IB Mayor Serge Dedina to Speak at San Diego County Bicycle Coalition Advocacy Training on Saturday February 4th
Feb 01, 2017 10:59PM
● By Paul Spear
Local cycling advocates are gearing up to get political this year — from lobbying for bike lanes to organizing more events like CicloSDias that temporarily close roads to cars.
Toward this end, the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition plans to host a public training on Saturday dubbed the Power of Advocacy. Those attending plan to meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mission Brewery, 1441 L St. in downtown San Diego.
The event will focus on teaching residents how to promote bike safety in their communities by engaging government officials, organizers said. The training will specifically include tips on speaking at public meetings and how to better understand political decision-making.
“As the only countywide organization advocating for and protecting the rights of all people on bikes, we rely on the voices of residents from Oceanside to San Ysidro to demand safe and bikeable neighborhoods,” said Andy Hanshaw, executive director of the coalition.
Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina and Nicole Capretz, the executive director of the San Diego-based Climate Action Campaign, are slated to speak at the event.
“Saturday’s training brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion into the hands of people who can support and advocate for a more bike-friendly San Diego,” Hanshaw said.
The bicycle coalition is currently lobbying the city of San Diego to move aggressively on implementing its Downtown Mobility Plan, which is estimated to cost about $62.5 million over 30 years. While the blueprint is supported by many in the business community, it is opposed by some community leaders concerned with the loss of parking to make way for bike lanes.
Advocates said they will also continue to closely follow the rollout of the San Diego Association of Governments Regional Bike Plan Early Action Program, a $200 million plan to boost bike lanes throughout the county. Planned projects funded by the agency have also stoked controversy over the loss of parking spaces.