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.
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