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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.