The Growing Movement for a U.S.-Mexico Border Bike Lane

5/6/2016 The Atlantic City Lab 

San Ysidro Border Crossing by Flickr user otzbergAs the crossing at San Ysidro-Tijuana undergoes a major expansion, advocates are pushing for more cycling infrastructure throughout the border zone.

Each morning, denizens of the San Diego-Tijuana border area turn on their radios to get the news like everyone else around the country. But along with the weather forecast (most likely sunny and 75 degrees), sports scores, and top headlines, listeners also hear the wait times at the border.

For the workers and students who live south of the border and regularly travel to the U.S., and those in the U.S. who often conduct business in and around Tijuana, it is an essential piece of information.

The San Ysidro Port of Entry is the busiest border crossing in the Western Hemisphere, with approximately 50,000 cars and 25,000 pedestrians coming through daily in the northbound direction alone. Vehicle wait times can stretch to three or four hours, and even pedestrians frequently have to spend more than an hour in line.

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