New bike lanes designed to boost cyclist safety

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SAN DIEGO – San Diego city leaders are increasing efforts to make the city more bicycle-friendly.

Recently, green bike lanes were installed in several different neighbors and at intersections considered “conflict zones.” Cars and bicycles have collided at many of those intersections.

“Sadly, we’ve lost some lives,” said Bruce Shank of Bike SD.

One of the intersections with a new green bike lane is at Montezuma Road and Collwood Boulevard in College Area. In 2012, a man was hit and killed by a car at the intersection.

On Tuesday, Mayor Bob Filner, leaders of Bike SD and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition will officially unveil the new project and announce more details of what is to come.

Shank said the green lane project is meant to slow drivers down and make them more aware of the shared road.

“City streets should be shared and should be designed for everybody,” said Shank. “This is part of inclusive of that design to slow things down a little bit. Keep it safer for everybody on the streets, pedestrians and cyclists.”

The green lanes can be found at several different intersections including Balboa Avenue and Genessee Avenue, along Nimitz Boulevard in Point Loma, along Harbor Drive in front of the Convention Center.

“It means that the city is dedicated to the safety of all of its citizens,” said Shank.

San Diegan Ben Stone said he likes the effort, but hopes even more will be done to help cyclists.

“I think they need to consistently repaint the lines in the roads,” said Stone. “I like the idea for the green paint. I also think they should continue to repair the road where they keep tearing it up and then they repair the middle of the road but not the bike lanes which would be really helpful.”


  • Bike Enthusiast

    Re: "One of the intersections where the new green bike lane has been installed is at the intersection of Montezuma Road and Collwood Boulevard in College Area. In 2012, a man was killed in an accident at the intersection."

    That's incorrect. The man that was killed on Montezuma Road in 2012 was Chuck Gilbreth, and that crash occurred well before the intersection with Collwood. You can see that in the photo in this article about that crash.

  • Larry

    What about the high number of idiot bicycle riders that think they own the road, they seem to have lost total respect for the cars on the road, a lot of them are just asking to get hit. they do not obey the rules of the road. All the bike lanes, paint in the world will not fix this.

    • Bike Enthusiast

      Indeed, improvements in bicyclist behavior is probably the factor with the highest potential of improving bicyclist safety. But improving motorist behavior and dangerous roadway designs certianly can't hurt.

  • Guest

    You want special lanes? Pay for you, take a bike test and pay for a license. Auto drivers pay for the road they use, now it is your turn.

    • Bike Enthusiast

      Motorist license fees and taxes pay for about half of the cost of the roads – the other half comes from general funds which everyone pays, including bicyclists, either directly via property and income taxes, or indirectly through payroll taxes and rent (part of which goes to pay property taxes). Not to mention that most bicyclists are motorists also, and that everyone, including bicyclists, also indirectly pays for motorist fees collected from the trucking transportation industry through higher prices of products and services so delivered. The cost of bicycle-specific infrastructure is less than 1% of all road costs. Finally, the wear and tear introduced by bicyclists is of course negligible compared to that caused by motor vehicles.

      The notion that bicyclists don't pay their "fair share" of the roads and even bike-specific infrastructure is ridiculous. If anything, motorist use of the roads is subsidized by bicyclists.

        • Bike Enthusiast

          Home or renters insurance covers bicyclists and pedestrians. Only motorists need additional MOTOR VEHICLE insurance because of the enormous potential damage they may cause with their multi-ton high speed vehicles.

          Similarly, motorists and motor vehicles must be licensed because of the enormous potential damage they may cause. There is no justification for licensing bicyclists (or pedestrians).

          Bicyclists are free to take classes, including classes with tests. I have, and I passed the tests, thank you very much. But, again, only motorists are required to take such courses and pass such tests… because of the enormous potential damage they may cause to others.

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