Friday, September 11, 2015

New Names for US 101 Bike Path and Pedestrian Undercrossing Honor Cycling, Coastal Commission Leaders

The Ralph Fertig Memorial Bicycle-Pedestrian Path
The Peter Douglas Coastal Access Way
The beautiful new Class 1 bike path that Caltrans recently constructed as part of the U.S. 101 carpool lane project in Ventura County has a new name: the Ralph Fertig Memorial Bicycle-Pedestrian Path. Fertig, who died in 2014, was a tireless advocate for better bicycle infrastructure and smart transportation planning. The designated bike path stretches from Mobil Pier Road to Bates Road.

The pedestrian undercrossing at La Conchita also has a new name: the Peter Douglas Coastal Access Way. Peter Douglas was the longest-serving executive director of the California Coastal Commission (1985-2011) and contributed important suggestions for the design of the carpool lane project and bike path. He died in 2012.

Both designations were made possible by a resolution (ACR 58) sponsored by Assemblymember Das Williams, which recently passed unanimously in the California Legislature.

Caltrans will post signage with the special designations. The signs will be paid for by donations.

The freeway widening project constructed a carpool lane in each direction along a six-mile stretch of US 101 between Mobil Pier Road in Ventura County and Casitas Pass Road in Santa Barbara County. The project also constructed the bike path and pedestrian undercrossing in La Conchita, added concrete barriers, and closed existing median openings. Additional improvements included median landscaping, improved drainage and smart technology devices to better regulate traffic. The $102 million project was completed in March.

Additional Information: 

Read the resolution here.

More info about the U.S. 101 carpool lane project is here.

An article from the Santa Barbara Independent about the designations is here.