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New proposal for bike-friendly San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The City Council Monday will consider adopting a Bicycle Master Plan that envisions the creation of a citywide bike network in San Diego over the next 20 years.

The plan would expand the existing bikeways network, define high priority projects, encourage bicycling as a transportation mode, increase funding sources and improving safety for commuter and recreational cyclists, according to Councilwoman Sherri Lightner's office.

Councilwoman Lorie Zapf backs the plan, as do the two mayoral runoff candidates, David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer, also support the plan.

Alvarez plans to ride a bike to work -- which he does frequently -- with Andy Hanshaw, the executive director of San Diego Bicycle Coalition, Samantha Ollinger of BikeSD and other bicycle advocates.

Faulconer held a news conference with Hanshaw last week to express his support.

According to city documents, the goals are to make cycling a viable travel choice, particularly for trips of of less than five miles, create a safe and comprehensive local and regional bikeway network, and improve environmental quality, public health, recreation, and mobility benefits through increased cycling.

Currently, the city has approximately 72 miles of off-street paved bike paths, 309 miles of bike lanes and 113 miles of bike routes. Another 16 miles of freeway shoulders are open to bicycling.

The Master Plan under consideration recommends an additional 595 miles of bicycle travel areas. The city has also been redesigning bike lanes over the past year in order to enhance safety.

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