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    • CommentAuthorallanorn
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2018
    Old Knotty Buoy:MTS Alerts and Detours
    12/17/2017-12/19/2017 Paving - University Ave between 5th Ave & 9th Ave

    This is good news. Newly painted bike lanes can't be far behind. Ho Ho Ho...

    Rode this section of University this morning and no bike lanes striped or installed yet. The only paving they did was to cover up the pipe replacement project. Maybe this month?
    City moves forward with Leucadia park
    Aaron Burgin January 2, 2018
    ENCINITAS — A sloping 3.1-acre piece of property in Leucadia is full of grass and assorted shrubbery today. But in a little less than 18 months, kids could be riding their bikes on the city’s first pump track, riding down a junior zip line, or playing basketball or pickleball on a freshly installed sports court. The final design includes a basketball/pickleball sports court, a dog park, a skate park structure, an “adventure path” up the 68-percent grade slope between the western and eastern segments of the park, a 100-foot zip line, playgrounds, shade structures and terraced seating.
    But Campbell said the most unique amenity in the park is the all-wheel pump track, a bicycle track with rolling jumps and turns that, according to one website, “teaches the basic skills of carrying momentum, balance and speed by using your arms and legs to pump your bike/board/scooter around the track.” The track can be used by riders of all levels.
    The city has already budgeted more than $2.7 million for the project, including $585,000 for design and the balance for construction.
    Standard Pacific Park Plans: LINK

    SANDAG makes more than $30 million in grants available to fund smart growth and bike/pedestrian projects
    December 29, 2017
    To incentivize projects that promote smart growth, as well as increase walking, biking, and transit usage, SANDAG is calling on local jurisdictions to submit applications for more than $30 million in competitive grants available under its TransNet Smart Growth Incentive Program (SGIP) and TransNet Active Transportation Grant Program (ATGP).

    About $27 million in smart growth funds and $3.6 million in active transportation funds are available. Up to $1 million from the smart growth funds will be made available for local jurisdictions to complete Climate Action Plans and Complete Streets Policies. Grant applications for both programs are due by 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

    SANDAG will hold a pre-proposal workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on January 11, 2018 in the SANDAG Board Room at 401 B St. San Digo, 7th floor. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.

    (Photo courtesy: City of Carlsbad)

    Tamarack and Carlsbad Boulevard Project Community Meeting, Jan. 11, 2018
    January 3, 2018
    Carlsbad CA— The City of Carlsbad has completed an updated design concept for a project that will widen sidewalks, add free on-street parking and improve safety and access for all users in the area around Carlsbad Boulevard and Tamarack Avenue. The updates reflect input from the community and the results of technical analysis completed since the city released initial design concepts in mid-2016.

    Some of the proposed improvements include:
    • Widening sidewalks and improving bike lanes throughout the area.
    • Relocating the bus stops to more accessible locations.
    • A new crosswalk across Carlsbad Boulevard south of Sequoia Avenue to the lagoon trailhead.
    • Signs directing people to the Coastal Rail Trail along the railroad tracks between Tamarack and Oak Avenue.
    (See more in the links provided at the bottom of the article.)

    Come to a community meeting:
    Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 ~ 6:00pm to 7:30 p.m.
    City of Carlsbad Senior Center
    799 Pine Ave.
    Carlsbad, CA
    See related posting on November 9th, 2017 in Infrastructure Thread.

    San Diego County Coastal Rail Closures in January 2018
    Amtrak, COASTER and Metrolink service impacted
    January 3, 2018
    Oceanside CA— As part of ongoing infrastructure improvements along the coastal rail corridor, two weekend closures have been planned this month. On January 6-7 and 20-21, there will be no COASTER or Amtrak Pacific Surfliner service in San Diego County. These closures are chosen to have the least impact on customers and provide a window in which construction and maintenance can be performed without interruption.

    Passengers should be aware that on the Friday preceding each closure, January 5 and 19, southbound Amtrak Rail 2 Rail trains A792 and A796, which are scheduled to depart Oceanside at 10:05 p.m. and 12:01 a.m., will complete their trips to Santa Fe Depot, but train A590 will be cancelled.

    Due to the location of the work being performed, Amtrak and Metrolink will not provide rail service to and from the Oceanside Transit Center on these weekends. Amtrak connecting bus service will require Amtrak reservations.

    Customers are urged to plan ahead and make alternative travel arrangements.

    For trip planning assistance, customers can contact NCTD Customer Service at 760-966-6500, or visit
    • CommentAuthorfjl307
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2018
    There was a hit and run crime this week in North Park. It was captured on video and SDPD did not arrest or charge the driver.
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2018
    fjl307:There was a hit and run crime this week in North Park. It was captured on video and SDPD did not arrest or charge the driver.

    In America, if you want to kill someone and walk away without going to prison, use a car.
    Mayor’s Minute: Despite challenges, Encinitas is looking at a bright 2018
    Catherine S. Blakespear January 4, 2018
    Looking forward into 2018 and beyond, the city is tackling a backlog of capital improvement projects, many of them related to city streets. You’ve likely already noticed that we’ve painted green lanes to provide better safety for cyclists along Leucadia Boulevard and La Costa Avenue, as well as other streets. In the next two years, you’ll see better striping, improved sidewalks, more roundabouts and fresh repaving on the streets of Encinitas.

    Next year, the I-5 underpasses at Santa Fe Drive and Encinitas Boulevard will be widened by pushing back the sloped earth with a retaining wall to make room for dedicated bike and pedestrian paths. Those freeway underpasses will soon look like the one at Lomas Santa Fe in Solana Beach, complete with local art.

    Approaching I-5 at Encinitas Boulevard westbound: Notice child riding bike on sidewalk, sweeping turn designed to accommodate fast, turning vehicle traffic, and crosswalk semi-hidden from turning traffic. We must do better!
    Encinitas Boulevard westbound: No sidewalks and very narrow, substandard, unprotected Class-II bike lane under the bridge.
    Encinitas Boulevard eastbound: Notice pedestrian on far side of boulevard. Walking, jogging, or running to the beach is very dangerous along here. With the past growth in population and traffic, and the future growth to come, now is the time to provide robust pedestrian and bike facilities along this vital access to the community.

    See related discussions from postings on October 13th 2017 - October 16th, 2017 in the Infrastructure Thread. Input to the design and functionality of newly rebuilt I-5 underpasses at Santa Fe Drive and Encinitas Boulevard could help to get the results we all hope for. We only get one crack at this, so it's very important to get it right.
    Pedestrian projects receive lukewarm council reception
    Aaron Burgin, January 4, 2018
    ENCINITAS — A pair of proposed pedestrian-centric improvements in Leucadia were met with a divided reception from the Encinitas City Council.

    The City Council ultimately decided against both proposals: the first included bike lane improvements and mid-block pedestrian crossings in north Leucadia, and the second a multi-use path along the east side of Coast Highway 101. The council voted to send the first proposal to the Traffic and Public Safety Commission and voted against moving forward with the second one outright.

    Both items were on the consent calendar, which signals they were supposed to be approved with little debate and a simple vote. But Mayor Catherine Blakespear and a member of the public requested the council discuss the items. Councilmen Mark Muir and Tony Kranz both said that they believed the project should go before the traffic commission, which is typically the process for transportation-related projects. Blakespear said she didn’t want the projects to get delayed at the commission level.
    The council voted 3-2 to send the traffic commission the bicycle lane improvements and mid-block crossings between Phoebe and Glaucus streets, and between Bishops Gate Road and Grandview Street. The projects are slated as interim improvements until the city can break ground on the North Coast Highway 101 Streetscape, the proposed overhaul of Coast Highway 101 that includes the installation of five roundabouts between La Costa Avenue and Leucadia Boulevard.
    Originally, Blakespear wanted to approve the recommendation outright, but couldn’t find the votes to do so. She then voted with Mark Muir and Tony Kranz to send the item to the traffic commission where they would vote on the project.

    Southbound HWY 101 Street View with Sharrows
    Northbound HWY 101 Street View with Bike Lane
    (cont. from above)
    The second proposal brought forth by staff was to change the proposed streetscape to replace the pedestrian sidewalk on the east side of Coast Highway 101 with a multi-use trail. Staff said that the trail would make the project more pedestrian friendly and help improve drainage in an area plagued with flooding problems.

    In this case, Kranz, Mosca and Muir voted against approving the project outright because they were concerned that the region’s transportation agency SANDAG could use the project as the Coastal Rail trail through Leucadia, which is currently proposed to run along Vulcan. Kranz said that Vulcan’s pedestrian improvements should be the council’s priority. Vulcan, “from La Costa to at least Leucadia is second- and third-rate and third world and is just a mess,” Kranz said. “It’s impossible for me to support incorporating this in the streetscape plan.”
    See related posting on July 17th 2017 in Infrastructure Thread.

    Boerner Horvath asked for staff to bring back a proposal for a path along Coast Highway 101 with more information and, potentially, assurances from SANDAG that the path wouldn’t preempt the Vulcan trail.

    Google Search: "Encinitas City Hwy 101 streetscape"

    Leucadia Streetscape Project (Scroll down to see links to the June 5, 2014 Open House Exhibits: Sheets 1 -8 .pdf files of plans.)
    Another set of plans
    N. Coast Hwy 101 Streetscape: Historic Preservation Meets Revitalization
    Oceanside extends coastal corridor study
    Phil Diehl January 8th, 2018
    “Traffic is the largest concern people have focused on,” Assistant City Manager Deanna Lorson said. One of the most widely debated proposals is to place Coast Highway on what’s often called a “road diet” as a way to slow traffic and increase safety, especially for pedestrians and cyclists. It also frees up more pavement for parking, wider sidewalks and buffer space between pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles.
    The city launched a pilot program a year ago to try out the idea by re-painting the stripes for several blocks on Coast Highway to reduce it from two lanes to one in each direction from Oceanside Boulevard south to Morse Street. So far, the reactions have been mixed. Some like it, some don’t. A majority of people of the nearly 200 people who commented on the city’s draft report liked the plan for reducing Coast Highway to two lanes, said Lorson, the assistant city manager. But while 74 people supported the road diet plan, 62 opposed it, and the rest of the respondents did not specify a preference.
    One thing a lot of residents did not like, especially in the South Oceanside area, was the idea of offering incentives to encourage developers to build taller residential and commercial structures south of Oceanside Boulevard. “They want to maintain … sort of the neighborhood village feel that they have now,” Amberson said. As a result, he said, the proposal is being revised to include an option that would remove incentives for those taller buildings in South Oceanside.
    The Oceanside Transit Center on South Tremont Street is North County’s largest, connecting multiple commuter and passenger train lines with bus service and easy access to taxis and ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft.

    City officials hope to capitalize on that connection by using guidelines and incentives for development that would encourage people to rely less on their cars and to live near where they work, shop and spend their recreational time.

    Related information:
    Coast Highway Corridor Study Status Update
    January 5, 2018
    Oceanside CA— The Coast Highway Corridor Study Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) was released for public review and comment on July 13, 2017. The 45-day review period ended on August 28, 2017. Approximately 200 comments were received from the public and government agencies.

    City staff has been working with the consultant team to amend the scope of work to identify additional effort and cost needed to address the comments. An amended scope of work has been produced and is anticipated to go before the City Council in February 2018.

    An older video but covers the ambitions of the project.


    Oceanside Coast Highway Corridor Study
    The study effort will focus on assessing projects that are consistent with the Vision and Strategic Plan and address the needs of the community through:
    • Improving pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure with a focus on safety and comfort
    • Enhancing access to transit
    • Modifying the roadway with improvements such as roundabouts to improve traffic flow
    • Improving parking access to businesses along the corridor
    • Encouraging economic development through improvements in mobility and the public streetscape

    A bicyclist rides over a bike counter on 5th Avenue in Bankers Hill, July 12, 2017. Photo by Nicholas McVicker

    $61 Million Spent On SANDAG’s Bike Program; Only 4 Miles Completed
    Andrew Bowen January 10, 2018
    The San Diego Association of Governments has spent $61 million on a program to accelerate high-priority bike projects, but has delivered less than four miles of those projects so far. SANDAG principal planner Linda Culp said much of the $61 million has been spent on projects that are still in the design phase. "We're making progress," she said. "It's just in terms of getting projects open, that's going to come over the next few years."
    The reports to SANDAG's Regional Planning and Transportation Committees last week said $59 million had been spent on the bike program, and 2.7 miles of bikeways had opened. SANDAG staff clarified those numbers were compiled last summer and have since been updated.

    None of the bike projects SANDAG has opened to traffic so far is among the top five highest-priority projects in the early action program. The two highest priority projects — networks of bike lanes in Uptown, North Park and Mid-City — have faced multiple delays.
    Jeff Kucharski, board president of the nonprofit advocacy group BikeSD, said SANDAG projects were crucial to San Diego's goals of slashing greenhouse gas emissions and eliminating traffic deaths.

    "The SANDAG Bicycle EAP is a great opportunity for San Diego to transform the city streets for bicyclists," he said. "However, the slow rate of implementation is very frustrating."
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2018
    Consultants are really quick at taking the "design phase" $$$$. When it is time for action, however, proposed measures are fought by "everybody" - merchants and office tenants, neighbors and motorists. The problem seems to be that SANDAG and the CIty of SD have not been given the powers needed to implement a vision on a scale - instead "infrastructure implementation" boils down to city block by city block battles.
    • CommentAuthorallanorn
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2018
    Looking at the projects quite a few are in “final design” with some of those phases being really extended out. While you need to spend money on design before a strip of paint goes down, why are plans allowed to go that long in “final design”? I would have thought 3-6 months perhaps but not with some of those timelines.

    Perhaps there needs to be better metrics and definitions of where a project is in the cycle?

    A completed portion of the Bayshore Bikeway in Coronado near the Ferry Landing. Courtesy SANDAG

    Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Enforcement Operations Planned for San Diego
    Debbie L. Sklar January 20, 2018
    San Diego Police Department will be conducting a bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operations on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists, bicyclist and pedestrians.
    Special attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks or any other dangerous violation. Additionally, enforcement will be taken for observed violations when pedestrians cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or intersections.
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2018
    ...enforcement will be taken for observed violations when pedestrians cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or intersections.
    So much wrong I don't even know where to start.
    The cops must be seen to be neutrally even-handed in the enforcement of traffic laws for all users and in the collecting and recording of such data used in assessing enforcement policy, traffic planning and other policy driven by data.

    You see the harsh comments in articles about needed bike infrastructure, complaining about bikes rolling through stop signs or through crosswalks with pedestrians, riding on sidewalks, taking lanes and other like infractions. I've listened to Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) meetings and have heard the SDPD representative asking for suggestions for areas that need enforcement. Given all that, bicyclist and pedestrians seem to get the worst of it on our roadways. (See linked articles below)

    It could be useful to work through your BAC representative to address concerns, make suggestions or request enforcement by the police in your local neighborhoods. The Harbor Police Department is offering community engagement via their "Coffee with a Cop" outreach. They are seperate from the SDPD and handle areas like the Bay Shore Bikeway, Harbor front facilities like downtown, Shelter Island and Harbor Island, Silver Strand, etc.

    Consider any items you would like to address and enunciate them directly to the law enforcement professionals. It's a good way to at least be heard and considered by the boots on the ground.

    You’re Invited to Have ‘Coffee with a Cop’ on Saturday, Feb 10, 2018
    Debbie L. Sklar January 22, 2018
    The mission of “Coffee with a Cop” is to break down barriers between police officers and the citizens served, one cup at a time, and allow people to interact with local law enforcement in a friendly, relaxed environment.

    “Coffee with a Cop” will be held from 8 to 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, 1000 North Harbor Drive.

    The event includes a free cup of coffee for each attendee and the opportunity to engage in casual conversation with Harbor Police officers or to ask general and specific questions.


    Bicyclist Struck in Kearny Mesa by Alleged Red-Light Runner

    Toni McAllister January 21, 2018
    A bicyclist suffered injuries after he was struck by a driver who apparently ran a red light at a Kearny Mesa intersection. It happened just after 9 a.m. at the intersection of Convoy Street and Balboa Avenue. A 41-year-old man was riding his bicycle southbound on Convoy Street on a green light and was hit by Hyundai sedan traveling eastbound on Balboa Avenue and driven by a 63-year-old man, according to Officer Dino Delimitros of the San Diego Police Department.

    Pedestrian Struck Crossing Street in Normal Heights Dies at Hospital
    Debbie L. Sklar January 18, 2018
    Reed was crossing El Cajon Boulevard southbound in a marked, lit crosswalk at 36th Street when he was hit by an eastbound vehicle, San Diego police Sgt. Ed Zwibel said. The driver of that vehicle, also a 52-year-old man, stopped at the scene and was not believed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    Pedestrian Dies After Being Struck by Two Cars on Rosecrans Street in Liberty Station
    Chris Jennewein January 23, 2018
    A pedestrian was fatally injured Tuesday (1/23/2018) morning when he was struck by two vehicles while crossing a street in the Liberty Station area of Point Loma. The pedestrian was walking south across Rosecrans Street in the crosswalk at Farragut Road when he was struck. Drug or alcohol impairment was not a factor in the accident, the sergeant said.

    When cyclists have their own lanes, they should use them
    U-T Letter writers January 9th, 2018

    Mountain-bikers don't want illegal trails either
    Open-space protectors and riders do lap around compromise
    Dryw Keltz, January 23, 2018
    The future of public access to the Carlsbad Highlands Ecological Reserve for the recreational set appears to be up in the air once again. After trails were closed last summer, an unofficial truce seemed to have been struck between the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the San Diego Mountain Biking Association regarding bike access to the area.
    More trails have recently been closed, though, and the fight to completely shut down access to all of the illegal trails appears to be picking up steam. Diane Nygaard was one of the founders of the Preserve Calavera organization. She has fought to protect the open-space at Carlsbad Highlands since 2000.

    “Go back on Google Earth and look at what it looked like ten years ago to what it looks like today: 50 miles of illegal trails have been cut through that sensitive habitat. We’re not talking about a little bit of impact, we’re really talking about tremendous impact. You look at those aerial maps and you can see the vegetation might be 20 percent left of what was there. The extent of ground cover is dramatically reduced, so all of the biological resources have been greatly impacted,” she said.

    The crash scene in Mission Valley on eastbound Friars Road. Photo: OnSceneTV

    Bicyclist Killed in Mission Valley Crash, Closing Friars Road
    Toni McAllister January 23, 2018
    A bicyclist in his 50s was struck and killed in Mission Valley Tuesday night, prompting an investigation and a road closure. The crash was reported shortly after 6:15 p.m. on Friars Road near Rio Bonito Way.
    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2018
    Man OKB, those are some depressing posts. As with a lot of things in our society, when it comes to traffic laws, we don't seem to have the discipline or common sense of values to adhere to social codes (laws), and enforce them. Drivers of cars have essentially no fear of breaking the law. They expect they will suffer no consequences if they hit somebody. How else can you explain the behavior that we all witness?
    • CommentAuthorfjl307
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2018 edited
    When cyclists have their own lanes, they should use them
    U-T Letter writers January 9th, 2018

    The sneaky unethical reporters at the Union Toiletpapertribune snuck the photo in after I wrote a letter to the editor which they of course did not publish. NO formal correction issued. And they ask why traditional print media is on it's way out.

    Groundbreaking ceremony set for Rose Creek Bikeway
    January 24, 2018
    SANDAG, the City of San Diego, and the San Diego Bicycle Coalition will join community members and bike enthusiasts for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Rose Creek Bikeway, a two mile bike and pedestrian path separated from vehicle traffic at 9 a.m. Jan. 25 at 5070 Santa Fe St.

    When completed, the Rose Creek Bikeway will provide a 14-foot-wide paved path with environmentally-sensitive lighting for added public safety. The bikeway will include undercrossings at Interstate 5 and Mission Bay Drive, as well as a 260-foot-long bridge over Rose Creek.
    This segment will begin at the north end of Santa Fe Street and head south where it will connect to the existing bike path at Damon Street and Mission Bay Drive, just a short distance north of the Mike Gotch Memorial Bridge over Rose Inlet of Mission Bay.
    The Rose Creek Bikeway is anticipated to be open to the public in early 2020.To learn more, visit
    Shady John:Man OKB, those are some depressing posts.

    Shady, I usually try not to post such incidents, but in order to make my point about bikes and pedestrians getting the worst of it, these stories just seemed to jump off the pages of local media. It's a tough way to start the New Year but demonstrates the continued need to push for better facilities, law enforcement, education and awareness.

    Fatality in Paradise Hills Is 5th San Diego Pedestrian Accident in 4 Days
    Chris Jennewein February 3, 2018
    An apparently drug-impaired man in a Dodge pickup struck two pedestrians on a sidewalk in Paradise Hills on Saturday, killing one and seriously injuring the other. It was the fifth accident in San Diego involving a pedestrian in just four days. Pedestrians were struck in Loma Portal on Friday, in Clairemont on Thursday, and in La Jolla and City Heights on Wednesday.

    Bicyclist Suffers Fractured Skull in Collision with Red Light-Running SUV
    Chris Jennewein January 25, 2018
    A 45-year-old bicyclist sustained a skull fracture when he collided with an SUV that ran a red light and drove into his path in the Teralta West neighborhood, police said Thursday. The crash happened about 2:25 p.m. Wednesday when a 2014 Acura SUV headed north on Fairmount Avenue ran the red light at University Avenue, San Diego Police Officer Robert Heims said. The bicyclist, westbound on University, struck the side of the SUV.

    Drunken Driver Gets Year for Rear-Ending Bicyclist Paul Smith, Causing Great Injury
    Ken Stone on September 12, 2017
    Paul Smith was riding north in the 6500 block of La Jolla Colony Drive about 6:30 a.m. on May 11 when Lee’s 2008 Honda Accord hit the 44-year-old cyclist from behind, leaving him with fractured pelvis, broken ribs and bleeding on the brain, said Deputy District Attorney Carder Chan.
    • CommentAuthorallanorn
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th 2018
    Old Knotty Buoy:MTS Alerts and Detours

    MTS Bus Routes: 1, 10, 11, 120
    12/17/2017-12/19/2017 Paving - University Ave between 5th Ave & 9th Ave

    This is good news. Newly painted bike lanes can't be far behind. Ho Ho Ho...

    I went to the BAC meeting and heard an update!

    Anyone who’s tried to travel Univeristy in this area recently knows the road is the same as it has been, except where they filled in over a water line replacement. According to the water department, some of the newly installed valves failed and they need to dig up the road again to replace them. The city is intending to do a full repaving and re-stripe of the street once the replacement is completed and it’s in good working order.

    ETA this month but it could be later (March/April), and the BAC is keeping tabs on it to make sure it’s getting done.

    Photo by Matthew Bowler

    SANDAG Budget Has More Delays For Priority Bike Projects
    Andrew Bowen February 8, 2018
    Several key bike projects planned by the San Diego Association of Governments would be delayed under a proposed budget due for discussion at a public meeting Friday. The budget comes one month after the county's lead transportation agency reported it had spent $61 million on high-priority bike projects while less than 4 miles of those projects had been opened to traffic. The bike projects are important to SANDAG's state mandate of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, most of which come from transportation.
    SANDAG principal planner Linda Culp said in a Jan. 10 interview with KPBS that at least eight of the bike projects were on track to start construction before the end of the year. The SANDAG draft budget pushes nearly all of those start dates into 2019 and 2020.
    One project that would create separated bike and pedestrian paths along Pershing Drive through Balboa Park is facing a construction delay of about 10 months. The corridor is a key missing link in San Diego's bike network that would connect densely populated Mid-City neighborhoods with downtown.
    San Diego City Councilwoman Georgette Gomez, who sits on the SANDAG Transportation Committee, is among the most pro-bike elected officials in the county. Her chief of policy, Lara Gates, said while delays are never desirable, sometimes they are necessary to make good projects. "We would like to see these projects completed in a timely manner, on budget," Gates said. "We also want to make sure we're getting the best projects we can in our urbanized communities so we don't have to come back at a later date to do improvements."

    Chris O’Brien, proprietor of Coffee Cycle in Pacific Beach, makes a coffee. The coffee connoisseur took three years to perfect a functioning, mobile coffee cart. photo by Dave Schwab / Beach & Bay Press

    Bikes and beans the theme at new Coffee Cycle in Pacific Beach
    DAVE SCHWAB February 8th, 2018
    Cycling goes about as well with coffee as cream and sugar. Which is why Chris O’Brien, proprietor of Coffee Cycle in PB, has been able to earn a living pairing bikes and beans.
    “Once at the end of a shift, I invited a couple of my co-workers over to my house where I had 10 bikes in my living room,” recalled O’Brien. “It was a joke that I ought to put a cafe on the back of one of those bikes. I woke up the next morning and began sketching it.”
    “It seemed like this place (PB) needed a good haul-out coffee spot,” said O’Brien, adding, “I’m here for the people, not the coffee.” It really isn’t surprising that coffee and cycling make such a smooth blend, noted O’Brien.
    “Early morning rides are nice because of lower traffic, and because it’s nice to have a spot to stop along the way, or have a conversation about the experience afterward,” he said pointing out Grand Avenue is near Mount Soledad, one his favorite places to bike ride. “There are 13 (cycling) routes up there that you won’t believe existed,” the small-business owner said adding the scenery is like “going through a botanical garden.”

    Officials from the San Diego Association of Governments, City of San Diego, including Councilmember Lori Zapf, at the ceremony.

    City breaks ground for new Rose Creek Bikeway

    Dave Schwab February 7th, 2018
    Pacific Beach will be a new link in the chain of the city’s interlocking bicycle network once the Rose Creek Bikeway is completed. Officials from the San Diego Association of Governments and the City of San Diego recently broke ground on the Rose Creek Bikeway.
    A two-mile segment of the Coastal Rail Trail bikeway linking the greater University City area with points south including Mission Bay and downtown San Diego, Rose Creek Bikeway will create a protected and more convenient connection between two existing segments of the Coastal Rail Trail. It will extend from the Rose Canyon Bike Path in University City, south to the Rose Creek Bike Path in Pacific Beach. It is one of the most heavily traveled bike corridors in the region.
    “This bikeway will be great for our community,” said District 2 Councilmember Lorie Zapf. “Since my children were small, I’ve enjoyed riding bicycles with my family and I think it is very important to have bike paths separated from vehicles, like this one will be. The Rose Creek Bikeway is an example of good planning that will enhance our community.”
    When completed, the Rose Creek Bikeway will provide a 14-foot-wide paved path with environmentally sensitive lighting for added public safety. The bikeway will include under crossings at Interstate 5 and Mission Bay Drive, as well as a 260-foot-long bridge over Rose Creek. It is expected to be open to the public in early 2020.
    Andy Hanshaw, executive director of San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, was excited “to see this connection break ground.
    “Separated and safe, the Rose Creek Bikeway will serve all people who ride including residents, commuters, students and recreational riders,” Hanshaw said.

    “As part of the Regional Bike Network, we need these [funded] critical links built out now to connect people to the places they need to go that supports the healthy, active quality of life we all enjoy in San Diego. It’s these types of bikeways that will encourage more people to commute by bike and help the city reach their mode share targets to support the Climate Action Plan.”

    I actually found a mural close to where I live in Aarhus! Just a little less colorful than the ones in San Diego.

    A Dane now back in Denmark, part 18
    Mathilde Rousseau Bjerregaard March 8, 2018
    Yes I miss the weather in California, like crazy, and yes, I am ready to take the next plane back to San Diego anytime.

    I miss people being accommodating. I miss people asking me how I am doing, even though I thought it was weird when I first moved to San Diego, and I miss people complimenting my clothes in the grocery store.

    At the moment, I am writing my master thesis in media studies, but there is nothing I would rather be doing then riding my bike around San Diego, interviewing nice people, and surfing or playing volleyball in the afternoon after work.
    Faulconer calls for premium bike lanes downtown, likely delaying marquee project by years
    Joshua Emerson Smith March 19, 2018
    Faulconer, inspired by a recent trip to Vancouver, has called for building some of the most elaborate bike lanes in the country — increasing the price tag from $10.5 million to $25 million, according to the city’s most recent projections. At the same time, city staff has said the mayor’s office is considering cutting funding for bicycling infrastructure citywide.
    While advocates seemed tempted by the proposed upgrade, many balked at the idea of blowing the city’s self-imposed deadline.

    “We need for the mayor to step up and find creative solutions so that we can move forward with protected bike lanes that make sense,” said Nicole Capretz, executive director of the Climate Action Campaign. “We are submitting alternatives to the city so that we can still have a ribbon cutting by the end of 2019.”

    Faulconer’s office declined multiple requests to discuss the issue, but issued this statement in an email: “The Mayor directed staff to develop a plan that reflected what he saw in Vancouver. The proposed plan would be permanent in nature. The revised design and budget have not been finalized.”
    Executive Director of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition Andy Hanshaw said he believes Faulconer is committed to completing the project before he leaves office, but he questioned the timing of the abrupt change in direction.

    “I truly believe that the mayor wants something that’s got quality to it, but this plan was approved two years ago,” he said. “I wish he would have had this vision two years ago.”
    Under the city’s 2016 Downtown Mobility Plan, officials initially called for using plastic posts, or bollards, to separate vehicle traffic from bicyclists. The newly envisioned alternative would involve pouring concrete dividers, one the most expensive options cities have used to create protected bike lanes. Under this new plan, construction would likely continue past 2021.

    “That was the preferred option over the half-dozen alternatives that were presented to the mayor’s office,” Brian Genovese, city traffic engineer, said at a recent meeting of the San Diego Bicycle Advisory Committee. “That’s moving forward as far as the project.”
    The premium bike lanes protected with permanent concrete dividers are aimed at encouraging a more diverse range of riders, from younger children to seniors. In Vancouver officials said that preliminary results have shown that the high-end lanes draw new bicycle riders that otherwise would have felt uncomfortable pedaling along the traditional painted lanes.
    At the recent Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting, Genovese also said the mayor plans to cut funding in this year’s budget for bicycle improvements to $100,000, down from about $750,000 just a few years ago. In the past, money in the fund has gone to items such as bike racks and cameras to track ridership. “As you made have heard, there are budget cuts at the city, and the bike program is one of the programs that has seen a proposed reduction in at least the annual allocation portion,” he said. The mayor’s call for more costly lanes comes as the city said it had raised $8 million of the $10.5 million needed to construct the lanes as initially envisioned in the mobility plan.
    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2018
    What an incompetent public servant. Not evil, not ruthless, not heartless. Just incompetent and spineless.
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2018
    Just incompetent and spineless.

    I wouldn’t necessarily agree with you on that point, Shady John.

    Unless, of course, the funding was allowed to be transferred to “more shovel ready” projects…
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2018
    The project money goes out to consultants. When the money is gone, so are the consultants and the budget. Ditto the project.
    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2018
    I absolutely think it's shady to take an approved project and f*ck it all up under the guise of "improvement"... Smells REALLY fishy.

    The perfect here seems to be the enemy of the good.
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2018
    Sigurd:The project money goes out to consultants. When the money is gone, so are the consultants and the budget. Ditto the project.

    So... due to delays, redirections and small City of San Diego funding allowances, bike/pedestrian projects are more like evaporation tanks where what little is in them disappears before anything useful gets done. No wonder nothing ever gets completed. We hear the great news, see the smiling politicians at the photo ops, whilst the government sanctioned murder of cyclists and pedestrians continues.
    EDIT: moved to Bike Share thread...
    Midway planners give approval to community plan update
    Dave Schwab March 31, 2018
    Group chair Cathy Kenton pushed for the plan update motion to include language calling for “creative and thoughtful transportation systems on both a regional and local level.” She asked for policy language to include “flexibility for implementation and innovation in technology.”
    City planner Vickie White, who’s been working with the plan group, referred to the plan update as a “formidable document.” She said its guiding principle is to “establish distinct villages” highlighting different community sub-areas. White said Midway-Pacific Highway is considered a subregional employment area. She added an important piece of the redevelopment puzzle for the area is plans to make it more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly. That is to be accomplished through new parks and green space, street trees and landscaping and improved walking and riding paths.

    White said the timetable is for the plan update to go to the city Planning Commission for a public hearing on April 26, then to a City Council subcommittee May 24 before final review by the City Council a month later.
    I hope there is a special place in hell for hit/run drivers.
    There is an epidemic of unfounded entitlement and non-responsibility.
    I understand the mourning friends anger, but acting on it is unacceptable and escalated this situation.
    This is a tragedy :-(