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    It appears as if a sleeping giant has awoken. Citizens, residents and voters are demanding public officials and the elites wake up to the true impacts of selfish and flawed planning and to better serve their needs, protect their neighborhoods and properly manage limited tax resources.
    Will of the People!

    Now… let's start adding proper, safe, robust bike facilities along North Harbor Drive, inside the SAN Airport itself and into surrounding neighborhoods as part the conversation, planning and design.
    Do It Right!


    @DoItRightSAN This has been a traveler frustration for years. We need trolley service to and from the airport!


    @DoItRightSAN Even this dramatic increase is based on outdated data. Based on current data — which the Airport has chosen to ignore — traffic increases will be significantly higher.

    @LorieZapf
    As much as 15% of the Airport’s traffic comes from the west, most through Point Loma, and in Little Italy long backups along Grape and Hawthorn are only going to get worse. Yet, the Airport’s traffic analysis ignores Point Loma & Little Italy.


    San Diegans for a Better Airport @DoItRightSAN The Airport’s redevelopment plan is bad for our environment.
    San Diegans for a Better Airport
    We are a group of San Diegans who support the replacement of Terminal 1 but oppose the current plan because it ignores traffic, transit and related problems the expanded terminal would create. The Airport’s plan does not include a connection to the trolley. That alone tells you all you need to know, but there is more to this story.


    @LorieZapf
    The Airport’s real impacts to our community extend well beyond the EIR study area. The Airport should go beyond its footprint to study and honestly disclose their impacts on neighboring communities.
    @LorieZapf
    Today, D2 community leaders joined me and called on the Airport to recirculate the Terminal 1 EIR to ensure that it adequately addresses major quality of life issues for nearby neighborhoods and analyze a direct mass transit connection to the trolley.


    @LorieZapf
    The airport wants to push the costs to minimize traffic, transit and air emission impacts onto residents, local businesses, the city of San Diego, the Port of San Diego, SANDAG and others.


    @LorieZapf @DoItRightSAN
    An unprecedented group of agencies is challenging the Airport’s flawed redevelopment plan, including the City of San Diego, Port of San Diego, CirculateSD, residents in Point Loma & Little Italy, SANDAG, SDCalTrans, CoastalCommissh, CA State Lands and enviro groups.
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    SANDAG will host an Open House and Public Hearing for the Border to Bayshore project on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. View the meeting flier in English and en Español.

    Border to Bayshore Bikeway Open House
    6:00 - 6:45 p.m. Open House
    6:45 - 8 p.m. Public Hearing
    San Ysidro Civic Center
    212 W. Park Ave.
    San Diego, CA 92173
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    Community members will have many opportunities to help shape the design of the Border to Bayshore Bikeway. Presentations to community groups and organizations are available upon request.



    The Border to Bayshore Bikeway is an approximately 6.5-mile route that will provide safe biking connections within and between Imperial Beach, the San Ysidro community of San Diego, and the world’s busiest land border crossing at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

    On November 13, 2918, a public hearing will be held from 6:45 to 8 p.m. and will be preceded by an open house showcasing project features and updates from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk with project team members and provide feedback. Refreshments and complimentary bike valet will be provided.

    The open house and public hearing marks an important step for the Border to Bayshore Bikeway project. SANDAG, as the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), will hold a public hearing to hear comments on the proposed project.

    Comments collected at the public hearing and written responses to those comments will be provided to the SANDAG Transportation Committee for its consideration prior to a December 14, 2018, meeting, where the Transportation Committee is anticipated to consider whether the proposed project is exempt from CEQA.
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    2019 GO by BIKE Mini-Grant Program
    In support of the San Diego Regional Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 16, 2019 and National Bike Month in May, the SANDAG GO by BIKE and iCommute teams are offering grants of up to $3,000 for programs or projects that promote biking through outreach and education. A total of $60,000 in grant funding is available. For eligibility and application details, visit the Bike Month web page. The agency will accept applications through Dec. 21, 2018 and award them by Jan. 31, 2019.

    Like Bikes? $3,000 Grants Offered for Local Programs, Projects, Schools
    Ken Stone November 8, 2018 timesofsandiego.com
    The San Diego Association of Governments announced Thursday it will offer $3,000 grants for local programs and projects that encourage bicycling as a transportation choice. The agency will award up to $60,000 in grants through the program, with a focus on bike education, safety and promotion. Entities like nonprofit organizations, chambers of commerce, colleges and universities and San Diego County school districts are eligible to apply.

    Applicants must detail what they plan to fund with the grant, such as bike education classes, public bike events and rides and bike to work and campus promotions. Applicant activities must be open to the public and happen between March 15, 2019 and June 15, 2019 to be eligible for funding.

    SANDAG is administering the “GO by BIKE” grants in advance of National Bike Month next May. The agency will accept applications through Dec. 21, 2018 and award them by Jan. 31, 2019. Interested residents and potential applicants can learn more about the grants at 511sd.com/iCommute.

    — City News Service
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    For the multimodal bike commuters; adults, seniors and students alike.

    MTS Fare Proposed Increases
    PROPOSED FARE CHANGES FACT SHEET

    Public Input on Changes to the Comprehensive Fare Ordinance and TransNet Ordinance: Persons unable to attend a Public Meeting may submit written public comments. The deadline to submit public comments is November 9, 2018.
    (Better late than never!)

    Members of the public may: Some changes proposed:
    • Senior Citizens (60+) currently
      Senior Citizens (increase to 65+) proposed fares mostly go up slightly
    • Youth ages 6-18 Fares mostly go down

    MTS Fares currently
    Comprehensive Fare Ordinance
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2018
     
    Old Knotty Buoy:https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DpFfOxHVAAAp1Lq.jpg
    For the multimodal bike commuters; adults, seniors and students alike.

    MTS Fare Proposed Increases
    PROPOSED FARE CHANGES FACT SHEET

    Public Input on Changes to the Comprehensive Fare Ordinance and TransNet Ordinance: Persons unable to attend a Public Meeting may submit written public comments. The deadline to submit public comments is November 9, 2018.
    (Better late than never!)

    Members of the public may: Some changes proposed:
    • Senior Citizens (60+) currently
      Senior Citizens (increase to 65+) proposed fares mostly go up slightly
    • Youth ages 6-18 Fares mostly go down

    MTS Fares currently
    Comprehensive Fare Ordinance


    Senior Citizens increase to 65+!?!?!? What? They got too many seniors clamoring to take public transit in San Diego? Maybe these seniors should switch to Bird scooters.
    • CommentAuthorallanorn
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2018 edited
     
    We missed this one - found on the Pacific Surfliner site as part of a schedule change as of October 8.

    Rail 2 Rail Changes
    Pacific Surfliner trains no longer stop at Carlsbad Village or Sorrento Valley stations under a revised Rail 2 Rail program with COASTER. COASTER passengers with a valid Monthly/30-Day Pass or a RegionPlus Day Pass may ride any Pacific Surfliner train within the trip limits printed on their COASTER pass. Single ride and round-trip COASTER tickets are no longer valid on Pacific Surfliner trains. Blackout dates apply to the Rail 2 Rail Program, including November 21-25, 2018.


    So make sure you plan those coastal rides accordingly.

    Adding: looks like NCTD cut the Friday night trains and two Saturday runs in each direction (691, 697, 690, 696). Some schedule adjustments are made to other trains.
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    Photo by Ken Stone

    Office Of Traffic Safety Awards Grant to County for Traffic Safety Education
    Debbie L. Sklar November 13, 2018
    The California Office of Traffic Safety awarded a $75,000 grant to San Diego County Tuesday to fund a year-long program educating residents on bicycle and pedestrian traffic safety. The program, administered by the county’s Health and Human Services Agency, will include educational events, classroom presentations and community events designed to teach county residents about traffic rules and the rights and responsibilities of being a pedestrian or a cyclist. Grant-funded educational efforts will focus on avoiding distractions, looking for possible hazards like parked cars pulling out and staying visible by wearing reflectors and bright clothing. According to the county, the program’s educational efforts will focus mostly on children and seniors.

    Bicycle and pedestrian safety responsibilities go both ways,” OTS Director Rhonda Craft said. “Understanding the rules of the road behind the wheel, on foot or on two wheels helps all roadway users get where they need to go safely.

    According to state data, bicycle and pedestrian deaths account for 29 percent of roadway deaths in California. In addition, 1,014 cyclists and pedestrians were killed in California in 2016, a 30 percent increase over 2012 data, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    –City News Service
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    Public Input needed on mobility project in Cardiff


    The City of Encinitas’ Traffic Engineering Division has brought forward the idea of modifying the existing street striping and parking along both Liverpool Drive and Chesterfield Drive to increase public safety. The Traffic and Safety Committee has recommended to change Liverpool and Chesterfield east of Newcastle into one way streets in order to accommodate wider vehicle traffic lanes and to provide a path within the right of way for pedestrians and cyclists. At the October 8th meeting the commission voted to recommend alternatives 7A and 7B (one way couplet). You can view all suggested alternatives here.

    To further discuss this proposal, we invite you to an upcoming community meeting. The City’s Traffic Engineering Division will welcome oral input from the public on this potential project at this meeting. The meeting will be held on Tuesday December 4th, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the City Hall Council Chambers located at 505 S. Vulcan Ave, Encinitas, CA 92024. More details of this project are available via the Agenda Report for last month’s Traffic and Public Safety Commission meeting attached here.

    If any questions arise, please feel free to contact the City of Encinitas Traffic Engineering Division at traffic@encinitasca.gov. Otherwise they look forward to your attendance at this community meeting and thank you in advance for your time and input on this potential project.

    Tuesday December 4th, 2018
    5:30 to 7:30 PM
    City Hall Council Chambers
    505 S. Vulcan Avenue
    Encinitas, CA 92024
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    City of Encinitas Community Workshop: Citizen Participation Plan Neighborhood Meeting Case No. 17-238 CPP
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    Street View

    The City of Encinitas has initiated a project to design and build streetscape improvements on Birmingham Drive from San Elijo Road to Carol View Drive, just west of the Caltrans right-of-way at Interstate 5. The pavement is in poor shape and portions of the sidewalk are outdated from current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. This project also presents the opportunity to make the street safer, more pedestrian friendly and more visually appealing.

    Project elements include enhancing pedestrian access by installing improved, continuous sidewalks, pavement overlay, installing a roundabout at Newcastle Drive to calm traffic and improve traffic circulation, undergrounding of existing overhead utility lines, upgrading street lighting, and extending existing reclaimed water line services. The project will also include landscaping features and low impact drainage design concepts to create a sustainable streetscape project on Birmingham Drive.

    The project was initiated in August 2017 and design will be completed in Fall 2018. Construction of the approved project will begin in 2019.
    If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Project Manager Christy Villa to provide your input.

    Birmingham Drive Streetscape Project
    Project Manager Christy Villa
    505 S. Vulcan Avenue
    Encinitas, CA 92024
    858-922-4652
    cvilla@hochconsulting.com
    The meeting has passed but you can still provide input on this project. I don't see any accommodations for bicyclist in these simple descriptions. I couldn't find any detailed drawings or schematics but will continue to look for them. In the project elements described here, there are no bicycle facilities or roadway designs offered. It is a very narrow road and finding 'real-estate' for bike lanes seems very challenging. As with many other projects, there seems to be the distractions of finishing work for public approval, but no meaningful roadway layout on which to comment. This route has a bridge over HWY-5 and so will be a major facility for bicyclist in this area.
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeNov 20th 2018
     
    BICYCLE MAYOR PROGRAM
    https://bycs.org/our-work/bicycle-mayors/
    The Bicycle Mayor & Leader Program is a global initiative to accelerate the progress of cycling in cities and help get another one billion people onto bikes. Pretty simple, right?

    Bicycle Mayors are a catalyst to bring together the public and private realms to uncover the massive economic, health, and environmental benefits of increased cycling capacity. They are uncovering new ideas, working with others to deliver action and promoting innovations that support better cycling for all.

    BYCS – which initiated and coordinates the program – is now working with local partners to set up Bicycle Mayors in cities around the world. Together, they are using the bicycle to address pollution crises, tackle road deaths, break down social barriers and enable people to access essential services for the first time. Time for your city to get a Bicycle Mayor?
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    San Diegans for a Better Airport
    @DoItRightSAN
    Numerous airports have built People Movers to connect to mass transit. In Phoenix, the funds for the Sky Train were generated from passenger fees and airport revenues. At LAX, about $3.8B of the costs to build and run their People Mover will come from airport revenues.



    Kevin Faulconer
    @Kevin_Faulconer
    Today’s meeting was an important first step, and I am looking forward to the Airport Authority delivering a plan to improve connections to the San Diego International Airport that meets the needs of the entire region.


    Don’t Let Terminal 1 Become Another ‘San Diego Special’
    Todd Gloria November 20, 2018 voiceofsandiego.org
    The first action that must be taken is to link the airport to the San Diego Trolley. It is incomprehensible that despite the Trolley’s Blue Line running along the eastern edge of the airport’s runway there is no easy connection between these two transportation assets. This situation isn’t just frustrating to users, it’s a civic failure that must be fixed.

    Don’t Let Terminal 1 Become Another ‘San Diego Special’, the last thing the city needs is another long-running problem whose solution is always just out of reach because of a lack of vision and leadership.


    CM Georgette Gómez
    @GGomezD9
    I’m very hopeful that we will come up with a real solution to moving people to the airport. Great meeting today!


    Georgette Gómez modeling that multimodal commute life!
    San Diego MTS: @sdmts

    Georgette Gómez riding to work via bus and bike. Keep on rolling!
    City of San Diego Councilmember ~ D9;
    Chair; San Diego MTS

    CM Georgette Gómez
    @GGomezD9
    In San Jose, CA “Breathing the air of paradise burning” and riding transit.
    I like the infrastructure for bikes on the light rail.
    @sdmts let’s look into it for our trolley system.


    This would be great for all MTS Trolley users and especially on a trolley link to the SAN Airport terminals. Imagine all the SAN Airport employees getting to and from work via bikes, bus, and trolley. Much less city wide traffic, GHG's, noise, SAN parking requirements, hassles and stress, all while increasing usage of the already built trolley system. That's how you do the multi-modal roll!
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    In wake of pedestrian deaths, Encinitas considers adopting Vision Zero safety program
    Carey Blakely November 21, 2018 thecoastnews.com
    ENCINITAS — The Encinitas City Council is considering implementing Vision Zero, a street-safety program that aims to eliminate all injuries and fatalities stemming from traffic incidents. Mayor Catherine Blakespear and Councilman Tony Kranz brought Vision Zero before the council because, as Kranz said, “I think it’s important that we acknowledge that there are too many situations that are resulting in fatalities in our city between pedestrians and vehicles, and for me it’s important that we do everything that we can to try to raise awareness about safety issues.
    According to a San Diego County Sheriff’s Department report, of the 109 motor vehicle collisions with other motor vehicles that occurred in Encinitas from Jan. 1 through Nov. 1, 2018, one resulted in a fatality and none caused severe injuries. Those numbers do not include state highway collisions. During the same time period, 15 collisions between bikes and vehicles were recorded in the city, with one resulting in severe injury.

    When asked why a program such as Vision Zero is important for the city, Blakespear said, “Encinitas streets should be safe for those biking and walking. We’re asking what more the city can do to make that ‘safety for all’ a reality.” The plan would not extend to train transportation. She explained, “We don’t control the rail operations and tracks. We do control our city streets.” Blakespear told the council that she finds Vision Zero’s “data-driven decision-making” appealing. “Since we’ve actually had a number of fatalities on our roads, that’s indicative of a problem. So analyzing where is the system not serving us … is really important.

    The Vision Zero Network website states that more than 40,000 people in the United States are killed yearly as a result of traffic accidents. San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other major cities in California and other states have adopted a Vision Zero plan. When Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti wrote an executive directive to implement Vision Zero in 2015, he stated that 65 percent of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities and serious injuries occurred on just 6 percent of Los Angeles’ streets. Analyzing statistics like that has enabled cities to address safety issues in a targeted, data-driven way.
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2018
     
    Unlocking Multimodality in N. America -- Using Bikes to Better Our Transit Systems (Tue, Dec 11, 2018 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM PST)
    https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/455496175227206913