SANDAG director speaks about $95 million bike lane project
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – After hours of discussion, public comment and two rounds of voting, the San Diego Association of Governments approved a $90 million project Friday to create 16 miles of bike lanes running through the North Park and Mid-City neighborhoods of San Diego.
The project initially failed on a simple tally vote with 50% voting on each side. A call for a second, weighted vote, was seconded and the project passed easily with 62 votes out of 100. A weighted vote is a type of legislative vote in which members with more voters in a general election carry greater weight in a vote, like the United States Electoral College. San Diego has two votes in this system, each representing 21 of those 100 San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) votes, generating the bulk of the yes votes.
Joining San Diego in voting to adopt the plan were Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Del Mar, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove and National City. Coronado, two unincorporated San Diego County jurisdictions, El Cajon, Escondido, Oceanside, Poway, San Marcos, Santee and Vista voted no.
The Executive Director of SANDAG, Hasan Ikhrata, stopped by Good Morning San Diego to discuss the vote and what happens next.