Mike Gotch Memorial Bike and Pedestrian Bridge Dedication

New Mike Gotch Memorial Bike and Pedestrian Bridge - photo by Fred Reichel – Resident Engineer, City of San Diego Public Works

Hundreds of people attended the Mike Gotch Memorial Bike and Pedestrian Bridge dedication event last week, hosted by Councilmember Kevin Faulconer. The bridge now allows anyone to circumnavigate the entire Mission Bay without entering any major street.

The 260′ bridge connects N. Mission Bay Dr. with Pacific Beach Drive and eliminates the need for bicyclists to traverse along the very busy Grand Ave. as they are exploring our Mission Bay Park.

The bridge was dedicated to a much-loved man in Mike Gotch. Former California Assemblymember and San Diego Councilmember Gotch was a long-time supporter of everything San Diego, especially the entire Mission Bay Park system. Many of his family was present to share in honoring the memory of Mike for his service.

Daytime Mike Gotch Memorial Bike and Pedestrian Bridge - photo by Jim Willis, bicycle enthusiast

Members of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition came out in the hundreds, eagerly waiting to cross the bridge on their bicycles. They also exclaimed the need for San Diego to continue developing projects such as this to improve the bike-friendliness of San Diego.

Engineering services were provided by TYLIN INTERNATIONAL of San Diego.

It is notable that Councilmember Faulconer provided complete planning and oversight of this project, beginning many years ago while serving on the Mission Bay Park Committee. Also notable was that he did so on time and under the $2.9 million budget! Thank you once again Councilmember Faulconer.

[Posted on 26 Apr 2012]
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