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National City Segment of SANDAG’S Bayshore Bikeway Opens To The Public

16 of 24 miles of separated bike path around San Diego Bay are now complete

February 17, 2018-- Local officials and community members celebrated the opening of the San Diego Association of Governments’ newest section of the Bayshore Bikeway in National City on Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a ceremonial ride on the bikeway. 

The National City segment adds one mile to the completed separated bikeway, for a total of 16 miles. When completed, the Bayshore Bikeway will extend 24 miles around San Diego Bay through the cities of Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, and National City -- connecting to Coronado and Downtown San Diego.
 
“SANDAG’s overall goal is to create a network of regional bikeways for riders to safely travel to work, school, or just to get out and enjoy the San Diego region,” said SANDAG Board Member and National City Mayor Ron Morrison. “The Bayshore Bikeway is a significant part of that goal.”

Morrison joined County Supervisor Greg Cox, Port of San Diego Commissioner Robert “Dukie” Valderrama, Naval Base San Diego Commander Captain Roy Love, and San Diego County Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Andy Hanshaw to kick off the celebration.

“Completing this particular segment is important because it runs right past Naval Base San Diego, providing not only a scenic way to travel, but also giving workers at the base a healthy, alternative method to get to and from work,” said Supervisor Cox, chair of SANDAG’s Bayshore Bikeway Working Group.

“We are fortunate to have the Bayshore Bikeway travel through the Port of San Diego’s dynamic waterfront, “said Commissioner Valderrama. “I want to commend SANDAG for leading development of this bike route, which is such an important project for the region. It connects all of the Port cities, providing a clean transportation option, public access to our waterfront and another way to get outdoors and enjoy the San Diego Bay.”

At Saturday’s event, community members were able to get free bike safety checks courtesy of Hub + Spoke Cycleworks and participated in activities hosted by LimeBike, a bicycle-sharing company that operates dockless bicycle-sharing systems locally in Imperial Beach, National City and San Diego.

Attendees also sampled food and beverages from a variety of local vendors, and received free Bayshore Bikeway T-shirts from SANDAG.

In 2006, SANDAG updated the Bayshore Bikeway Plan and identified an alignment that uses railroad, utility, and other public rights-of way.

Construction of the bikeway is paid for by federal, state, and local funds, including the regional TransNet half-cent sales tax for transportation, administered by SANDAG.

To learn more, visit:KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/BayshoreBikeway

About the Bayshore Bikeway Working Group
The Bayshore Bikeway Working Group was established to promote improvements to the 24-mile bikeway around San Diego Bay. It consists of an elected official from the Cities of Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City, and San Diego, and from the County of San Diego. Working Group members on the committee include the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, the Port of San Diego, and a representative of the region's bicycling community.

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