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Old 10-01-13, 02:14 PM
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Torrey Pines inside northbound (downhill) road closed to cyclists

I just got a notification that the park supervising ranger has closed the Torrey Pines northbound inland road to cyclists (and skateboards, scooters, etc), effective immediately. Evidently there was an issue with northbound downhill people crossing into the southbound uphill lane.

Anyone else hear about this?
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I sure wish all the roads on which I travel that have motorists crossing the center line would be closed to motorists. Just for safety, don't ya know.
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Originally Posted by CbadRider
Anyone else hear about this?
I heard about it on the SD Rando list.

I've only gone down through the park once, years ago on a BF ride. There were so many pedestrians that I wasn't comfortable. I prefer go up on the inside and down on the outside.

The people that won't be happy will be the ones doing repeats since they'll have to cross traffic to get back into the park now.
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I didn't hear about it, but always thought going down on the inside was lame, and not too safe. I haven't done it, and was not planning on it. Hope this doesn't blow it for us who occasionally go up it.

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I sure wish all the roads on which I travel that have motorists crossing the center line would be closed to motorists. Just for safety, don't ya know.
I think the problem with this stretch is the large number of people walking up it, especially on weekends. It averages 8% grade, or thereabouts, with lots of switchbacks, and peds all over the road. It is open to cars, but those are no a problem due to the large number of people who prefer to park below and walk up.

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Originally Posted by GP
I heard about it on the SD Rando list.

I've only gone down through the park once, years ago on a BF ride. There were so many pedestrians that I wasn't comfortable. I prefer go up on the inside and down on the outside.

The people that won't be happy will be the ones doing repeats since they'll have to cross traffic to get back into the park now.
That's where I heard about it.

I've never ridden down the inside; I like to ride up the inside because it's steeper, then go down the outside. The thing that bothers me is that the park ranger is apparently misinterpreting the actual civil code regarding cycling in a park.
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surmising that a bigwig/supervisor may have been made aware of a (potential)
situation from either a cyclist becoming a hood ornament or a pedestrian becoming
a head tube badge.

road is so packed on the inner grade that i'm surprised this hasn't happened sooner.

like the rest of you, prefer the inner road ascent and the outer road to descend. descending
the inner grade has all the peds, cars, loose sand/gravel and the occasional chunks of linda vista
formation lying in the road. has all the makings of a potential bad situation.

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I actually prefer to descend what I come up. The flat stretch between the park and the driving range is pretty rough and I avoid it.

I never bomb the inside on the way down as the pedestrians or cars make for allot of braking. those turns are also full of debris especially after a rain in a couple spots.

If you ride under control there should be no reason for the ban. The problem is that not everyone rides under control I suppose
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Coming from the south, I usually ride down the outside, go up the inside, down the inside, and up the outside to get back home.

Guess I won't be doing that anymore.
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