BikeWalkSolana Meeting (Zoom), September 13, 2021

The next meeting of BikeWalkSolana, the Solana Beach Active Transportation Committee,  will be held on Monday September 13,  2021, 5pm on Zoom. For an invitation please email [email protected]


  • Updates from the City
  • FY21-22 Community Grant Planning
  • California Clean Air Day Webinar, Tue Sep 28, 2021 11:00AM – 12:00PM PDT.Register Here: Registration (
  • Rideshare Week 2021
    Rideshare Week is a nationally recognized event hosted across the country to celebrate alternate modes of transportation. This year, residents are encouraged to share the ride as they return to their commutes.
    Register here: rideshare week (

Meeting Notes by Jill Cooper:

Present at the September 13 BikeWalkSolana Zoom meeting were Kristin Haukom, Jill Cooper, Karl Rudnick, Mo Sammak, Dan Goldberg, Kristine Schindler, and Shawna McGarry. 

Updates from the City
  • E-bike Safety: The City is working to address safety concerns about e-bikes, especially among young riders. A recording of the virtual meeting on E-bike Safety Rules and Guidelines is now available on the City of Solana Beach website – click here. More resources that could be added to the COSB website are links to the E-bike safety flyer in English and in Spanish created for COSB by the San Diego Bike Coalition as well as the short “Electrical Bike Safety in Beautiful Encinitas” video. The City of Encinitas has a full page (click here) devoted to this topic and Solana Beach could also do something similar.
  • Santa Helena Neighborhood Park:  Mo Sammak reported about progress on future construction of the Santa Helena Neighborhood Park. City Staff will meet with neighbors at a community group meeting sometime in October to present the project, gathering input from the public to be used for the final engineering plans.
  • Safe Routes to Schools: Chen-Ryan and Associates are beginning preliminary work. The next phase is a mobility assessment for each school site: Solana Vista, Skyline, Earl Warren, and Santa Fe Christian. Chen-Ryan and City Staff are currently working to schedule meetings with school officials, parents, and students at each school. They will gather information about current conditions for students walking or rolling to school in order to develop a SRTS improvement plan. BikeWalkSolana members are invited to participate. Publicity for these information gathering meetings is key; in addition, there should be a way for those who can’t attend to provide input. Jenny An is Chen-Ryan’s point of contact for the project.

Community Grant Planning

We were pleased to receive a $3600 community grant from the City. Next steps are scheduling events and planning to make them successful. In 2022 there will be a Tour of Solana Beach Community Ride as well as a repeat of last year’s Tour of Solana Beach Scavenger Hunt. Karl suggested that the 2 Smart Cycling classes in our grant be broken into two education events: standard 9 hr Smart Cycling for adults, and a second one geared more for youth with an emphasis on E-bikes, similar to educational offering created by the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition in partnership with Encinitas. Karl took the action to work on a draft schedule of the events for next spring.
Upcoming Events
California Clean Air Day Webinar on September 28 (register here): In this free, 1 hour presentation the SANDAG iCommute Team and the Coalition for Clean Air will inform participants about how they can be a part of the effort for cleaner air by 
  • pledging and participating in October 6 Clean Air Day activities  
  • learning how to reduce commute impacts by teleworking or commuting by bike, transit, van, or carpool
  • learning about how vehicle traffic affects air quality and how people’s transportation choices make a difference 
  • participating in Ride Share Week from October 4 – 8a national event that celebrates alternate modes of transportation, especially in commuting. “Share the ride!”

Walk to School Day on October 6Kristine has contacted the Solana Vista and Skyline School principals about how they can participate in this worldwide event. Good publicity should lead to a good turnout. The schools could also help publicize through their weekly communication the Clean Air webinar and Ride Share Week above since those events bracket Walk to School Day.