North Park resident Pete Zaman bikes every day to get around but said riding isn’t always safe, especially on streets with no bike lanes.
“It causes us to swerve into the car lanes,” said Zaman.
To pave a safer route, the San Diego Association of Governments, also known as SANDAG, is proposing to add more bike lanes in areas including Little Italy, Hillcrest and North Park. One of the proposed streets is University Avenue.
“Already the parking is so tough in Hillcrest,” said Hillcrest restaurant manager Eshan Akbar, who fears that by adding the bike lanes, his customers will lose out on parking spaces.
“I am not sure how important the bike lanes are for safety,” said Akbar.
Aside from safety, City Councilman Todd Gloria said it's also about going green by promoting bicycling instead of driving.
“Additionally, we know the community is going to continue to grow and yet our streets are not wide enough to accommodate additional cars and one of the ways to tackle the traffic is to give folks more options about getting around the neighborhood," he said.
According to SANDAG the plan is still in the early phases and is expected to cost several millions of dollars, which will come out of the county’s regional bike budget.
“It’s a difficult project to balance all of those things so it's important to be out here, in the meeting last night to hear what everyone has to say,” said SANDAG representative Charles Muggs Stoll.
SANDAG developers encourage community members to attend the next Uptown Planning meeting to give their input.