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San Diego, the country's eighth-largest city, according to 2012 population statistics, ranks 33rd in mass-transit use, according to data compiled last week by FiveThirtyEight.com.

The survey, which looked at 290 of the most populated regions in the U.S., compared the number of "unlinked trips," where each time a passenger transfers from one bus, trolley, or train to another is counted as an individual trip; a passenger could therefore rack up multiple "trips" during a single commute (e.g., taking a bus to a trolley station, then a trolley to another stop, then a bus to a destination would count as three trips).

Using this statistic, the San Diego region's 3 million residents logged an average 34.2 public transit trips per year; that places our region below Seaside-Monterey, CA (34.7 trips) and above Las Vegas-Henderson, NV (33.9 trips).

San Diego's average falls far below mass-transit leader New York City (1st, 229.8 trips) and San Francisco, tops in California and second overall at 131.5 trips. The Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim area, featuring similar SoCal suburban sprawl, ranks 15th with an average 54.9 annual trips.

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LovesHillcrest Aug. 4, 2014 @ 11:48 a.m.

Robert, SANDAG believes (or hopes) you will be riding a bike. That's why they're removing one third of the vehicular lanes on Fourth & Fifth avenues through Bankers Hill even though density continues to grow.

Additionally SANDAG is planning to close the University off-ramp at the top of Washington Street to cars -- and make it a bike lane, too.

Motorists have shared this ramp with bikes for decades. Why can't bicyclists share this much-used ramp with those driving?

Has SANDAG notified the drivers who use this ramp with a sign? Sadly, no.


pjamason2 Aug. 4, 2014 @ 11:42 p.m.

Every lane of every north/south street in Bankers Hill was devoted to auto travel or parking. City studies of daily traffic counts showed abundant excess capacity on 4th/5th up to Laurel, so one lane in each direction was converted to a bike lane. Every other lane is still dedicated to autos.

I filmed 5th Ave at rush hour and found absolutely no traffic impact: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEMHrw9RfTI

LovesHillcrest (or is it Hillquest?) and their ilk have claimed ownership of our public roads for motorists only. They declare that no space should be provided for the safety of their fellow residents (and road taxpayers) who choose to bike. That's contradictory to the inclusiveness of the neighborhood.


monaghan Aug. 4, 2014 @ 12:40 p.m.

Good luck to all those cyclists. Better up your personal life insurance. The only safe bike lanes are bikes lanes removed from automobile roadways, not just green-painted paths on the surface of city streets.


pjamason2 Aug. 4, 2014 @ 11:47 p.m.

Since Uptown is already developed, where would the "bike lanes removed from automobile roadways" go? Or are you saying that bicyclists have no right to public streets?

Strange logic, considering motorists only pay for 50% of road costs, and that most bicyclists also drive: http://usa.streetsblog.org/2013/01/23/drivers-cover-just-51-percent-of-u-s-road-spending/


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