February 23, 2024
A household utilizing a bicycle lane on thirtieth Road. Courtesy Metropolis of San Diego

The U.S. Division of Transportation Wednesday awarded San Diego a $2.25 million grant as a part of the federal Secure Streets and Roads for All Program to assist fund two pedestrian and bicycle security plans.

“I need to thank the Biden-Harris Administration and Secretary Pete Buttigieg for this funding in our metropolis,” Mayor Todd Gloria mentioned. “These {dollars} will enable us to replace our Bike Grasp Plan to make sure we’re increasing climate-friendly transportation choices and enhancing the security of our bicycle community.”

“As well as, this funding will enable us to develop an Accessible Pedestrian Connections and Security Plan that can assist us enhance pedestrian entry and security north of Interstate 8,” he added.

Created within the Bipartisan Infrastructure Regulation, the Secure Streets and Roads for All Program is a aggressive, discretionary grant program centered on enhancing pedestrian security.

That is the second consecutive yr that San Diego has acquired funding from this system. Final yr, the town acquired $680,000 to develop a Complete Pace Administration Plan, Traditionally Deprived Neighborhood Fast Construct Program and Sluggish Streets Program.

“This funding will probably be used to establish infrastructure enchancment initiatives with preliminary design that may then be used to use for future grant funding, spreading this funding even additional to enhance our metropolis and meet our Local weather Motion Plan and Imaginative and prescient Zero targets,” mentioned Alyssa Muto, director of the town’s Division of Sustainability and Mobility.

Particularly, the grant funding will advance and increase the:

  • Accessible Pedestrian Connections and Security Plan to “map pedestrian connectivity areas and establish key accessibility and safety-related deficiencies alongside pedestrian networks in communities north of Interstate 8,” constructing on comparable grant-funded work that’s already programmed within the southern a part of the town, officers mentioned.
  • Bike Grasp Plan Replace to assist the town meet present and anticipated wants of its bike lane community, together with “a give attention to protected routes for youngsters in native colleges, create engineering designs for key places in alignment with Imaginative and prescient Zero, and to enhance the present bicycle community with improved bike parking alternatives,” the town assertion reads.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.