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.

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.

Anaheim Bicyclists – let ’em hear your voice, starting January 19!

The City of Anaheim invites you to participate in the

Review of the Draft Bicycle Master Plan.


There will be five separate presentations

Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 4:30PM
City Hall, Council Chambers 200 S. Anaheim Blvd.

West District
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 7 PM
West Anaheim Youth Center 320 S Beach Blvd Anaheim, CA 92804

Central District
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 7 PM
Downtown Community Center 250 E. Center St.

South District
Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 7 PM
Ball Jr. High School 1500 W Ball Rd Anaheim, CA 92802

East District
Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 7 PM
Canyon Hills Branch Library 400 S. Scout Trail

Or please see the website at:

Please forward this information to your colleagues and neighbors. If you have any questions, or to request this form in an alternate format or if you require a modification or accommodation to participate in this meeting, please call Pamela Gallera
(714) 765-4463 or TTY (714)765-5125 at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.


Bicycle Bigotry 0, Bicyclist Advocates 1

Update: the Extension is Open, March 2016


Looking east on the new SJ Trail extension, toward Ortega Hwy underpass.

Junction of the new San Juan Trail extension at Ave. Siega.

Junction of the new San Juan Trail extension at Ave. Siega.

That’s right. The good guys won this time. Almost immediately after SJ City Council voted to get out of the way, Rancho Mission Viejo paved the final link from the the eastern end of old San Juan Creek bike trail to Reata Road and the new Reata Park.

The trail takes you under Ortega Highway to the Park and Sendero Field.  Bonne Route!

SJCTmap Cycling is fun. It’s good for you. And it should be good for future generations, too, if people would just get out the way.

As an experienced cyclist you know that some motorists resent our being on the road. But did you know America’s bigotry toward bicyclists extends to bike paths, too? Two examples of narrow mindedness confront us today: Peters Canyon Regional Park and the San Juan Creek Trail.

Bigotry as Public Policy

You may have heard about Peters Canyon, how a small bunch of influential residents surrounding that Regional Park are using bogus claims about “safety” and “habitat” to keep a long-planned Class 1 trail from being paved. A trail that would open the park to families and recreational riders unable to use the park’s many rocky dirt trails, to enjoy the peace and respite from the surrounding suburbs. A trail that would complete the Peters Canyon/ Mountains to the Sea Trail and provide commuting alternatives to thousands of Active Transportation users.

The real concern of the Friends of Harbors, Beaches, and Parks Foundation and the Foothills Communities Association is this: No More Visitors to Peters Canyon. At meetings and in conversation their members will admit it, they think the park is “over used” and should be reserved for citizens lucky enough to live around it.

If some parks are too popular the answer is more parkland, not “pull up the drawbridge.”

Publicly funded parks must be optimized for their intended use, not reserved for the exclusive benefit of local residents. That’s Not In My Backyard-ism at its ugliest.

Trouble on the San Juan Trail

The same is happening now to the popular San Juan Creek Trail, which ends now at San Juan City limits. For years the developer of Rancho Mission Viejo has promised to complete this scenic trail to Caspers Wilderness Park, seven miles up Ortega Hwy. The developer has plans drawn and has funded the extension. The problem: the horsey folk in San Juan Capistrano want the trail all for themselves. And they’ve packed the City Council to be sure no paved bike trail ever reaches Caspers Park.

Arguments about “safety” and “crowding” are bogus. The easement is 40 feet across, wide enough for equestrian trail users to be separated and screened from bicyclists. The section in question is only 1,000 feet in length, but it’s crucial because without it bicyclists will be forced out onto Ortega Highway eastbound as it approaches Antonio Parkway.

Fortunately you can turn this tide of ignorance and privilege around: Attend the San Juan Capistrano City Council meeting, Tonight, Dec. 15, 5:00 PM at City Hall.

From the I-5, Ortega Hwy exit,

Turn NORTH on Ortega Highway

Turn LEFT onto Del Obispo Street

Turn LEFT onto Paseo Adelanto.