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New Protected Bike Lanes Still Pose Danger To Riders

A car is parked in a red zone on J Street blocking newly installed bike lanes in downtown San Diego, Dec. 31 2018.
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A car is parked in a red zone on J Street blocking newly installed bike lanes in downtown San Diego, Dec. 31 2018.

The city of San Diego is working to install new "cycle tracks" in parts of downtown. Cycle tracks — designated bike lanes — are meant to be protected either by parked cars or some type of barrier.

On J Street there are sections of road that have the new bike lanes, but do not have protective barriers. There are red curbs to deter cars, but people are still parking in the no parking zones.

New Protected Bike Lanes Still Pose Danger To Riders

A number of vehicles are still parking on J Street in the red-zoned bike lanes including a garbage truck, ride share drivers and a San Diego Police SUV.

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Despite some vehicles parked in the red zones, cyclists said they are happy to have the new dedicated bike lanes.

"Some of the streets are still bicycle shared with cars," said John Smith, who is from Carmel Valley. "But many times the cars don’t share — but here’s a totally separate lane which is much much better ... I mean you’re losing a little bit of parking but there’s other parking in the city. It’s been a problem to begin with. More bicyclists, less parking needed."

The new lanes have bicycle specific traffic signals. We reached out to San Diego Police to see if anyone has been ticketed for parking in the new lanes but it is unclear at this time.

The city said it plans to install barriers to separate traffic from the bike lanes soon.

New Protected Bike Lanes Still Pose Danger To Riders
On J Street there are sections of road that have the new bike lanes, but do not have protective barriers.

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