Photograph by Matthew Bowler
Secure streets advocates are urging San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria to hurry up the development of protected bike lanes all through the town after a month wherein 5 cyclists had been killed in collisions with automobiles on county streets.
A number of dozen cyclists gathered Monday on the northeast nook of Balboa Park, close to the location the place 57-year-old Laura Shinn was struck and killed by a driver as she was biking to work final Tuesday.
Shinn, a distinguished native architect and director of services planning for SDSU, was touring on Pershing Drive, which has been slated to get protected bike lanes for almost a decade. However the venture, which might separate cyclists from visitors with timber and concrete limitations, has been repeatedly delayed.
“She was type and sensible and exquisite,” mentioned Kristen Victor, a buddy and colleague of Shinn’s. “It hits actually near dwelling, as a result of we each advocated for a safer, extra sustainable San Diego.”
The motive force within the crash, who’s suspected of driving whereas excessive on methamphetamine, has pleaded “not responsible” to prices together with homicide and gross vehicular manslaughter.
Different current bike owner deaths embrace Swati Tyagi, a 34-year-old mom and researcher on the Salk Institute, Allen Hunter II, a 75-year-old retired physicist, and 27-year-old Jackson Williams. A fifth bike owner, who was struck and killed on Genesee Avenue in Clairemont final Friday, has not but been publicly recognized.
“We strongly imagine these tragic deaths had been preventable,” mentioned Elizabeth Mayer, applications supervisor for Bike SD, a neighborhood advocacy nonprofit. “The selection to trip shouldn’t value us our lives. That is the time for our authorities leaders to behave faster than ever earlier than.”
Mayer referred to as on Gloria to decide to constructing 25 miles of protected bike lanes yearly. That may be a dramatic improve from the established order — to this point in 2021, the town has constructed lower than two miles of protected bike lanes.
Gloria has not dedicated himself to any timelines, however mentioned in an announcement Monday that even one bike owner loss of life was too many.
“My administration has taken a lot of steps to assist attain our Imaginative and prescient Zero objective of eliminating fatalities and severe accidents on our roads, together with establishing a brand new crew to create bike lanes extra shortly, becoming a member of the Nationwide Affiliation of Metropolis Transportation Officers to be taught and undertake greatest practices, and dealing with SANDAG to cut back the time it takes to course of a motorcycle infrastructure allow by 75%,” Gloria mentioned.
SANDAG, the regional transportation company that’s designing and constructing the Pershing Bikeway, says the venture is anticipated to start out development subsequent 12 months with the bike path opening to the general public in 2024.
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