April 24, 2009
In 1975, planning for a 24-mile bike route around San Diego Bay began. On April 18th, 2009, amidst mariachi music (courtesy of Southwest High School) and sizzling carne asada, elected officials cut the ribbon on the newest section of the Bayshore Bikeway. As Supervisor Greg Cox stated, “The best ideas come from the community.”
From left to right: Angie, Loreto, Hector, and Leonor Romero.
The 1.1 mile southernmost section of the Bikeway crosses the bay through spectacular wildlife habitats. It protects historic sections of the San Diego railroad, and provides landlubbers a taste of what sailing the San Diego Bay is like. The project was completed six months ahead of schedule by HAR Construction of Chula Vista. HARs owners, Hector and Loreto Romero, beamed with pride, surrounded by their families, as they watched 91-year-old San Diego bicycling activist Gordy Shields ride across the bridge they built.
The Bayshore Bikeway is funded by the half-cent sales tax for Trans-Net, administered by SANDAG. Approximately 13 miles of the project have been completed and are now in use. The new 1.1 mile segment begins at Main Street and Frontage Road in Chula Vista, just south of the Salt Works, stretches across the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge and over two bridges, where it connects to the Coronado Silver Strand bike trail at 13th Street.
The trail is very safe and easy to ride. Large uninterrupted portions of the trail are free from automobile traffic. Some of the trails are bike lanes adjacent to roads. Bikers can take the Coronado Ferry across the bay. The 1.1 mile segment that opened 4/18/09 is still indicated as a “current project,” but is open for recreation.
The trail features great views of our bay and local wildlife. A refreshing ocean breeze can usually be counted on. Flocks of birds rarely seen elsewhere in the County can be seen resting near the trail. The Bayshore Bikeway is a low-cost way for families to vacation at home this Spring and Summer. It is also a great attraction for out-of-town guests. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen!