BikeWalkSolana Meeting (Zoom), Mon May 4, 2020
The next meeting of BikeWalkSolana, the Solana Beach Active Transportation Committee, be held on Monday, May 4, 2020, 5pm on Zoom. For an invitation please email [email protected]
- Updates from the City
- Cardiff Hwy 101 New Bike Facility
- May Bike Month – LoveToRide https://www.lovetoride.net/sandiegocounty
- GoByBike mini-grant for SB Bike In Movie Night > deferred to next year due to COVID-19
- remaining agenda TBD
Our BikeWalkSolana May 4 meeting was held via Zoom. Those present included Douglas Alden, Kristine Schindler, Shawna McGarry, Karl Rudnick, Paul Dickstein, Jill Cooper, City of Solana Beach Mayor Jewel Edson, and City Engineer Dan Jacobsen.
Report from the City
Dan reported that City Hall is going to half staff due to precautions taken because of COVID 19.
Consultants for the Lomas Santa Fe Improvement Project are working from home. Our Phase III grant to provide design services for the project will expire on July 4, but the City is requesting an extension from SANDAG for 9 months until April, 2021. Surveyors have been working along Lomas Santa Fe Drive west of the freeway, gathering measurements for the multi-use path in order to determine if the path can be extended all the way to the railroad bridge just west of Cedros. Some survey work is also proceeding on the east side of the freeway.
Safe Bicycle Access to the Del Mar Fairgrounds
Jon Luft from BikeWalkDelMar presented photographs and diagrams to illustrate his design proposal for safe bicycle access to the Fairgrounds.
He proposed that the signalized crosswalk at the Directors Road entrance (by the fire station) be made safe and accessible for cyclists by:
- paint on the road (green bars to denote areas where cars and bikes share the roadway, additional striping, and sharrows)
- signage (“Bike Access to Fairgrounds”)
- installation of permanent bike racks by the clock tower in a bike parking zone
He also advocates a redesign of the current striping configuration at the intersection of Jimmy Durante/Valley and Via de la Valle in the Fairgrounds vicinity It was suggested that a loop detector allowing cyclists to advance the signal to green be installed at the intersection.
New Cardiff Highway 101 Bike Lanes and Bicyclist Crashes
BWS members responded to the troubling number of cyclist crashes (5) during the first week after the completion of the new Cardiff (City of Encinitas) bike lanes. The crashes occurred when bicyclists’ wheels collided with the newly installed raised curbs separating the bike lane from motorist lanes. One possible solution is to implement the Slow Streets model of dedicating the #2 lane (the farthest right) for bicycle and pedestrian use only. Traffic cones separate the cyclist and pedestrian lane from the car traffic lane. Slow Streets was developed in Oakland and is now used in other cities, including San Diego. With COVID 19 stay-at-home orders and fewer cars, cyclists, and pedestrians on the road, Slow Streets could be implemented in Cardiff on the 101, possibly continuing into Solana Beach.
May is Bike Month!