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January 19, 2007

New Bike Trail Plan in Costa Mesa Brings Questions

On Monday came word of a plan by the powers that be, in Costa Mesa, CA., to possibly create a new Trail in the city.

It would begin off Fairview Ave., south of Baker St., and head east.

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As I detailed, in creating a 27 mile Tour of the City, in 2005, there are several other Trails in town ( I plan to finally add pictures to this story, soon! ).

As Jeff Overley reports in the OC Register:

Dusty, weed- infested gullies could become cycling havens under a plan in the early stages of study by city officials.

The "community trail" concept calls for topping flood-control channel levees with decomposed granite and unlocking the channel gates, giving cyclists a clear path through heavily urbanized terrain.

Similar flood-channel trails have been built in Irvine, Orange and Seal Beach, among others. Several years back, Costa Mesa built a 2.5-mile trail atop the Greenville-Banning Channel, which parallels the Santa Ana River.

Upon 1st blush this idea sounds fine, and dandy. ;-D

It would end up by possibly connecting with the existing trail on the north side of the Back Bay, or coming close.

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I got nosey, yesterday, and spent 2 hours scoping things out, using the map that came with the article, and the article itself, as my guide.

To say that I have serious questions is a major understatement.

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When a clearly marked ( See the sign just inside the gate, on the left? ), short, County Multi-Use Trail has locked gates with NO TRESPASSING signs, it leads one to wonder what Officials are thinking.

That is not the half of it, though.

I have 8 other photos, and almost as many related questions, and detail them beginning in Part 2. ( Read Part 2 here. ) .

I plan to return to the area this weekend, and will be trying to learn more from the city after my report.

I wonder how many on the Council will remember my appearance at a Council Meeting, where I talked up cycling twice in comments to the council, and e-mails on other, non-cycling, issues, from the 2 years I lived in the city? ;-D

I remember sending word, by e-mail, to the council, about the ride I created, but don't remember hearing from anyone. ;-D

The OC Register article:

Costa Mesa Studying Bike Trail.

January 19, 2007 in Riding Orange County | Permalink

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I hope it gets built. We need more bike trails in Costa Mesa. Even if it's not perfect, I hope they atleast do something as even a little bit is better than nothing.

Posted by: Brian | Feb 11, 2007 6:11:43 PM

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