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Creating a business-friendly bicycling district in Uptown

SAN DIEGO -- While a push is on to improve infrastructure to make Uptown more bicycle friendly, cyclists and motorists alike are being reminded they need to follow the rules of the road and drive more defensively.

“Roads are for people, not just for people in cars,” said Jim Baross, a longtime cyclist and chair of the Normal Heights Planning Group. Baross has been involved in cycling-related transportation planning for years.

Andy Hanshaw, executive director of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, agreed with Baross’s sentiment, saying, “Both realize the road needs to be shared. We need continuing education for people who need to learn how to share the road better.” The Coalition is a regional bicycling education and advocacy organization, formed in 1987.

Besides safe streets, Hanshaw also said people today want communities that are friendly to walkers and bikers as well. How to achieve the goal of safe, shared road use between bicyclists, cars and pedestrians has become a transportation challenge.

Read the full story in San Diego Uptown News, a SDGLN media partner, HERE.