Friday, July 3, 2015

Recent Update on Uptown Bikeway Project


We partnered with Circulate San Diego, BikeSD, and Climate Action Campaign to take a stand against SANDAG's recent actions on the Regional Uptown Bikeway Project. The current condition of the proposed alignment on University is unsafe and needs to be addressed. We are continuing to advocate as this project, as it is vital to the community and an arterial corridor that must provide safer access to people that ride.

Below is the letter we drafted with our partners. We were given the opportunity to speak on behalf of people who ride yesterday in a meeting at SANDAG. We are advocating for you and for safer bicycling. More information about the Uptown Bikeways Project
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June 23, 2015

SANDAG
Transportation Committee, Honorable Chair Todd Gloria
401 B Street, Suite 800
San Diego, CA 92101
RE: Uptown Bikeway Project

Chair Gloria and Transportation Committee Members:
Since the June 5th meeting of the Transportation Committee, information has been brought forward through the media regarding the Regional Uptown Bikeway project.  We are concerned to hear about the reported meetings that were held with leadership of the Hillcrest Business Association, their contracted lobbying consultant (California Strategies) and SANDAG leadership prior to the staff recommendation that was released for the "Constrained Option”.  At no time were members of the community who supported SANDAG’s original design concept for the project invited to participate in these discussions and we believe the planning process during these pre-meeting negotiations was flawed.
On behalf of those signed below, we are requesting that the Transportation Committee reconsider their action taken on June 5th to allow for additional public input to be considered on the project.  In addition, we feel there was agreement on several elements of the Transforming Hillcrest plan that can be included into an alternative that would be supported by a vast majority of all stakeholders. We are very concerned for the unsafe and potentially liable position that SANDAG or the City may be placed in as a result of Committee’s action at the meeting to only provide the protected bikeway on a portion of University Avenue. We only hope to find a solution that will avoid this unsafe “gap” in the bikeway.
We respectfully request SANDAG to continue to work with all stakeholders and present design alternatives that will accomplish what they originally set out to do; increase safety, increase mobility and bicycle ridership, decrease greenhouse gas emissions and increase economic and place making opportunities throughout the corridor.
Our ultimate goal is to not stop or hinder the progress of the project but rather continue to find the best possible design alternative that will accomplish the goals for safety and increased bicycle ridership through an adequate, transparent public process. 
Finally, we welcome the opportunity to meet with you and representatives from SANDAG so that you can have a better understanding of our concerns and more importantly, hear our ideas for moving forward which is a goal we all collectively share.  We will reach out to you soon request a meeting.  We appreciate the continued effort that SANDAG is putting into this incredibly important regional transportation project.
Sincerely,
Andy Hanshaw
Samantha Ollinger
Executive Director, Bike SD
Nicole Capretz, Executive Director
Jim Stone, Executive Director

Cc:           Gary Gallegos, Executive Director, SANDAG
                  Charles “Muggs” Stoll, Director of Land Use and Transportation Planning, SANDAG

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Walk+Bike at Carlsbad Farmers' Market

Great outreach at the State Street Farmers' Market in Carlsbad Village yesterday. We met many interested residents and also informed tourists that were very receptive to all the progress being made in Carlsbad towards a greater walkable/bikeable community. We talked about the benefits of walking and biking and shared trail maps. We also discussed the upcoming Taco Tuesday Ride(June 30th), many walks, and the Walk+Bike About on July 26th.

We also handed out bike lights to Carlsbad residents as well, stressing visibility while biking. Thanks to NiteRider, located here in San Diego, for partnering with us.





Walk + Bike is a partnership led by the City of Carlsbad, Circulate San Diego and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition to promote walking and biking around Carlsbad, with a special focus on the downtown Village and surrounding areas. The 12-month campaign is funded by a grant from the San Diego Association of Governments and includes events, outreach to schools, business promotions and other activities to get more people walking and biking instead of driving on short trips around town. For more information, visit www.carlsbadca.gov/walkbike.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Summer Solstice Ride & Mixer

It was a wonderful bike ride and great opportunity for the staff and board members to meet and connect with members! Thank you to all that support us through memberships and donations. Without members, we could not move forward to help make San Diego County better for people that bike. Thanks also to Mission Brewery for hosting!











Friday, June 12, 2015

BLT Ride- Encinitas to Del Mar

Bike Learn Together Ride from Encinitas to Del Mar and back. Lead by Joel Flood, of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, and Pauline Callahan. The next BLT Ride is July 11th, in Chula Vista. More information at sdbikecoalition.org

North Coast Connected is a partnership between the cities of Del Mar, Encinitas and Solana Beach; SANDAG; North CountyTransit District, and the CivicSpark AmeriCorps program. North Coast Connected aims to promote sustainable commuting and local transportation options for residents and businesses.












Friday, May 22, 2015

Carlsbad Village Business Spotlight- North County Family Bicycles


“Bicycles are the physical embodiment of freedom.”

Carlsbad resident Michael Kimmitt opened North County Family Bicycles, 300 Carlsbad Village Dr. Suite 300SB, just in time for San Diego Bike Month. The timing is apt: Kimmitt sells and repairs bikes designed for everyday riding, the main goal of Bike Month, from commuting to family outings, grocery shopping to beach cruising. Kimmitt stocks quality kid bikes, folding bicycles and cargo bikes. NC Family Bicycles also specializes in bike “make-overs” to transform average bikes to perfect ones that fit customers’ personalized needs and styles of riding. For growing riders, Kimmitt offers the Kids’ Bike Exchange Program, which puts the full retail value of a current bike toward a larger bike for kids, even if the original was purchased elsewhere.  NC Family Bicycles also offers Lifetime Flat Tire Repair.

NC Family Bicycles is dedicated to the idea that bicycles “create freedom, and the right kind of bicycle creates the freedom you’re looking for.” Kimmitt proudly shares that his entire staff bikes to work,  and he chose to open in Carlsbad because, as a resident, he knows the Village is a great place to travel by bicycle. He credits the improved bicycle infrastructure and ideal weather. Located just off Rt. 101 on Carlsbad Village Drive, NC Family Bicycles is the third in a triad of bike shops including Pedego Carlsbad and Ride Cyclery, which each specialize in different types of cycling.

“Bicycles are one of the last consumer machines that an ordinary person can purchase, and can come to thoroughly understand,” Michael remarks. NC Family Bicycles looks forward to assisting Carlsbad residents in their everyday riding, upgrading their current bikes and introducing recent advancements in bikes designed to transport kids and cargo.

Kimmitt also hopes to host local social rides that encourage new riders to build confidence. This weekend, NC Family Bicycles has partnered with the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition as part of Walk + Bike Carlsbad to host Tips for Biking with Kids on Saturday, May 30th, from 1:00PM-2:30PM. Join us or stop in anytime. NC Family Bicycles is open 7 days a week.

Walk + Bike is a partnership led by the City of Carlsbad, Circulate San Diego and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition to promote walking and biking around Carlsbad, with a special focus on the downtown Village and surrounding areas. The 12-month campaign is funded by a grant from the San Diego Association of Governments and includes events, outreach to schools, business promotions and other activities to get more people walking and biking instead of driving on short trips around town. For more information, visit www.carlsbadca.gov/walkbike.