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    A cyclist rides in Clairemont Drive bike lane (photo by Bill Swank)

    What do Clairemont Bike Lanes and Climate Control have in Common?
    Bill Swank July 8, 2017 clairemonttimes.com/
    In December 2015, the City of San Diego adopted a very ambitious Climate Action Plan. The goal for 2035 is a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and an increase in the production of electricity from renewable sources to 100%.

    In 2016, based on recommendations from the Bicycle Advisory Committee, the city council approved the Bicycle Master Plan to help insure compliance with the Climate Action Plan. By 2020, 6% of San Diego residents will bike to work and that figure increases to 18% in 2035. Another objective is zero cyclist traffic deaths by 2025.
    City council members Lorie Zapf and Chris Cate attended a recent meeting of the Clairemont Chamber of Commerce. Zapf’s district is generally located west of Clairemont Drive including Bay Park; Cate represents the remainder of Clairemont east of Clairemont Drive.

    Lori Zapf was specifically asked about the above Bicycle Master Plan goals. “They are very aggressive numbers. I’d like to know how they were determined,” she said.

    Chris Cate is the chairperson of the Committee on Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods. When posed the same question, he replied, “Those numbers apply to people living in Transportation Priority Areas such as downtown San Diego.”
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    Planners recommend denying brewery
    Aaron Burgin July 20, 2017 thecoastnews.com
    “Environmental sustainability is also one of our core values, so we do not believe that forcing businesses out of walkable, bike-able, mass transit-oriented locations is a sustainable or healthy solution.”
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    These cops in PB want people to know there are bait bikes
    “Our average apprehension time is four minutes"
    Marty Graham, July 20, 2017 sandiegoreader.com
    San Diego Police Officer Daniel Neifer spent a lot of his youth in Pacific Beach. One of the rare bad days was the day his bicycle was stolen.

    Neifer and partner Josh Clabough have caught 109 bike thieves with pricy bikes as bait — the higher dollar value moves the theft charge from misdemeanor to felony. The bait bikes are wired up with different GPS and tracking systems, and they use a couple of different sensor methods to detect if the bike is moved. The result: if somebody takes the bait, Neifer and Clabough get a text and a live trail.
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    Speed limits to be lowered on La Costa Avenue, Quail Gardens Drive
    But increased on El Camino Real
    Ken Harrison, July 21, 2017 sandiegoreader.com
    Last week, although some residents protested the increased speed limits at the city’s Traffic and Public Safety Committee, the city has no choice.

    Based on speed surveys, speed limits will be lowered on La Costa Avenue, Quail Gardens Drive, Saxony Road, and Via Molena. However speeds will be increased to 50 m.p.h. on El Camino Real between Leucadia Boulevard and Gardenview Road (now posted at 35), and increased to 45 m.p.h. on El Camino Real between Encinitas Boulevard and Santa Fe Drive.

    Known as the 85th Percentile Rule, California law assumes that 85 percent motorists will drive at safe and reasonable speed based on a road’s engineering, safety, and traffic conditions. Every five years, cities must conduct a speed survey on major streets and adjust the limits accordingly to the 85th percentile.
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    South Oceanside residents respond to Coast Highway alternatives report
    Promise Yee July 20, 2017 thecoastnews.com
    The city is collecting community input on highway options through Aug. 25.

    Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery, a longtime South Oceanside resident and community member of the Coast Highway Vision Committee, said he favors the “original plan” to reduce the entire highway to two lanes.

    Lowery said he supports traffic calming to “help capture the small town feel we need to preserve,” and sees the addition of roundabouts as a plus.

    Lowery said the “node concept” that includes traffic calming, 60-inch sidewalks and bike-friendly streets will increase traffic for retailers, and allow opportunities for sidewalk seating and possible parklets.

    Another benefit of nodes is the higher density development will likely attract residents who use more public transportation, walk and bike.
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      CommentAuthorSmorg
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2017
     
    Old Knotty Buoy:
    Ken Harrison, July 21, 2017 sandiegoreader.com

    Based on speed surveys, speed limits will be lowered on La Costa Avenue, Quail Gardens Drive, Saxony Road, and Via Molena. However speeds will be increased to 50 m.p.h. on El Camino Real between Leucadia Boulevard and Gardenview Road (now posted at 35), and increased to 45 m.p.h. on El Camino Real between Encinitas Boulevard and Santa Fe Drive.

    Known as the 85th Percentile Rule, California law assumes that 85 percent motorists will drive at safe and reasonable speed based on a road’s engineering, safety, and traffic conditions.


    Crazy! ECR thru Encinitas is already unpleasant enough to ride on at current speed limit.

    I guess I should be happy that the 85th percentile rule doesn't apply to using cellphone while driving or we can just do away with that law altogether. :P
    • CommentAuthorfjl307
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd 2017
     
    I hope this doesn't reach the news but it happened here in SD. A cyclist in city heights berates a motorist and rips her mirror off.



    Trying to report the rare cases of aggressive motorists & assaults w/ a deadly weapon to SDPD just got a whole lot harder. They seem to assume by default we don't matter or that we cause all the problems we have on the roads. 99 percent of us don't act like this but that doesn't mean the general public thinks that.
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    A camera with bike-detection software is seen mounted next to a stoplight at the intersection of West Grape Street and Harbor Drive, July 11, 2017.
    Photo by Guillermo Sevilla / KPBS


    San Diego Confronts Bad Data From Bike-Counting Cameras
    Andrew Bowen July 24, 2017 kpbs.org
    But the need for good data on biking is especially dire in San Diego, where the mayor and City Council have committed to tripling the share of bike commuters in certain parts of the city by 2020.

    "We need to monitor where we are in relationship to our goals," said Brian Genovese, a city traffic engineer who works on the city's bike program. "Right now our program is designing improvements to our bikeways, and we need to know if we're attracting an increased ridership based on those improvements."
    Samantha Ollinger, executive director of the nonprofit advocacy group BikeSD, said she was pleased the city was investing in bike-counting technology. But, she said, if the city had been quicker to install and calibrate the cameras, it could have three years of good data on bicycling.

    "To not have good data, or to have buggy data that they aren't able to make good decisions on — it seems sort of a lost opportunity," she said. "I feel like a lot of other cities have solved the problem of how to count bike traffic."
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    Above: A bicyclist rides over a bike counter on 5th Avenue in Bankers Hill, July 12, 2017.
    Photo by Nicholas McVicker / KPBS

    San Diego Regional Bike Counters Up For Adoption
    Andrew Bowen July 25, 2017 kpbs.org
    Two of the bike counters are located on 4th and 5th Avenues in Bankers Hill, where SANDAG is planning to upgrade painted bike lanes to "cycle tracks." That type of bike facility provides cyclists with a physical barrier to protect them from moving vehicles.

    Kluth said the counters could help validate the idea already supported by research that protected bike lanes are far more effective at attracting ridership than painted lanes.

    "That is the goal in the long term, to be able to help us figure out where projects should go, what kind of return did we get on this kind of investment," he said.
    ... the data from the counters show some reliable trends: People bike and walk more in summer months than in winter, for example. Also, people are far more likely to bike on streets with safer conditions, slower speeds and lower traffic volumes.

    For example, bike counters on La Jolla Boulevard, which for nearly 10 years has had a set of traffic-calming roundabouts, show more than three times the average daily ridership than bike counters on Vista Village Drive, a six-lane arterial road with high vehicle speeds.

    "The two environments are attracting different levels of cycling," Ryan said. "And so as planners, we want to understand why, and what makes for a comfortable location corridor for cyclists to ride along, and how do we build more of those."
    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2017
     
    I might have to do a few extra rides up 5th over the next couple weeks. ;)
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    Two beach goers cross Coast Highway at Cassidy Street in South Oceanside in the late afternoon. This intersection is one the city is considering for a roundabout.
    (Photo by Charlie Neuman)

    Draft plan outlines transformation of Coast Highway corridor
    Phil Diehl July 21, 2017 sandiegouniontribune.com
    Oceanside’s 3.5-mile section of Coast Highway could look a lot different in a few years, with several roundabouts instead of traffic signals, two lanes for cars instead of four, and pretty landscaped medians — not to mention new development rules that would encourage more people to live and work downtown.

    Many of the ideas are driven by California’s Senate Bill 743, signed by Gov. Gerry Brown in 2013, which amends the California Environmental Quality Act to encourage local planners to look for ways to increase transportation choices, promote public transit, reduce vehicle miles traveled, and slash air pollution and energy consumption.
    Zone changes and incentives to developers are the most important part of the Corridor Project Study, Oceanside Councilman Jerry Kern said Thursday.

    “I don’t care about the traffic plan,” Kern said. “The big thing is the land use. We can get rid of all those old shops and used car lots, and change the dynamic down there.”

    Some of the old businesses along the highway are barely hanging on, he said. Zone changes would allow taller buildings, more homes per acre and new businesses to build a more vibrant and urban community.

    Ideas proposed in the plan are built around what’s widely known as “smart growth,” the idea that more homes, taller buildings, and increased commercial activities should be located in areas with easier access to public transportation and other widely used amenities.
    Now known by a number of local names, including Coast Highway in Oceanside and Encinitas, the road is adapting to share space pedestrians, cyclists, tourists and shoppers.

    Oceanside has been considering its Coast Highway changes since at least 2009. The idea took on a new urgency in 2015 after a 13-year-old boy bicycling to school was hit and killed by a car on the road.
    Shannon Sager, owner of 9-year-old Breakwater Brewing at the corner of Coast Highway and Seagaze Drive, said he likes the proposed changes.

    “I’m into it because it’s more parking for us,” Sager said. “Our parking is real limited right now. We only have Seagaze, and a lot of people get tickets.”

    Roundabouts and a single lane in each direction would also be good for Coast Highway and for his business, Sager said.

    “Why not slow down?” he said. “Freeways are for going fast.”
    Many of the suggested changes, such as the roundabouts, are unlikely to happen for years, Cunningham said.

    Roundabouts are expensive, requiring a lot of time and money for detailed planning and design work. The city would have to find grants to finance the construction.

    Written comments on the environmental report will be accepted through Aug. 28 and can be emailed to JAmberson@ci.oceanside.ca.us.

    After that, the comments and the responses will be included in a final report presented to the City Council for approval by the end of the year.
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    Bike lane angst spreads to new battlefield in Hillcrest
    David Garrick July 26, 2017 sandiegouniontribune.com
    Angst over new bicycle lanes is continuing to divide local communities and stir debate as government agencies press forward with a variety of projects aimed at creating a regional cycling network.

    The latest battlefield is Hillcrest, where merchants and residents protested on Wednesday against plans to spend $13.2 million on protected bike lanes on Fourth and Fifth avenues that would eliminate a few dozen parking spots in the community’s business district.
    "This loss of parking and loss of customers is not acceptable," said Benjamin Nicholls, executive director of the Hillcrest Business Association. "We've done more to facilitate the installation of bike lanes than anybody else, but common-sense bike lanes."
    Andy Hanshaw, executive director of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, said on Wednesday that resistance to change is a natural thing.

    "Our cities are changing and our streets are changing and change is never easy," Hanshaw said. "Our streets are large enough to accommodate all modes of transportation and they should be doing that.”
    Samantha Ollinger, executive director of the nonprofit Bike San Diego, said complaints that new bike lanes not getting much use are misguided.

    "Any new implementation of any facility is going to take a while to get momentum going," she said. "Unless you have a completed network, you aren't going to get the kind of regular traffic on it you'd get with more destinations."
    Nicole Capretz said the Hillcrest bike lanes are particularly crucial because the community is located in between a major job center in downtown and other communities where many people working downtown choose to live.

    “We have to have a viable, continuous network to have any shot at meeting our climate goals,” she said.

    Capretz also said many studies show that business districts get a boost when bike lanes are added because they can reduce congestion and bring new customers to an area.
    The San Diego Association of Governments, a regional planning agency overseeing the Hillcrest bike lane project, noted that the overall proposal would increase the number of parking spots in Hillcrest by 55.

    But SANDAG does concede that 23 spots would be lost in the main business district between Pennsylvania Avenue and Washington Street.
    San Diego City Councilman Chris Ward, whose district includes Hillcrest, said Wednesday through a spokesman that he supports the project.

    “The council member is a strong supporter of the city’s climate action plan and the bicycle infrastructure to support reaching its transportation benchmarks,” said the spokesman, Lucas O’Connor.
    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2017
     
    RE: I-15 bike path from Adams to Camino Del Rio, SANDAG PM said on 7/24/2017:


    "It is looking like the last week of August as the contractor finishes up various work items. There will be an announcement once a specific date is chosen for the ribbon cutting. Let me know if you have any other questions.

    Thanks

    Andrew Rice
    Project Manager I-15, I-805, and SR-94 Corridors
    Office: 619-688-3284
    Cell: 619-572-4477"
    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2017
     
    T:RE: I-15 bike path from Adams to Camino Del Rio, SANDAG PM said on 7/24/2017:


    "It is looking like the last week of August as the contractor finishes up various work items. There will be an announcement once a specific date is chosen for the ribbon cutting. Let me know if you have any other questions.

    Thanks

    Andrew Rice
    Project Manager I-15, I-805, and SR-94 Corridors
    Office: 619-688-3284
    Cell: 619-572-4477"



    Thanks for the info!
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    Old Knotty Buoy:Planners recommend denying brewery
    Aaron Burgin July 20, 2017 thecoastnews.com
    “Environmental sustainability is also one of our core values, so we do not believe that forcing businesses out of walkable, bike-able, mass transit-oriented locations is a sustainable or healthy solution.”

    Modern Times gets OK from divided Planning Commission
    Aaron Burgin July 27, 2017 thecoastnews.com
    ENCINITAS — Modern Times Brewery is a step closer to opening a tasting room in downtown. Residents voiced concerns over the project’s perceived lack of parking for its patrons.
    Modern Times CEO Jacob McKean said that a downtown location fit with the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability, walkability and responsible alcohol service: the company encourages employees to bike and take public transit to work and reimburses them if they do so.

    This, McKean said, reduces their need for parking, in addition to the fact that the tasting room’s peak hours — 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. — occur when most of the retail locations are closed.
    “We selected this building in large part because of its excellent access to public transportation,” McKean said. “Environmental sustainability is a core value of Modern Times, as is responsible alcohol service, and we feel strongly that public transit access is essential to both.”
    The majority of speakers supported Modern Times application.

    “Modern times has done their homework,” said John Hargreaves, an Encinitas resident speaking in favor of the application. “The fact of the matter is they are not a bar, and they are going to attract a different type of clientele.”
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    Bicycles are traffic, too
    August 1, 2017 lajollalight.com
    The letter “Bicyclists must hug the right hand curb” points out the confusion and misunderstanding of this particular law. Motorists, law enforcement officers and even many cyclists often misunderstand or misinterpret this law. First of all, the law uses the word “practicable” not “practical” or the favorite word of many “possible.” These are different words with different meanings.

    This law only applies when the cyclist is going slower than the normal speed of traffic AND when none of the exemptions are met. Note that “normal speed” does not mean the cyclists must be going the speed limit and if they aren’t, it doesn’t mean they’re impeding traffic. Motorists need to be as patient as they are when dealing with any other type of traffic. Bicycles are traffic, too.

    The letter writer is incorrect in that cyclists “must hug” the curb. The word “must” is strong regulatory language that would imply there are no exceptions, but there are, as the writer listed. Lastly, not a single piece of California Vehicle Code (CVC) 21202 or any other part of the CVC prohibits two-abreast riding. Two-abreast riding in the same lane has both safety advantages for visibility and it makes it easier to pass. Even when a single cyclist is occupying the lane, most passes need to be done with a complete lane change anyway for the cyclist’s safety and to follow the three-foot passing clearance law.

    When people are going to quote the laws, they should quote them correctly and not create false interpretations to fit their opinions.

    Frank Lehnerz

    San Diego resident and daily commuter through La Jolla
    Thanks Shady for the head's up.
    • CommentAuthorfjl307
    • CommentTimeAug 4th 2017
     
    Credit is due to La Jolla Light, they published two replies to "Bicyclists must hug the right curb"

    The other one is here: http://www.lajollalight.com/news/sd-letters-july-20-story.html

    Also the link posted after my letter (http://bit.ly/bicyclerules) was posted by the writers at La Jolla Light. I didn't send them that link but it's a good one. The author dives deep into the most misunderstood parts of the CVC which is often used against us.
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    I'm curious if any protected bike lanes, green bike lanes or any other bicycle facilities transition this intersection.

    Caltrans signs in City Heights are backfiring
    “People cheating red lights, blocking intersections, and no one doing any signaling”
    Mike Madriaga, Aug. 4, 2017 sandiegoreader.com
    “Whoever created the new signage obviously does not live here, as now there is a massive backup into the 41st Street intersection and beyond,” D.R. Peck said.
    Others said that the “no turn on red” sign was installed for the safety of the pedestrians and cyclists crossing.

    Google Map

    Google Street View - Jan 2017

    Teralta Bike Path Safe access to this bike path is needed at this very busy intersection.
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    New Tijuana pedestrian entry: a mix of Six Flags and prison
    Matthew Suárez, Aug. 4, 2017 sandiegoreader.com
    One year and two weeks after the United States opened the second option northbound through San Ysidro, known as PedWest, the new entry, southbound, into Tijuana opened on Monday, July 31, 2017.

    Located west of the vehicle border traffic, near Las Americas outlet mall, the second pedestrian option to enter Mexico through San Ysidro is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    This new option will alleviate the pedestrian traffic spike that delays foreigners entering Tijuana for more than an hour on the weekends. It will save the 15-minute walk over the bridge to the eastern San Ysidro border for workers and shoppers from Las Americas outlet mall.


    The new turnstiles seem very small, as if it would be difficult to get a bicycle, baby stroller, luggage or cart through them. This could be a real hindrance to the utility of this non-vehicle crossing. Where do wheelchairs cross?

    Eastern San Ysidro border crossing MAP: The eastern crossing looks like the turnstiles are large enough to handle bikes, luggage, strollers etc. Are these what the First Friday TJ riders used on their forays into Mexico?
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    A colorful row of bike racks on Fifth Avenue
    (Photo by Ken Williams)

    HBA leads protest vs. bike lane
    Ken Williams July 28th, 2017 sduptownnews.com
    For local restaurants and businesses located in the heart of Hillcrest, the 108 balloons represented the potential number of customers they would be lose every day after the construction of the Uptown Bikeways project along Fourth and Fifth avenues takes away 36 parking spaces in the immediate vicinity.

    Benjamin Nicholls, the HBA’s executive director, said the business community “is very enthusiastic to work out a compromise” with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), the transit agency responsible for building 12 miles of new and improved bikeways throughout the Uptown communities.

    Elizabeth Cox disputed the HBA figures that 38 spaces would be lost. “For the Hillcrest area, between Upas and Washington along both Fourth and Fifth avenues, our current parking numbers show a net loss of 23 spaces,” Cox said.
    The project would convert the conventional bike lanes into protected bike lanes to provide greater safety to bikers by creating a barrier from motor vehicles.

    “Overall,” Cox added, “the Uptown Bikeways Phase 1 has a net increase in parking of 55 spaces from Downtown San Diego to Washington Street.
    A press release announcing the protest contended that “SANDAG proposes that funds that could be allocated towards a proposed Hillcrest parking structure be diverted to maintain and improve SANDAG’s bike lanes.” The issue, however, was never brought up at the protest.

    The SANDAG spokesperson disputed the HBA’s accusation, though.

    “SANDAG has not proposed that funds for a proposed Hillcrest parking structure be diverted nor have we requested that funds be used to pay for the bikeway,” Cox said.

    Cox emphasized that the Uptown Bikeways project is “funded solely by the local transportation sales tax program, TransNet, administered by SANDAG. Construction is expected to begin in 2018.
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    Ambitious cycling plan gets partial blessing from city
    David Garrick August 4, 2017 sandiegouniontribune.com
    A series of ambitious proposals from San Diego bicycling advocates is getting mostly praise from city officials, with a few minor exceptions.

    The goal of the proposals, which include a new version of “traffic school” for bicycle-related incidents and increased funding for bike lanes, is to boost ridership primarily by creating a connected cycling network throughout the sprawling city.

    Other proposals would require cycling education for all local fourth-graders, increase bicycle parking, boost police enforcement of laws protecting cyclists and encourage businesses to provide incentives for cycling to work.

    “We want to see San Diego rise nationally as a destination and a city that should be high on the list of cities for safe, connected networks for cycling,” said Andy Hanshaw, committee chair and leader of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition. “I think we’re getting there, but we need to accelerate our efforts.”
    The sense of urgency comes partly from the climate action plan, which requires the number of people cycling to work in the city’s densely populated neighborhoods to increase from about 2 percent to 6 percent by 2020, and then to 18 percent by 2035.

    Councilman David Alvarez said it’s crucial for the city to gauge how much usage new cycling lanes are getting to determine if money is being spent wisely and efficiently, and to guide potential adjustments to future plans and projects.
    City officials stress that they’ve completed more than 210 miles of bike lanes in the last four years and that they plan to complete the ambitious downtown mobility plan within the next two years.

    The plan, approved last summer by the City Council, would transform many vehicle lanes and some on-street parking into miles of protected cycling lanes and pedestrian promenades.
    Prospects seem strong for the proposal to establish a traffic school where cyclists and vehicle drivers cited for bicycle-related infractions could go instead of traditional traffic school.

    City staff says development of the program is “under review” by City Attorney Mara Elliott.

    But despite endorsing a proposal to require cycling education for all local fourth-graders, staff says the cycling committee must engage San Diego Unified School District officials to gauge their interest.

    The committee’s revised implementation plan is expected to come before the City Council’s Environment Committee this fall before being presented to the full council for approval.
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    ‘Slow Down’ La Jolla: Multiple car accidents occur in recent weeks
    Ashley Mackin August 9, 2017 lajollalight.com
    The month concluded with an incident in which a bicycle collided with a Lexus turning into a driveway the morning of Saturday, July 29 on the 2500 block of Torrey Pines Road. The cyclist was taken away in an ambulance. According to witness Greg Wiest, who sent photos of the accident to the Light, the Lexus was heading east into the driveway when a bicyclist riding west down Torrey Pines Road saw the car, braked hard but couldn’t avoid crashing into the passenger side, striking his head into the side window. He was wearing a helmet.


    A bicyclist is taken by stretcher after colliding with a Lexus that was heading east into a driveway off Torrey Pines Road. (Greg Wiest)

    Wiest said he lives in the area and that section of Torrey Pines Road is often subject to speedy drivers. “It’s very dangerous for all … there are potholes and visibility is poor in certain areas. By the way, this is the exact spot that a speeding car smashed into the electrical box at 2:30 a.m. last week, knocking out power to our building and surrounding area. Welcome to summer,” he said. The speed limit on the street is 35 miles per hour.
    San Diego Police Department Traffic Safety Officer Mark McCullough said drivers need to be aware of speed limits and changing conditions, because the speed limits were set for a reason. “Once engineers have designed a road and gone through the process to get it built, and looked at the surround conditions such as residential or commercial, the speed limits are set at an appropriate level,” he said. “We ask that drivers maintain the speed limit or go slower.”
    But yet…
    The 85% speed rule is what seems to be setting the "appropriate level".
    Too late for the baby who died
    City's response to intersection hazard came too slow
    By Dorian Hargrove, April 6, 2015 sandiegoreader.com
    "For decades, this intersection has plagued the residential and family-oriented nearby Point Loma community. Residents have pleaded with City and local authorities to remedy the situation, yet their concerns have remain unheard." NOTE: Read comment by "Visduh." It's telling in many respects about the 85% rule.

    We’ve developed this culture where we wrap ourselves in our cars. People see it as a protective shell, so they act accordingly, which might not be the safest way to go. People think they can get away with a lot more in their cars.”
    As vehicles have become more nimble with advanced engineering, the drivers are lulled into faster driving with a sense of "a protective shell" of immunity (impunity?). What hasn't changed is the protections afforded everyday pedestrians, bicyclist and others in our neighborhoods.

    “To know what causes crashes and see drivers continuing to do these things, is frustrating,” McCullough said. “These accidents are preventable, just pay attention to your driving. You can always pull over to make a call (with the car off) or take a break. But to see this continue to happen is like beating your head against the wall.”
    “To know what causes crashes and see drivers continuing to do these things, is frustrating,”
    These "crashes" are preventable with improved road design, safer facilities for all users, and enforcement of current laws.

    "beating your head against the wall"…
    Ha! You're preaching to the choir. (Maybe you should be wearing a helmet!) The bike advocates, Vision Zero, Safe Routes to School, community groups, alternative transportation advocates, etc, etc. have been begging for improvements in facilities and enforcement of current laws. Some things have gotten a little better but there is a lot of work yet to be done.
    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2017
     
    OKB, five years ago I felt a sense of hope and some optimism that things would get better. I still have hope, but I now think that we will simply have to wait for a massive demographic and technological shift before there is a real change for the better--on pedestrian and cyclist safety, and on so many other issues. When a substantial proportion of vehicles on the road are autonomous--programmed to follow traffic laws, able to monitor the internet and control the vehicle at the same time--then we will have some improvement, I hope. When a different generation comes to dominate--a generation that didn't grow up idolizing muscle cars, that doesn't define itself by the cars they drive--then we will have some improvement. And when the remnants of the baby boomer (and maybe even GenX) generations are finally too old to drive (or are no longer living)--then we will have a change. I hope.

    What I have reluctantly come to realize is that it's not a matter of education. There's a substantial proportion of the population that truly doesn't feel that cyclists and pedestrians should be accorded the same respect as a motor vehicle. They truly don't care whether we live or die, as long as they can plausibly deny that they were negligent or intended harm when they hit us in the streets. My hope is that this attitude will slowly die off as the people who hold it age and eventually die.
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      CommentAuthorbatmick
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2017
     
    And once again a driver hits a cyclist and leaves her severely injured in the street. This time it was on 101 in Leucadia, in the sharrow lane!

    Spread the word and hope we can catch this coward.

    http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Car-Strikes-Bicyclist-in-Encinitas-Flees-the-Scene-PD-440188043.html

    http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/sd-me-hit-run-20170813-story.html
    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2017
     
    That COULD be an amazing stretch of bikeway, but I hate that section because of the insane traffic patterns and the asshole cops that only stop cyclists who don't make COMPLETE stops at stop signs, while cars roll right through.
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2017
     
    batmick:And once again a driver hits a cyclist and leaves her severely injured in the street. This time it was on 101 in Leucadia, in the sharrow lane!

    Spread the word and hope we can catch this coward.

    http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Car-Strikes-Bicyclist-in-Encinitas-Flees-the-Scene-PD-440188043.html

    http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/sd-me-hit-run-20170813-story.html


    10PM or so ... people are trying to find out the particulars.
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    Deputies investigate hit-and-run that left woman fighting for her life
    Aaron Burgin August 15, 2017 thecoastnews.com
    San Diego County Sheriff’s investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating the driver of a Mercedes Benz, who struck a bicyclist on Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia on Aug. 11 but did not stop.

    Deputies responded shortly after 10 p.m. to the intersection of North Coast Highway 101 and Basil Street, where a 30-year-old woman on a bike in the southbound designated bicycle “sharrow” lane was hit by a car, according to sheriff’s Cpl. Brenda Sipley. The driver did not stop at the scene and fled southbound.

    Sheriff’s deputies, meanwhile, are asking anyone who saw the collision or has any information about it to contact the North Coastal Sheriff’s Station Traffic Division at (760) 966-3500.
    Friends have set up a website updating followers on Berger-McKenna’s progress. The website has already been visited more than 20,000 times since Aug. 12 and friends have posted dozens of photos and missives wishing her a fast recovery.

    “A big thank you to everyone for the heartfelt wishes and all of the positive energy and prayers. Steph’s surgery went well and she stayed strong and stable through the night. Hopefully the worst is behind us and all we have to wait for is to have the medical team ween her off the drugs so she can wake up. Thanks again and I strongly believe that your efforts were a major contribution to her success!”

    Follow Berger-McKenna’s recovery at https://posthope.org/go-steph-go
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    Car stopped in Mira Mesa was not connected to Encinitas hit-and-run
    Pauline Repard and Lyndsay Winkley August 16, 2017 sandiegouniontribune.com/
    Police detained a man and woman in the white car parked in front of Pizza Hut on Mira Mesa Boulevard near Camino Ruiz about 11:30 p.m., but they were released after a sheriff’s investigator determined it was not the one involved in the collision.

    Despite the false alarm, investigators are hopeful they’ll be able to locate the driver with help from the public. Sheriff’s Cpl. Brenda Sipley said she’s received nine leads, two of which are “very solid.”
    Family members said 30-year-old Stephanie Berger McKenna was cycling home after dinner, headed south on North Coast Highway 101, when she was hit near Basil Street in Encinitas about 10 p.m.

    Her husband was skateboarding behind her.

    The two were in a designated “sharrow” lane, to be shared by cars and bicycles, sheriff’s officials said. They were about a block from their home when the crash happened, Sipley said.
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    Campaign on to promote safer driving in La Jolla

    August 18, 2017 lajollalight.com
    I related to the Aug. 10 La Jolla Light story about the rash of recent traffic accidents in La Jolla. Insulated, isolated and distracted drivers are a bane to our community. Unfortunately, a single front-page piece is not enough. I suggest the Light undertake a new “Quixotic” effort to improve driving habits in La Jolla.

    Good luck with this.
    Rich Wolf

    Editor’s Note: OK readers! If you’ve got the slogans, we’ve got the paper and ink! Send your cautionary reminders to editor@lajollalight.com and we’ll publish them in La Jolla Light each week.
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    La Jolla Parkway Speedway: The Road to Anarchy

    The La Jolla Parkway is one of the busiest arterial roads in San Diego and has become a defacto daily and nightly speedway. The last available City of San Diego Engineering & Traffic Survey measured 99 percent of westbound and 89 percent of eastbound traffic speeding. So why were no speeding citations issued in 2016? And why do the police claim that they are unable to enforce the speed limit due to the “lack of a shoulder,” which is patently absurd and factually incorrect. This is analogous to saying “We will not apprehend criminals, because it’s inconvenient and too dangerous.”
    Ha! I fear that the 85% rule will rear it's ugly head again. The solution to dangerous speeding is to raise the speed limit. Now that's how you get compliance of traffic laws!
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2017
     
    World’s largest underground bicycle parking facility opens in Netherlands.

    https://yourstory.com/2017/08/world-largest-bike-parking-netherlands/

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    The bike room at Pembroke's 100 Cal in San Francisco
    Julie Littman / Bisnow

    Developers Finding New Ways To Accommodate Cyclists As Cities Become More Bike-Friendly
    August 24, 2017 Jon Banister, Bisnow Washington, D.C
    Developers around the country are setting aside capital to upgrade their properties' bike accommodations, a clear sign of the growing value these services hold with tenants.

    San Francisco's 100 California office is a recent example of this growing trend. The 288K SF building, owned by Pembroke Real Estate, does not offer any vehicular parking options for tenants. But after undergoing a facelift this year to modernize the building, it now has a dedicated bike room with space for more than 100 bikes, a bike repair station, lockers, showers and towel service.

    Pembroke got the idea in 2011 when developing a building in Australia. Down in Sydney, landlords were doing much more than just providing outdoor bike racks: they were creating amenities called "end of trip facilities." These facilities offer a variety of services, including amenities like a vending machine that holds supplies to fix bikes, a fix-it station and a changing and shower room for riders to use after locking up their bikes, Pembroke Vice President Cory Saunders said. "We began to focus more on the end of trip facility," Saunders said. "It is not just a place to park your bike. It’s a high-end location for you to go after you’ve securely parked your bike before you change."
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    Stanford to pay up to $5 million for bike/ped Caltrain crossing at Middle Avenue
    Aug 25, 2017 almanacnews.com
    As part of preliminary terms of a development agreement between Stanford and the city of Menlo Park, Stanford officials have said the university will pay for half of the cost – up to a maximum of $5 million – to build a tunnel or overpass to allow safe crossing of the Caltrain tracks at Middle Avenue in Menlo Park.
    Maybe the developers of all the new 'TOD' in San Diego will help finance an overpass to allow safe crossing of the Trolley tracks and I-5 freeway. I'm VERY skeptical of the promises of a 'future' bridge to access the Balboa trolley station from the west side of the tracks and freeway. This is so typical of our disjointed local planners. Political and government largess give the developers special allowances to circumvent existing zoning and regulatory requirements in order to quickly build 'needed high density housing', while garnering support from the useful idiots with promises of truly needed facilities in some undefined future. Ha! The beat goes on.
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    Study: San Diego Drivers Have 30 Times Greater Job Access Than Transit Riders
    August 29, 2017 Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh kpbs.org
    How people get to and from transit stops has a large impact on job opportunities, according to the results of a study out of University of Southern California.

    The study found that those with cars in low-income San Diego neighborhoods have about 30 times greater job opportunities than those who walk to take public transit and that driving or biking to a transit station more than doubled the number of jobs that could be reached by transit in a 30-minute commute.
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    Cabrillo National Monument proposes increase in entrance fees
    August 31, 2017 sdnews.com
    Cabrillo National Monument is seeking input from community, stakeholders, visitors, and neighbors regarding a proposed change to park entrance fees in 2018. The National Park Service is proposing to increase the daily park entrance fee for vehicles from $10 to $15 per vehicle (good for everyone in the vehicle,) walk-ins/bicyclists from $5 to $7 per person, and motorcycles from $7 to $10.

    Comments may be submitted at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/cabr or email cabr_info@nps.gov between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30. Comments may also be submitted in writing to the Park Superintendent, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106 during the comment period.
    • CommentAuthorallanorn
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2017
     
    Old Knotty Buoy:Study: San Diego Drivers Have 30 Times Greater Job Access Than Transit Riders
    August 29, 2017 Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh kpbs.org
    How people get to and from transit stops has a large impact on job opportunities, according to the results of a study out of University of Southern California.

    The study found that those with cars in low-income San Diego neighborhoods have about 30 times greater job opportunities than those who walk to take public transit and that driving or biking to a transit station more than doubled the number of jobs that could be reached by transit in a 30-minute commute.


    I listened to the interview and it was about first-mile/last-mile access and that we don't have a lot of higher-density housing near transit access except for the downtown core. Definitely interrelated, but outside of bikeshare and bike routes I'm not sure there's a easy solution to this.
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    City looks to streamline traffic calming process
    Aaron Burgin August 31, 2017 thecoastnews.com
    ENCINITAS — The way Encinitas officials respond to neighborhood calls for traffic and speed calming could change, if the City Council approves a new process that recently received the OK of the Traffic and Public Safety Commission.

    Currently, neighbors who want certain traffic-calming measures such as speed bumps, flashing crosswalks, landscaped medians and other devices must go through a process known as the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program.

    But officials and neighbors have long sought to overhaul the program, which takes years to navigate and results in very costly traffic projects.

    In the new program, a neighborhood could be eligible for consideration if they submit a petition with signatures from 10 households along either side of the affected street.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2017 edited
     
    Old Knotty Buoy:The National Park Service is proposing to increase the daily park entrance fee for vehicles from $10 to $15 per vehicle (good for everyone in the vehicle,) walk-ins/bicyclists from $5 to $7 per person, and motorcycles from $7 to $10.
    Hopefully, they won't change the $20 annual membership fee.

    On a side note, I always thought their admissions fee structure was biased to the advantage of traveling by car - example: Eight friends want to go visit Cabrillo. They can go by bike (or hike in) and pay $40 (8x$5) or just jump in the Suburban and pay $10: Go figure.
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    ^^
    It seems they only want to increase the daily fees. Annual fees remain the same (noting the recent senior fee increase) and are a good value for the 'locals' who use the monument on a regular basis. I'm actually okay with the fee increase for one time users. Often it's tourists who drive single occupant vehicles out to the Point and this will serve to generate the needed revenue stream to account for their traffic impacts.
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    CORRECTION:
    Proposed change to park entrance fees in 2018

    An increase in the annual Cabrillo Park Pass from $20.00 to $30.00 is also planned.

    Comments may be submitted online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/cabr or email at cabr_info@nps.gov between September 1 and September 30, 2017. Comments can also be submitted in writing to the Park Superintendent, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106 during the comment period.

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    I'm also okay with the per car passenger allowance no matter how many passengers (to a set limit). It encourages ride sharing and thus reduces the number of vehicles impacting the site. A type of 'traffic demand pricing' if you will, or a form of 'private' mass transportation.

    On a side note, I always thought their admissions fee structure was biased to the advantage of traveling by car - example: Eight friends want to go visit Cabrillo. They can go by bike (or hike in) and pay $40 (8x$5) or just jump in the Suburban and pay $10: Go figure.
    I see your point however. Bicyclists and hikers should be encouraged and supported through reasonable fees. If groups of such patrons want access, they should share similar group pricing advantages (see annual pass benefits below). It would encourage tourists to leave the vehicles behind. As it is now, patrons are discouraged from using alternative transportation due to disadvantaged pricing. Not the public policy we're hoping for! Maybe DecoBike could work out a deal to allow free access on their bike share, with a share station at the visitor center. Again, it reduces the number of vehicles impacting the site.

    I remember when bicyclists and pedestrians used to get in for free. I was a regular rider out to the Point back in the day. After having a good bike stolen out of my garage, I was off of riding for some time. When I finally got back in the saddle the new fees were in place and I was discouraged from riding out to the Point. It took a while to figure out the annual Cabrillo Pass deal and once I had that, it didn't seem so bad. It was $10 until just a few years ago when it was raised to $20. (With other fee increases at that time.)

    I used to buy one every year. It's not enunciated in the online literature, but the ranger at the entrance station explained to me that if a bicyclist had this pass, not only he but three compadres could all access the monument on the one card. That's four bicyclist on one entry pass. If you are a regular with friends out to the Point, this is a very cost effective strategy. It also encourages good healthy recreation while minimizing traffic, noise, pollution and parking requirements for not only Cabrillo National Monument, but for the Naval Base Point Loma, access roads and surrounding neighborhoods. This is a plus for both the public and the administration of the facilities.

    In certain National Parks like Zion and the Grand Canyon, cars are banned and visitors must now take a shuttle bus from outside the park. I'm not sure of bike regulations or fees. You can see a trend developing in these impacted public spaces of limiting traffic. I think similar trends in other areas of public domain may become more common. Think traffic demand pricing in London, car free days in Paris, total car ban in Oslo center, etc. (Are you listening Beijing?) There will be a greater emphasis on alternative transportation of which the bicycle will play a very functional part. It is so utilitarian in the first mile-last mile role. (No pun intended;)

    If you use the National Parks a lot then their passes might make good economic sense as well. Joshua Tree, Sequoia, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Zion and Brice Canyon are all doable from San Diego. Take your bike and tour from a base camp in any park. Not a bad way to roll.
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    (cont.)

    Cabrillo National Monument Fees

    === Good only at Cabrillo ===

    Cabrillo Pass: Cost $20 - Valid for 12 months from purchase date. Admits the pass holder(s) and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle (14 passenger capacity or less) to Cabrillo National Monument. If entering on a bike it admits the pass holder and three other bicyclist as well (4 total). Not sure how it works with pedestrians. I would guess four per card but don't quote me on that. The pass is available at the Entrance Station.

    === Good at all US National Parks ===

    1. America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass– Annual Pass - Cost $80

    2. America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass–Senior Pass- Cost $10. (Now $80)
    August 28th 2017 - Senior Pass fee increase is now in effect
    The current passes are lifetime passes and will remain valid.

    3. America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass–Access Pass- Free.
    This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities.
    My current option; I wouldn't recommend it.

    4. Military Pass - Cost - Free
    This is great as it encourages the many local service personal to get on a bike and ride up to the Point. Good for military PT (physical training) requirements.
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    Dense Development Planned In Mission Valley, Supported By Mass Transit
    June 15, 2017 Patricia Kirk, bisnow.com
    Mission Valley is an area of San Diego comprising 3,216 acres, or 2,418 acres excluding utilities and rights of way. Residential density is 41 units per acre, but that is likely to change with an update to the Mission Valley Community Plan. Increased density will be supported by the Trolley Green Line, which stops near several residential projects under development or proposed.
    How about lots of safe and functional bike lanes? As with all the new high density, TOD developments, the supporting infrastructure should go in first and not be just "a promise". First and last mile to the trolley stations as well as protected bike lanes to the beaches, up to the mesas, local shopping, dining, schools and libraries should all be planned and implemented before any new development occurs in this already traffic challenged locale.
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    Drunken Driver Gets Year for Rear-Ending Bicyclist Paul Smith, Causing Great Injury
    Ken Stone September 12, 2017 timesofsandiego.com
    A drunken driver who hit and seriously injured a bicyclist in University City in May was sentenced Tuesday to 365 days in jail. Heejoon Lee, 29, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to DUI and admitted an allegation that he caused great bodily injury to the victim.
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2017
     
    Old Knotty Buoy:Drunken Driver Gets Year for Rear-Ending Bicyclist Paul Smith, Causing Great Injury
    Ken Stone September 12, 2017 timesofsandiego.com
    A drunken driver who hit and seriously injured a bicyclist in University City in May was sentenced Tuesday to 365 days in jail. Heejoon Lee, 29, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to DUI and admitted an allegation that he caused great bodily injury to the victim.


    He got off WAY TOO EASY.

    And this is one reason why this crap continues. Way too much leniency.

    No permanent loss of license. Relatively light sentence.
    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2017
     
    So how do we protest the verdict?
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    Fundamentally change the outlook and opinion of the masses so they are inclined to stage a mass protest against the court to reconsider the sentence. Until that occurs all that will reasonably happen is a bunch of pundits on the internet bitching about things they will never be able to change or affect.

    Maybe we start a Facebook petition. I hear they are great at changing the climate...
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2017
     
    If we had a national organization that actually lobbied and litigated on the behalf of cyclists, there would be things we could do.
    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2017
     
    But I think there are things we could do. Possibly even just contacting local TV stations and the Union Tribune. They could then go interview local bike advocates, review other notable cases. We could contact local MADD chapters and see if they would be interested in joining. Lots of things possible. I haven't thought it through, but this case just sounds like a clear miscarriage of justice, and I think with a little bit of publicity it could make a lot of too-comfortable people feel uncomfortable.
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    Red-light camera program extended in Solana Beach
    Bianca Kaplanek September 15, 2017 thecoastnews.com
    Red-light cameras got the green light for potentially eight more years after council members, with no discussion at the Sept. 12 meeting, awarded another contract to Redflex Traffic Systems for the program that last year brought approximately $315,000 to the city from tickets issued mostly to nonresidents.

    Solana Beach pays about $86,000 annually for three cameras at two intersections on Lomas Santa Fe Drive: southbound Coast Highway 101 and north- and eastbound Solana Hills Drive.
    “The number one concern I get from residents is about unsafe driving on our streets,” Zito added. “This was further emphasized by all of the residents and children that came last night to (the Sept. 12 meeting to) discuss the issues with walking to school this year.”
    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2017 edited
     
    http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Pedestrian-Dies-After-Being-Hit-by-Car-Encinitas-Boulevard-Balour-Drive-444885853.html

    This sounds like manslaughter, at least. If you're driving, and a car in front of you stops at a crosswalk, do you really think it is OK to swerve around the car and go through the crosswalk? No way in hell should this driver be allowed to go without prison time (assuming the initial report is accurate).
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2017
     
    Shady John:http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Pedestrian-Dies-After-Being-Hit-by-Car-Encinitas-Boulevard-Balour-Drive-444885853.html

    This sounds like manslaughter, at least. If you're driving, and a car in front of you stops at a crosswalk, do you really think it is OK to swerve around the car and go through the crosswalk? No way in hell should this driver be allowed to go without prison time (assuming the initial report is accurate).


    Forecast says: Major disappointment followed by anticipated anger and sadness.
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      CommentAuthorSmorg
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2017
     
    Sadly a lot of people are idiots when they find themselves in that scenario (car/bike in front stops, oh, I'll just scoot around and speed past without being able to see why the front car/bike had stopped!)... and they do it whether they're driving a car or riding a bicycle! :o(
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      CommentAuthorbatmick
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2017
     
    There are several schools near that intersection and the crosswalk is used by many children all day. Yet road design is such that Encinitas Boulevard is essentially a freeway up and over the hill in both directions. Inexcusable, yet this was, as they say, an accident waiting to happen.