impact Assessment for the project on July 12, 2017. Preparation of this assessment is required before the SANDAG Board of Directors can make a determination that the proposed project is exempt from CEQA under Public Resources Code Section 21080.20.5.

The public hearing will be preceded by an open house from 6 to 6:45 p.m. showcasing project features and updates, including the results of the Traffic and Safety Impact Assessment. During the open house portion of the meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to talk with project team members and provide feedback. The SANDAG Transportation Committee is anticipated to consider whether the proposed project is exempt from CEQA at its September 15, 2017 meeting. Comments collected at the public hearing and open house and written responses to those comments will be provided to the Transportation Committee for its consideration prior to their September 15, 2017 meeting.

To learn more about the project, please visit KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/HowardOrangeBikeway.

Free bike valet parking will be provided at this event. Let us know if you plan to attend the open house and public hearing by visiting our Facebook event page. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Saturday, July 8: Tour De Fat Bicycle Parade & Music Festival

Tour de Fat Bicycle Parade is happening again this year. Since the music festival has changed from a free event in Golden Hill to a ticketed event at Waterfront Park, the bicycle parade has changed. This year the parade is still all ages, but will meet at Panama 66 at 2:30pm down and work down to Waterfront Park.

After the parade, gates to the Tour De Fat Festival open at 4pm. It is ticketed at $25 a person and is 100% 21+.

Saturday, July 8, 2017
4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Waterfront Park
1600 Pacific Hwy
San Diego, CA

Run of Show:
4:00 p.m. – Doors Open
4:20 p.m. – FIRE LEOPARD
4:40 p.m. – Fashion Show: Great costumes deserve great admiration. The fashion show is open to all who want to show off their Tour de Fat costume on the catwalk.
5:25 p.m. – The Verigolds
6:25 p.m. – Slow Ride: Race your fellow Tour de Fat-goers in a bike race where the last person to cross the finish line is the winner. The catch: if you put a foot down, you’re out.
6:40 p.m. – Ssssnake
7:00 p.m. – Dance Contest: Here’s your chance to strut your stuff. The winner walks away with a New Belgium cruiser bike!
7:30 p.m. – The Naked and Famous
9:00 p.m. – Adios! (curfew)

Roaming Throughout the Show – The Sputnik Stage: The world’s first satellite stage! A one-of-a-kind, Vaudeville Nouveau-meets-classic melodrama, Tim Burton-meets-Wile E. Coyote, all-American, one-quarter European, contraption-riddled, character-driven, risk-taking, expectation-breaking, circus-infused, standing-ovation-inducing, theatrical extravaganza!

Benefiting: San Diego Bicycle Coalition
The mission of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition is to advocate for and protect the rights of all people who ride bicycles. The organization promotes bicycling as a mainstream, safe, and enjoyable form of transportation and recreation. The funds generated from Tour de Fat support SDCBC in providing free community bicycle education courses to encourage more people to ride in their daily lives and awareness for safe streets and bicycle infrastructure.

San Diego Mountain Bike Association
The mission of the San Diego Mountain Bike Association is to advocate for outdoor recreational access throughout San Diego County, foster respect for the environment and educate trail users in safe and appropriate mountain biking use, provide expert assistance in sustainable trail design, building, and maintenance and work with other trail user groups, land managers, and policy makers to develop fair and responsible policies governing the use of public and private lands. The funds generated from Tour de Fat will allow SDMBA to rise to a new level of member service, communications, and more efficient operations.

Tickets: $25 +fees
Tickets are first come first served and are available for purchase in advance online
Donations for non-profit will be accepted at the show

For more information about the Tour de Fat San Diego stop, performers, or to purchase tickets, visit newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/city/san-diego.

About New Belgium Brewing
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire and the new Fat Tire Belgian White coming August 2017, New Belgium brews fourteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Citradelic Lime Ale, Voodoo Ranger IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale, Dayblazer Easygoing Ale, Tartastic Lemon Ginger Ale, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Bohemian Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale, Trippel and a gluten-reduced line, Glutiny Pale Ale and Glutiny Golden Ale. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.