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Nathan Fletcher on Wednesday tried to frame an issue: He wants to make San Diego one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities if he’s elected mayor.
Fletcher, who’s a cyclist himself, says his plan will make biking safer, increase the number of people pedaling to work and school by 65,000 in 2020, and create a bike-sharing program like those seen in other major metro areas around the world.
Bike San Diego’s pretty enthused. The site lays out the plan in detail and notes that Fletcher believes biking can be an economic driver as well. (For more on BikeSD, check out our Q&A from December, which provoked a long discussion in the comments.)
Fletcher’s plan attracted some criticism, too. Jay Porter, the owner of El Take It Easy and an avid cyclist liked many of the points but said it was mostly a list of desires, not a plan. And the conservative statewide blogger Flash Report ripped Fletcher in a series of tweets for pledging to implement the “Complete Streets Act of 2008.”
As for the bike-sharing program, our editor Andrew Donohue wrote a couple of years ago about one he’d seen in Minneapolis and wondered why there wasn’t a similar program here. Donohue admitted to being a bit excited his favorite mode of transportation was getting talked about.