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.
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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.

I-5 Construction Between San Clemente and Oceanside 2/9-13/2015

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.

Thanks,
Seth

Seth Cutter
Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
Associate Transportation Planner
Multimodal Programs Branch
Caltrans District 11 Planning Division
619-688-2597
www.dot.ca.gov/dist11/departments/planning/pages/bicyclepages.htm

San Clemente’s Bicycle Plan Wins American Planning Award

Brenda Miller, San Clemente’s untiring bike advoc, posted this last night and we reprint it verbatim:
Great news to share: the Orange Section of the American Planning Association has awarded the City of San Clemente the top prize in transportation planning in recognition of our new Mobility and Complete Streets Element / Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. [You can read it yourself, here.]

2014 is the first year the Orange Section has recognized transportation planning, so San Clemente’s vision has, once again, made history: we’re the first ever in OC to receive the award.

The panel of jurors complimented San Clemente with some pretty awesome language in their letter: “This Plan fulfills all of the criteria for this award: planning and innovation, compatibility, engagement, effectiveness and results . . . ” They called our vision for the future “exceptional.” The judges have also endorsed the Plan for consideration at the State of California award level. So stay tuned!

Notably, the judges also recognized our inclusion of multi-modal level of service in the Plan: “We were also impressed with the innovation to evaluate transportation system performance in terms that go beyond level of service for automobile travel to account for non-motorized and transit modes of moving people . . . [t]his innovation is established as a General Plan Mobility and Complete Streets Element policy that recognizes there needs to be more research and experimentation to identify appropriate new performance metrics.”

As many of you know, I’ve long advocated for multimodal level of service as the key to efficient transportation networks (& the use of taxpayer dollars to fund them). But MMLOS is also key to transportation equity: we should all be able to safely get where we want to go based on our own freedom to choose the mode of travel that suits us best.

Personally, I am not only honored with the APA’s recognition of our Mobility Plan, but also to have collaborated with San Clemente’s planners, engineers, consultants KTU+A, City Council, City Manager, General Plan Advisory Committee, and Planning Commission. Our Mobility Element was a (6-year) team effort extraordinaire, from concept to completion.

To those who inspired us: thank you. To those we hope to inspire: dream big–there’s no such thing as can’t!

For a few photos from the award ceremony, please see the PEDal Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/myfeetfirst

Sincerely,
Brenda

Ride of Silence – join us in Irvine and San Clemente

Ride of Silence

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 6:30pm
3 Orange County locations:
City of Irvine City Hall in Irvine, California
Third Location
Join bicyclists across America who take time to remember fellow riders killed or injured on the nation’s highways. A slow easy ride in silence with opportunity to gather socially at the end. Please join us.
For more information, Sellin.com/silence