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City’s Climate Action Plan calls for a five percent increase in biking commuters by 2020

While reading the newspaper or listening to the news, San Diego residents are likely to read or see stories about climate change. Signs of climate change are especially apparent in California, where residents are experiencing hotter temperatures and severe draught.

In response many San Diego area residents who are concerned about the pollution and emissions caused by motor vehicles, are choosing alternative forms of transportation. Biking, walking and using mass transit are all important alternative modes of transportation that, according to several advocacy groups, must receive more funding.

As part of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan, city Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Council members have outlined a basic framework which includes the goal of increasing the percentage of San Diego residents who commute via bike from one to six percent by 2020. In order to achieve this and other goals related to alternative transportation, members from several advocacy groups recently called upon the Mayor to take action now and increase funding for additional and improved infrastructure including bicycle lanes and pedestrian walkways.

To illustrate the need for such improvements, the nonprofit group Circulate San Diego reports that, on a daily basis, an average of three bicyclists or pedestrians are hit by motor vehicles. Injuries that result from these types of accidents are often severe and debilitating and may even be fatal.

While San Diego has made some improvements to existing infrastructure to promote biking and walking, advocacy groups contend there is still a long way to go to meet Climate Action Plan goals. We'll continue to discuss this issue in future posts.

 

Source: Fox 5, "Group calls on city to budget for alternative transit," April 7, 2015

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