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    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2018
     
    Old Knotty Buoy:https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DZfrlZ5VoAAbtjK.jpg

    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.


    I got through without too much trouble on Sunday morning April 1--somebody (homeless?) opened up the fences, and it's a pretty easy hike-a-bike over some dirt. Not advocating, just reporting. Also, not sure what you would encounter on a weekday, however.
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    Squeaky Wheels Get the Grease! Traffic complaints force City to assess La Jolla's Torrey Pines Road construction

    Ashley Mackin-Solomon April 11, 2018 lajollalight.com
    In response to the “increase in inquiries” from commuters concerned about the construction project along Torrey Pines Road that is causing unacceptable traffic congestion, the City is looking to modify its schedule and calling on traffic engineers to assess the situation.

    The construction began in March and is expected to take six months. The work spans Torrey Pines Road between Prospect Place and La Jolla Shores Drive, and includes the installation of sidewalks and a pedestrian crossing system, creating buffered bike lanes, and stabilizing the hill on the east side between Roseland Drive and Little Street.
    (See posting above from March 15th, 2018)
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    Encinitas considers borrowing money to complete Leucadia Streetscape
    Aaron Burgin April 12, 2018 thecoastnews.com
    ENCINITAS — City officials want to complete a long-awaited overhaul of Coast Highway 101 in one phase, and are considering borrowing $30 million to do it. The City Council voiced its unanimous support for the plan at a March 28 strategic planning session. 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 City Council voted earlier in March to approve the project’s permits and environmental impact reports, but Mark Muir voted against the plans, which he said wouldn’t address vehicle traffic concerns along the stretch of road.
    ...the entire council, including Muir, voiced support for financing the project in one phase. Previously, the city has considered breaking up the project, known as the Leucadia Streetscape, into three phases. Currently, the city has $10 million set aside for the first phase of the $29.96 million project. But the council at the nearly five-hour planning session said that borrowing to do it now would allow the city to take advantage of historically low interest rates and would allow for the project to be completed in a much shorter time frame.
    (See posting above March 29th, 2018)
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    Roundabouts removed from Monday’s planning agenda
    April 06, 2018 valleycenter.com
    Valley Center Planning Group Monday WILL NOT vote on roundabouts, an item that had been scheduled for that meeting after being postponed from the March meeting. Planning Chairman Oliver Smith said that time will be alloted for the public attending the meeting to have their say about the issue. Roundabouts will be taken up at a future meeting. No explanation was given for why the item has been rescheduled.

    The Valley Center Community Planning Group meeting will take place Monday, 7 p.m. at Valley Center Community Hall. The public is invited to attend.

    Arguments for roundabouts on Valley Center Road
    Jon Vick March 29, 2018 valleycenter.com
    The current plan for VC Road is to add five more traffic lights between Woods Valley and Cole Grade Roads. This will result in eight traffic lights within this 2.6 mile distance. With the planned growth of the commercial districts of VC’s South and North Villages and over a 50% increase in our population from 20,000 to 33,000 (at build-out), this will result in stop-and-go traffic, an increased number of injury accidents, and grid-lock during rush hours. To alleviate this situation and to keep traffic moving, roundabouts are proposed for VC Road at Mirar de Valle and Miller Roads, plus two more in the North Village.

    Here’s hoping for a highway through our Villages that serves our community in the most efficient, safest way, and that keeps the traffic moving. Traffic will move though our Villages faster with roundabouts than with 5 more traffic lights. It will take less time to travel through our Villages if we drive slower but don’t have stop-and-go traffic, with far fewer injury accidents. Adding these roundabouts is not a perfect solution as we will still have some traffic signals but it will be an improvement over what is planned.
    There is more in the above article.

    Meeting to give close look at roundabouts coming June 28, 2017
    David Ross May 24, 2017 valleycenter.com

    More information from the Valley Road Runner
    Search Results: Roundabouts

    MAP
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    Work is progressing on the $15.5 million traffic circle at the intersection of SR-76 and Valley Center Road. The project is in response to decades of serious and fatal accidents at or near the location. (John Gibbins / San Diego Union-Tribune)

    Highway 76 roundabout taking shape
    J. Harry Jones April 10, 2018 sandiegouniontribune.com
    Construction of a rare, large roundabout at the intersection of state Route 76 and Valley Center Road is on schedule to be completed by mid-summer. The estimated $15.5 million project is designed to significantly slow traffic at the intersection, which for decades has been controlled by only a single stop sign at Valley Center Road. The intersection is known as the "stage coach stop" and it has been the site of numerous fatal and other accidents over the decades.
    Though smaller versions of roundabouts are common is some urban neighborhoods, few exist on state-controlled highways, officials said. Traffic along state Route 76 has been increasing for years, fueled in part by motorists heading to or from North County casino and resorts. The project was first proposed almost a decade ago when a study showed there were 35 accidents at or near the site between 2005 and 2009, four times higher than the statewide average for similar intersections. The project includes the realignment of the highway and ample warning signage will alert drivers coming from all three directions what it is they are about to encounter, officials said.

    Google Street View: Intersection
    Old Satellite View: Intersection
    Caltrans flyer: Link
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    The latest SANDAG Region newsletter highlights Bike to Work Day on May 17, upcoming #SDForward Regional Plan open houses, #Carlsbad Poinsettia Station improvements, @BuildNCC updates, & more.
    • CommentAuthorallanorn
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2018 edited
     
    University Ave. between 5th and 9th has been repaved and stenciling is in for the new bike lanes, but the magic paint is not on the pavement yet. I would expect the lines to be done in the next couple of weeks.

    Ash St. was being resurfaced this morning between 4th and 3rd; not sure if that will extend all the way to Front St. I hope it does!
    • CommentAuthorallanorn
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2018
     
    The Central Bikeway project should have received a CEQA exception this past week according to SANDAG, but more important was the expected timeline.

    SANDAG documents noted the bikeway will be out for bid in the summer of 2019; construction would then start in the fall for an estimated summer 2020 "open to the public" date.
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    allanorn:University Ave. between 5th and 9th has been repaved and stenciling is in for the new bike lanes, but the magic paint is not on the pavement yet. I would expect the lines to be done in the next couple of weeks.

    Ash St. was being resurfaced this morning between 4th and 3rd; not sure if that will extend all the way to Front St. I hope it does!
    Before: May 2017 - Google Street View: University Avenue at Fifth Avenue
    After: April 2018 - BikeSD Twitter


    A green bike lane springs up in Hillcrest.
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    Four La Jolla projects funded in Mayor’s budget plan
    Ashley Mackin-Solomon April 25th, 2018 lajollalight.com
    Citywide, the proposed budget includes $75.9 million to pave, repair and replace 390 miles of streets... Projects slated to begin or finish construction in Fiscal Year 2019 include: the Coast Boulevard Improvement information (aka Children’s Pool Walk Beautification Project), Ellen Browning Scripps comfort station restroom replacement project, the La Jolla portion of the Coastal Rail Trail project, and the Torrey Pines Road Corridor Project Phase II.
    #3) The La Jolla portion of the Coastal Rail trail project includes “the Gilman Drive segment of the regional 40-mile bicycle corridor. The proposed alignment will follow Gilman Drive between La Jolla Village Drive and Interstate 5, installing a one-way protected cycle-track in each direction and a continuous sidewalk on the west side of the road. Construction in La Jolla is slated to begin in Fiscal Year 2019 and scheduled to be completed by Fiscal Year 2022. This schedule is contingent upon the identification of funding to complete the project.”
    #4) The Torrey Pines Road Corridor project (currently underway), began construction under Fiscal Year 2018 and will be completed in Fiscal Year 2019. “This project provides an additional path of travel for pedestrians on the south side of Torrey Pines Road between Hillside Drive and Amalfi Street, a safe pedestrian crossing of Torrey Pines Road just westerly of Princess Drive, increase safety of bicyclists utilizing Buffered Bike Lanes along Torrey Pines Road from La Jolla Shores Drive to Amalfi Drive, and provide gateway into the La Jolla Village area by installation of a painted stamped asphalt median between Roseland Drive and Hillside Drive.”
    Bry added there would be local opportunities to weigh-in on the budget. “This is the beginning of the budget process and as Budget Committee Chair, I want to encourage San Diegans to actively participate in this process. Public testimony is welcome at any and all of the hearings from May 2 to May 9, as well as at an evening meeting of the full City Council on May 14.

    “In addition, I will be hosting a District 1 budget town hall, 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 5, 2018 in the Community Room at La Jolla Village Square, 8657 Villa La Jolla Drive. It is critical to have your voices included throughout this process.”
    • CommentAuthorJessica
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2018
     
    Exiting Home Avenue from the 94E, there's like 20 feet of bike lane that's been painted recently but ends almost immediately! How can I find out if there's any plans for more bike lanes in this area? It's desperately necessary.
    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2018
     
    Jessica:Exiting Home Avenue from the 94E, there's like 20 feet of bike lane that's been painted recently but ends almost immediately! How can I find out if there's any plans for more bike lanes in this area? It's desperately necessary.


    I agree. I would love to see some kind of traverse from Federal up to 38th and C, instead of hiking up that steep hill. Do you live in City Heights? I'm in Azalea Park.
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    Jessica:Exiting Home Avenue from the 94E, there's like 20 feet of bike lane that's been painted recently but ends almost immediately! How can I find out if there's any plans for more bike lanes in this area? It's desperately necessary.
    Here are some contacts that represent the District-9 area of the city. District-9 Councilmember Georgette Gómez is very involved with the bike advocates locally and Randy Van Vleck has been a long time bike & pedestrian safety advocate (Vision Zero - Complete Streets), member of the Bicycle Advisory Committee and member of the City Heights Community Development Corporation. Two very reliable sources of information about ongoing street upgrades. The squeaky wheel gets the grease!



    Councilmember Georgette Gómez (District 9)

    (Twitter and Facebook links on page)
    City Administration Building
    202 "C" Street, 10th Floor
    San Diego, CA 92101
    619-236-6699
    georgettegomez@sandiego.gov
    District-9: MAP

    Dear D-9 Residents,
    To better serve you, our office hours have changed. We will now hold office hours from 2:30 to 6PM, still every Friday at the City Heights Rec Center (4380 Landis St.) No appointment necessary. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
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    City of San Diego Bicycle Advisory Committee
    Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 (next meeting)
    6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

    Civic San Diego
    401 B Street, 4th Floor Conference Room
    San Diego, CA 92101
    District-9 BAC Representative: Randy Van Vleck - rvanvleck@cityheightscdc.org

    Learn what is happening for bicycling throughout the City of San Diego. Bicycle funding, priorities, direction and challenges. Join us with thoughts and ideas; these meetings are open to the public and your attendance is welcomed and encouraged.
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    Randy Van Vleck - rvanvleck@cityheightscdc.org
    City Heights Community Development Corporation
    4001 El Cajon Blvd., Suite 205
    San Diego, CA 92105
    Ph: (619) 584-1535 | Fax: (619) 584-7992
    Transportation and Planning (including roadways and bike infrastructure)
    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2018
     
    Thanks, OKB!

    I'll email them now!
    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2018
     
    Here's what I sent yesterday:

    Good morning,

    My name is Ted Frelke and I am a resident of the Azalea Park community in City Heights. My wife and I enjoy riding our bikes around the community and to get to and from surrounding communities.

    I was involved in bike advocacy years ago with the SD Bike Union and would like to open a dialogue about two projects that I think would greatly benefit the surrounding community.

    1. A traverse up the hillside from Federal Blvd up to 38th and C, near the 94 exit ramp. Right now, there is a steep dirt embankment that must be scrambled up to access the cul de sac. This would open a much-needed gateway to the downtown area as opposed to having to ride all the way to Fairmount and through City Heights.

    2. A way around Manzanita Canyon other than the dangerous 43rd and Thorn area. Perhaps a multi-use path from the Manzanita Gathering place around the new Scripps Oceanography Center to Thorn and 42nd? Anything to bypass the dreaded bottleneck at 43rd and Thorn.

    Please let me know if you would like to discuss these projects further as I think they would be inexpensive and MUCH safer than current infrastructure. As you know, the Azalea Park area is quickly becoming more gentrified as housing prices continue to increase. This will only bring more bike traffic and some proactive infrastructure improvements will only help keep residents safer and encourage more bicycle travel.

    Thank you for your consideration and please let me know if I can answer any questions, clarify my ideas, or be of any service in getting these projects underway.

    Best regards,

    Ted Frelke
    • CommentAuthorsd_mike
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2018
     
    It seems the "Better Buzz" cafe on University Ave between 8th and 9th has a lot of illiterate customers. Many park in the bike lane adjacent to "no parking" signs. I have called the police twice now, four cars got tickets yesterday. Today I also told them this was a regular occurrence, so hopefully that means they might check more often. I have also spoken with a manager at the business and let them know, to which they seemed to know already. I have put in a request for either additional signage or a red curb to further dissuade people from parking there. In addition, I also posted a request on the "get it done" app. We'll see what happens. I have been successful before getting some things done, such as trail crossing signs in Balboa Park and two stop signs in two different areas. I recommend everyone else call the police when they see cars parking in the bike lanes as well.
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    The Coaster travels south through Cardiff. Photo by Carey Blakely

    Coastal Rail Trail breaks ground in Cardiff to concerns and hopes
    Carey Blakely May 8, 2018 thecoastnews.com
    ENCINITAS— Picture 44 miles of an uninterrupted bike path running car-free from Oceanside to downtown San Diego. That is the vision for the Coastal Rail Trail, currently being completed in stages. A 1.3-mile section of it — to accommodate both bikers and pedestrians — broke ground in Cardiff on April 30. It is expected to be open for use in early 2019.

    The 10-foot-wide path, featuring paved bike lanes and a natural surface for runners and walkers, will run parallel to San Elijo Avenue east of the train tracks, extending from Chesterfield Drive to the undercrossing at Santa Fe Drive. An additional pedestrian crossing will be built at Montgomery Avenue near Cardiff Elementary School to allow safe and convenient beach access.
    The Encinitas City Council had wanted the Cardiff section of the Coastal Rail Trail to run west of the railroad tracks, where there are already paved surfaces, as opposed to disturbing the natural environment and informal dirt pathways to the east. The California Coastal Commission rejected that plan in May 2017, explaining that the east-side development was more in keeping with the trail’s regional plan and would supply the Cardiff neighborhood with a much-needed additional transportation corridor.

    Shifting the project east of the tracks will require additional bluff stabilization, drainage improvements and overall labor — and hence more money. As a result, the San Diego Association of Governments voted in June 2017 to expand the budget for the Cardiff section from $6.1 million to a maximum of $11 million.
    Preliminary construction work getting underway for the mixed-use path includes vegetation removal and installation of concrete project barriers, as well as restriping San Elijo Avenue car lanes and moving them slightly eastward. During construction, bluff parking will not be allowed between Montgomery Avenue and the Santa Fe Drive undercrossing.

    Santa Fe Drive undercrossing looking west
    Santa Fe Drive undercrossing looking east
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    Construction Interruption: ‘Unforeseen bumps’ halt slope fix along Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla
    Ashley Mackin-Solomon May 9th, 2018 lajollalight.com
    Construction on the Torrey Pines Road Slope Restoration project, located on the south side of Torrey Pines Road between Roseland Drive and Little Street, has experienced “unforeseen bumps” and will be suspended, to resume in the fall.

    Barbara Bry’s field representative Mauricio Medina, who told the board: “We had a briefing with City staff and learned there were some unforeseen bumps with construction on the slope restoration, so crews are demobilizing and getting everything to a safe condition, so they can get out and come back after the summer construction moratorium (Memorial Day, May 28, to Labor Day, Sept. 3).”
    Further elaborating on these issues, City spokesperson Alec Phillipp told La Jolla Light after the meeting via e-mail: “There were unforeseen underground utility conflicts, and work to protect an existing tree,” and that “there will be additional costs associated with the resolution of the unknown underground utility conflicts.” Phillipp concluded that the City expects the work to be completed in December.

    The slope restoration is part of the Torrey Pines Road Corridor Project Phase II, the remainder of which is slated to be finished by Memorial Day. 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.
    • 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 flush stamped and painted asphalt median (the current, raised median will be removed) between Roseland Drive and Hillside Drive.
    • A buffered bike lane on both sides of the street in two segments. To accommodate the bike lanes, 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.
    • A HAWK beacon on Torrey Pines Road, mid-block between Princess and Amalfi streets, via lights hung on a mast arm over the street. The latter went up the first week of May.
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    The last stage of work on the I-5/Genesee Avenue Interchange is underway and maybe, by the end of the summer, it will be wrapped up. The bike bridge over Genesee Ave is being finished and final striping of the roadway will be completed.

    The I-5/Genesee Avenue Interchange project consists of five stages of construction. Work is currently underway on Stage 5. This stage of the project will take approximately 4 months to complete.
    What to Expect:
    • Finish construction of bike/pedestrian overcrossing
    • Final re-striping of new Genesee Avenue bridge
    • Project completion!
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    Balboa Avenue/Garnet Avenue Closures Scheduled Through July
    Balboa Avenue Railroad Bridge to be Demolished:
    May 17, 2018 – Starting tonight, May 17, 2018, construction crews will begin to dismantle the old railroad bridge that spans Garnet Avenue (before it turns into Balboa Avenue) just east of Interstate 5. The work will cause intermittent closures in the area overnight through July for safety reasons. Works hours and closures will be between 9 p.m. - 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday.
    Supposedly, when the new railroad bridge is built, it will have a pedestrian/bike walkway allowing for the crossing over of Balboa Avenue north/south. There will be ADA like ramps up the slopes on either side of Balboa to access the bridge. People have petitioned and asked that these and other such ramps (at Tecolote station) be wide enough to facilitate wide turns, multiple bikes, cargo bikes, wheelchairs, strollers, etc. Hopefully it will solve the problem of getting from Santa Fe Drive, across Balboa Avenue, and up onto Morena Boulevard, safely and conveniently. We'll see what we get.

    The Station will be at-grade with canopies for seating, a bus platform, a pedestrian bridge over Balboa Avenue, sidewalks, bicycle lockers, traffic
    signals, a “Kiss-n-Ride” drop-off area, a surface parking lot with approximately 238 spaces, and other circulation and landscape improvements.



    If they're thinking ahead, a longer bridge will accommodate room for separated pedestrian and bike facilities, making access to the new Balboa/PB Trolley Station, safe, convenient and enjoyable. Hopefully this applies to both the railroad bridge as well as the freeway bridge!

    Draft Plan for Public Review
    Balboa Station Concept Plan
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      CommentAuthorbatmick
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2018
     
    Saw the signs on my ride in this morning and just looked up details on the City of Del Mar website. Looks like Camino Del Mar (the 101) will be closed three days next week (23rd through 25th).

    Not really sure how all the cyclists using that stretch should just "use I5". I'm sending an email to the city to hear what their plan is.

    Camino del Mar Closure for Paving May 23rd - May 25th

    Camino del Mar will be closed for roadway paving from 4th Street/Del Mar Heights Road to Carmel Valley Road from Wednesday May 23rd thru Friday May 25th from 7am to 5pm. The road will reopen each day from 5pm to 7am. Traffic Control equipment and signage will detour traffic around the closures. Cut thru traffic will be required to avoid Del Mar and travel the Interstate 5 freeway. Please obey all traffic equipment and signage instructions. The City’s website will include updated schedule information. Please feel free to contact Public Works at 858-755-3294 or email at publicworks@delmar.ca.us with any questions.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2018 edited
     
    ...Camino del Mar will be closed for roadway paving from 4th Street/Del Mar Heights Road to Carmel Valley Road...
    I would just ride the trail next to the railroad track: It may be unlawful, but sure beats any alternative I can think of.
    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2018
     
    You could ride Stratford Ct to the little trail at the south end, which then joins Camino del Mar. This is a maybe a couple hundred yards north of Carmel Valley Road, but it's possible you can ride by on the side of the pavement there. In the worst case, you can ride or walk your bike on the trail/sand on the shoulder for that stretch.

    Or ride the tracks as Sigurd suggested. Best done on a mountain bike in my opinion.
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    Improvements to downtown Del Mar slated to be done before this summer will not begin until January 2019 at the earliest.

    Streetscape upgrades delayed again
    Bianca Kaplanek May 18, 2018 thecoastnews.com
    DEL MAR — A decades-long effort to improve the downtown corridor was delayed once again after the six construction bids received came in higher than the anticipated $1.4 million cost for phase one, which was slated to begin this spring and be finished by mid-June. Council members at the May 7, 2018 meeting unanimously agreed to reject all proposals and re-evaluate their options in September.
    Between now and then, City Manager Scott Huth and his staff, with input from the Finance Committee, will research options to complete and fund the $5.6 million project in its entirety rather than in phases. “We are reaffirming a commitment to actually get this thing done because we all are anxious to move forward,” Councilman Terry Sinnott said. “This still remains one of … our highest priority projects and we want to get the whole thing done,” Mayor Dwight Worden added.
    More information in the article.
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      CommentAuthorbatmick
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2018
     
    Shady John:You could ride Stratford Ct to the little trail at the south end, which then joins Camino del Mar. This is a maybe a couple hundred yards north of Carmel Valley Road, but it's possible you can ride by on the side of the pavement there. In the worst case, you can ride or walk your bike on the trail/sand on the shoulder for that stretch.

    Or ride the tracks as Sigurd suggested. Best done on a mountain bike in my opinion.


    Well, my friend, another regular bike commuter and resident of Del Mar, emailed and spoke on the phone with city employees about the closure and got nowhere.
    Bottom line is that they don't care how you get through. Best solution they have is to ride up Del Mar Heights and then cross to Carmel Valley Road on Portofino.

    Interestingly, the city of San Diego was able to schedule the repaving of the 101 outside the Torrey Pines State Park over the last two weeks in the nighttime hours, with minimal impact on traffic. Del Mar won't even consider the option of adjusting hour so that at least the morning and evening commuters can get through. The lady actually suggested just going before the road closes at 7am.

    Welcome to the second class citizens!

    I think I am going to give the path along the train tracks a shot. But knowing the city they will probably set up ticketing just for this, after all we can't have people trespass now, can we?
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2018 edited
     
    I like the Stratford Ct - "dirt frontage trail" idea, too: It's worth a shot.
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      CommentAuthorbatmick
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2018
     
    Sigurd:I like the Stratford Ct - "dirt frontage trail" idea, too: It's worth a shot.


    I don't think that will work. They seem to be adding some sort of parking onto the dirt area by the carved eagle and put in ramps off of 101. My guess is that there will be paving going on in that area as well. And the little connector from Stratford has been fenced off for a while now, ever since construction started there.
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    Georgia Street Bridge — now promised for September

    Something “horribly wrong with the delays”
    David Batterson May 22, 2018 sandiegoreader.com
    Third District councilmember Chris Ward had expressed frustration with construction delays, citing a hoped-for completion date of July 2017. At the council infrastructure committee meeting of April 25, 2018, Ward was concerned that something “has gone horribly wrong with the delays.” Ward said, “I see a lot of inactivity on that project site, and that’s a major artery connecting North Park and Uptown.” Staff at that meeting reported that unknown soil properties, the difficulty of removing old trolley tracks, and asbestos pipes under the sidewalks, contributed to more time and work than anticipated.

    According to Ward’s spokesperson, Ansermio Estrada, “At this point staff expects to open all the lanes in July with a substantial amount of the work completed that same month, with the full project being completed in September.”
    These requirements are included in the project: Soil improvements to reinforce retaining walls, arch and column improvements, deck slab replacement, lowering of University Ave. between Park Boulevard and Florida Street by about two and a half feet to accommodate large trucks, lighting upgrades, and pedestrian/bicycle improvements.
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    Construction on Camino Del Mar has only been an inconvenience, roads never closed for me before 7am and after 3pm??
    Stratford Ct trail was open as of Tuesday but I've been using it for weeks with a little dismount.
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      CommentAuthorbatmick
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2018
     
    Shut Up Legs:Construction on Camino Del Mar has only been an inconvenience, roads never closed for me before 7am and after 3pm??
    Stratford Ct trail was open as of Tuesday but I've been using it for weeks with a little dismount.


    Yes, I can confirm. And a big thank you to the construction crew! They seem to want to make it easy for cyclists. This morning they waved several of us through, to ride on the newly paved, virgin blacktop while cars were being detoured.
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    Barbara Bry ~ D1
    @barbarabryd1
    Congratulations and a huge thank you to @CityofSanDiego staff for activating the HAWK pedestrian crossing beacon on Torrey Pines Road. The residents are greatly appreciative and this will benefit the community for years to come.
    This is a good start to the planned improvements along Torrey Pines Road. Even if some of the project is delayed, at least this portion is able to be completed and utilized now, affording safety improvements for residents and visitors alike in the coming busy summer season. Looking forward to added sidewalks, bike lanes and vehicle lane diets to slow traffic, once the project restarts after the summer construction moratorium (Memorial Day, May 28, to Labor Day, Sept. 3).

    (See May 11th, 2018 posting above.)
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2018 edited
     
    Test ridden:

    1) New bike lanes on University through Hillcrest: Great improvement. (Note: westbound, as you approach 6th Ave, sharrows advice cyclists to a position in the right-turn-only lane, which basically only leads to the 163N onramp: This is clearly not where a cyclist want to be).
    2) On Cass St, buffered bike lanes in both directions have been extended and now encompass Cass from Turquoise to Diamond. Note: The "space" for the new bike lanes have been created by removing the center "suicide" lanes. I would strongly encourage the City to consider the removal of such center suicide lanes to create more space for infrastructure where needed.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BjVXmmKHID9/
    • CommentAuthorallanorn
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2018
     
    After 3-1/2 weeks of cycle touring the Netherlands, I am not looking forward to riding on our high quality bike infrastructure that we have in San Diego! But I digress (and can cover in a different topic).

    Latest SANDAG budget has the following "open to public dates":

    Georgia/Meade - 2/20 (no change)
    Landis - 2/20 (no change)
    Rose Creek - 2/20
    Barrio Logan Bayshore Bikeway - 5/20 (No change)
    4th/5th Ave - 10/20 (delayed five months - yikes)
    Pershing - 2/21 (no change)
    Robinson - 7/21 (no change but a note in the budget around easement issues could kick out this date)
    Imperial Ave - 7/21 (new)
    Border to Bayshore - 11/21 (new)


    No dates:
    Central - Advertise for construction 8/19
    Eastern Hillcrest - advertise for construction 1/20
    Washington/Mission Valley - advertise for construction 5/20
    University @ 54th - advertise for construction 8/20
    Howard/Orange - Advertise for construction now 10/20, 1 month improvement*
    Monroe - No dates even for design

    * Howard/Orange may be one project instead of splitting into two.
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    Planning Group to take up roundabouts Monday June 11, 2018
    June 07, 2018 valleycenter.com
    The disposition of roundabouts could be the issue of most local interest on next Monday’s Valley Center Community Planning Group agenda. Supporters and opponents of this form of traffic control on Valley Center Road are expected to be out in force at the meeting.

    Several members of the Valley Center Community Planning Group will be attending and speaking at the Lilac Hills Ranch project review at the Planning Commission on Friday. They will be reporting to the planning group at Monday’s meeting.

    The meeting will take place Monday June 11th, 2018, 7 p.m. at VC Community Hall downstairs.

    VC Community Hall
    28246 Lilac Road
    Valley Center, CA 92082
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    (See previous postings above: April 14th, 2018, Jan 4th, 2018, Nov 7th, 2017)
    • CommentAuthorfrank
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2018
     
    The City of San Diego (and Bike SD) want to put in Class II (bike lanes) on Handcock with reverse-angle (back in parking) but the local businesses aren’t having it because they want more parking spaces.
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    Removing parking is a common concern or theme when it comes to road dieting and striping bike lanes. Donald Shoup, of “The High Cost of Free Parking” fame has a new book out called “Parking and the City” The introduction is available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6tg317xssltiddp/ParkingAndTheCity.pdf If anybody wants to back BikeSD and the City then this might be a good resource.
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      CommentAuthorbatmick
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2018 edited
     
    OK, so they repaved and striped the 101 up and down Torrey Pines Hill but can anybody tell me what the southbound striping is supposed to mean?

    I like the buffer and new surface but that dashed center in the bike lane almost makes it look like they want people to ride both directions on that side. Needless to say that would be an extremely stupid thing.

    Any thoughts?

    • CommentAuthorfrank
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2018 edited
     
    batmick:OK, so they repaved and striped the 101 up and down Torrey Pines Hill but can anybody tell me what the southbound striping is supposed to mean?

    I like the buffer and new surface but that dashed center in the bike lane almost makes it look like they want people to ride both directions on that side. Needless to say that would be an extremely stupid thing.

    Any thoughts?



    It’s supposed to be two bike lanes and a buffer. Both bike lanes will be painted with the usual “Bike Lane” symbol/word and directional arrows. One will serve as “ Climbing lane” for slower cyclists and the left-most lane will be the passing lane.
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      CommentAuthorbatmick
    • CommentTimeJun 12th 2018 edited
     
    OK, I rode up that way today and saw that the extra symbols had been painted, which makes it clearer. I usually ride through the park, going south.

    Not sure this isn't a solution looking for a problem. In over ten years of riding this route for commuting I never had an issue passing slower riders or getting passed. I did, however, encounter salmoning riders occasionally and I'm afraid this design will encourage those even more. I would have saved the money for the extra stripes and symbols.

    Wait and see.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeJun 12th 2018
     
    It's for this kind of rider.
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    Valley Center Road at SR-76 Closed Monday and Tuesday Nights

    news desk June 12, 2018 valleycenter.com
    Motorists Advised Detours of an Hour or More
    Monday, June 18 & Tuesday, June 19

    Caltrans construction crews will close Valley Center Road at State Route 76 (SR-76) Monday and Tuesday nights at 7 until 7 in the morning to tie in the new roundabout to the intersection and open it to traffic. On Monday night, SR-76 will be reduced to one lane from Rincon Springs Road to Rincon Ranch Road. Personnel will be present to direct alternate directions of traffic through the single open lane when safe to do so.

    On Tuesday night, crews will completely close SR-76 from Rincon Springs Road to Rincon Ranch Road along with Valley Center Road at the SR-76 intersection.

    Although not expected, work and closures could extend to Wednesday night during the same hours.
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    SR76 Roundabout expected to open to traffic Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    news desk June 12, 2018 valleycenter.com
    The project will replace the existing three-way Route 76 (SR-76) and Valley Center Road intersection with a modern roundabout and realign the curves just east of the intersection. Additional signing, sidewalks, curb ramps, high friction surface treatment, and landscaping, as well as a new bus pull-out will be constructed. The new alignment will increase the sight distance for westbound vehicles approaching the intersection.

    The total project cost is $15.5 million, which includes approximately $7 million in allocated construction capital and $3.5 million in right-of-way capital. Funding will come from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP).
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      CommentAuthorbatmick
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2018
     
    Sigurd:It's for this kind of rider.


    Especially those riders don't care about lines painted on the street. Just saying.
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    Caltrans to Shutter Westbound Friars Road On-Ramp to Southbound SR-163
    Debbie L. Sklar June 13, 2018 timesofsandiego.com
    Caltrans Wednesday will permanently close the on-ramp from westbound Friars Road to southbound state Route 163, the agency said. Motorists needing to get to the southbound SR-163 now must turn right from westbound Friars Road onto Ulric Street and then enter the freeway from the Ulric Street on-ramp, Caltrans officials said. The permanent closure just east of the Fashion Valley Mall is part of the SR-163 Friars Road Interchange Project.

    “Caltrans construction crews need to close the on-ramp to add another right turn lane from westbound Friars Road to Ulric Street,” Caltrans spokesman Hayden Manning said. “Crews will also build one dedicated right turn lane from northbound Ulric Street to southbound SR-163, and another lane with the option to right turn or continue straight on Ulric Street.”

    The $40 million project is expected to widen the Friars Road crossing over SR-163 and improve the on-ramps and off-ramps connecting Friars Road to the freeway. It will also add a southbound SR-163 auxiliary lane approaching the Friars Road off-ramp.

    –City News Service
    (See posting of Sept 30th, 2017 for more information.)
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    Sigurd:It's for this kind of rider.

    No its for this kind of aggrandizing cyclist:

    Serge Issakov
    June 2 at 3:26pm
    FOUR YEARS AGO I requested a road diet on Torrey Pines, reducing the number of traffic lanes from 3 to 2, and thus increasing space to put in an extra wide bike lane, plus a buffer. There are few places where I'm a fan of bike lanes, but on a long uphill grade with no intersections and no parking... a bike lane is great. Especially one that looks like this. TWO FIVE foot wide bike lanes (slow lane + passing lane!), plus a SEVEN foot wide buffer!!!

    Thank you Brian Genovese, Claudio Nascimento and whoever else at the City who was responsible for making this happen!
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    ^^



    Hear hear; cheers to everyone that made this happen!
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    I think to avoid confusion it would be good to paint arrows in each of the two bike lanes, both going in the same direction.
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      CommentAuthorbatmick
    • CommentTime4 days ago
     
    Shady John:I think to avoid confusion it would be good to paint arrows in each of the two bike lanes, both going in the same direction.


    Those arrows are already there. I took the picture when the striping was not yet completed apparently.
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    From Twitter: BikeSD re-tweeted from Evan Schumacher



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    Planners bet on a roundabout in VC Road’s future
    David Ross June 14, 2018 valleycenter.com
    The motion approved by a vote of 12-3-0 was: “Moved to recommend the design and construction of modern roundabouts at VC Road and (1) Mirar de Valle and (2) Miller Roads” as CIP (Capital Improvement Project) Priority 1 & 2.”

    Supporters, led by planner Jon Vick, argued that the motion would cause the San Diego County Department of Public Works (DPW) to study this request and respond to the community regarding its findings, including a Preliminary Engineering Report (PER).
    He noted that the County did not originally plan VC Road with those amenities. “It took many years to get Heritage Trail and the median. The roundabout idea is not my idea. You see what is going to happen. Traffic is coming,” with its accompanying Vons and Traffic Supply and other retail stores crowding VC Road. “You will see it up and down the road. The road is going to be a 2.6 miles of mess with eight traffic lights.” He repeated, “The road is going to be a mess.”

    He continued, “We have a chance to make something better. If we don’t do it we will get eight traffic lights. If we put in roundabouts we will slow traffic down and reduce accidents and make it easier for pedestrians to cross and make Valley Center Road look better.” He said the obvious places for the roundabouts are the intersections of VC Road and & Mirar de Valle and Miller.
    Vick described three communities that have adopted roundabouts, including Golden, Colorado, a community of 17,000, which installed four roundabouts. “It led to slower speeds, less deaths, and a decline in accidents. It improved traffic flow and sales tax revenues went up sixty percent. The business people approved,” he said.

    The other communities he talked about were La Jolla, which put in five roundabouts in the Bird Rock neighborhood, and Encinitas along Hwy 101 (Leucadia Street) where six roundabouts were installed. “Someday we are going to have roundabouts in Valley Center because this is the perfect location for them,” said Vick. “They reduce injuries from accidents and fatalities. When you are driving through roundabouts the traffic keeps moving.”
    He finished, “One of the things that aggravates me is when I’m sitting in an intersection and waiting thirty seconds or a minute for the light to change. What a pain in the ass it is!”

    The applause Vick received at the end of this talk gave an indication that the great majority of those at the meeting supported that position. Several audience members spoke. Joaquin Aganza said he drives through Vista every day and passes through a roundabout. “Every day I’m thankful I don’t have to stop. This is just a quality of life issue. It can be built to accommodate every kind of vehicle. I really encourage you to make a positive statement.”
    A VC resident named Morris Gardner, who said he has lived here 20 years and is a pediatrician, declared, “The time it takes [on a roundabout] is far less and more pleasant.” He added that a roundabout is more pedestrian friendly and keeps traffic moving steadily.” “It’s safer for children,” he added. “It’s a much more rational way to drive.”

    Rich Rudolf, a longtime resident and former member of the planning group, said that on roads that have roundabouts, “the traffic flows at the roundabout and the traffic backs up at the stoplights.”
    (See posting above June 7th, 2018)
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTime4 days ago
     
    As much as I like the concept of roundabouts, they don't solve the problem. For a long term solution, extend the Sprinter to Valley Center and Pauma Valley.