Mayor Filner announces first CicloSDia event at unveiling
By Ben Cartwright | SDGLN Staff Writer
In a region where cars rule, San Diego is taking big steps to become a bicycle-friendly city, civic leaders said at the unveiling of a new bike corral Feb. 25 on Richmond Street in Hillcrest.
The fifth such structure in the city, the bike corral includes six racks in the shape of bicycles that cyclists can secure their bikes to while stopping in the area. The first bike corral in San Diego was unveiled May 2012 – also in Hillcrest – at the intersection of Fifth and University avenues.
Since then, the city has made it a priority to install structures, although all of them currently reside in neighborhoods in City Council District Three.
Council President Todd Gloria said at the Feb. 25 ribbon-cutting ceremony that while he is proud to represent the district that is home to all the city’s bike corrals, he would like to see them placed in other areas too.
“District Three residents need to be able to ride their bikes to other parts of the city,” Gloria said.
The new bike corral on Richmond Street was created to celebrate the neighborhood’s history as the center of San Diego’s vibrant LGBT community. The racks are each painted a color of the rainbow, causing Gloria to call the structure “culturally competent for Hillcrest.”
The Uptown Community Parking District paid for the bike corral and the organization has signed an agreement with the city to maintain the structure in perpetuity.
Glenn Younger, Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) president said the HBA is pleased to help support a more bike friendly Hillcrest and city.
Calling Hillcrest one of the most bike-friendly neighborhoods in the City, Younger said it also lacks an adequate number of bicycle lanes and that the installation of these corrals is a step toward a more bicycle-friendly city.
Mayor Bob Filner was also present at the event, and said bike corrals are the beginning of the City’s efforts to make San Diego more bike friendly.
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—Ben Cartwright is a staff writer at San Diego Gay and Lesbian News (SDGLN). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.