Caltrans has announced that Camp Pendleton military operations will close the bicycle route along Old Pacific Highway from State Park to Las Pulgas. The closures will be July 15-19, daily from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.
During the dates of restricted access, cyclists may use the I-5 shoulder as an alternate route.
Caltrans usually posts signs at Basillone Road directing cyclists onto the freeway shoulder, so they can avoid the surprise of finding the gate at the bottom of San Onofre Park closed.
April 25, 2019 Edition
Here’s an update on some recent OCBC activities:
- OCBC contacted the City of Laguna Hills requesting signage at the intersection of northbound Avenida de Carlota at Los Alisos Blvd to indicate where bicyclist should stop to trigger a stop light change. OCBC also requested that the light stay green long enough for bicyclist to safely cross busy Los Alisos Blvd. Map of This Intersection. The city responded with a plan to install a “bike button” to change the traffic signal for bicyclists when requested.
- Thanked the City of Tustin for their commitment to OCBC to replace five drainage grates along Irvine Blvd that could catch bicycle wheels.
- OCBC recommended to the City of Lake Forest changes to the area of Cook’s Corner that are dangerous for bicyclist. Map of This Area
- Thanked the City of Irvine for filling in a valve cover in the middle of a street. It was a hazard to bicyclists.
- Attended an OC Parks Commission meeting to discuss the long-promised Class 1 trail through Peter’s Canyon Regional Park. Unfortunately, although regional parks are supposed to serve all Orange County residents, OC Parks Commission decided to relegate Peter’s Canyon to be a publicly funded private reserve for the neighbors of the park. This leaves a gaping hole in the Class 1 trail that was has been planned for decades to run from the Orange County mountains to the sea. OCBC is considering all options to revise plans for Peter’s Canyon Regional Park so the plans will serve all Orange County residents.
- OCBC contacted Orange County Public Works, Orange County Parks and the City of Tustin with serious concerns and objections to bicycle infrastructure plans meant to bypass the Peter’s Canyon Regional Park.
The Orange County Bicycle Coalition’s mission is “To promote bicycling as an everyday means of transportation and recreation”. Join the OCBC Today!
The final roadway markings are being applied today and the roadway will be open for all users this weekend.
Installation of new signs and markers will begin Monday and is planned to be complete by Thursday. During this task, the vehicle gates will again be closed to prohibit vehicles, but cyclists and pedestrians will be allowed on the roadway. Upon completion of this task, the roadway will again be opened to all users.
NOTE: During this project, construction workers and equipment may be on the roadway. Users should use caution when entering into and traveling along Back Bay.
Please pass this information on to others that may be interested. If you desire more information, I can be reached at the email address or number below.
Have a great day!
Brad Sommers, PE
Senior Civil Engineer
Public Works Department
City of Newport Beach