CalTrans reports the following construction impacts to cyclists this week:
The shoulders of I-5 are open to cyclists between Las Pulgas Rd. and Basilone Rd. Cyclists must exit at all off-ramps ( inspection station/view point) and then may re-enter the freeway shoulders on the on-ramps. The closure of the bike path is scheduled for Monday Feb. 9 through Friday Feb. 13. When the bike path is re-opened the freeway shoulders will be closed to cyclists once again.
This time around there are some challenges that we haven’t encountered before. There are currently (and I’m trying to have this remedied) some signs that are for the major pavement rehabilitation project which are confusing. They are orange prohibition signs (prohibiting cyclists from using the freeway) on the southbound on-ramps at Basilone Rd. and Las Pulgas Rd. and the northbound on-ramp at Oceanside Harbor Dr. Those signs are currently incorrect and they should be covered up until the work necessitates the signs to be relevant. The only time/place where they are relevant is the SB on-ramp at Basilone Rd. and only at night, between 9PM and 5AM. During those hours, the segment from Basilone to Las Pulgas is closed to bicyclists, but there is an on-call shuttle at the bike path entrance near Trestles. Cyclists are to call the shuttle service for pick-up. The shuttle will transport cyclists through the closed segments. When construction causes the other segments to be closed, there will be shuttles available as well.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
Associate Transportation Planner
Multimodal Programs Branch
Caltrans District 11 Planning Division
John Greg Colvin was killed last June while bicycling on Coast Highway in Laguna Beach when he was stuck by a Prius that swerved into him. The driver of that Prius, Dylan Rand-Luby, age 19 at the time of the collision, was charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run by the Orange County District Attorney today. Dylan fled the scene, continuing to drive north on Coast Highway, reportedly with his head out the window because he couldn’t see through the cracked windshield.Two witnesses detained him further up the road.
The Orange County Bicycle Coalition held a memorial ride last July for John Colvin and Debra Deem, a cyclist killed on Newport Coast Drive. Many cyclists attended to honor their memories and bring attention to the issues of cycling safety and collisions which are often caused by distracted or under the influence motorists.
The family and friends of Joey Robinson held a memorial bike to honor his memory. Joey was killed in a car collision a year ago while bicycling through Santiago Canyon. The driver, Sommer Gonzales, who fled the scene, is in custody awaiting trial.