SANDAG to open one-mile portion of Rose Canyon Bike Path
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A one-mile portion of the relocated Rose Canyon Bike Path will open to the public Wednesday, according to the San Diego Association of Governments.
The stretch of bike path is part of the larger 44-mile Coastal Rail Trail, which will eventually link Oceanside to downtown San Diego once completed. SANDAG began construction of the Rose Creek Bike Path in September 2017 to connect existing bikeways at Santa Fe Street and north of state Route 52.
In May, SANDAG completed a separate, 1.3-mile section of the Coastal Rail Trail in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. The full two-mile Rose Canyon Bike Path is scheduled to be completed next year. According to the agency, roughly 25 miles of the trail have been completed to date.
The Coastal Rail Trail is part of the $2.17 billion Mid-Coast Trolley Blue Line Extension, which includes a planned 11-mile extension of trolley service by San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System from Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego to University City. The extension will add trolley stops in Mission Bay Park, UC San Diego and Westfield UTC. SANDAG is receiving $1.04 billion in funding from the Federal Transit Administration to complete the project.
The extension, trail and related projects are intended to reduce traffic congestion and increase public transit and personal transportation options as the county’s population increases. Construction on the extension began in 2016 and is scheduled to be completed in 2021.