New bridge dedicated to former councilman
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Bicyclists and walkers Friday began crossing a new
bridge over part of Mission Bay, a structure dedicated in the memory of a
former councilman and assemblyman who died of cancer in 2008 at the age of 60.
Mike Gotch, a councilman from 1979-87, was active in affairs involving
the bay and helped push through its master plan, of which the 260-foot crossing
is a result.
The span crosses Rose Creek to connect the Mission Bay Golf Course with
Campland on the Bay and Mission Bay High School, and fills in a missing link in
a bike path that encircles the bay.
Riders used to have to travel along a stretch on busy Grand Avenue to
complete their circuit. According to 10News, there have been more than 40
vehicle-bicycle collisions there since 2003 — with two fatalities.
“There's too much traffic, and especially when you're headed west in
the afternoon the sun can be in your eyes and drivers can find it a little
difficult to see cyclists,” bicyclist Johanna Weber told the station.
She said the bridge now makes a “continuous ride” around the bay.
Today was declared “Mike Gotch Day” by the City Council.