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Controversial shared bike lanes repaved in Mira Mesa by city

The determination to color over the lanes comes after days of concern from residents who say they had been left utterly in the darkish in regards to the determination making course of.

SAN DIEGO — After days of protest from residents in Mira Mesa over controversial shared bike lanes, Friday Mayor Todd Gloria introduced the city will return Gold Coast Drive to the best way it was earlier than. 

Starting April 11, the city will take away the one lane down the middle of the street for site visitors going each instructions, and substitute it with a double yellow line. It will take away the advisory bike lanes.

“There was no community outreach, there was no transparency, and for that we missed the mark, it’s a mistake, that’s why we’re undoing it,” stated Mayor Gloria.

He went door to door Friday morning, speaking to neighbors and passing out fliers, informing them the street would return to regular.

“I’m happy it’s going back,” stated resident Dawn Dornberg.  “I was really surprised, I didn’t expect it to happen so soon its a win, its nice.”

However, Mayor Gloria made it clear that he believes advisory bike lanes will likely be part of San Diego in the long run.

“I think it’s not likely to be on [the same stretch of Gold Coast Drive], but it will appear in other parts of the city,” stated Mayor Gloria. “The difference will be that we’ll inform the community in advance, we’ll work with them to see if this is the appropriate treatment for that particular stretch of land.”

Earlier this week CBS 8 went out to Gold Coast Drive to get solutions. We discovered that even city councilmembers didn’t know what was taking place. “We thought it was a mistake by the striping crew,” stated Councilman Chris Cate who represents the realm. 

“I’ve by no means seen these lanes in my life. I’ve by no means been briefed on it, informed about it,” Cate stated.

CBS 8 is working for you, so we stored digging to seek out out why the lanes confirmed up with out warning.

What CBS 8 found is that the City’s transportation division was in cost of the project. 

The city chosen Mira Mesa for its preliminary installment of advisory bike lanes, the place drivers touring in reverse instructions on Gold Coast Drive share a single, heart lane.

“Gold Coast in Mira Mesa is an identified bike route,” stated city’s transportation division supervisor, Everett Hauser through the 2021 meeting.

The advisory bike lanes had been put in on Gold Coast Drive, apparently, with no public remark and no public vote.

CBS 8 requested a city spokesperson how somebody may drop the ball on one thing as necessary as notifying neighbors that drivers will instantly being heading straight at one another. “You’re right,” stated Jose Ysea. “It’s a major miscommunication.”

Ysea says the transportation division was imagined to notify residents earlier than the striping occurred, however one way or the other that slipped by way of the cracks.

Now they’re placing up indicators, however these are complicated too. Neighbors concern somebody goes to get critically damage. “I almost got hit yesterday,” stated Mike Damron, who has lived in the realm for 40 years. “I was going down toward the 7-Eleven and a guy fame speeding down the middle and I actually had to turn right away just to avoid getting hit.”

The City says extra of those advisory bike lanes are coming, however they didn’t say the place or when.

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