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San Diego’s Climate Action Plan To Promote Cycling


“Going green” has become a way of life for many people. Even entire cities are striving to become more eco-friendly in an attempt to save energy and money while improving the quality of life for residents. Mayor Kevin Faulconer has proposed the Climate Action Plan for San Diego. While a big part of the plan is to have the entire city run solely on renewable energy by 2035, advocates say that in order to reach this goal, the proposal needs to focus on getting residents walking and bicycling.

The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition is hoping to persuade Mayor Faulconer, an avid bicyclist himself, to emphasize the benefits of bike riding. It’s a healthy form of transportation – both for the rider and the environment. Also, implementation of the proposal is expected to reduce the number of cycling accidents in San Diego.

While San Diego has made strides to become a “bike-friendly” city by adding bike lanes bike rental stations throughout the city. But, there is still a lot to do to get people to leave their cars at home and opt to cycle around the city. Right now, only 1 percent of San Diego residents ride their bikes to work. The goal of the city’s Climate Action Plan is to have 6 percent of the city’s residents cycling to work by 2020.

Wider bike lanes have been installed on Fourth and Fifth avenues which noticeably increased ridership. By 2020, 1,000 miles of San Diego roadways are expected to be updated to make them safer for bicyclists. Pedestrian accidents and cycling accidents are a daily occurrence in San Diego, necessitating the need for safer streets.

The basic framework of the Climate Action Plan has been agreed upon, but the exact details are still being ironed out. Plan implementation will require a lot of money and there are many steps that must be taken before the city can meet its goals.  Our blog will continue to provide updates for San Diego’s Climate Action Plan, so check back often.

 

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