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ONCE AGAIN AN OPPORTUNITY LOST IN WILDOMAR

Would you rather ride your bicycle or hike here.
Would you rather ride your bicycle or hike here.
Instead of standing out from the crowd, Wildomar once again follow the lemmings into obscurity.
 
They will paint a white line and tell everyone their safe.

A recent article in a news publication speaks of the wonderful 2 million dollar projects (2 separate projects) over the next 3 years to construct 4 miles of bicycle lanes along Clinton Keith starting at George Avenue going South Southwest over the freeway to Grand Avenue were it will travel Northwest along Grand Avenue first to David A Brown Middle School, the second project will continue this to Corydon Street at the Lake Elsinore border where it will connect to an imaginary trail, just like the Bryant Palomar Trail in Wildomar for which the taxpayers are on the hook for $400,000 for the next 30 years.
For reference the California Department of Transportation Highway design manual defines bikeways as follows: 
Class I Bikeway (Bike Path). Provides a completely separated right of way for the exclusive use of bicycles and pedestrians with cross flow by motorists minimized. 
Class II Bikeway (Bike Lane). Provides a striped lane for one-way bike travel on a street or highway
Class III Bikeway (Bike Route). Provides for shared use with pedestrian or motor vehicle traffic. 
These projects will consist of widening the shoulder in the places that will be designated Class II, the California DOT guidelines requires a minimum of 1.2 m of width (47 1/4 in.) when no curbs are present and there is no street parking, then painting a white line and telling people they are safe as cars wiz by. The areas were a Class III bikeway is present will have a sign only telling people this is a Bike Route. 20 pound bicycle vs. 2,000 pound vehicle has no winners.
This is what everyone else does. 
Wildomar is a unique community in that we have a creek, some call it a ditch or flood control channel, that runs approximately 3 miles through the center of the west side of Wildomar. This creek with its laterals that extend out to Grand Avenue on the west and Palomar on the east has service roads in most places of 13 feet in width that would accommodate the required 2.4m (94 ½ in.) Class I Bikeway, along with minimum cross traffic as there are only 4 bridges over the creek. Building a Class I Bikeway would set Wildomar apart from every other community in the valley and inspire two of them to complete their portion of the Murrieta Creek Trail system. This may also inspire the City of Lake Elsinore to complete the connection of the Regional Tail system connecting Palomar Street to the levee allowing citizens to travel from the “The Diamond” in Lake Elsinore all the way to south Temecula while accessing schools, parks and shopping without fearing for ones life.
http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/oppd/hdm/pdf/chp1000.pdf 

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Martha L. Bridges December 28, 2013 at 06:51 PM
I'm afraid you're right, Ken. This will likely be just what you have predicted; the loss of a great opportunity to something different and better with the bike lanes in Wildomar. For once it would be nice to have Wildomar lead with innovation rather than just play follow the leader and be satisfied with the status quo.
lotsahelp December 28, 2013 at 07:46 PM
LOl when the city thinks "big" there is complaining, when the city gets a grant(read free money) for traffic study software there is complaining, they do community things there is complaining, when the city starts bike lanes there is complaining because they are going big enough, anyone see a pattern? It gives me a headache. Here is link to press enterprise article. http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/wildomar/20131226-wildomar-bike-lanes-sidewalks-funded-for-two-major-roads.ece and a blog with a different view http://wildomarrap.blogspot.com/2013/12/bike-lanes-in-wildomar.html
wildomar resident December 28, 2013 at 08:16 PM
I posted earlier but deleted it as I do not like all the arguing that goes on over even the good news. But I think the addition of bike lanes are great! I am happy with whatever they can do to make it safer for all who like to ride bikes. The fact is very few towns have the class 1 bike lanes everywhere that this blogger talks about and since money seems to always be a concern in Wildomar this is fine.
Ken Mayes December 28, 2013 at 08:44 PM
lotsahelp - I have no idea where you get the idea that any of this money is free. TAXPAYERS provide every dime of it. The traffic study software I complained about is useless without a traffic and safety department to utilize it. You referred to the P.E. article which gives you the cities spin on bikeways, here you have mine.
Ken Mayes December 28, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Wildomar Resident - you are correct in that very few cities have a Class I bikeway. Very few cities also have the uniqueness of a creek running through it where one can be placed that will meet all the objectives and then some. As for the money, the city is currently in line to receive grants from the county, these grants can come multiple sources, county, state, federal and private entities to pay for it. Why do it half-ass when you could do it right.
lotsahelp December 28, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Ken- have you ever seen the highway 52 and 56 bike paths down in san diego? If california really wanted to commit to bikes this sort of thing should be all over urban areas allowing people a real alternative to using their cars. Obviously a grant is from taxpayer- so my use of the word "free" means not out of the city budget! (The article in PE was written by a journalist not the city.)
Ken Mayes December 29, 2013 at 12:50 AM
lotsahelp - I don't care what's in San Diego, I care about what's not in Wildomar. Money from the government came from all taxpayers and should be spent wisely. It's going to most interesting to see if a WQMP is submitted to the Regional Water Board. Tell me what you know about the person that wrote the article, what's their degree in? Its awful interesting that that person puts a most positive spin on everything coming out of city hall, especially for someone who doesn't live around here.
lotsahelp December 29, 2013 at 01:12 AM
Really ken? I find it funny that you care what other towns have when you are griping about what wildomar doesn't have(animal control, homeless shelters, etc etc etc).But I'll remember that for the future and I will ignore the comments in your blog that mention other cities. Are you implying that the press enterprise staff and editors are involved in a conspiracy to only write good things about wildomar? Or that only someone who actually lives in the city can know anything about the city, LOL-everyone has access to the internet-not just you! And please list YOUR qualifications too if we are going down that path... I recommend you get a copy of the Cal municipal law handbook it really does explain a lot of information.
lotsahelp December 29, 2013 at 03:28 PM
I agree- "This last comment is so typical of the comment section on the Patch where certain people simply won't quit until they feel they have the upper hand and the very last nasty word...no matter how foolish and aggressive they reveal themselves to be... What a shame to see intellect and education put to such a negative purpose."
Smalltown Boy December 29, 2013 at 04:36 PM
The problem right now is that there is no vision YET. But the City is working on it. Next year should be big for Wildomar. We should have a Parks and Trails Master Plan in place so that we can be more proactive in planning. Since we are a new city, right now we are just reacting when opportunty knocks. Its great to be out of front on issues, but the reality is that things move slowly in government.
Smalltown Boy December 29, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Last year I noticed there was a bad erosion problem that was undermining the road across from Del Taco. I reported it to the City Public Works Dept. If you go look there today, you will find that the issue has been resolved by the City. They are doing what they can with the limited resources available.
lotsahelp December 29, 2013 at 04:42 PM
SB- I had to report a road erosion issue near where I live- they fixed it. I remember well the early years of Rancho Ca/Temecula I think people need to be patient and willing to work together.
Ken Mayes December 29, 2013 at 05:49 PM
sb1025 - even the City of Jurupa, while filing for dissolution, took the necessary steps to ask the state for a 2 year extension of their General Plan. Eastvale did theirs in-house. Menifee just finished theirs. All those cities lost money at the same time as Wildomar. Wildomar we just gaft it off, claiming to have adopted the County of Riversides General Plan of 2003 without further adopting the updates of October 2008. Where did you get the idea that there is going to be a "Parks and Trails Master Plan", the city is currently working on lumping everything into the Open Space Element under the current update to the County of Riverside General Plan, an update which pretty much changes the references from County of Riverside to Wildomar along with stripping out references not Wildomar related. Although the first planning commission meeting was an interesting change from past meetings with the back and forth dialogue there is a lot of work to be done and hopefully public input that needs to go into what they are working on. Time will tell.
AlwaysPO'd January 01, 2014 at 12:53 AM
Priorities anyone?
Martha L. Bridges January 22, 2014 at 07:36 PM
This last comment is so typical of the comment section on the Patch where certain people simply won't quit until they feel they have the upper hand and the very last nasty word...no matter how foolish and aggressive they reveal themselves to be... What a shame to see intellect and education put to such a negative purpose! __________________________________________________________ Read my thoughts on this and the value dissention which can contribute so much to democracy and society in my latest blog - THERE IS REALLY NO HOPE - Published here on the Patch and at: __________________________________________________________ The WildomarWatcher http://thewildomarwatcher.wordpress.com/

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