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Old 03-03-12, 07:40 AM
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Highway 101 on the weekdays?

Hey guys, how is traffic on the 101 on weekdays? I like riding it from Del Mar up North, but have only done it on weekends. Is it safe to ride it on weekdays?

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What time during the day? I used to commute to Sorrento Valley on 101. It was almost empty at 5:30 in the morning when I left home, and wasn't too bad when I left work at 4:30 pm.

You need to keep an eye out for more drivers on cell phones during the week, but for the most part traffic through Del Mar is pretty stop-and-go for cars so you can cruise past them in the bike lane.
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Sorry I find this fascinating.. in the bay area the idea of trying to ride on 101 is tantamount to suicide! There's stretches of it down there you can ride on!??!?!?!
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Sorry I find this fascinating.. in the bay area the idea of trying to ride on 101 is tantamount to suicide! There's stretches of it down there you can ride on!??!?!?!
Yes. 101 has bike lanes pretty much all through San Diego County. There are a lot of riders up and down the coast on the weekends.
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101 around the Olympic National Park in WA state is pretty flat. Seems like a good target for you to do. Ride the highway up and back??
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Originally Posted by RaleighSport
Sorry I find this fascinating.. in the bay area the idea of trying to ride on 101 is tantamount to suicide! There's stretches of it down there you can ride on!??!?!?!
You can also ride on the 101 mear Santa Barbara and Carpenteria, but it's REALLY scary.
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Thanks, guys! I was thinking 10 A.Mish.
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Sorry I find this fascinating.. in the bay area the idea of trying to ride on 101 is tantamount to suicide! There's stretches of it down there you can ride on!??!?!?!
The 101 down here is not the real US 101. It's called The Historic 101. It's a surface street through the beach cities.
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The 101 down here is not the real US 101. It's called The Historic 101. It's a surface street through the beach cities.
Ahh alright, I ride old redwood high way all the time.. heh that was originally the 101 in this area.
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On weekdays, I would definitely recommend the taking the Neptune "cove" going through Encinitas. Though its oneway northbound, it is quiet enough to take going south as well. You want to go a few blocks west of the 101, and we typically cut over on A going north and Avocado going south. There are some hairy parts IMO on the 101 through Encinitas and if you are riding solo or small group, Neptune works great.
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Some "detours" going up the coast that I find make the ride safer and more enjoyable:

As soon as you reach Encinitas, go left at K street and right on 2nd, down to D street. Then go right, and left back onto 101. Reason: downtown Encinitas has diagonal parking with no bike lane, and lots of stop and go. Not very safe.

Leucadia's "Goat Head Road". The stretch of 101 from Encinitas Blvd. to La Costa is well known for its ability to flatten your tires (though I have noticed an improvement lately). If you want to avoid this, you can either take the Neptune route (see above), or go right on Encinitas Blvd. and left on Vulcan all the way to La Costa.

Carlsbad has only one hairy place, where Carlsbad Blvd. (101) and State St. merge. I always take the lane if I'm coming down Carlsbad, until I'm sure it's OK to get over to the right. Otherwise, you can get sandwiched in between fast moving traffic on your left going and equally fast moving traffic on your right from State St.

Oceanside: get off 101 as soon as possible! Go left on Eaton, the first street past the lagoon. Right on Broadway, left on Cassidy, then right on Pacific St. Watch out for surfers in a dream state, but otherwise much, much safer than 101 through the city. You can take Pacific all the way to Harbor Drive, then up the short but steep hill, and over to Pendleton.

Pendleton: just be sure to bring your drivers licence and obey all traffic laws. Remember, we get to go through Pendleton as a privilege, not a right, so even though I might blow through a stop elsewhere, I don't do it on the base.

Old Highway 101 - One of the joys of the trip -- You have an entire abandoned highway to go as fast as you want, and then great cruising through San Onofre.

San Clemente - get off 101 and follow the bike route. There are lots of signs guiding you through the maze of residential streets to do this, but it's worth it just to get off 101, with high speed traffic and no bike lanes.
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