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Another New Section Opened, San Diego Keeps on Rolling Along Bayshore Bikeway

Ever since the first leg of the Bayshore Bikeway in San Diego Bay, Calif. was built in 1976, this much-loved pathway has been an integral part of life in this city. Looping around San Diego Bay, this pathway has been the catalyst for the growth in walking and biking in this sunny, seaside community, serving residents and commuters as well as it does tourists and Sunday strollers.

That the Bayshore Bikeway is enormously important to the people of San Diego is evident in the fact that it keeps growing and improving every year.

Late last month, a new 1.8-mile segment of the Bayshore Bikeway was opened. Located entirely in the city of Chula Vista, this new section of the bikeway begins at H Street, runs along Bay Boulevard and an inactive railroad right-of-way, and ends at Palomar Street. The segment will allow users to explore the city's beautiful bay-front area. This is the first step to completing the bikeway on the east side of the San Diego Bay.

San Diego residents joined local leaders such as San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox, Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox, Santee Mayor Jack Dale, and San Diego Port Commissioner Scott Peters in a ribbon-cutting celebration in Chula Vista, March 24.

Last year, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) named Supervisor Cox one of 25 Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champions, recognizing his remarkable contribution to the nation's rail-trail network.

RTC Western Region Office continues to be impressed by the development of the Bayshore Bikeway, as one of the state's premier rail-trails and a vital piece of the region's active transportation network.

"We are thrilled that the Bayshore Bikeway has rounded the south end of the Bay and is headed toward completion along the east side," says RTC's Western Regional Office Director Laura Cohen. "It is certainly one of the most scenic urban rail-trails in the country. Congratulations to Chula Vista, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), and Supervisor Greg Cox, who has demonstrated unflagging dedication to the bikeway for many years."

When completed, the Bayshore Bikeway will extend 24 miles around San Diego Bay, passing scenic points and employment sites, providing opportunities for recreation, physical activity, and healthy transportation. To date, 14.3 miles have been constructed. SANDAG will begin work on the next 2.8-mile segment from National City to San Diego in late 2012 or early 2013.

Photo of Supervisor (and Rail-Trail Champion) Greg Cox enjoying the new section of the Bayshore Bikeway courtesy of SANDAG.

 


Posted Mon, Apr 30 2012 1:36 PM by Jake Lynch

Comments

Dave Fenner wrote re: Another New Section Opened, San Diego Keeps on Rolling Along Bayshore Bikeway
on Wed, May 9 2012 1:55 PM

I would take issue with the comment by Ms Cohen regarding the scenic trail around the south end of San Diego Bay. In fact it is one of the ugliest rides in San Diego. When they opened the stretch from Imperial Beach to Main Street in Chula Vista, this 1.4 miles on the old rail path COULD have been very scenic. Instead, they insisted on building a 7 ft high wire fence on both sides of the trail. It has the effect of putting the rider or hiker in a long tunnel. The view is obscured and the value of using the trail for birding is totally destroyed. It just becomes a place to 'get through' as quickly as possible.  I've not met anyone who thinks that stretch of bike trail is a beautiful or scenic ride.  What a shame, cause it could have been.  The could as easily built the fence, (if needed) at the bottom of the dikes instead of the top, at the same level as the bike path.  This is an example of bureacracy with no vision.

Elizabeth Breuer Stacey wrote re: Another New Section Opened, San Diego Keeps on Rolling Along Bayshore Bikeway
on Thu, May 10 2012 6:17 AM

If you're in San Diego go over to Coronado - ride almost down to Mexico, now this is scenic!

 

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