Border To Bayshore Bikeway ...

A rendering of one of the bend outs planned for the city as part of the Border to Bayshore Bikeway.

A safe and healthy way to travel from Tijuana to San Diego thanks to the Border to Bayshore Bikeway was approved by the city council during the last meeting on Aug. 19.

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is behind the project thanks to $200 million in TransNet funds. The entire project consists of 77 linear miles of bikeways and 70 of 77 miles open or under design. The goal is to make bike trips safer for the entire family and connect places of work, schools and commercial centers. This project will connect the San Ysidro Port of Entry to the Bayshore Bikeway.

A Class II buffered bike lane is in place along 13th Street and this project will be enhanced with green bike lanes. The signalized intersections at 13th Street and Palm Avenue and Imperial Beach Boulevard will also feature bend outs and curb extensions for pedestrian and bicycle queuing. Landscaping is part of the design at bend outs. Bike boxes and bike specific signals will be installed. Bike boxes allow bikers to queue in front of cars for better visibility. Continental crosswalks will be installed at 13th Street and the intersections at Palm Avenue (all crossings), Elder Avenue (all crossings), Ebony Avenue (all crossings except eastbound), Imperial Beach Boulevard (all crossings), Fern Avenue (all crossings) and Grove Avenue (north and southbound). The project also plans for an enhanced Class III bike route also called bike boulevard - a road designated to give bikers priority on the road. Bike boulevards use pavement markings, signs, speed humps and other measures to discourage through trips by cars. Curb extensions will be installed at Grove Avenue at 14th and 15th Street intersections. Speed humps are planned between Georgia and 14th streets and Granger and 15th streets. Continental crosswalks along Grove Avenue and the Georgia, 14th, Granger and 15th streets. This project is part of a $200 million Regional Bike Plan Early Action. The timeline has a start date of winter 2022 and an end date of winter 2023.

During council discussion many positive comments were heard. “This has been years in the making and it’s been so great to see it come to fruition,” said Mayor Pro Team Paloma Aguirre.

This item was approved unanimously.

In other business:

The Mar Vista High School Girls Water Polo team was recognized and received a proclamation for winning the CIF Southern Regional Championship 2019-2020. A car parade is planned for Sept. 5 at 2 p.m.

The consent calendar was approved unanimously.

Vector Control Services gave a presentation. The representative explained that a vector is an organism that can carry and transfer a disease to humans. Common vectors are mosquitoes, ticks and rats/mice. Vector Control works in four areas: surveillance, monitor and collect samples; control compliance response; and mosquito control and lab with fast testing. San Diego county has 24 varieties of native mosquitoes but only female mosquitoes bite because they need proteins and nutrients from blood for their eggs. Each blood meal allows the mosquitoes to lay hundreds of eggs. Mosquitoes only need an inch of water to lay eggs. Mosquito related diseases include: West Nile Virus, West Equine Encephalitis, Saint Louis Encephalitis, Malaria, with potential for Dengue, Yellow Fever, Zika and Chikungunya. The invasive Aedes Aegypti species was first found in 2014 west of the mountains including Imperial Beach. Control is done with: ground applications via a truck or piece of equipment held by hand; aerial when the area is large or hard to reach; Ultra Low Volume spray from truck or backpack that targets adult mosquitoes. Area modification is done by depriving the mosquitoes of breeding areas - that means finding containers in people’s backyards that contain water and emptying them. In Imperial Beach, the biggest challenge is the salt marsh mosquitoes. They fly a few miles away from the marsh, bite during the day and can be confused wit the Aedes species. The season runs from May to October. Higher tides cause more areas for breeding, so vector monitors and treats before and after a high tide, and inspects and treats within 48 hours after a high tide. Residents can protect themselves by emptying containers that have standing water, using mosquito repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants, installing screens on windows and doors, and don’t go out when mosquitoes are active. Contact Vector Control to report high activity at 858-694-2888 or vector@sdcounty.ca.gov.

The bi-annual investment report was presented to the council by Chandler Asset Management which manages the city’s assets. The presentation included financial transactions through June 30, 2020 with a market value of the holdings at $14,635,393. Genny Lynkiewicz, vice president of Chandler Asset Management gave a review of assets allocation, impact of property tax revenue, an economic update and how the impacts on the city’s portfolio.

The next city council meeting will be held via teleconference on Sept. 2 at 5 p.m.

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