San Diego has bridged — or rather underpassed — one of the key gaps in its bike path intended to let the city's residents cycle and hike from the ocean to the mountains along a dedicated trail beside the San Diego River.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer cut the ribbon on April 21 on a quarter-mile section of purpose-built pathway under the SR-163 freeway where it crosses the San Diego River.
The project cost $1.8 million and took 12 years to bring to fruition. It was funded out of a one-half-of-one-percent local sales tax whose revenue is earmarked for traffic congestion reducing projects.
The bike path is part of the city's master plan to get more residents to switch their cars for bikes. The 17-and-a-half mile San Diego River Trail will eventually connect Ocean Beach to Mission Trails and Santee further east.
There are still gaps remaining in the pathway. The next one to be tackled is at the Q in downtown San Diego. This will be followed by one near Grantville, then a connection between Mission Trails and Santee. These are expected to take three to five years to complete.