Opinion: Share the road with bicyclists
By Don Mosier/Del Mar mayor
Another major construction project is starting in Del Mar. The restoration and seismic retrofit of the historic North Torrey Pines Bridge has begun.
A major part of the project is the replacement of the bridge deck, which will be accomplished in two phases. Each phase will result in a narrowing of traffic lanes and the need for southbound cars and bicycles to share the same lane. This concept of cars and bikes sharing one lane (a “sharrow”) is growing in popularity, and several California cities are introducing this traffic control measure. This shouldn’t be a new idea for Del Mar since bicyclists and drivers already co-exist (usually peacefully) at the Camino del Mar-Jimmy Durante merge. We have a lot of bicycle traffic in Del Mar, and we should encourage even more, since bicycling is pollution free (remember our mandate to reduce our carbon footprint), good exercise, and fun. But sharing travel lanes between large, four wheel steel vehicles (think 4000+ lbs.) and small, two wheel vehicles requires both drivers and riders to be more alert.
Let’s slow down, enjoy our beautiful environment, and watch out for each other. Hang up your cell phone, please. We should view the Torrey Pines Bridge project as a pilot project on lane sharing, and take the lessons learned to improve bicycle and car traffic in the rest of Del Mar. At the end of the project (in about two years), we will have a beautiful new/old bridge restored to current earthquake standards, and, hopefully, a new respect for all the bicyclists, motorcyclists, and motorists that share our roadways.
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