News Release

05.03.2023 | News Release

SANDAG and San Diego County Supervisor Chairwoman Nora Vargas was by joined San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, Imperial Beach Mayor Paloma Aguirre, California Transportation Commissioner Clarissa Falcon, and local leaders and bike advocates in San Ysidro on Thursday morning to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Border to Bayshore Bikeway project. 

“The Border to Bayshore Bikeway will safely connect the world's busiest land border crossing at the San Ysidro Port of Entry to the Bayshore Bikeway,” said SANDAG Chairwoman Vargas. “This community infrastructure project is just one steppingstone in SANDAG’s vision to ensure there are alternative modes of transportation for people of all ages and abilities traveling to and from Mexico.”

The new 6.7-mile bikeway will connect the international San Ysidro Port of Entry to the Imperial Beach portion of the 24-mile Bayshore Bikeway. This project will focus on safety improvements including adding neighborhood traffic circles, separating bike lanes from vehicle traffic, making bus stops larger to accommodate transit users, and adding speed bumps and curb extensions to make streets safer for everyone. The bikeway will also provide enhanced access to several Trolley stations and will improve multimodal travel options across the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Breaking ground on the Border to Bayshore Bikeway is an important step in creating more accessible options for people who walk, bike, drive or take transit in and around South County,” said Mayor Gloria. “The Border to Bayshore Bikeway will provide first- and last-mile connections, bringing us closer to making travel around our region safer for all of us.”

The Border to Bayshore Bikeway is part of the Regional Bike Plan Early Action Program, an initiative approved by the SANDAG Board of Directors in 2013. As part of the initiative, SANDAG committed to building 77 miles of high-quality streets and bikeways in the regional network. 

“Historically underserved communities deserve and need major infrastructure improvements like this,” said Mayor Aguirre. “The Border to Bayshore Bikeway will not only provide the public with additional transportation options but will help improve local air quality and the quality of life in surrounding neighborhoods.” 

"Investments in projects like the Border to Bayshore Bikeway are critical to our building out our active transportation network, ensuring California continues its mission to achieve our greenhouse gas reduction targets,” said Commissioner Falcon. “And we are not done, we will continue to work with partners like SANDAG to secure funds that will pave the way for our future generations to make lasting sustainable and equitable changes for every resident.”

“With more than $10 million in funding from the State Active Transportation Program, this project is the realization of many state transportation initiatives to create safer complete streets and multimodal choices, increase biking and walking, enhance public health, address air quality and climate action, and reconnect communities within our strong binational border region,” said Caltrans District 11 Director Gustavo Dallarda.

The $18.6 million Border to Bayshore Bikeway is funded by a combination of federal and state funding, including $10.2 million from the California Transportation Commission's Active Transportation Program. TransNet, the regional half-cent sales tax for transportation, also contributed to the bikeway which is anticipated to open to the public in 2025.

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