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Discussion on the Park Boulevard bike path project

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SAN DIEGO — Residents of University Heights heard from city leaders on Thursday about plans to redevelop busy Park Boulevard, including new designated bike lanes.

Cycle path projects are underway throughout the city, with sometimes mixed receptions.

City staff attended the University Heights Community Association virtual meeting to present plans for Park Boulevard and answer any questions.

“We’re making changes to make sure these projects don’t surprise people in the future, even though they were released and adopted plans that gained community support years ago,” said Randy Wilde, Senior Policy Advisor for the City of San Diego.

Progress can already be seen on Park Boulevard, which was recently resurfaced.

“As someone who rides every day, I’m all for more bike infrastructure,” said University Heights resident Brian Smith.

Area residents, however, said they have mixed feelings about the reconfiguration of the main downtown community corridor.

“I’m not sure if these are improvements,” said Renée Gregorio.

Although the street has been resurfaced, the lanes have yet to be redrawn, which has caused confusion among motorists. According to the city, the re-striping will take place over the next few weeks.

Eventually, the project – which focuses on the area between Adams Avenue and University Avenue – will feature separate areas for bicycles, loading and parking, and vehicular traffic.

“Me being a biker, I think bike lanes are pointless because there are already so many alternative streets you can take that aren’t as busy,” Dwayne Pesquira said.

While most don’t take issue with the bike lanes themselves, responders said they weren’t a fan of the loss of dozens of parking spaces.

“Parking is the big problem,” added Gregorio. “I feel bad for traders.”

According to the city’s transportation department, about 88 parking spaces will be lost as a result of the updates.

The Park Boulevard project is considered a high priority by the city and is part of the Cycling Master Plan, which has been ongoing and updated since 2002.