I was responding to a different thread and thought I would throw this over here. These are "natural" bike paths... paths created by cyclists to get from point A to point B in spite of bike lanes and to route around really poorly designed accesses.
I just saw over the weekend, by a bit of exploring and looking at satellite pics, that there loads of "off road" trails in the La Jolla/Sorrento Valley area, that I could actually use to commute to work. http://terraserver.microsoft.com/ima...=4546&z=11&w=2
Oddly enough, this means that cyclists have, in spite of bike lanes, and probably because of lousy traffic patterns, formed their own "Bike Paths." This reminds me of a story I heard about a university at one time that built new dorms but did not put in sidewalks... the architech of the project said to wait... shortly after the first semester there were paths across the common areas from students scurrying to classes, these were later turned into sidewalks and served the area well.
In the lower part of the pic is a RR track that is paralled by several "Paths" and where the terrain and fencing and roads obscure the "Paths" they simply found a new route... keeping mainly to the low parts of the valleys, between the mesas.
It looks like bike path heaven down there to the right (east) of the major north south freeway.
This particular area is notorious for bad bike access...
A close in pic shows the "Paths" and how they branch from one location after going under a freeway bridge. These are "natural" paths formed by users that are "looking for a better way." Note that so many of these Paths parallel the only other road in the area, a freeway. These could and perhaps should be sanctioned bike Paths... sigh.
What do you folks think?