Friday, January 9, 2015

California Bicycle Coalition Votes U.S. 101 Bike Path Number One!

In its "Best of 2014" Report, the California Bicycle Coalition voted the New Class I bike path along U.S. 101 in Ventura County the best new bike path in its infrastructure category. The report consisted of four categories: Infrastructure; Leaders; Decisions; and Ideas.

According to the coalition, "This instant tourist attraction transformed a stretch of coastal highway from a terrifying ride on the shoulder of a busy highway to a wide and comfortable bike path. Having planned our fundraising bike tour before the path was built, we diverted our route away from the coast to avoid this stretch of highway. With the path in place, the La Conchita Bike Path now affords people the chance to take in views of surfers and dolphins and sunsets as they ride along one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world. 

"The path shows the power of protected lanes,” said Rachel Morris, head of VC Cool, the sponsor of the local bike advocacy organization. “Biking on the freeway next to 18-wheelers and 70 mile per hour traffic was hair-raising, and I dreaded every minute of it. Now, with the physical protection, it's a gorgeous and safe ride right along the ocean. It’s a gem, a destination. People of all ages and skills are flocking to it."

The bike path was constructed as part of the U.S. Highway 101 Carpool Lane project from Mobil Pier Road in Ventura County to Carpinteria in Santa Barbara County. The six-mile project began in spring 2012 and is expected to complete in mid-2015. The bike path was officially inaugurated at a ceremony in La Conchita in September, 2014.