Father of Five Hit-and-Run Superbowl Sunday, Naguna Niquel

Niguel Rd. and Ridgeway Ave.

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Steve Schenkenberger was riding around 8:30 PM Sunday evening when he was hit by a driver who fled the scene. He was found by passersby and rushed by ambulance to Mission Hospital where part of his skull was removed to relieve swelling in his brain.

Niguel Road is the often scene of high speed auto accidents encouraged by the curving separation of north and southbound lanes.

More information in the Newport Beach Patch

Camp Pendleton Closed, use I-5 shoulder Feb. 13-17

The Camp Pendleton Bike Path between Las Pulgas Rd. and the southern boundary of San Onofre State Park Campground will be closed due to upcoming military operations.
The dates of this closure are Feb. 13-17.  The freeway shoulders of I-5 between Las Pulgas Rd. and Basilone Rd. will be open to bicyclists. As a reminder, please observe all signage related to bicyclists and exit at all off ramps then re-enter the freeway shoulders at the subsequent on ramps.
Please distribute to any parties that may be interested or affected by the bike path closure.

Camp Pendleton’s Annual Bicyclist Registration to Enter

Update: Due to the volume of registration requests, the Marines are unable to respond, either ‘Yay” or “Nay” to your application. You will get an auto-response when submitting your request, but you’ll only know if you’re cool when you present at the sentry.
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The need for increased security for Marines, their families, and civilians who live and work on the base has led to a new policy requiring all bicyclists riding through to register at least 7 days in advance of appearing at the gate.

The online registration form is accessed here. It takes approximately one week to process the request. And clearance must be renewed annually.

The base has made Stewart Mesa and Vandergrif roads available as an alternative to the I-5 freeway for about 40 years. Annual registration allows the USMC to extend this courtesy to bicyclists and achieve a higher level of safety for the base at the same time.

The I-5 is still available to bicyclists 24/7 between Harbor Dr. and Las Pulgas Rd. Bicyclists who are not preregistered will be expected to use the freeway.