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    • CommentAuthorallanorn
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2018
    The Rose Creek Bikeway may start next month, according to SANDAG:

    The plan is to start clearing vegetation and stage construction items for major construction starting in June 2018.

    Anticipated completion of the section connecting Rose Canyon Bike Path to Rose Creek Bike Path is now early 2020, from early 2019.
    I wonder if there will also be clearing of the homeless encampments near the creek north of In N Out and just west of Mission Bay Drive? That will be a sketchy section of path to ride at night as it stands, especially for women. (I think most women avoid the current section of path between Mission Bay Drive and Balboa, even in the daytime.)

    I don't love riding on Santa Fe, but I would gladly sacrifice the whole separated bike path for a good bridge over the railroad tracks into Marion Bear Park.
    • CommentAuthorallanorn
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2018
    Shady John:I wonder if there will also be clearing of the homeless encampments near the creek north of In N Out and just west of Mission Bay Drive? That will be a sketchy section of path to ride at night as it stands, especially for women. (I think most women avoid the current section of path between Mission Bay Drive and Balboa, even in the daytime.)

    I don't love riding on Santa Fe, but I would gladly sacrifice the whole separated bike path for a good bridge over the railroad tracks into Marion Bear Park.

    They'll probably clear out the homeless as it looks like it'll go right through there. In-N-Out is going to love the bike path.

    As for Santa Fe, I don't mind a Class I path there even if it's not 100%; it'll be consistent with the entire Coastal Rail Trail. However, I would love some infrastructure to connect the bike path to Morena Blvd that is cyclable without dismounting.
    Studies show roundabouts promote traffic safety
    December 29, 2017
    The Valley Center Planning Group recently got a reply from SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) on its request for information about the safety of roundabouts. Some members of the group are promoting the use of at least one and maybe more roundabouts along Valley Center Road, with the most often mentioned proposed location for such a traffic calming device being at Valley Center Road & Mirar de Valle.
    The group recently applied for a Cal Trans Grant to study traffic calming methods, including roundabouts. Last week the group got its answer from Stephan Vance, senior regional planner, who provided the group with the following statistics.
    “Studies have shown that roundabouts are safer than traditional stop sign or signal-controlled intersections,” Vance wrote. “Roundabouts reduced injury crashes by 75% at intersections where stop signs or signals were previously used for traffic control, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

    “Studies by the IIHS and Federal Highway Administration have shown that roundabouts typically achieve:
    • A 37% reduction in overall collisions
    • A 75% reduction in injury collisions
    • A 90% reduction in fatality collisions
    • A 40% reduction in pedestrian collisions
    See related November 7th, 2017 posting above.
    I came across this information while checking out the articles for Coastal Rail shutdowns over the coming January weekends.

    Rail 2 Rail®
    Metrolink Monthly Pass holders can take advantage of the Rail 2 Rail program which allows them to travel on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains within station pairs of their pass at no additional charge.

    The Rail 2 Rail® program allows Metrolink Monthly Pass holders along the Orange and Ventura County corridors to travel on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains within the station pairs of their pass at no additional charge, including Saturday and Sunday. Metrolink Monthly Pass holder who travel outside of station pairs identified on their pass are required to purchase an Amtrak ticket for the portion of the trip not within the Monthly Pass station pairs. Metrolink passengers simply show their Monthly Pass and board any Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train or bus to their destination.

    The Rail 2 Rail® program does NOT include travel on Coast Starlight trains. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Monthly Pass holders may ride any Metrolink train within the station pairs on their pass at no additional charge.
    Bike Reservation
    Rail 2 Rail® riders should be advised that a valid Amtrak ticket and a complimentary bike reservation will be necessary in order to bring a bike on board Pacific Surfliner trains. Metrolink monthly pass holders will not be allowed to board with a bike without purchasing an Amtrak ticket and reserving the bike slot space in advance. Amtrak tickets and bike reservations can be obtained by visiting, at Quik-Trak ticketing machines, from station ticket agents, or by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL. Please use Metrolink trains if your journey requires bicycle transport. Metrolink has specially retrofitted bike cars on select trains and all passenger cars can hold up to three bikes per car.
    Torrey Pines Road Corridor work to start this month: $2.7 million La Jolla project to finish by summer
    Ashley Mackin-Solomon January 17, 2018
    Construction is set to begin at the end of this month on Phase II of the Torrey Pines Road Corridor Project, and last approximately six months. The scope of work is just under a mile of the thoroughfare, between Prospect Place and La Jolla Shores Drive. The City projects traffic impacts will be minimal.

    San Diego Public Information Officer Alec Phillipp said the project includes:
    • Installation of a new sidewalk on the south side of Torrey Pines Road between Hillside Drive and Amalfi Street
    • Installation of a pedestrian crossing on Torrey Pines Road west of Princess Drive, with street lighting and crosswalk systems
    • Asphalt concrete overlay with striping of buffered bike lanes along Torrey Pines Road, from La Jolla Shores Drive to Princess Drive, and Coast Walk to Prospect Place
    • Installation of a flush stamped and painted asphalt median between Roseland Drive and Hillside Drive
    To create continuity and a safer bicycling path, he said a buffered bike lane would be installed on both sides of the street. An update has the bike lane in two segments. To accommodate the bike lanes, the vehicular traffic lanes would be narrowed. The lane widths would be adjusted to a 10-foot left lane and 11-foot right lane, a two-foot bike lane buffer and a five-foot bike lane. Bliss added: “The narrower lanes will make motorists feel a little pinched, so they will slow down a bit, and the HAWK beacon will provide a break in traffic. The buffered bike lane will suggest a bike corridor, and we think all these measures will slow traffic down.”
    The project construction should start the last week of January and be complete by the summer. The current project cost is $2,692,235 for the entirety of work. “A majority of this is funded through TransNet, and a small portion is funded through the Water Utility CIP fund,” Phillipp said.
    • CommentAuthorallanorn
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2018 edited
    It looks like the bike lane for northbound Pacific Highway at Taylor/Rosecrans has been moved/repainted so it's not causing a right-hook situation.

    Also, from SANDAG meeting notes (can't find the source document for some reason) the Class I section from Harbor/West 8th in National City through Tidelands Ave is slated for a ribbon-cutting ceremony around February 24th. The remaining sections look complete as of this weekend but need landscaping and paint.

    Traffic circles coming to Moraga Avenue
    Some Bay Ho residents thrilled, some not
    Julie Stalmer, Jan. 18, 2018
    A topic of conversation for years has been the speeding, traffic, and accidents on Moraga Avenue. The city plans to remedy the situation by installing traffic circles (mini-roundabouts) on Moraga at Idlewild Way and Fox Place. Moraga runs between two main arteries in Clairemont — Balboa Avenue and Clairemont Mesa Boulevard. The response to one planning member asking about safety was that traffic circles "eliminate crashes from turns" and the "only safety issue is when someone doesn't merge properly and turns into a vehicle." It was stated that 70 percent of accidents are eliminated and pedestrians are safer due to slower vehicle speeds.
    A Caltrans document states that roundabouts significantly reduce crashes over all intersection types except all-way stops (stats are similar). A city document states a signalized intersection has four times as many vehicle-to-vehicle conflicts than a roundabout; vehicle-to-pedestrian conflicts are one-third that of signalized intersections.
    Claire Smith has lived two blocks off Moraga for 22 years and several times a week walks it. Smith said her biggest opposition to the traffic circles is that it "will result in a big expense and increased danger to pedestrians and bicyclists without positively impacting the actual problem." Smith has concerns about median islands to split traffic. Without them, she said it's dangerous for pedestrians because, while cars might go a bit slower, they likely won't brake for pedestrians. "They would have to block traffic to let a pedestrian cross. It will force pedestrians to jaywalk half a block down, creating a problem that doesn't exist now."

    The flip side of the splitter-island coin, said Smith, is installing them could mean less space for parking due to the widening of the street by going into the sidewalk. "Technically, it's not a loss of property, it's an easement, but it's going to impact those corner houses."
    Having worked in government for much of her life, Smith is suspicious about the city being so gung-ho about traffic circles before trying the less-expensive option of a four-way stop. "I'm fairly certain they have an ulterior motive and it has to do with the trolley. They probably want to widen Moraga and turn it into a main thoroughfare for the trolley stop and the traffic circles are just the first step. It's a shell game. If you tell people you want to add more traffic in their neighborhood, people would protest."

    Not one Moraga resident I've spoken with over the past two years is comfortable with adding more traffic into their already overloaded neighborhood. This issue was called out decades ago in the Clairemont community plan, which includes Bay Ho: "In 1985, 12 collector streets had traffic volumes that were functioning 30 percent over the maximum number of average daily trips recommended for those streets due to high congestion." Moraga Avenue was specifically named.
    • CommentAuthorfjl307
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2018
    Fact: the traffic circles and subsequent traffic calming will be better for all. Look at Bird Rock.
    Smith seems to be unaware of the concept of "pedestrian islands" and that motorists yield all the time to pedestrians in either place near the traffic circles in Bird Rock. For slower pedestrians it's often helpful to only have to worry about crossing at least half of the distance they'd have to cross on a "normal" intersection.
    Also traffic circles/roundabouts versus 4- way stops. Isn't this common sense now?

    As for bicyclists, if we're going to use the roundabouts it's best to control the lane (and do so beforehand) but if not the designs could incorporate signs such as these ones in Colorado which allow bicyclists to operate as pedestrians and exit the roadway at almost the last moment:,-105.0208181,3a,75y,106.89h,89.4t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sFJvzDQ7UbhTaZne1MtifsQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

    The signage would need to be added to the CA MUTCD though.
    Please join us for a groundbreaking celebration for the Rose Creek Bikeway! SANDAG will host a groundbreaking ceremony and community celebration to kick-off construction on the Rose Creek Bikeway.

    Thursday, January 25, 2018
    Drop in between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. (Groundbreaking ceremony begins at 9 a.m.)
    5070 Santa Fe Street
    San Diego, CA 92109

    Join us for refreshments and fun as we commemorate this exciting next step in building the Rose Creek Bikeway! Visit our Facebook page to see the event invitation or to RSVP. To learn more about the project, please visit
    • CommentAuthorallanorn
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2018
    fjl307:As for bicyclists, if we're going to use the roundabouts it's best to control the lane (and do so beforehand) but if not the designs could incorporate signs such as these ones in Colorado which allow bicyclists to operate as pedestrians and exit the roadway at almost the last moment:,-105.0208181,3a,75y,106.89h,89.4t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sFJvzDQ7UbhTaZne1MtifsQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

    The signage would need to be added to the CA MUTCD though.

    With that much room in Colorado it would have been better to just put in a standard Dutch roundabout, as that would avoid the inconsistencies of allowing cyclists to use sidewalks (or not). Not sure if that would be appropriate or feasible given space constraints for Moraga though.
    • CommentAuthorallanorn
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2018 edited
    Partially related to cycling, because the project was linked to the new bike path on CA-15: the Mid-City Centerline bus stations on 15 are expected to open at a ribbon cutting on February 24th. Those that are interested in bus-bike commutes or use the Rapid 235 as part of a cycling trip (e.g. the 56 Bike Path) will need to note any upcoming schedule changes and plan transfers accordingly.

    Carlsbad releases Village, Barrio master plan
    Steve Puterski January 25, 2018
    CARLSBAD — The highly anticipated Carlsbad Village and Barrio Master Plan Update has at last been released for public review. The document is in its third edition as the city puts together a plan and vision for the two iconic neighborhoods.
    One of the plan’s central themes is mobility and parking, which the City Council has been grappling with for years. And while several projects are in the works along Carlsbad Boulevard, the master plan is dedicating resources for improvements concerning walkability and for cyclists.
    The city has already installed 100 bike racks, and is proposing cycle tracks on Oak and Grand avenues along with the State Street alley. The parking-in-lieu program, meanwhile, is restricted to most of the Village and about three blocks in the Pine-Tyler mixed-use district.
    As for the Barrio, recommendations include a shared civic space at Roosevelt Street and Walnut Avenue, improving traffic with roundabouts and strengthen walkability, improving beach access with new railroad crossings (specifically at Chestnut Avenue) and developing bikeways to connect the Barrio, Village and beach. Improvements for easier access to the Coastal Rail Trail at Tamarack and Oak avenues is proposed, plus trenching the railroad tracks to incorporate those beach access points in the Barrio. Trenching, though, is a separate project and a decision is not expected for several years.
    As for when the city will move on the plan, it could go before the Planning Commission this spring, and if approved, then to the council for final approval. To read the entire plan, visit Village & Barrio Plan

    L-R: Terry Sinnoff – SANDAG chairman; Andy Henshaw – SDCBC; Lorie Zapf – SD Councilperson; Anthony George – Community Representative

    SANDAG hosted a groundbreaking ceremony and community celebration to kick-off construction on the Rose Creek Bikeway, Thursday, January 25, 2018.

    The Rose Creek Bikeway is part of the Coastal Rail Trail and is being designed as a Class I bike path (completely separated from vehicle traffic) that connects existing sections of the Rose Canyon and Rose Creek bike paths in the City of San Diego. The bikeway will fill a two-mile gap in the Regional Bike Network between points to the north such as Sorrento Valley, University City, and UC San Diego, and points to the south such as Mission Bay, Pacific Beach, Mission Valley, and Downtown San Diego. The Rose Creek Bikeway will begin at the north end of Santa Fe Street and 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.

    To learn more about the project, please visit:

    Media Coverage:
    Rose Creek Bikeway breaks ground as part of $200 million campaign
    Joshua Emerson Smith Feb 2, 2018
    Bike path extension started at Rose Creek
    John Gibbins February 2, 2018

    Rendering of improvements planned at Santa Fe Drive. Courtesy SANDAG

    Work Begins on Bicycle Lanes at Encintias Blvd. and Santa Fe Dr.

    Chris Jennewein February 2, 2018
    Work is soon set to begin on bike and pedestrian improvements on Santa Fe Drive and Encinitas Boulevard as part of a 40-year North County infrastructure project, Caltrans announced Friday. Construction near the Interstate 5 overpass at Santa Fe Drive is set to start before mid-month, and work at the freeway’s intersection at Encinitas Boulevard will begin later this spring, according to the state’s transportation agency.
    Both areas will see the construction of separated bike and pedestrian lanes along the east and westbound lanes in an aim to increase North County east-west connectivity. Motorists should expect narrowed lanes and intermittent delays and noise during construction. A path will be maintained along one side of each street for bikes and pedestrians during the 18 months it’s expected to take to complete the improvements in each area.
    I'd like to see this type of design used along Balboa Avenue, under the existing I-5 freeway and rail bridge that will carry the new SD Trolley Blue Line. The existing buttress wall could be pushed back, allowing a physically protected passage for both bicycles and pedestrians. With all the expected Transit Oriented Development(TOD) on the west side of the freeway and tracks, a safe and easy route to the new trolley station on the east side is needed. Any talk of a pedestrian/bicycle bridge over the freeway and tracks is just a lick and a promise for future consideration.

    I hope they rethink the placement of the Pedestrian Crossing sign from the middle of the ADA ramp!

    Cal Trans looks at summer completion for roundabout
    February 01, 2018
    CalTrans is looking at a completion date of sometime this summer for the SR 76 Valley Center Road Project, which is installing a roundabout —the first one for San Diego county on a major highway—at the intersection of Hwy 76 & Valley Center Road, in Pauma Valley.

    “The project is in Phase 1 of construction,” he said. “We anticipate the completion will be in the summer of 2018.” Most of the work is happening during Phase 1. Stage 2 is when they will put in a detour, said Robles. “There will be some closures. We will require a weekend closure for the last stage, Phase III.” When will that be? “We will send information out prior to that,” Robles said. “That’s at the discretion of the contractor. They will give a heads up.”
    The roundabout is the first to be built in District 11, which includes San Diego. Roundabouts are the flavor of the month with the state traffic engineers. “They are favored when you have a situation when you have one side of traffic moving rapidly and the other steady,” said Robles. “It minimizes speed in all directions; and if accidents occur, they are less severe.”

    The cost for construction is about $7-8 million he said.
    Google Street View: Intersection
    Caltrans flyer: Link
    More walking, less parking in Carlsbad's latest Village-Barrio plan
    Phil Diehl February 7th, 2018
    The third and perhaps final version of Carlsbad’s proposed Village and Barrio Master Plan is out, and there’s more walking and less parking in it. City planners took an extra year for a closer look at parking, adding a $250,000 consultant’s study in 2016. The consultant concluded and city planners agreed that the best approach is to more efficiently use existing parking rather than focus on building more. They ruled out the idea of a downtown public parking garage as unnecessary.
    “The city doesn’t have a parking problem,” Senior Planner Scott Donnell said this week, though not everyone agrees. “It’s kicking the can into the future,” said Gary Nessim, a real estate agent with an office in the Village. He said the city needs to build more public parking, and the need will increase as the city grows. Nessim often participates in community meetings to discuss downtown planning matters, and has long said the city needs to build downtown parking structures. “We’re still trying to get that into the plan,” he said.
    Overall, though, the latest revision is “a huge improvement,” he said. It adds good things such as wider sidewalks, more bike lanes, and it keeps and expands on the original “big ideas” such as a pedestrian promenade proposed for Grand Avenue.
    Barrio resident Simon Angel said he likes the plan’s proposal to slow down traffic in residential neighborhoods. “Traffic is still an issue in the Barrio … mainly on the northbound and southbound streets,” Angel said. “People tend to go faster because there’s no stop signs.”
    The plan also proposes more pedestrian crossings over the railroad tracks to the beach, something Barrio residents have sought for decades. Presently, the nearest legal crossings are about 10 blocks apart at Carlsbad Village Drive or Tamarack Avenue. Overall, the updated plan helps to preserve Carlsbad’s “small community” feeling, she said, and that’s what she likes best about it. Also added are more details about how to implement ideas such as the proposal to convert three blocks of Grand Avenue into a pedestrian plaza, and a look at possible funding sources for that.
    Still in the plan is the suggestion to trench the downtown railroad tracks. That work could be done as part a regional effort to add a second set of tracks to better accommodate the expected increase in rail traffic through Carlsbad and other coastal communities. Lowering the tracks increases safety by virtually eliminating the chance of pedestrians and vehicles from being hit by trains. Also, the trains are not required to sound their horns at below-grade street crossings, and traffic improves when there are no stops for at-grade crossings. Train traffic through Carlsbad is expected to double over the next 30 years. The increase is certain to compound the noise, traffic delays and safety hazards unless the tracks are placed below ground level.
    Another idea still in the plan is a proposal to create an underpass beneath Interstate 5 for Grand Avenue, which would improve access between the Village and Olde Carlsbad neighborhoods.

    The final document is expected to go to the Planning Commission and then the City Council for final approval later this year.
    • CommentAuthorallanorn
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2018
    The Mid-City Trolley Line Balboa Station Plan

    The BAC heard a presentation from the designers on Wednesday and provided the link to the plan. It would be a good idea to review this; my notes on the cycling are below. Apologies if they are incorrect (let me know so I can make corrections). Keep in mind the city is intending to redevelop the wedge of land bounded by Garnet/Balboa, I-5, and Mission Bay Drive/Grand Av for mid-to-high density residential.

    The transit station will be in the land south of Balboa, between the rail tracks and Morena Blvd. The at-grade intersections will be reconfigured so there is direct access to the transit center and loops will be eliminated.

    From a cycling perspective:

    "now": sharrows to start, with a potential Class II bike lane eastbound under the bridges.

    "short term" solution: There's going to be shared-use cycling/ped paths on both sides of Garnet/Balboa underneath the bridges, in the space currently occupied by dirt and air around the bridge pillars. 10' seems to be the width of the shared-use paths. In addition there will be a separate shared-use path on Santa Fe St. connecting Balboa with Damon and theoretically to the Rose Creek Bike Path. Damon will get Class IV cycle tracks. Eastbound Balboa will get a bus/bike lane to the transit center.

    A shared-use bridge will connect the transit center to the north side of Balboa, and will be parallel to the rail tracks.

    This means that cyclists wanting to go to PB will leave the station, cross Balboa on the shared-use overpass, use the shared-use path to go under the rail tracks and up Santa Fe St, connecting to Damon and/or the Rose Creek Bike Path. This may be the city's "solution" to crossing I-5 to Rose Creek that cyclists want.

    "long term" solution: they've identified a potential overpass/tunnel point at either Bunker Hill St. or Magnolia St (possibly Rosewood as well, notes unclear). That land is either private or on city ROW; however - building such a crossing will probably involve the city, CDCs of PB and Clairemont, Caltrans, BNSF, MTS, SANDAG, and the Coastal Commission to get permission. They'll try to work with SANDAG as much as they can for this, but it's likely entirely up to the city to find funding for it.

    No other bike travel lanes are proposed (except sharrows). In fact they may add a travel lane to Balboa/Garnet through the area as that stretch of road is near/at capacity and MTS is planning on routing five bus lines to the station.

    The draft EIR will go out this spring.

    Personally, this seems like we could have a hot pile of garbage to use for a long time. We may want to make some noise to see if the city can do better here.

    Bike lane completed near City Hall
    February 15, 2018
    This bike lane was completed near City Hall this week. The work is part of the 2017 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project. New striping was placed on the resurfaced sections of Broadway and Valley Parkway. The new striping has been realigned to incorporate the future Missing Link bicycle path, including changing the diagonal parking along Grape Day Park to parallel parking. The new striping alignment along Valley Parkway between Broadway and Centre City Parkway reflects the installation of an 8 foot bike path along the north side of the road. Temporary installation of cones and signage is in place to reinforce the new bike lane.
    Another city in San Diego County working to incorporate safe bicycle facilities in their busy downtown areas. Let's hope there is more to come and other county municipalities follow this example.
    Cole Grade upgrade EIR available
    February 15, 2018
    The draft environmental impact report (DEIR) for the Cole Grade Road Improvement Project is now available. Public comments will be accepted on the document until March 5, 2018. Currently the County Dept. of Public Works (DPW) anticipates beginning the road widening in 2020. The project will take about 18 months to complete.

    The 2.83 mile project on Cole Grade Road will extend from Pauma Heights Road/West Oak Glen Road to Fruitvale Road. There will also be five-foot wide bike lanes on both sides of the road and three-foot wide graded shoulders adjacent to the bike lanes. The project will require some land acquisition for the increase right of way.
    You can find a copy of the DEIR at the Valley Center Public Library and online at
    Google Image: Cole Grade Road
    This is close to the Valley Center High School and will help with student commuter safety as the bicyclist come and go to school along this busy roadway.

    Upgrades to the Poinsettia Train Station will begin in April, according to SANDAG. Photo by Steve Puterski

    Poinsettia Station to get rail improvements
    Steve Puterski February 15, 2018
    CARLSBAD — One year after its proposed renovation, the Poinsettia train station rehabilitation will begin in April, according to the San Diego Association of Government. A stretch of the corridor, known as the San Luis Obispo-Los Angeles-San Diego corridor, will be double tracked to improve travel times. In addition, the project also consists of below-grade passageway for travelers, raising the platform to be in sync with Amtrak trains and extending the platform to 1,000 feet.
    The station will be similar to the Oceanside Transit Station with the upgrades plus adding shelters. The under crossings, meanwhile, will improve safety as riders must cross the tracks in its current state. “The platform will be longer because we want to plan for the future train,” he explained. “That will be a 10-car, either for Amtrak or Coaster. We will raise the platform some, so you will have level boarding, at least for Amtrak. That is a standard the federal government placed on everyone a few years ago.”
    As with other station upgrades, taking care of rolling stock (bikes, scooters, trailers, luggage), in conjunction with ADA requirements, will provide ease of use, safety and convenience to multi-mode commuters. Both the safe, ease of access to the station, as well as the station platforms themselves, will serve the alternative transportation solutions we're all desiring.

    The project budget is estimated at $33.7 million and is expected to be completed in 2020. Of the budget, $16.1 million is from the regional TransNet sales tax, $13.6 million comes from the Federal Transit Administration Regional Surface Transportation Program and $4 million from the state.

    With the improvements, Linthicum said level of service will increase once the work is completed. “Amtrak has already added some service,” he added. “NCTD is trying to replace some of its existing very old locomotives. The next step would be to add locomotives so they can increase service. The first is to increase is capacity then figure out how to pay for the increased service cost.”

    Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge

    The bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Genesee Avenue is under construction. The extension of the bike path, the section that runs from Genesee Avenue to Voigt Drive, has been paved, but remains closed to the public until the entire bike path is complete. The bicycle and pedestrian bridge that will cross Genesee Avenue will connect the south section of the bike path (Voigt Drive to Genesee Avenue) to the north section (Genesee Avenue to Sorrento Valley Road).

    Crews are working on the last major component of the project – the bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Genesee Avenue. Both pedestrians and people on bikes will be able to use the bridge and path. The bridge is curved and measures 260 feet long and 18 feet wide. This unique addition will support the North Coast Corridor bike network and provide alternative transportation choices to encourage more people to #GObyBIKEsd.

    For those who like to walk, the bridge connects to the sidewalks on Genesee Avenue with bike and pedestrian access points at the southwest and northwest corners of the southbound ramp at the I-5 and Genesee Avenue intersection.

    Twitter Link

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    Roundabouts, wider sidewalks planned along Escondido's Grand Avenue
    J. Harry Jones February 17, 2018
    Four blocks of Grand Avenue in the heart of Escondido’s historic downtown district will change dramatically should a plan be implemented in the coming years that includes wider sidewalks, removal of street medians, diagonal parking, and the construction of three roundabouts. Final designs have not been finished, but the “vision plan” for Grand Avenue between Escondido Boulevard and Juniper Street would be built in several phases, said Julie Procopio, the city’s director of engineering services.
    The first two phases would be covered by the grants with the first calling for the widening of sidewalks along one side of the street between Maple and Kalmia streets. The second phase would include construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Broadway and Grand as well as more sidewalk widening.
    “What I think we can accomplish with this kind of a vision and design is slowing traffic down and creating some more parking that’s right in front of some of these restaurants and shops,” Councilman John Masson said. “My goal is to slow people down there. If you’re trying to get to the other side of town, don’t take Grand. Take Second and Valley, which are one-way thoroughfares with lights timed to get you through town.”
    The plan also includes adding about 70 new parking spaces along the street which currently has only parallel parking. Diagonal parking spaces would be built on one side of the street with parallel parking on the other, alternating between blocks.

    The call for adding diagonal parking seems less than forward thinking. It removes roadway real estate and puts bicyclists in harms way of backing vehicles. Maybe back-in parking would be well suited here if we couldn't scrap the diagonal parking all together. In a large center city development, with large residential growth projected, maybe a downtown parking structure with electric vehicle charging stations would make sense. You might add drop-off/pick-up zones in front of restaurant row with maybe an added valet parking service if so desired. Park the cars in a safe structure off site, and leave an open, plaza like design for public enjoyment.

    In Pacific Beach, diagonal parking was added in the business district along one side of Garnet Avenue (and some side streets) and it narrowed the roadway and only slightly slowed traffic. (Even in the marked, signalized crosswalks, pedestrians have to be aware of drivers who don't stop or stop just short in the nick of time. A very dangerous, false sense of security for residents, children, patrons, visitors and ADA users.) It did however increase the risk to bicyclist and now many bike riders are up on the sidewalks because of fears of riding in the street. This conflicts with pedestrians, shoppers and handicapped users on the sidewalks who have to dodge swift moving, wide cruisers. Add in the extended, enclosed patio dining areas intruding into the public sidewalk, deep hollowed out tree boxes, above ground back-flow check-valves on waterlines, buckling sidewalks, illegal "A-frame" sandwich board signage and you have a real mess. Ha, that's city planning/community planning. Such contemporary, avant-garde, chic, forward urban planning. Ha Ha Ha. What a joke. That might have been a solution fifteen or twenty years ago, but certainly will not suffice in a densely populated downtown/business-distric of the future. Take back our sidewalks!

    Maybe parking protected bike lanes, next to the widened sidewalks could be a solution. Well placed bike parking in front of shops should be included in the "visioning". Bike-share and parking facility for locking private bikes. Hell, you could even "vision" a charging station for e-bikes. Maybe I'm just seeing things.

    He said the whole idea “is to create something different from what we have on Second and Valley Parkway. The idea is to almost create a walking, living and partially drivable mall-type of scenario that is going to enhance pedestrian activity.” “We will have a lot more residents down here and I think we’re going to see a lot more pedestrian activity on our Grand Avenue,” Morasco said.

    It won’t be until the end of the year when the city will know if the grants have been approved. If they are, there will be ample time to hold more meetings to get the public’s feedback on the designs, Procopio said.

    There is no mention of bike facilities such as protected bike lanes, bike signals or bike parking. A plan that envisions "creating a walking, living and partially drivable mall-type of scenario that is going to enhance pedestrian activity” surely needs to include bicycle facilities to help with alternative, clean, efficient, cost effective transportation. It will help with climate goals, noise pollution, traffic congestion, and quality of life.

    Doesn't a "drivable mall-type of scenario" have it's parking outside of the mall? Hence the idea of a remote parking structure and an easy walk into the business district. I can see dock-less bike share in the mix, useful for getting from parking structure to destination.

    Shouldn't bicycles be a no-brainer by now when it comes to strategic renewal of urban spaces? Not only to score points on the climate goals, but the enhanced esthetics they add to a community. Really.

    Just saying. Rant over. There's still time to voice opinions in the planning process.
    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2018 edited
    There is a common theme for (California) city centers that are walkable and at least somewhat bike-friendly: You have city-owned parking structures adjacent to the area with clear parking rules and costs (no jumble of private lots with hard-to-decipher fees). Then you dramatically restrict street parking and make one or more streets pedestrian-only, or nearly so. This is a theme in Santa Monica, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo. Downtown Santa Barbara has less coordinated parking but is similar (and you can get there by train). Garnet should be closed to cars from Ingraham to the coast, with limited cross traffic (like the 3rd street promenade in Santa Monica). Connect it to the improved coastal bike path that is going in. Run direct shuttle buses from the new Balboa trolley station and parking nearby to the terminus of the pedestrian mall. Bikes can easily be a part of this.
    Another story about the Escondido Grand Avenue vision plan. There is more information and community comments included in this article.

    City Council votes to seek grant for Grand Ave. Vision Plan
    David Ross February 22, 2018
    According to the staff report, “Stakeholders expressed a desire to improve the economic vitality of Grand Avenue by creating a pedestrian-friendly and aesthetically appealing streetscape with convenient parking and access.” A committee of 24 members honed the concept. Comments were used to create a plan that would narrow Grand Avenue to one lane in each direction and use the excess width to create wider, 20-foot sidewalks and diagonal parking.

    Another meeting was held last October in which 80 members of the public attended, and, said staff, gave “strong support for a narrower roadway, wider sidewalks, outdoor dining areas, enhanced lighting, and diagonal parking.” January 11, the committee voted to support the concept of diagonal parking on one side of the street, parallel parking the opposite side, and sidewalk widening on both sides. This concept would require rerouting buses.

    The concept of a roundabout at Broadway and Grand, with smaller roundabouts at Kalmia and Maple, was added. “The committee really supported the roundabouts,” said Procopio. “They’d like to extend them to Ivy.”
    If SANDAG approves the grants, design would involve public input, with a goal of construction beginning in mid-2020.
    Gallo said, “People have been trying to redesign downtown for decades. I’ll put up Grand Avenue against any main street.” He was “not too sure about one lane traffic in each direction.” As to the need for additional parking of about 70 new spaces diagonal parking would create, he said, “Any time I look downtown there’s a hundred available spaces. I’ve never had a problem.”

    Diaz added that the purpose of a roundabout is “not to make traffic easier but to calm traffic.” She was also concerned about Cruisin’ Grand if this concept is passed and said she hoped there would be more public input. Procopio promised that if the grants were approved they would be seeking more public feedback.
    Deputy Mayor John Masson said, “I like the idea." “I like the traffic calming, the enhanced experience, creating energy and vibrancy. I think it’s exciting, and I’m a little concerned that maybe the community hasn’t bought into the vision. But I think we are heading in the right direction.”

    Councilmember Morasco added, "I love the design. I see more beautiful enhancements in the middle of the roundabouts. I know it’s not complete, but more community input would be welcome. The idea is to create a walking living and partially drivable street. What’s going to change the game is what is coming to the hospital property. I think we are going to be seeing a lot more pedestrian enhancement.”

    Mayor Sam Abed declared, “We have a beautiful historic downtown; we need to protect that historical value and at the same time adapt to change.” As a member of the SANDAG board he said he has seen many similar designs. “I know a lot of people hate roundabouts, but this is an opportunity for us to take a smart growth program.” He added, “I’m not going to subscribe to the opinion to leave it as it is. Let’s create some vibrancy, a walkable community. I think this vision is great. We may need to refine it.”

    Cedros Collective, the renovation of a previous retail commercial project, will add a café with an outdoor seating area at the south end of the buildings.
    Courtesy rendering

    Parking concerns hold up permit for new café on S. Cedros
    Bianca Kaplanek February 22, 2018
    SOLANA BEACH — A new café is being proposed for Cedros Avenue Design District, but the permit was delayed after council members at the Feb. 14 meeting asked the architect to possibly add some amenities and improve on-street parking even though he is not required to do so. There are about 10 spaces in front of the building on Cedros that are not in compliance with city codes. Since they are associated with the retail commercial component of the project, which is not a change of use, there is no requirement for them to be updated.
    Councilman Mike Nichols suggested refining the on-street parking area, even if the result was the loss of one parking space, by possibly adding bike parking and improving the travel path for the disabled and the aesthetics. “I have a hard time approving this,” he said. “It meets the letter of the code but … physically it’s not going to work. “It just doesn’t feel like a very pedestrian-friendly experience,” Nichols added. “And I think that’s what will drive people to this space. It’s what drives Cedros.
    “I have no problem working on potential alternative parking configurations,” Church said. “I enjoy that kind of thing.” “I think whatever you come back with is going to be better,” Nichols said. “Let’s go all the way and make it nice.”
    It's good to see efforts being made to include bike facilities, and genuine concern for pedestrians and ADA into the design of commercial redevelopment. Hopefully the patio will not intrude into the public space that is the sidewalk, leaving room for ease of public mobility (pedestrians, window shoppers, child-strollers, wheelchairs etc.)

    In the article, the parking in the rear is criticized for it's difficulty of use. Perhaps a robust bike parking facility could be utilized back there to help encourage bicyclist's patronage of the cafe. Like all beach restaurants, capturing the local crowd with convenient amenities goes a long way toward successful business sustainability. With a large bike parking facility, you could capture loads of local patrons that otherwise would skip-by because of the hassles of parking a vehicle. You might also gain support from multi-mode commuters coming off the trains at the nearby Solana Beach station, making the cafe a "bike destination spot".

    Lock your bike out back, walk in the back door and enjoy the fine food. Nice! The bikes could be viewed by staff or patrons to maintain a level of security, enhanced as well by the driveway having only one way in and one way out.
    “I have a hard time approving this,” Nichols said. “It meets the letter of the code but … physically it’s not going to work. “It just doesn’t feel like a very pedestrian-friendly experience. And I think that’s what will drive people to this space. It’s what drives Cedros.

    “If you come back and say you … can’t do it, we’re no further back than we would be today, I think I would feel much better knowing that you gave it a shot to try to not necessarily meet the letter of the law to a T, but you tried to make this a better project."

    “I know that talented folks can make creative things happen,” Nichols added.
    In a 'design district" that supports so many businesses dedicated to thoughtful consideration of user experience, providing for a modern, forward thinking paradigm of dense, urban utility is the order of the day. Foregoing the code compliance cost-saving tricks by strict adherence to "change of use" designation, indicates a "tail waging the dog" process. Visual first impressions are the 'coin of the realm' in this type of design, with functionality being a close second. Build for modern, urban mobility, not for the dated, car-centric past. Maybe the City Design Codes could give credit for required parking by recognizing bike parking as a comparative solution, helping to encourage sustainable, eco-friendly, alternative transportation choices. Such credit would fit nicely with Climate Action requirements and could be leveraged to help satisfy state law.

    Building a robust, sustainable, pedestrian friendly Avenue, in your own "design district", will be the modeling (both architecturally and morally) that can be shown off to others considering their own urban redevelopment.

    I found this while surfing the net. North Carolina's idea for major road intersections. Contemplating upgrades for major highway interchanges, could this work in California?

    But no. Because it would be too hard to understand for 85% of people. There is one of these in Reno, Nv that has provided ample entertainment for about 8 years now.

    Improvements to the roadway, sidewalks, parking and more along Camino del Mar in the village area that have been discussed for more than 20 years will begin this spring. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

    Downtown improvements in Del Mar get green light
    Bianca Kaplanek March 1, 2018
    DEL MAR — A decades-long effort to improve the downtown corridor could actually get underway after council members at the Feb. 20 meeting unanimously approved the necessary permits to begin work on phase one. The overall project will include improvements to sidewalks, parking areas, bike lanes, medians, landscaping and the roadway between Ninth Street and the intersection at the northern entrance to Del Mar Plaza. Elements include new benches, trashcans, bicycle racks, newspaper displays, bus shelters, disabled accessible ramps and transitions, retaining walls, site walls and lighting.
    The overall project includes six blocks that will be tackled in multiple phases. The first will include improvements from Ninth Street to the northern bulb-outs at 11th Street. It is slated to begin in early spring, with significant construction work expected to be complete by mid-June, before the start of the busy summer season. The estimated cost for that portion is $1.4 million. With $400,000 from Measure Q (Del Mar only sales tax) — it’s the first time council is using money from the 1 percent sales tax hike voters approved in 2016 — phase one is fully funded. The overall project price tag is a little more than $5.6 million.
    Council members were also asked to weigh in on relocating the bus stop near the library and whether all bike lanes should be painted green. They opted to leave the bus stop where it is just south of the library and to start small and paint just the “conflict” areas green for now.
    (See related post from Sept 29, 2017 above.)

    Bahia Point on Mission Bay.

    Paddlers to protest against Bahia Resort’s expansion proposal
    Dave Schwab March 8, 2018
    Mission Bay water enthusiasts are lobbying against Bahia Resort expansion plans on Bahia Point, which some claim threatens both public parking and beach access.

    Responding to paddlers’ comments, Bill Evans, owner of the Bahia and Catamaran hotels on Mission Bay, replied: “We are excited about the prospect of increasing public access and public amenities as part of our renovation and expansion of the Bahia Resort Hotel. In particular, we will be creating a bike and pedestrian pathway around the entirety of Bahia Point, adding lawn and picnic areas, as well as bocce ball courts.”

    Bahia Resort wants to nearly double its capacity expanding from 315 rooms to 600 rooms, while adding a 10-foot walkway and 20-foot grass area around Bahia Point Park. That would necessitate shifting current public parking along Gleason Road on the peninsula to other locations inland further from the shoreline.
    Referring to Bahia Point as “a very small area of land,” Evans reiterated his view that eliminating public parking along Gleason Road “is part of the overall Mission Bay master plan.” He added, “The master plan specifically calls for removal of all waterfront parking in Mission Bay Park — you can’t build anymore in the future, and you have to remove all parking spaces [on the fringe] of Bahia Point.”

    Evans said plans to extend the bike path and walkway through Bahia Point would “put the walkway on top of the existing hotel building. So we’re going to move the hotel eastward.”
    Previously, Evans noted expansion plans at Bahia call for moving, not eliminating public parking. “Parking will be put in approximately three, 100-space parking lots replacing the 270 spaces on Gleason Road with 273 spaces,” he said. “The Mission Bay master plan calls for removal of waterfront parking, and having concentrated areas of parking off Gleason Road put in.”
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    I've lived in the beach areas for 40 years and have never rode my bike around Bahia Point. I just assumed this was all part of the private hotel property. It would be nice to open this asset up to park users by adding pedestrian and bike paths around the whole perimeter of this small peninsula.

    Having new public facilities financed by a private business is a win-win for the community. Public taxes can be used elsewhere and Mission Bay Park is improved for the public. Relocating parking to add amenities and substantially improve the view and natural experience of the bay front is exactly how the community would hope the park is managed. Wayfinding signage along West Mission Bay Drive, directing the public toward this park facility would be nice also!
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2018 edited
    Just dropping in a pic of the lovely bit of Rail Trail between San Marcos and Vista (currently ends where Cherimoya Dr runs into a gated housing complex on the north side of the Sprinter Track). :) It's really nice. They're extending the trail west into Vista. I can't wait for it to get finished (S Santa Fe Ave isn't that nice to ride on in a few spots). This looks west. The overpass in the distance is Las Flores Dr.

    There's an odd little bike rail crossing at S Santa Fe Ave and York Dr just west of Buena Creek Sprinter Station, though. It's not well signed and off on the sidewalk. I must have ridden thru there 10+ times and only just spotted it last week. This pic is the westbound side. You can see from the Google Earth image that the eastbound one is pretty much the same deal.


    S Santa Fe at York Dr bike crossings

    The nice thing is, it allows bikes to cross the railroad track perpendicularly.
    The not so nice things are 1) there is no railroad gate for the bike detour crossing the live Sprinter track.
    2) The detour dumps you off the curb just right of the intersection (and expects you to pretty much ride across York Dr in the crosswalk), and you're pretty much screened by railroad signs and railing from the view of the drivers trying to make the right turn there until the last second. I've found it quite safe to just ride left-center of the right lane and use the whole lane to cross the railroad track at a good angle, after which I'd end up on the right side of the lane where the bike lane picks back up.. and drivers behind me would see me all the time rather than having me popped up on them all of the sudden.
    • CommentAuthorallanorn
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2018
    Hearing grumblings via Twitter this morning that the Downtown SD Mobility Plan has expanded in scope but has been kicked out to a 5+ year timeline - assigned to the public works department. Waiting to get confirmation before posting specifics.

    Also read through the SANDAG proposed budget and a fair chunk of the bike EAP will not be functional until 2020-21 now - here are the latest proposed “Open to Public” dates:

    Georgia/Meade - 2/20
    Landis - 2/20
    4th/5th Ave - 5/20
    Barrio Logan Bayshore Bikeway - 5/20
    Pershing - 2/21
    Robinson - 7/21
    Central - No date (Advertise for construction 8/19)
    Howard/Orange - No date (Advertise for construction 11/20)
    Monroe - No dates (not even for design)

    I would hope the majority of Central Ave would open around mid-2020, and the Howard/Orange Bikeway might split into two projects.

    Courtesy of Clear Sky Images

    If Charlotte Is To Become A ‘City of Bikes,’ Will Developers Do Their Part?
    Melissa Oyler March 05, 2018
    Charlotte’s bike commuters know arriving safely at a destination is only part of the challenge; bicycle parking and dealing with sweaty work clothes can be a whole new adventure. As greenways expand and corporations encourage healthier lifestyles, environmentally responsible commercial developers are working with the city of Charlotte to create solutions for bicyclers. But is it enough for those who are actually putting rubber to the road each day, two-wheel style?

    Charlotte is set to become a “city of bikes,” leaders said at a recent Charlotte Center City Partners board of directors meeting. The city has a good foundation for bike sharing: B-cycle, with the help of public funding, launched just before the Democratic National Convention in 2012.

    The city of Charlotte requires new commercial developments to have short- and long-term bike parking, according to Benjamin Miller, who was the city of Charlotte’s bicycle program coordinator when Bisnow interviewed him. For an existing office complex built before the city’s 2005 adoption of bicycle parking requirements, the city provides an inverted-U bike rack for free.

    “This ensures that there’s always at least some adequate bike parking. It’s kind of one of those under appreciated things for those who ride — it’s a lot of hassle to show up somewhere and not really have an idea of where you’re supposed to park your bike,” Miller said. To address the growing cycling trend, many developers are going beyond the minimum set by the city, purchasing B-cycle stations to place outside of apartment complexes and office buildings. Some are also creating bike-storage and shower facilities.

    There is a lot more in this very thoughtful article that provides sound examples of building facilities for active lifestyles.
    Ocean Beach Bikeway closed March 12 - 30, 2018 for bridge construction. Use caution and follow signs to detour route via Pacific Coast Highway & Taylor St.

    Ocean Beach Bikeway Closures: Ocean Beach Bikeway will be closed temporarily from March 12 through March 30, 2018 for demolition of existing bridge abutment structures near the path. A second temporary closure of the bikeway is scheduled for mid-April 2018 to accommodate installation of foundations for new bridge abutments. Cyclists should follow signage to detour the bikeway via Pacific Highway, Taylor Street, and Morena Boulevard and use extra caution when traveling near the work area. Some cyclists traveling from the beach area to Mission Valley may prefer to use the path on the north side of the river and Friars Road.

    A bicyclist surrounded by cars rides on a street in downtown San Diego. Photo by Katie Schoolov

    Higher Costs, Delays Threaten Downtown San Diego Bike Network
    Andrew Bowen Tuesday, March 13, 2018
    An ambitious plan to construct a network of protected bike lanes throughout downtown San Diego is facing an uncertain future, as city officials now say the project's costs may be more than double what they originally estimated. The City Council in 2016 unanimously approved the Downtown Mobility Plan, which includes a network of "cycle tracks" stretching from Little Italy to the East Village. Cycle tracks are bike lanes that run parallel to car lanes but have a physical barrier protecting cyclists from moving vehicles.
    The cost increase was announced to the city's Bicycle Advisory Committee at its March 7 meeting. City traffic engineer Brian Genovese told the committee that staffers were looking at breaking the bike lane construction into three phases, and that the first phase would likely be complete in June 2020. The second phase would be completed a year later, he said, and the project's total cost had risen from $10.5 million to $25 million.

    The rising costs and potential delays come in part from a change in the cycle track design. Transportation officials had planned to use plastic bollards to protect the bike lanes, but Faulconer ordered them to upgrade the protection to concrete curb barriers. Genovese said the bike lanes later got bundled into other downtown capital projects, shifting oversight from the Transportation and Storm Water Department to the Public Works Department.
    The order to change the cycle track design came from the mayor after he visited Vancouver last June and was reportedly impressed by the city's network of protected bike lanes. Vancouver has been praised for achieving a remarkably high share of city commuters choosing to walk, bike or ride public transit instead of driving. San Diego hopes to achieve the same shift in transportation, which is the city's largest contributor to climate change.

    Work on the corner of Torrey Pines Road at Princess Street. image by Ashley Mackin-Solomon

    Torrey Pines Road Corridor begins: New sidewalk, crosswalk systems, bike paths coming to La Jolla

    Ashley Mackin-Solomon March 14, 2018
    Phase II of the Torrey Pines Road Corridor Project started earlier this month, and will last approximately six months. The scope of work is just under a mile of the thoroughfare, between Prospect Place and La Jolla Shores Drive. The project includes:
    • A new sidewalk on the south side of Torrey Pines Road between Hillside Drive and Amalfi Street.
    • A pedestrian crossing on Torrey Pines Road west of Princess Street, with street lighting and crosswalk systems.
    • Asphalt concrete overlay with striping of buffered bike lanes along Torrey Pines Road, from La Jolla Shores Drive to Princess Drive, and Coast Walk to Prospect Place.
    • A HAWK beacon on Torrey Pines Road, mid-block between Princess and Amalfi streets, via lights hung on a mast arm over the street. Until a pedestrian activates the crosswalk, traffic flows uninterrupted and the lights are dark.
    The Torrey Pines Slope Restoration project, located on the south side of Torrey Pines Road between Roseland Drive and Little Street, is also combined with this project. To create continuity and a safer bicycling path, a buffered bike lane will be installed on both sides of the street in two segments. To accommodate the bike lanes, the vehicular traffic lanes will be narrowed. The lane widths will be adjusted to a 10-foot left lane and 11-foot right lane, a two-foot bike lane buffer and a five-foot bike lane.
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    Improvements to the intersection of Del Mar Heights Road and Camino del Mar will begin in April. The project underwent several design changes and is costing the city about $500,000 more than what was originally budgeted due to a less-competitive construction climate. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

    Road, sidewalk upgrades coming to Del Mar’s south end

    Bianca Kaplanek March 15, 2018
    DEL MAR — Roadway and sidewalk improvements in the southern portion of the city should begin next month, nearly two years after council began discussing the project and with a price tag significantly higher than what was budgeted.

    “Prices are going up, competition’s getting tight and materials are getting more expensive,” City Engineer Tim Thiele told council members at the March 5 meeting before they awarded a $1.7 million construction contract to Eagle Paving Company for work along Camino del Mar between Carmel Valley Road and the Del Mar Heights Road/Fourth Street intersection.

    The work area is segment five of a $4 million citywide project approved in May 2013 to improve pedestrian access, bicycle safety, drainage and roadway paving, minimize air pollution, provide traffic calming measures and promote and protect alternative transportation modes.
    Additionally, a free-right-turn lane for cars approaching Camino del Mar from westbound Carmel Valley Road was to be removed, as was one northbound lane. More than 100 people who travel those roads regularly, many of them from Carmel Valley, contacted city officials or spoke at council meetings in opposition of the recommendations. Most said eliminating the free-right-turn lane on Carmel Valley Road would make an existing bad situation worse, as would decreasing northbound Camino del Mar from two lanes to one.
    Both aspects were eliminated from the final design. However, to increase safety for bicyclists, bike lanes will be painted green, high-visibility crosswalks will be added and there will be a signal interconnect from Fourth Street to Carmel Valley Road. A multipurpose pathway will be added to the west side of the Camino del Mar, and Thiele said “unstructured” parking in that area “will be a little bit more organized.” In an effort to slow traffic and improve safety in the area, Camino del Mar will be restriped with narrower lanes and buffered bike lanes.
    Work is expected to be complete in July. Thiele said at least one lane in each direction will be open at all times, with some closures possible during final paving.
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    Carmel Valley Road free right turn
    “unstructured” parking in that area

    If all goes as planned, habitat restoration, minor grading and trail upgrades for the 3.44-acre Harbaugh Seaside Trails property
    at the north end of Solana Beach will begin in July and take about a year to complete. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

    Solana Beach grants Harbaugh Trails permits
    Bianca Kaplanek March 15, 2018
    SOLANA BEACH — Improvement plans for a 3.44-acre vacant parcel at the northeast end of the city forged ahead at the Feb. 28 meeting, with council members approving the necessary permits for habitat restoration, minor grading and trail upgrades. Once completed, the project will feature 2,080 linear feet of improvements through the triangular lot and a 780-linear-foot extension of the Solana Beach Coastal Rail Trail on the western boundary along Coast Highway 101.
    The trails will provide a connection to the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy’s existing system in the reserve via North County Transit District’s newly built railroad pedestrian underpass. It is anticipated the extension of the Coastal Rail Trail would connect to a future Highway 101 crossing, providing access to Cardiff State Beach.
    The property was home to a gas station in the 1950s and ’60s and a fruit stand in the ’70s. According to current plans, asphalt from the old gas station and vegetation will be removed. The trail system will divide the lot into quadrants, with each focused on habitat restoration and native plants that include maritime scrub, maritime chaparral, maritime succulent and coastal dune.
    Once underway the project should take about a year to complete, Gibson said, adding that planting will begin in the fall. “You don’t want to plant during the summer,” he said. “We’re not going to rush it. We also want to ask the community to get involved.”

    Resident Tracy Richmond, who recalled filling his tank at the gas station when gas was $0.23 a gallon, described the current site as “horribly degraded.” “This project will enhance it beyond belief,” he said. “It will enhance our city. I think it’s a wonderful project and I really look forward to walking it.”
    Imagine; take out a gas station and put in a paradise. Joni Mitchell would love that!

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    Current Terminus of the Solana Beach Coastal Rail Trail
    Harbaugh Seaside Trail
    Planning group postpones roundabout vote until April
    David Ross March 16, 2018
    After a long, contentious discussion on roundabouts and whether the community should specifically ask that roundabouts be the favored road calming method, [the group] voted to give the community a chance to read a proposed motion on roundabouts by postponing the final vote until April. Note: next week we will expand on the discussion to give readers more of a flavor of what went on.

    That motion, which the group will vote on in April, is as follows:

    “That modern roundabouts at VC Road and Mirar de Valle and Miller Roads be added as Priority #1 on our DPW CIP list, and that this will include a study of the N. Village commercial projects be required to install modern roundabouts on VC Road rather than 2 more traffic lights between Cole Grade and Miller Road.”

    The project will dramatically transform the stretch of 101 in Leucadia into a bicycle-, pedestrian- and transit-friendly enclave complete with six roundabout intersections. File photo

    Leucadia streetscape clears Planning Commission hurdle
    Aaron Burgin March 8, 2018
    ENCINITAS — A long awaited redesign of a key stretch of Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia cleared a critical hurdle earlier this month. The Encinitas Planning Commission on March 1 unanimously recommended the City Council approve the North Coast Highway 101 Streetscape. The project will dramatically transform the stretch of 101 into a bicycle-, pedestrian- and transit-friendly enclave complete with six roundabout intersections. The current iteration calls for six roundabouts between A Street and La Costa Avenue, bike lanes, pedestrian paths and crosswalks, bus facilities, on- and off-street parking, and the planting of more than 1,000 trees to restore the street’s famed tree canopy. Mallory said he thought the streetscape plan should have moved forward 16 years ago when the city completed a similar project along Coast Highway 101 in downtown. It didn’t, but Mallory said now is as good a time as any to finally get it started.
    John Abate, a bicyclist who was seriously injured in a hit-and-run along Leucadia Boulevard in 2015, echoed Mallory’s sentiments, adding that he believed it was time to make one of the city’s most important arterial streets safer for all modes of transportation. “This project is vital for the thousands of people that travel this very high impact corridor, both pedestrians and cyclists,” he said.
    The commission, however, agreed that it was time to move the project along to the City Council, but also added in its recommendation that the council explore ways to calm traffic along Vulcan Avenue and at the intersection of Vulcan and La Costa Avenue.

    The City Council could vote on the design, environmental report and coastal development permit as early as next month, which would then advance the plans to the California Coastal Commission.

    North Coast Hwy-101 Streetscape Objectives
    Council approves permit for new café on South Cedros Ave
    Bianca Kaplanek March 22, 2018
    SOLANA BEACH — With a reconfigured on-street parking plan, a proposed cafe on South Cedros Avenue was approved by council at the March 14 meeting.

    The applicant leased space west of the building from North County Transit District to create 16 additional parking spaces, although only 13 new ones are mandated because of the added cafe.

    There are 10 spaces in front of the building on Cedros that are not in compliance with city codes. Since they are associated with the retail-commercial component of the project, which is not a change of use, there is no requirement for them to be updated.
    When the project, Cedros Collective, was first presented for approval at the February 14, 2018 meeting, council members said they liked the concept but asked Church to possibly add some amenities and improve on-street parking even though he was not required to do so.

    In front of the south building, where the cafe will be located, three existing angled parking spaces will be replaced with one parallel space and one that meets Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. Additionally, two parallel spaces will be added behind the south building.

    The bike parking area has been expanded and a walkway to bicycle parking was added so users won’t have to walk in the landscaping or the main drive aisle.

    In front of both buildings, street parking spaces will be restriped to provide two more spaces and landscaping will be added along the east property line between the parking and the sidewalk.
    “I think it’s actually a nicer project than the initial one,” Councilwoman Jewel Edson said. “I like the organization of what’s in front of the south building.” She noted the new design improves existing spaces that are hard to get into, but said she had concerns about reducing the amount of parking.

    “I just think today so many people take Uber and bike and alternate modes of transportation that sometimes you take away the parking and they figure out how to get there anyway,” Mayor Ginger Marshall said.
    (See Feb 3rd, 2018 posting above)
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    Cedros Collective
    Town will get to weigh in on roundabouts
    David Ross March 22, 2018
    The motion the planning group will vote on is this one: “Motion: that modern roundabouts at VC Road and Mirar de Valle and Miller Roads be added as Priority #1 on our DPW CIP list, and that this will include a study of the N. Village commercial projects be required to install modern roundabouts on VC Road rather than 2 more traffic lights between Cole Grade and Miller Road.”

    Introducing the subject of roundabouts for the discussion planner Jon Vick said, “Every time I drive down the road at 45 mph people pass me.” The purpose of a roundabout, he said, would be to slow down drivers along the 2.6 mile stretch between Cole Grade and Woods Valley Road. Now is the time to ask the County for roundabouts because of the pending Liberty Bell Plaza and Park Circle projects, he said. Once those projects are built, he said, it will be too late. “We are going to have a lot of development, plus the casinos are expanding. Traffic is going to continue to increase. If we don’t do any we are going to end up with traffic lights,” he said.
    To support his argument that VC Road needs to be “calmed,” Vick cited a statistic that between 2012-2017 there were 400 crashes along that 2.6 mile stretch. If roundabouts were added as a “priority one” “developers would be required to install them,” he said. “When we put something low on the priority lists it won’t get done. Roundabouts are do-able. Just like the Heritage Trail and the planted medians were do-able.” Both are projects Vick championed against considerable opposition.
    Planner Steve Hutchison declared, “We don’t have a better opportunity than we do right now.” He said lots of research exists on modern roundabouts. “We have the evidence now. They are safe.” He said Valley Center rarely gets to “make decisions” but one it can make is to assign a priority to the County. “We need to have this vision as a community.”

    Vick added, “What is the cost of four hundred crashes?” An audience member said, “Roundabouts make all the sense in the world to keep things moving.”
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2018
    Solving the traffic problem by accommodating more traffic? Didn't we already do that?

    Luke, who came to the track with his dad Jeff, rides around the dirt track on Tuesday morning. Photo by Thomas Melville

    Future of popular Point Loma pump track takes a turn

    Dave Schwab March 28, 2018
    The mayor’s office has called a “truce” in a long-standing land-use squabble between Point Loma residents and the City involving a homegrown pump track on property across from Bill Cleator Community Park, at the corner of Nimitz and Famosa boulevards.

    In return for the City halting demolition of the Famosa pump track, Darren Miller said he, and others who created the track, have agreed to keep their children and other riders off it, until a meeting between residents, the City and the Housing Commission is held to resolve the issue.
    San Diego Housing Commission has characterized the Famosa pump track as being “unpermitted” and “makeshift,” while adding “no trespassing” signs on it have since been illegally removed. The commission issued this statement: “Without sufficient insurance, SDHC, a public agency, cannot allow the property to be used as a bike park… We are pleased to be working with the Community Planning Group on the future development of affordable housing at this site.”
    “Locals find an unused or otherwise vacant piece of land and start shaping dirt by the shovel load… [later] the City or landowner comes in with bulldozers and flattens the land, returning it once again to its unusable and empty condition.

    “What purpose does this land serve, other than for homeless encampments and dumping grounds, between those periodic times when cyclists make use of it?” It’s deja vu all over again for cycling enthusiasts with the Famosa track, concluded Robinson.

    A long-awaited vote raises questions for area residents along Coast Highway 101. Courtesy photo

    Leucadia Streetscape passes critical hurdle
    Aaron Burgin March 29, 2018
    ENCINITAS — A long-awaited plan to drastically transform Leucadia’s section of Coast Highway 101 cleared a critical hurdle on March 21, as the City Council voted to approve the project’s environmental documents, permits and plans. The council voted 4-1 to advance the project, known as the “Leucadia Streetscape,” including the environmental impact report, which required the council to adopt a statement that states the benefits of the project outweigh some of its drawbacks, including slower traffic along Coast Highway 101. Council members also decided to look for ways to pay for the project in a single phase, rather than in multiple phases as is currently planned.
    The project will dramatically transform the stretch of 101 into a bicycle-, pedestrian- and transit-friendly enclave complete with six roundabout intersections. Streetscape plans call for six roundabouts between A Street and La Costa Avenue, bike lanes, pedestrian paths and crosswalks, bus facilities, on- and off-street parking, and the planting of more than 1,000 trees to restore the street’s famed tree canopy.
    The project has been in the works for a decade, and supporters said that Leucadia deserved to hear the council say “yes” after years of delay. “Now is the time, it is time to bring this project to fruition,” resident Steve Camarillo said. “You are about to create a legacy; you are about to create magic.”

    Councilman Tony Kranz said he believed that the project would work because similar projects have been successful throughout the county. “Lane diets have proven to work in the past in other parts of the county, there is an effect on the psychology of drivers, and we want to take advantage of that and do what we can to make it better for the residents,” Kranz said.
    (See related posting above, March 21, 2018)

    Ocean Beach Bikeway will remain closed through the end of April for bridge construction. Use caution and follow signs to detour route via Pacific Highway & Taylor St.
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeMar 30th 2018
    I propose the OB Bikeway be renamed the "Hakuna Matata Bikeway".

    A group of cyclists rides through an intersection in downtown San Diego in this undated photo.
    Photo by Kris Arciaga

    Mayor Faulconer Nixes 2019 Deadline For Downtown Bike Network

    Andrew Bowen April 5, 2018
    A network of protected bike lanes in downtown San Diego will not be built according to the timeline originally promised by Mayor Kevin Faulconer, city and mayoral staff confirmed at a public meeting Wednesday evening. At Wednesday's meeting of the city's Bike Advisory Board, mayoral staffer Lee Friedman said the bike network would be built in phases, and that the first phase would comprise protected bike lanes on J Street, 6th Avenue and Beech Street. He declined to give a specific timeline for any of the phases but said he expected the first phase to be complete before 2020.

    "This is not going to stop with just these three sections of the street," said Friedman, who was hired last month as the mayor's infrastructure policy manager. "We'll do portions of the cycle network continuously, and then come back and, if necessary, we'll add additional treatments as needed."
    The downtown mobility plan is seen as crucial to the success of two of the mayor's initiatives: the Climate Action Plan and Vision Zero. The climate plan requires the city to slash its greenhouse gas emissions, most of which come from transportation, in part by encouraging more car-free commuting through bike, pedestrian and transit infrastructure improvements.

    Advocates for the Climate Action Plan and Vision Zero are rallying support for those campaigns as the City Council approaches a vote on the mayor's budget in June. Faulconer has to close an expected deficit of up to $24 million, caused in part by increased payments to the city's pension fund.

    The pump track was located on vacant property at the corner of Nimitz and Famosa boulevards.
    Photo by Thomas Melville

    City closes Point Loma bike track due to liability issues

    Dave Schwab April 09, 2018
    The Famosa pump track is a no go.

    Following a meeting between Point Loma bicycling advocates, the City and the San Diego Housing Commission, cyclists were told their makeshift public track has to be closed.
    ...the Housing Commission was adamant that the track could not be kept because of liability issues, and because of its plans to develop the site for 78 affordable housing units.

    However, Miller said the good news is is the mayor’s office, and District 2 Councilmember Lorie Zapf’s office are “eager to explore the possibility of creating a bike park at another location in the OB/Point Loma area. We’ve definitely started a conversation, and are looking at some options in terms of what else we can do, and where else we can do it.”
    (See related posting above: March 28th, 2018)