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herbm 12-03-13 10:44 PM

Riding southbound 101 in Ventura - important info
 
I just saw this posted on Facebook - some major changes to riding the 101 southbound in Ventura

Next week, beginning Sunday night, December 8th, we will begin realignment of the highway from Bates Road to Mobile Pier. This realignment, which involves re-striping the highway and moving k-rail, will take approximately one week (all night shift) and will allow us to work exclusively on the ocean side of the highway to complete the new bike path. In order to provide a continuous and safe temporary bike route along the highway,

ALL bike traffic (both northbound and southbound) will ride on the northbound shoulder of the highway, protected by k-rail. This temporary bike path will run from the Bates Rd northbound off-ramp to the Old Pacific Coast Highway, through our yard/staging area across from Mobile Pier.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT that once realignment is complete, all cyclists ride in this designated bike path, since there will no longer be a bike lane on the southbound shoulder of the highway.

Cyclists need to use extreme caution when crossing the entrance to La Conchita, since vehicles have the right of way.

We are about 12-18 months ahead of schedule for overall completion of the project and hope to have the new bike lane open by Summer 2014

Garfield Cat 12-04-13 07:02 AM

Good to know.

eja_ bottecchia 12-04-13 07:47 AM

This should make it easier to ride next year's Cool Breezes Century.

nesdog 12-04-13 10:25 AM

Two way traffic on the north side? I drove through there not long ago. Lots of road work happening. I hope they have expanded the size of the 'temporary' bike lanes or it's gonna get ugly in a hurry, that thing is narrow.

Thanks for the post, Herb.

CommuteCommando 12-04-13 10:26 AM

Sounds a lot like what they did for SR 52 in San Diego. It works.

nesdog 12-04-13 01:21 PM

They did mention there will be K-rail to separate the cars from the bikes. The new bike lanes next summer will be a great improvement over the current ones. Right now, going north is just a nightmare of noise and lousy conditions, especially at La Conchita. Southbound has those drain grates!

TrojanHorse 12-04-13 03:21 PM

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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia (Post 16299678)
This should make it easier to ride next year's Cool Breezes Century.

There's only one cool breeze! The rest of 'em were pretty warm.

Riding on the freeway is No Fun. I'll be glad when they're done.

eja_ bottecchia 12-04-13 04:21 PM

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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse (Post 16301225)
There's only one cool breeze! The rest of 'em were pretty warm.

Riding on the freeway is No Fun. I'll be glad when they're done.

Ha ha ha...funny one.

(Start thread hijack)

BTW, the stent closed up after less than a month. I have to go back and get the roto-rooter doc to try to open it.

Are you happy with Sarkissian? I wanted Peterson. Oh well.

(This ends the thread hijack.)

CommuteCommando 12-04-13 05:16 PM

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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia (Post 16301392)
Ha ha ha...funny one.

(Start thread hijack)

BTW, the stent closed up after less than a month. I have to go back and get the roto-rooter doc to try to open it.

Are you happy with Sarkissian? I wanted Peterson. Oh well.

(This ends the thread hijack.)

Re-hijack; Mine close up in four years. Be very diligent on the anticoagulants (lipitor etc) This time I am trying to totally eliminate anything with hydrogenated oils on the ingredients list.

Unhijack

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Originally Posted by nesdog (Post 16300817)
They did mention there will be K-rail to separate the cars from the bikes. The new bike lanes next summer will be a great improvement over the current ones. Right now, going north is just a nightmare of noise and lousy conditions, especially at La Conchita. Southbound has those drain grates!

Makes you safer, but sadly the noise is still there. Still a +

eja_ bottecchia 12-04-13 08:40 PM

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Originally Posted by CommuteCommando (Post 16301513)
Re-hijack; Mine close up in four years. Be very diligent on the anticoagulants (lipitor etc) This time I am trying to totally eliminate anything with hydrogenated oils on the ingredients list.

Unhijack



Makes you safer, but sadly the noise is still there. Still a +

Thread hijack:

Mine closed in a month's time...it was not even out of "warranty."

In a week I go and see an "interventionist" who will try to unclog the stent.

Wish me luck.

Back to the thread:

I like riding from home to Santa Barbara. I always hated that portion of the ride. At least it will now be safer.

TrojanHorse 12-05-13 05:24 PM

I'll take safer over quieter every day! At least in terms of riding on freeways.

Superjack - Sarkisian is a lame hire. 7-6 at UW is no glowing recommendation. Oh well, I guess we get to suck it up for 3 more years. Watch 'em raise ticket prices - AGAIN! unjack.

nesdog 12-06-13 10:11 AM

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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia (Post 16301997)
Thread hijack:

Mine closed in a month's time...it was not even out of "warranty."

In a week I go and see an "interventionist" who will try to unclog the stent.

Wish me luck.

Back to the thread:

I like riding from home to Santa Barbara. I always hated that portion of the ride. At least it will now be safer.



I did that ride from Agoura last Fall, via Camarillo, Oxnard, VTA. Left the house at 7 and arrived just in time for lunch at the Fish House with my family, who drove up to meet me. I was happy for the car ride home. Was a really nice day, since it's mostly flat. My longest solo ride. Next time, I'll take the train back to Moorpark or Simi.

herbm 12-06-13 02:05 PM

CIBC has some picture posted...
http://cibike.org/images/101-La_Conchita/index.html

eja_ bottecchia 12-06-13 02:39 PM

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Originally Posted by herbm (Post 16307340)

That is a popular spot with surfers. Now all we have to worry about is surfers crossing the path.

eja_ bottecchia 12-06-13 02:41 PM

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Originally Posted by nesdog (Post 16306486)
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I did that ride from Agoura last Fall, via Camarillo, Oxnard, VTA. Left the house at 7 and arrived just in time for lunch at the Fish House with my family, who drove up to meet me. I was happy for the car ride home. Was a really nice day, since it's mostly flat. My longest solo ride. Next time, I'll take the train back to Moorpark or Simi.

The ride from Moorpark to Santa Barbara is a bit shorter, but still nice.

Did you get to Ventura via Los Angeles Avenue? Through Somis?

nesdog 12-06-13 03:19 PM

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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia (Post 16307454)
The ride from Moorpark to Santa Barbara is a bit shorter, but still nice.

Did you get to Ventura via Los Angeles Avenue? Through Somis?

No, that would take me out of the way. I went Agoura to Hidden Valley, drop into Camarillo via Potrero. Then Lewis all the way into Port Hueneme. Cut across to Channel Islands Blvd, down to the beach, up to Ventura. PCH to Bates, then went inland through the fields to the edge of town. Headed back to the beach and along Cabrillo Bvd.

I gave my wife a route slip along with estimated ETA's for various checkpoints, where I texted my progress. I was within minutes in each case and arrived in Santa Barbara within two minutes of their parking across from the restaurant. I wasn't in any hurry so I stopped a few places for restrooms, had my PB&J at Surfer's Point...generally took my time.

Not a hard ride, but very satisfying to be able to step out my door and ride to SB. At 73 miles, it was too many miles for me to do the return though!

eja_ bottecchia 12-06-13 03:29 PM

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Originally Posted by nesdog (Post 16307591)
No, that would take me out of the way. I went Agoura to Hidden Valley, drop into Camarillo via Potrero. Then Lewis all the way into Port Hueneme. Cut across to Channel Islands Blvd, down to the beach, up to Ventura. PCH to Bates, then went inland through the fields to the edge of town. Headed back to the beach and along Cabrillo Bvd.

I gave my wife a route slip along with estimated ETA's for various checkpoints, where I texted my progress. I was within minutes in each case and arrived in Santa Barbara within two minutes of their parking across from the restaurant. I wasn't in any hurry so I stopped a few places for restrooms, had my PB&J at Surfer's Point...generally took my time.

Not a hard ride, but very satisfying to be able to step out my door and ride to SB. At 73 miles, it was too many miles for me to do the return though!

That is a great ride and a great route.

If I get over this blocked stent issue AND if you would like to, I would join you on that ride sometime next summer. I have another friend who would al so like to do the ride as well.

Meet you in Westlake Village and go from there. I can find someone to meet me in SB and give me a ride back or I can take the train Moorpark and get a ride from there.

nesdog 12-06-13 05:16 PM

Sure! I can probably drag a few others along as well and we can make a day of it.

Also if you are looking for a ride, we have various groups that head out from Serious Cycling Saturday's at 8:00. I ride with the medium bunch...generally do 30-45 miles, more or less, and then return to the shop to eat the snacks they leave on the table for us.

herbm 12-08-13 05:43 PM

Lets do it!!!

nesdog 12-08-13 09:19 PM

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Originally Posted by herbm (Post 16312758)
Lets do it!!!

You're on the list!

TrojanHorse 12-08-13 11:29 PM

Are there any alpacas on that route? If so, I'm in.


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