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Faulconer, Gloria announce 7-mile bike loop

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The City of San Diego has created a network of dedicated bike lanes and routes that connect Little Italy, the Gaslamp Quarter and Balboa Park, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Council President Todd Gloria announced Tuesday.

"The San Diego Bike Loop is a big step forward in our push to create a more bike-friendly city," Faulconer told reporters. "These are the type of low-cost projects that have a huge impact on our neighborhoods, and we're going to be doing a lot more of them in the future."

The 7.3-mile circuit includes views of San Diego Bay and brings riders near attractions like the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum, Seaport Village, Petco Park, and the new Central Library and Waterfront Park at the County Administration Center.

"Our streets are a key part of our public infrastructure," Gloria said. "They are not just for cars. They are for people. With more people choosing biking not only as a form of exercise but as a real transportation option, providing safe bikeways is a smart investment."

Way-finding symbols -- a bicycle within a circle, with an arrow atop the circle -- have been painted on streets so cyclists and casual riders can easily identify and traverse the course.

The project also includes a stretch in Bankers Hill where a vehicle lane was replaced with a dedicated bike lane on both Fourth and Fifth avenues.

According to a brochure produced by the city, officials chose slower, less-traveled roadways to create a safer riding experience.

The document, which includes a map and mileage information, can be found online at www.sandiego.gov/tsw/pdf/bikeloopmapbrochure.pdf.

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