San Diego.- A bike lane that begins at the San Ysidro trolley station, a few steps from the border with Tijuana that connects with San Diego Bay is the new infrastructure project of San Diego County.
“The bike path from the border to the bay will safely connect the busiest pedestrian border crossing in the world, the San Ysidro border crossing,” said San Diego County Board of Supervisors President Nora Vargas.
Vargas, who also chairs the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), was at the groundbreaking event by San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria; the mayor of Imperial Beach, Paloma Aguirre and the commissioner of Transportation in California, Clarissa Falcon.
Nora Vargas also highlighted that this infrastructure project responds to SANDAG’s vision of guaranteeing alternative forms of transportation for people of all ages and abilities to travel to and from Mexico.
The bike lane, which will open in 2025, will be 6.7 miles long -10.78 kilometers- and will start at the San Ysidro checkpoint and end at Imperial Beach.
At that point, it will connect with the rest of the San Diego Bay bike path that runs 24 miles -just over 38 kilometers- along the sea and that is already enabled.
The bike path will have roundabouts, lanes other than vehicular lanes, speed bumps, and other types of infrastructure that help provide greater road safety for cyclists.
And in terms of connectivity, there will also be special accesses for the stations of the Trolley transport system.
The project represents an investment of 18.6 million dollars, an amount that results from a combination of federal and state funds.
For his part, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria stressed that this bike path is an important step to create more accessible options for people who walk, bike, drive or take public transportation in South County.
While Paloma Aguirre, mayor of Imperial Beach, one of the communities closest to the border with Tijuana, stressed that this mobility alternative also represents an environmental improvement, including both air quality and quality of life for residents of the colonies that will connect.
Source: Punto Norte