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GUEST EDITORIAL: Complete Streets Now
Guest Editor: Kristine Schindler | BikeWalkSolana and BikeWalkEncinitas, Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Supporter and Advocate.

On the Road: The elite racing team Semper Porro (always forward) sponsored by Del Mar’s Summer Cycles out for a spin from Del Mar to various points around the county. Team captain Jordan Itaya reports that Del Mar’s new revitalized
Streetscape roads are well-designed.
Photo Julie Maxey-Allison.

Del Mar Has More Complete Streets Now!
Since the beginning of the Del Mar Streetscape work, I have really been looking forward to new pavement through Old Del Mar and other improvements to come. Coast Highway has been on my bike commuting path for many, many years now and the pavement has needed some TLC and bike lanes plus pedestrian crossings have been in need of a paint refresh as well.

Now that Streetscape is done, I want to thank all involved for your efforts. Trees still need to grow up, cars still need to slow down, but there is a more vibrant community feel and pedestrian environment as a result. It is a more inviting street to slow down and enjoy and stop to check out a shop, restaurant, or other business along the corridor. I love the new paver crosswalks, street lights, benches, and more. The expanded bike parking is appreciated as well. I am missing some of the trees, especially the big ones in front of the library, but views going north as you ride/drive Camino Del Mar now show ocean views and the planted trees will grow up over time to provide shade. I do wish small roundabouts could have made it into the plan to make traffic flow more efficient and clean.

Much effort has been put into Del Mar Streetscape. As a North County resident (was in Solana Beach and now in Encinitas for over 20 years), I have appreciated being on your Streetscape update email distribution and do think the communication around the planning and implementation has been good. More foot traffic and safer driving and pedaling is a VERY GOOD THING whenever and wherever improvements are made. Courtesy and safety for all is key as is obeying traffic laws for all road users including motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
Thank you City of Del Mar.

 

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