BikeWalkSolana Meeting (Zoom), April 1, 2024

The meeting of BikeWalkSolana, the Solana Beach Active Transportation Committee, was held on April 1, 2024, 5pm on Zoom. For invitations to future meetings, please email [email protected]


  • Updates from the City
  • Community Grant Planning
  • New Business

Meeting Notes by Jill Cooper

Present were Douglas Alden, Jill Cooper, Paul Dickstein, Jewel Edson, Dan Goldberg, Howard LaGrange, Virginia Lingham, Karl Rudnick, and Mo Sammak.

Updates from the City

Pedestrian Crossing on Highway 101 (Mo Sammak)

  • City Council members were in favor of the Staff Report recommendations presented at the Council meeting on March 27.
  • In a new development, City of Encinitas Engineers want the project design to continue the one car traffic lane northbound option to the traffic signal at Las Olas; they would like COSB to delay submitting our permit request to the Coastal Commission while they analyze the one lane option.
  • Mo is in favor of presenting our Coastal Commission permit and eventual grant application for the engineering design as a joint project of the two coastal cities. The Coastal Commission, the State of California through the CA Cycle 7 ATP CalTrans grant, and SANDAG are more likely to approve joint projects. 
  • A barricade of poles and ropes has been erected on the east side of Hwy 101 to discourage pedestrians from crossing the highway at Harbaugh Trails.

Community Grant Planning, Focus on Family Friendly Events

Bike Month (May) events include:

  1. The Community Ride on April 28. Riders will meet at La Colonia Park at 9:30 a.m. to register, sign a waiver, and receive instructions prior to the 10:00 departure time.
  2. The Family Fun Ride, organized by PTA presidents Kristin Brinner and Shawna McGarry, will take place in the Coastal Rail Trail area of Solana Beach on May 25 or 26.
  3. The Walking Scavenger Hunt will be a self-guided event for walkers taking place over the entire month of May.
  4. Range of educational events: City Cycling for E-Bikers (youth) and Smart Cycling (adults)
  • Jill will write an article for the Solana Beach Sun about our BWS Bike Month activities.
  • We’re asking Shawna and Kristin for help publicizing the above events through neighborhood and school social media.
  • The City’s Weekly Update will also get the word out.
  • Securing the required Insurance coverage for our Bike Month events continues to be a problem. Howard reminded that this is an issue that we are trying to solve with the League of American Bicyclists insurer to have levels of insurance beyond the standard $1M . San Diego cities are now requiring $2M. Karl will call the League of American Bicyclists about the required insurance for both the Community Ride, the Family Fun Ride, and educational events.