Part of the new Landis Bikeway, which opened Saturday. Photo credit:

Local officials on Saturday marked the opening of the new 3.1-mile Landis Bikeway, which provides a link for bicyclists and pedestrians between North Park and City Heights.

Changes along the route include traffic-calming elements such as neighborhood traffic circles and curb extensions that are said to make streets safer for those who walk, bike, or drive.

Construction of the $8.8 million project began in spring 2020 and was funded by TransNet, the regional half-cent sales tax for transportation administered by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).

“San Diegans in every neighborhood should have safe, sustainable, and inexpensive mobility options that allow them to travel to work, school, and everywhere in between. The Landis Bikeway is a critical step in making that a reality and I cannot wait to ride it,” said San Diego Council President Sean Elo-Rivera, also a SANDAG board member.

With the completion of the Landis project, SANDAG has opened 11 miles of new bikeways this year – the Georgia-Meade Bikeway opened last month – and expects to begin construction on 11 more before the end of 2022.

“The bikeway projects being constructed by SANDAG allow for communities across San Diego to not have to solely rely on a car for transportation – while also promoting active and sustainable living for all,” said Jesse Ramirez, an engagement coordinator with the CIty Heights Community Development Corporation.

The Landis Bikeway is one of six segments that make up the North Park | Mid-City Bikeways project, which will add approximately 12 miles of bike boulevards and protected bikeways to the regional network.

These projects are part of the $200 million Regional Bike Plan Early Action Program, an initiative approved by SANDAG’s board in 2013 to build a regional network of high-quality streets and bikeways.

“The completion of the Landis Bikeway demonstrates how the SANDAG Regional Bike Plan will create real transportation choices for everyone in the San Diego region,” said SANDAG chair and Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear.