SANDAG’s regional bikeway program delayed a year, $79 million over budget

By Joshua Emerson Smith : sandiegouniontribune – excerpt

The San Diego Association of Governments plans to complete 70 miles of bike lanes and other traffic improvements throughout the region by 2024 at a cost of $279 million.

A $200 million plan to build 77 miles of bike lanes and pedestrian improvements throughout the San Diego region by 2023 is now behind schedule and millions of dollars over budget.

Top planning officials with the San Diego Association of Governments — which took up the ambitious project in 2013 — said that unforeseen delays in project approvals and rising construction costs are largely to blame.

In all, SANDAG now expects to construct 70 miles of bike lanes by 2024 at a cost $279 million. Officials said they hope to complete the remaining 7 miles at some point in the future.

“We’re committed to the entire program,” said Linda Culp, principal planner at SANDAG working on the Regional Bikeway Program. “The reality of it is, things happen.”…(more)

Yeah, like forest fires and a population that wants bigger cars to move more stuff faster in an emergency. Bikes are not going to cut it when you need to evacuate the area and as we are seeing, neither will public transit systems. There is a good reason to keep your own vehicle in running order powered up and ready to go. And a reason to keep the streets open to flowing traffic. There are also good reasons to keep open green space between buildings.

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