Still no white line (sigh) on Glorietta! Why isn't Coronado a more bike friendly community?
My husband and I are back in Coronado again and, like many others, are riding our bikes from the Shores down to Ferry Landing, having lunch and riding back again. We take the bike path until it ends on Glorietta, ride on Glorietta beside the golf course, and then get on the bike path again that runs on the far side of the golf course and under the Coronado Bridge. Multiple other bike riders are out with us, doing exactly the same route (at least those "in the know" are doing this).
However, there's still no bike path marking along side the golf course on Glorietta, despite my first posting about this a year ago.
What I do see is people with very young children on bikes riding on the other side (the side with the houses) of Glorietta, weaving in and out of the parked cars. On these trips I observe there are seldom any cars parked on the golf club side of Glorietta; all the parked vehicles are on the housing side.
It would be a SIMPLE matter to paint a white line, wide enough for two bikes to pass one another, on the golf side of the road. Not only would this clearly show tourists where it is safe to ride their rented bikes, it would get the bicyclists off the other side of the road. Am not sure what the problem is.
There are good reasons for the City of Coronado to encourage more bike paths:
1. Bike friendly cities are safer: http://www.planetizen.com/node/50020
2. Bike friendly cities encourage healthy residents with less obesity problems: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle-friendly
3. Bike friendly cities reduce the usage of cars for short trips, thus reducing traffic congestion (think of Orange Avenue in July!!!) and air pollution.
Interestingly, Coronado is NOT on the list of bike friendly communities in the United States - check the list here:
Coronado is NOT on the list. It isn't just size either; several of the communities on the list are smaller in size than Coronado's population of approximately 25,000.
A few simple things like a white line along the golf-club side of Glorietta might go a long way to helping us get on the national register as one of the most bike friendly communities in the United States.
Wouldn't this be a great goal for Coronado for 2013? Let's get on the list of bike friendly communities in the United States.....and let's start by putting a white line for a bike lane on the golf-club side of Glorietta!