The scenic portion of Back Bay Drive, from Shellmaker Road to Eastbluff Drive will be closed to all users (pedestrians, cyclists, motorists) weekdays beginning Tuesday, February 17 until Friday, February 27 while the road is resurfaced, striped and new signage is installed. The roadway will reopen for the weekend.
We’re supposed to be notified by Caltrans in San Diego when the base is closed. But we’ve had no official warning– just disgruntled and tired bicyclists returning against our current 20+mph winds. Marine guards are stopping all bicycle traffic at the extreme southern end of San Mateo St. Park, telling them to turn around.
While awaiting word from Caltrans District 11 that it’s officially OK to ride the freeway south of San Clemente, all we can say is, if you have to get to Oceanside, get on at the Basilone on-ramp south of Trestles Beach and pray CHP doesn’t see you.
On Saturday, September 20, Back Bay Drive will be closed to all users (pedestrians, bicycles and vehicles) from San Joaquin Hills Road to Eastbluff Drive (North) from approximately 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. for the Annual Upper Newport Bay Cleanup Day.
Should you have specific questions about the event or would like to attend, please visit http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/ccd.html or http://newportbay.org/stewardship/cleanupday/ or contact the event organizers at (949) 640-1751.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.
Late word is that the police quit counting at 1,200 riders – AWESOME!
More photos here.
Thanks to all who signed up and are riding this morning!
If you’re not signed up – show up anyway and join the 52 mile “unofficial ride”.
With over 600 signed up, meet your new best friends on two wheels for a coastal tour of Newport,Huntington Beach, and Long Beach.
Ride respectfully and safely, and have a great time!