Building the Coastal Rail Trail is not short work. The Encinitas flats and hills full of cars will not stand in the way of long coastal trips taken by bicyclists, or slow them down, once the locale gets its Claa I bike lanes settled in aside from the big heavy, and loud, cars in traffic.
The headwinds are coming through on the two mile trail segment that runs south from E Street in Encinitas down to Cardiff. Sunny Encinitas locals have stayed active having public conversations with the city, or a SANDAG representative, finding out the road ownership the city is willing to give bicyclists, choosing the wheel travel points not to yield on, and settling the trail deal.
One two mile lane stretch is all they need to bicycle their way to th Encinitas Coaster station on their own lane. Or, ride along side the cars all the way to downtown Cardiff.
Progress on the Coastal Rail Trail makes San DIegan bicyclists stop and take notice. The long trail planned in the 1990s still is a major undertaking. Planned lanes will begin in OCeanside and end many legs south in downtown San Diego, at the Santa Fe Depot.
The smooth rides along the coast will take time San DIegans are willing to give up to live an active lifestyle, and succeed in making the local lifestyle a healthy sustainable one. There is no turning back on the road work in Encinitas.
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