BikeWalkSolana Meeting, Mon December 2, 2019

The next meeting of BikeWalkSolana, the Solana Beach Active Transportation Committee,  be held on Monday, December 2,  2019, 5pm at Fletcher Cove Community Center. 

Fletcher Cove Community Center
133 Pacific Avenue
Solana Beach, CA 92075


  • Updates from the City
  • 4th Annual Santa Cycle with Surfrider
    • Saturday Dec 7, 2pm
      Join Surfrider’s Climate Change committee for a fun, easy bike ride along our beautiful coast & learn how sea level rise will impact local beaches. We roll out from Carruth Winery in Solana Beach at 2pm, ride along Hwy 101 to Cardiff State Beach, then circle back to Culture Brewing for food & beer. All are welcome, holiday dress encouraged! RSVP & more info.
  • Encinitas Holiday Parade
    The Encinitas Holiday Parade is coming up (Saturday, December 7), and we are looking for anyone and everyone to come join! We have an entry for Cyclovia Encinitas (an Open Streets event in Encinitas on Sunday, Jan 12), and anyone wishing to walk / bike / skate / roll / whatever is more than welcome. Please bring bike lights and dress yourselves up with some festive attire. Kids and pets are welcome as well.  Cylcovia Encinitas is entry #7, and will be queuing up at 4:45 pm at the corner of D Street and Second Street (in front of Union Bank).  

Meeting Notes:

Those present were Douglas Alden, Kristine Schindler, Paul Dickstein, Shawna McGarry, Brian Seymour, Jon Luft, and Dan Goldberg from City of Solana Beach Engineering Staff.
Jon Luft announced that he was attending the meeting to get ideas for bicycle and pedestrian advocacy in his city of Del Mar.
Dan Goldberg announced, as he did at last month’s meeting, that the Lomas Santa Fe Design Project will likely be discussed at the City Council meeting on January 22, 2020, at which time most decisions on the design plans will be made.  (We are currently at 35% on the design phase.)  Council has a goal to come up with a Plan Specification Estimate.
Dan stated that the Lomas Santa Fe work will not be done as the Highway 101 project was completed.  The city cannot issue bonds, as it did for 101, and is hoping for grants.  Dan anticipates the Lomas Santa Fe project will take many years to complete, with the city picking off various projects on the corridor as funds become available.
The minimal transit funds the city has are being used for maintenance.  Striping, including on 101, will be completed in early 2020.  The city will also work on improving the north end of 101, including removing the bumps that are in the northbound bike lane.  Dan finished his presentation by pointing out that the city prioritizes maintenance work according to usage level and discussed how the city works with asphalt and slurry to get the maximum utility out of our streets.
Douglas announced that SANDAG mini-grants for up to $3000 are available.  He will put out an email to see if anyone can put together an application by the 1/3/20 deadline.  Kristine is trying to get partners, such as Revolution Bike or Surfrider, to apply.
Another email to go out will be to the city council about putting up Bicycle Friendly City signs at major entrances to Solana Beach.
Upcoming events:
  • Santa Cycle with Surfrider on December 7 at 2:00 pm
  • Encinitas Holiday Parade on December 7 at 5:30 pm
  • San Diego Bicycle Coalition joy ride starting in Balboa Park in the evening of December 12
  • Cyclovia Encinitas on January 12 from 10:00 to 2:00
Douglas and Kristine mentioned that they attended a recent SANDAG meeting in Encinitas.  They learned about plans for the North Coast Corridor, chief among them creating paths to ease access for cyclists near Interstate 5.
Kristine discussed her involvement with the Safe Routes to School National Conference.  Solana Beach Elementary, Encinitas Elementary, and Carlsbad Unified school districts were represented.  This partnership is working to promote safe routes to school and go beyond having bike and walk-toschool days.  Kristine also mentioned that there is still time to donate bikes to “Holiday Baskets” for families in need.  Drop off bikes at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.  That program is also looking for volunteers to help with repairs, etc. before bikes are given away.
Shawna presented our Lomas Santa Fe plans to the local PTA.  She reported positive attitudes among attendees and is encouraging the parents to attend city council meetings and let the council know their feelings about the LSF project.
Douglas encouraged us to snap photos of projects and artwork that promote cycling.  He anticipates that we can use these photos to make suggestions when the subject of active transportation comes up with the city.

Paul Dickstein, recorder