Old Highway 101 Bike Path Closures Scheduled August 6-8; 14-16

The bike path along Old Highway 101 will be closed from Las Pulgas Road to the fence line at the southern boundary of San Onofre State Beach during daylight hours this Monday (6th) through Wednesday(the 8th) and again Tuesday, Aug. 14 through Thursday, Aug. 16.

The campground will be ride-able to the fence line. Riders heading further south should detour at Basilone.

The detour will require traveling on the shoulder of Interstate 5 from Basilone Road to Harbor Drive.

Be aware of rumble strips carefully hidden in the pavement. If there is an obstruction such as a vehicle on the shoulder, try and pass it on the right if possible. Passing on the left is dangerous and you could loose control crossing the rumble strips twice. Worst case, you may have to walk you bike off of the shoulder around the vehicle on the right. Oh, and there are snakes also! As scary as this may sound, it is actually a pleasant ride (except for the noise). The shoulders are wide and given that you will be riding the off and on ramps, you won’t really be on the freeway proper for too many miles. Don’t be surprised if you receive encouragement from motorists as they pass by. In fact, if traffic is backed up, you will be going faster them them!

Caltrans will open the shoulders along I-5 from Las Pulgas Road to Basilone Road to bicycles in order to provide an alternate route for bicyclists during the closures.  Caltrans will place detour signs and signs advising bicyclists that they must exit at all off-ramps, weigh stations and vista points along the route to avoid the possibility of conflict with vehicle traffic.  Once the bike path has reopened, the signs allowing bicycles along this stretch of freeway will be removed.

Here’s our helpful maps:

Cyclists Northbound:

Continue on 5-N from Harbor in Oceanside and use every off ramp through the rest area, Las Pulgas, and the inspection station (another rest area if you need it) to exit at Basilone to continue on the Pacific Route North into San Clemente.

Enter 5-N from Oceanside

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Basilone Road

Exiting at Basilone, turn LEFT and cross over the freeway. The road will bend to the left and you will see a chain link fence with the bike path behind it on your right. Enter through the break in the fence, and continue north on the bike path which will “T” into Cristianitos road.

Cyclists Southbound:

Enter 5-S at Basilone and use every off ramp, at the weigh station, at the viewing area, at Las Pulgas, and at the rest area until you exit on Harbor Drive into Oceanside.

Basilone Road

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Harbor Drive Exit

Beware of a “tire-catcher” storm grate which lies just to the right of the fog line on the off-ramp on Harbor Dr. There is room to safely pass it on the right if there’s not too much debris.

At the traffic light, a right turn will take you into the harbor, while going straight will put you onto the Pacific Coast Highway southward.

Have a safe and uneventful ride, and tailwinds on your journey.

Make Sharrows Happen in NPB

Your voice is needed at the Newport Beach City Council meeting July 10th at 7pm in the COUNCIL CHAMBERS  at 3300 NEWPORT BLVD.

Sharrows from Mac Arthur Blvd. through Corona Del Mar to Poppy are on the Council agenda as item #16. Pleased attend the meeting and voice your support for the project.

The Project Staff report is here, and the Council agenda is here.

The staff report indicates that the project  funding is available within the current budget, but this is not a “done deal”.

This is the chance to make your case before the people who will decide its fate.

Let them know why they should spend the City’s money on this project, and how the City will benefit.

For those unfamiliar with public speaking, the following from the NPB agenda may help:

The City provides a yellow sign-in card to assist in the preparation of the minutes. The completion of the card is not required in order to address the Council. Speakers must limit comments to five (5) minutes on agenda items. The Council has the discretion to extend or shorten the time limit on agenda or non-agenda items. As a courtesy, please turn cell phones off or set them in the silent mode.

Thanks in advance for your support on this issue.

Cyclist Killed in HB Hit and Run

A male cyclist was killed on north PCH between Seapoint and Warner about 11:40 this morning in Huntington Beach.  OCR article here – updates as we get them.

The coward driver fled the scene but no description is available yet.

Thoughts and prayers….
Details as they come in…Sadness

Anyone who witnessed the crash or may have information about the driver was urged to call the Huntington Beach Police Department at 714-960-8825.

from the Los Alamitos Seal Beach Patch we learn that Huntington Beach Police officers are at the scene of a non-injury Seal Beach crash to find out if there is a link to the earlier fatality.  Huntington Beach Police Lt. Brian Seitz said he heard reports that an arrest was made in Seal Beach, but is unable to confirm if there is a connection between the two cases at this point.

from the HBPD PIO we learn more;

“At 11:41 AM the police department received a call of bicyclist who was struck by a vehicle northbound Pacific Coast Highway at Center Signal.  The vehicle, described as a silver Hyundai with a damaged windshield, fled the scene.  Officers and paramedics arrived and found the bicyclist deceased at the scene.

Shorty thereafter the Seal Beach Police Department received a call of a solo vehicle collision in the area of Westminster and Seal Beach Blvd.  They arrived and discovered the vehicle matched the description of the hit and run vehicle.  The male driver is currently being detained and Huntington Beach Police Investigators are on the scene of both collisions.

Currently the bicyclist has not been identified.  The investigators are not releasing the name of the detained driver at this time and if an arrest is made we will update this post.  Please understand we are involved in a chaotic and evolving investigation that is still ongoing.”

Thanks to all who responded to this unfolding tragedy, our condolences to the family and friends of the as yet unidentified cyclist.

From Lt. Brian Seitz, HBPD Watch Commander, we learn that more information will be made available via a press release this evening, exact time unknown.

Well, it’s now after 7pm and no further information is available from HBPD, but NBC4 and KTLA5 are both reporting the driver being taken into custody for questioning.

RIP my brother.

Well it’s now early morning and no press release in the inbox, nor on the HBPD press release section of their website, but there was this entry in the arrest log:

Joel Alexander Murphy

HBPD Arrest Log

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Alleged Suspect Detained

Photo courtesy of NBC4

Weekend Roundup

Saturday:
Perhaps sending a rookie reporter to cover the 1st Mountain Bike race at Aliso Woods wasn’t a good idea.

Sleeping in caused our rookie reporter to arrive at the bike expo just as it was being taken down.

Starting at 06:00, the racers were done by 08:30 and since our reporter arrived well after ten almost everyone had gone on to enjoy the rest of Cinco (or Drinko if you prefer) de Mayo.
Reportedly there were no injuries to the riders but 1 frame got cracked on the course. 

Disappointed that everything was being wrapped up, he interviewed Mike from SpokeGrenade about the company’s new 1,000 lumen bike light which would be illegal in most of Europe, but perfect for lighting up the wilderness as you cruise through over here . With about 3 hours battery life taking about 5-6 hours for full charge, this lightweight and weatherproofed light appears small but packs a big punch.
Warning: Do not look directly into the light beam!

Sunday in Dana Point:

How often do you get to see the Pacific Coast Highway closed to traffic for a bicycle Event? Well, at least the southbound-side was in Dana Point yesterday for the DPGPofC! 

As I was taking the snaps, a car went around the road block and went south (in the northbound lane for a short while) and was soon chased down in hot pursuit by DPPD’s finest.

Kudos to the organizers and the City of Dana Point for routing motor powered traffic around the venue!  For cyclists, it was great (outside of the errant driver or two) experiencing a traffic free Coast Highway. yay!

I’m sure the racers also enjoyed a much better line coming onto Del Prado without worrying about hitting the fence and being distracted by occupants as motor traffic slowly made their way through town next to the race course.  

I arrived just in time to see some serious minded racers entering the turn, who seemed to get faster after each lap. 

But enough about racers, we were here to see cycling! 

Soon enough, here they came, your next generation’s road warriors hurtling down the straights of Del Prado!  

Walking our bike throughout the venue, we were pleasantly surprised to see an instructional cycle course for the youngsters. If there’s anything the OC needs, it’s better cyclist education about the rules of the road, and the sooner the better.

 

Walking around the venue, I met Fernando from Cycleogical about bikes, life, and the meaning of space and time. Good stuff!

Later, around town we spotted this vehicle which is Cory Clayton’s latest service vehicle from his OC Bike Garage & Service.

If you need roadside assistance anywhere in the OC call the OCBG’s service line at 949-939-4395. 

 

At the former Revo shop, we spotted this sign of future coming attractions.

Just a block away (across from Hennesey’s) is another new shop!  Cycleogical has a 4 man mountain bike team that you can follow on Strava and participate in shop rides from the store. 

I talked with Melissa about bread and farmer’s markets, and met Bill who showed off his awesome Ibis mountain bike. 

 

 

Store hours are listed on their website.

Hungry now, I went back to the venue to take part of the various calories offered and, oh yeah, some guy named Brad Huff won the Elite Mens category for the 2nd year in a row(!); full details here.