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
That the Bayshore Bikeway is enormously important to the
people of San Diego is evident in the fact that it keeps growing and improving
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
"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
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.
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.
If you're in San Diego go over to Coronado - ride almost down to Mexico, now this is scenic!
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