For your information. 124 pages.
For your information. 124 pages.
$200 million for cycling infrastructure. Woo hoo!
Why is it so bleeping expensive?
Most of it (didn't read the doc) is probably just striping roads... how much flipping money should that cost?
It's not just painting bike lanes. They've also got awarness and educational campaigns in the budget along with quite a bit of infrastructure work.
"The Plan presents an interconnected network of bicycle corridors that would enable residents to bicycle with greater safety, directness, and convenience within and between major regional destinations and activity centers. The regional network consists of a combination of standard bicycle facilities, including Class I bike paths, Class II bike lanes, and Class III bike routes which are described and depicted in greater detail in Table 3.3. The Plan also proposes two facility types that are not defined as bikeways by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) – bicycle boulevards and cycle tracks. These two facility types will serve as demonstration projects to study their potential to provide greater safety and comfort to bicyclists."
But TWO HUNDRED MILLION! Give it to me and I'll get it done for $50M and retire on the rest.
I guess it's probably over the life of the plan, which is through 2050, so it's less bad than it sounds. I started reading the doc. and got distracted by work. I guess I'd say if you want to increase the number of casual cyclists, you need more class 1 but that sort of thing just leads motorists to think that bikes have a place and it's not the road, so I'm torn. I guess I like Class 3 routes, as long as there is room I'm good! And of course, they're the cheapest. Class 1 bike paths seem to always get designated multi-use, so stand by for strollers, roller blades, dogs on long leashes and groups of kids walking across the entire lane.
well at least my kid's kid will enjoy those fancy painted lanes in 2050.......
Waste of money. We'll have the roads to ourselves as well either run out of gas or have flying cars!
My main gripe about bike routes or bike lanes is that they suddenly and randomly end... like what? I can pedal here but not here? Seems silly.
This curve on State College here... there's a class 2 south of Lambert and class 2 once you get up to whatever that next street is called, but in between you're serious frogger material with everybody flooring it at the light... etc. Further complicating things (going N on State College through Lambert) is that the right two lanes turn but the second right turn lane has the option of going straight. So cyclists HAVE to take that second lane in order to not get flattened... resulting in more revving to get by in that section where there's no bike lane.
Oh well, at the rate people are driving we'll be out of gas by 2050 and we'll have the whole flipping road to ourselves. Can't wait!
I've ridden SART from Yorba Linda to the beach on weekdays and it was pretty lonely. I've also done the same ride on an early Saturday AM and it was mostly full of cyclists. I enjoyed it both times.
Funny thing........I've never ridden SART in my own backyard :)
Maybe it was a anomaly but there was tons of walking traffic in Yorba Linda and in Costa Mesa (by the soccer fields). I wasn't so much that there was a lot of foot traffic, but that they took up both lanes and wouldn't move in time..
@tunavic - the SART in San Bernardino is pretty nice, not the most scenic but its a great 40 mile training loop.
@furiousferret I'll try it some time soon. RWBTC used to do rides there every Friday at about 5:30 PM but I think now that it's getting darker earlier it's been shelved till Spring.
Are you a member of any of the clubs in town?
$200M seems like a lot until you remember it's over 36 years. Or compare it to the $214B Regional Transportation Plan.
Bike Lockers. These are a good idea, in principle. The way the project was, and is, implemented is incredibly wasteful. It started when I first started to commute by Metrolink. I had rented a bike locker at the Tustin Metrolink station for $15/mo. I would drive from home to the Oceanside Station, pick up the bike at the Tustin locker, where I also stored a pump and spares, and ride to work. As the weather warmed, and I got a road bike, I attempted to rent a SANDAG locker at Oceanside station, only to be told that they wouldn't rent to me since I commuted by Metrolink, which was not a SANDAG agency, and that the lockers were for Coaster/Sprinter Riders only. That generated the first of a rather heated exchange between me and said Mr. Martin. The reply was that it was never the policy to deny access to Metrolink riders. In fact there were no vacancies.
I suspect that the no Metrolink policy (which was abandoned as soon as I complained) was an attempt to hide the fact that there were “no vacancies.” Here is where it gets interesting, and points out the impending waste of money. The “official” occupancy rate of the bike lockers at most Coaster and Sprinter stations is 100%. The actual occupancy rate is closer to 10%. Why? The lockers are assigned for free with only a $25 key deposit required. The locker I was renting in Tustin was $15/mo, and I got to provide my own lock. If people are not paying a monthly fee, there is no incentive to actually use the lockers, and most go "functionally vacant".
I took a ride on my new road bike to Sorrento Valley, hitting all Coaster stations on the way, and lodging small scraps of paper in the doors of all of the lockers that would fall out if opened. I did that same ride the next three Saturdays, and checked to see how many of the lockers were used. That is how I came up with the 10% figure.
SANDAG intends to spend more money (about $5-6k for purchase and installation of each double compartment unit) on additional lockers that are not necessary. They could, as I have suggested in numerous emails and phone calls with Dan Martin at SANDAG [ (619) 699-6987, E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org],<wink wink, nudge nudge.> start charging $10/ mo for the lockers. This would in no way defray the cost of the lockers, but it would insure that those who claim lockers, then give up the New Year’s resolutions to actually ride their bikes to work, send the keys back in.
In Orange County, the lockers are controlled by the individual cities the stations are located in. Irvine, which has a free locker policy, like SANDAG, also has “no vacancy”.
Mr Martin has not heard from me in a while, since the introduction of the Bike Car program on Metrolink made it more convenient to take my bike on the train. Still, I see that they intend to go forward with the boondoggle of purchasing more lockers, when charging a nominal fee will eliminate the need for it. The cost of collecting the fee will probably be met by the fee itself. The major reason for charging the fee is to insure access to the lockers to those who will actually use them, without wasting money on more lockers, that will be taken by more of those who will not use them.
I do appreciate the effort though, and that there IS an effort. I'm still trying to work my way back to San Diego... I'll get it done one of these days. :)
Yeah, that is one personal experience of waste, but there are others. Roundabouts is another. Take a concept that works, like a four way stop, and "improve" it with a roundabout. Sure, the roundabout slows the traffic a little less than a four way stop, but at often 20x the cost, and in situations where if you want to go faster, there is often a secondary a block or two over.
Here is another example. Starting at mile 0.09 and going to mile 0.65 with a small section of surface street where it crosses the RR track, is a Bike Path that parallels a street that is a really good class III that almost all cyclist use instead of the path. At mile 1.23 is a proposed $800k roundabout. At mile 1.85, to get back on the "rail trail", you must turn left off a heavily traveled class II, get on the path at mile 2.09, which ends at mile 2.8, then turn right back to the class II you had turned off of. (This one isn't so bad since I used it to take the six year old grandkid riding.)
EDIT added shout out the the LBS where I got my new Masi Gran Criterium, about 100m north of the corner at mile .77
compare the 33,000 people killed every yr in US to the under 2,000 killed in the UK where roundabouts are prevalent. Difficult to compare the two I know but if you even up populations still about a third of the US total. SO well worth exploring further in my view.
By converting from a two-way stop control mechanism to a roundabout, a location can experience an 82 percent reduction in severe (injury/fatal) crashes and a 44 percent reduction in overall crashes.". This does not address four way stops on quiet residential side streets where some of these are being installed. The situations cited are major signalized intersections, and two way stops crossing major arteries.
This. . .http://goo.gl/maps/wlK9Y was a waste of money.
As for those on major thoroughfares. Fine. Pay for them from general road funds, not the bike way budget.
Just so I am not coming off as a naysayer, here are some things that would I would support money being spent on.
*Resurface the Old Hwy 101 Bike Trail from Las Pulgas to the State Park.
*Redo the intersection where Damon Ave crosses Mission Bay Drive to the Rose Creek Trail so that bikes can actually make it across. (Heavily used by bikes coming into Mission Bay Park/PB from the Rose Canyon Trail)
*Widen the Rose Creek Trail.
*Class 2 bike lanes the entire length of HWY 76 when completed through to I-15.
*Resurfacing the Bike Trail from Via Rancho Parkway to the Lake Hodges bridge.
*Class 3 bike routes through Rancho Santa Fe to help keep old forgetful farts like me from taking the wrong turn, as I did last time through there.
*Resurface the upper portion of Torrey Pines inside so that more people are not tempted to bomb down the inside, and get bikes banned by State Parks.
I am sure there are many others that I have not ridden.
There is a community meeting this week to see the preferred plan (from email I received):
Please join us for the last of three community meetings on the Rose Creek Bikeway Project. Come to the open house-style meeting to see the preferred design for this important regional bikeway connection.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Mission Bay High School Library
2475 Grand Avenue
San Diego, CA 92109