San Diego Region: Bayshore Bikeway Extends Mileage Through City of Chula Vista's Bayfront

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San Diego leaders, bicyclists and residents came together in the city of Chula Vista on Saturday, March 24 to celebrate the completion of a new 1.8-mile segment of the Bayshore Bikeway, which will eventually loop for 24 miles around San Diego Bay. To date, 14.3 miles of the bikeway have been built. The world-class recreational amenity is more than half completed.

Chula Vista Bayfront Bayshore Bikeway

Cyclists ride new portion of Bayshore Bikeway for the first time.

Chula Vista’s portion of the Bayshore Bikeway is an important feature that will add to the recreational diversity in our region as our bayfront is revitalized under the Chula Vista Bayfront Master plan in the coming years.

San Diego leaders, bicyclists and residents came together in the city of Chula Vista on Saturday, March 24 to celebrate the completion of a new 1.8-mile segment of the Bayshore Bikeway, which will eventually loop for 24 miles around San Diego Bay. To date, 14.3 miles of the bikeway have been built. The world-class recreational amenity is more than half completed.

“This new segment of the Bayshore Bikeway offers bicyclists a safe and scenic route to explore the Chula Vista bayfront,” said County Supervisor Greg Cox. “You can visit Chula Vista, get a little biking in and then enjoy beautiful San Diego Bay. That’s not a bad way to spend a day.”

The new 1.8-mile segment – located entirely in the city of Chula Vista – cost $1.8 million to build. It begins on H Street and ends on Palomar Street, running along Bay Boulevard and an inactive railroad right-of-way through property and easements owned by the San Diego Unified Port District, San Diego Gas & Electric, the Metropolitan Transit System and Community Health Group. The project is funded by federal Transportation Enhancement funds and the regional TransNet half-cent sales tax administered by San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).

“Chula Vista’s portion of the Bayshore Bikeway is an important feature that will add to the recreational diversity in our region as our bayfront is revitalized under the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan in the coming years,” said Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox. “When the parks are expanded, living opportunities are increased and visitor-serving amenities are developed, cyclists from around San Diego will stop here as a destination on their tour around San Diego Bay.”

As part of its commitment to making the San Diego region more bike-friendly, SANDAG has outlined $3.8 billion of investments in bicycle and pedestrian projects and programs by mid-century as part of its 2050 Regional Transportation Plan.

Greg Cox, chair of the SANDAG Bayshore Bikeway Working Group which oversees planning for the bikeway, led the ribbon cutting celebration. Santee Councilmember Jack Dale, Mayor Cheryl Cox and San Diego Port Commissioner Scott Peters also participated.

In late 2012 or early 2013, SANDAG will begin construction on the next segment of the bikeway, a 2.8-mile stretch extending along the east side of San Diego Bay from 32nd Street and Tidelands Avenue in National City to 32nd Street and Harbor Drive in the city of San Diego.

About SANDAG

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is the San Diego region’s primary public planning, transportation, and research agency, providing the public forum for regional policy decisions about growth, transportation planning and construction, environmental management, housing, open space, energy, public safety, and binational topics. SANDAG is governed by a Board of Directors composed of mayors, council members, and supervisors from each of the region’s 18 cities and the county government. Find SANDAG on Facebook at facebook.com/SANDAGregion.

About the City of Chula Vista

The city of Chula Vista is San Diego County’s second largest municipality. Having celebrated its Centennial in October 2011, the city is located just south of downtown San Diego and is home to approximately 247,000 residents. Chula Vista’s geography is composed of 33,024 diverse acres, stretching from San Diego Bay in the West to the San Miguel Mountains in the East. Established neighborhoods, contemporary communities, start-up firms, corporations, nationally recognized entertainment venues, the nation’s only warm weather Olympic Training Center, an award winning Nature Center and a historic downtown all contribute to Chula Vista’s attraction for both families and businesses. Combined with affordability and room to expand, Chula Vista is positioned to continue offering multifaceted opportunities to businesses and residents alike. Find the City of Chula Vista on the official Chula Vista Facebook page at Facebook.com/ChulaVistaCity

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