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Old 02-21-16, 08:59 PM
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Safer routes for rides near Lakeside CA

I used to ride this loop everyday.

It was perfect-- a nice 15 minute ride to and back from class with mild hills, getting me my daily exercise allotment. The cars would go about 35mph and were far away from the bike lane.

I just moved to Lakeside and I'm looking for something similar: mild hills (but not flat), slower cars, preferably a loop, wide lanes. Riding around the area I can't shake the feeling that it's more dangerous and I'm more likely to get hit by a car. That's probably not true, but I can't ride comfortably with this feeling.
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Old 02-22-16, 12:06 AM
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check this out - https://labs.strava.com/heatmap/#14/-...5201/blue/bike

I hope it's centered on lakeside, not sure, but obviously people ride down there. Feel free to post something more specific on where you are and where you want to go.... I'm sure somebody lives near you and can offer specific advice.
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i'd head west/southwest by taking mast blvd over towards the mission trails area and incorporate junipero serra rd
(that runs past the old dam and the mission trails park visitor center) along with a small segment of mission gorge rd,
perhaps jackson drive or golfcrest and head sw towards lake murray/del cerro area. it'll take a few rides to get your exact
route down, but there's a decent variety of flats, rollers and some (avoidable) gnarly hills if you want em. i used to ride your old
loop fairly frequently when i lived down in chula vista and this will be more scenic. the stretch of junipero serra has a dedicated
mup through the gorge and lake murray has 3 miles or so of pathway closed to cars. both have peds, joggers, et al tho. many of the
streets in the area have low traffic/low speed traffic and bike lanes. mission gorge rd and navajo rd will have the fastest/highest
volume of traffic but both have bike lanes.

directly east of lakeside, there is willow road which quickly turns to (mostly) hard packed dirt and is roughly 5 miles one way.
nearly flat the entire length, it boasts low traffic and is decently scenic. i would run 25's or 28's (or a mtb/hybrid bike) but i've done
it on 23's with my road bike a few times. you can make a loop out of it by jumping over to el monte rd. happy route finding!

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Originally Posted by robtee92
I used to ride this loop everyday.

It was perfect-- a nice 15 minute ride to and back from class with mild hills, getting me my daily exercise allotment. The cars would go about 35mph and were far away from the bike lane.

I just moved to Lakeside and I'm looking for something similar: mild hills (but not flat), slower cars, preferably a loop, wide lanes. Riding around the area I can't shake the feeling that it's more dangerous and I'm more likely to get hit by a car. That's probably not true, but I can't ride comfortably with this feeling.
I ride all the time around santee, lakeside, and El Cajon. You're probably much faster than I am but if you want someone to ride with id be willing to show you where I go.
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