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Grand Jury: San Diego should be more bike-friendly

SAN DIEGO — There is room for improvement when it comes to making San Diego a bike-friendly city, according to a new reportphoto from a San Diego County Grand Jury.

Bicycling advocates are praising the report — saying it hits all the issues.  In particular, the need for improving “substandard” bicycle paths and lanes.

“Often bike paths and lanes are the worst in terms of potholes, trash building up. We need to maintain the facilities we have while building more,” said Kevin Wood with the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition.

Wednesday night, more than two dozen bicyclists gathered in South Clairemont for The Ride of Silence — with riders biking about 10 miles to honor those killed in cycling accidents.

“We do have a right to be on the road.  It is important we have the opportunity to ride.  It’s good for our health, it’s good for the community, it’s good for the earth,” said cyclist Jim Baross.

10 comments

  • Mike

    I'm surprised more aren't killed. Thats BS, these guys ride next to each other going slower then prevailing traffic. They don't obey traffic laws, saw a bike continue thru a red light and just miss a mom and two little kids in the crosswalk, a lifeguard truck next to me at the light chased him down and issued a ticket. We drove by and honked as other cars did as well, what a smuck. I think more tickets should be issued .

    • billdsd

      I see motorists breaking the law hundreds of times every time I'm out on the roads and endangering others with great regularity. Last night we had some motorized street racers cause a big crash that hurt innocent bystanders. What's the difference? Oh yeah, the bicyclists do a lot less damage due to their lower speeds and dramatically lower mass.

      There is no law against bicyclists riding side by side in California.

      Bicyclists are not required to ride faster than a speed that they can reasonably maintain. You need to learn how to change lanes to pass like someone who actually knows how to drive.

  • guest

    Huh, and all this time I thought the roads were built for cars. There's a bike path around Mission Bay that no one ever uses. They're all in the street. Until the existing infrastructure is maximized I say screw 'em.

  • Dee

    As soon as their bike riders pay gasoline taxes like the rest of us…they have a point. Otherwise…stuff it.

    • billdsd

      Fuel taxes don't grant the right to use the road. Fuel taxes also go primarily to state and federal highways. Local roads get the majority of their funding from general fund taxes that everyone pays, especially sales and property taxes.

    • billdsd

      California state law, CVC 21200(a) says that bicyclists have the right to use the road. Your ignorant delusions are irrelevant.

  • Jerry

    Bicyclists generally show very little respect or regard for pedestrians or vehicles. They have an entitlement mentality that is often responsible for incredibly unsafe conditions. No one has the "right" to use our roadways. It is a privilege afforded by gasoline taxes paid by some of the roadway users. Bicyclists should want to have their compatriots licensed in the interest of safety for everyone.

    • billdsd

      Bicyclists aren't any more disrespectful than motorists. Really, motorists tend to be the most disrespectful road users I have encountered in any mode of transport whether I am driving or riding or walking. A lot of motorists are nothing but bullies who threaten anyone who they think that they can get away with bullying.

      Fuel taxes do not grant the right to use the road. They don't even pay for the majority of funding of roads that are not state or federal highways.

      Most adult bicyclists are licensed drivers already.

      The real problem here is that YOU have an entitlement mentality and you believe that you own the road. The law says that bicyclists have a right to be on the road and that you have to drive safely around them. It's easy to do but still you complain as if your basic human rights have been violated.

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