Author: Sam Ollinger

Posted on: October 26, 2017 Posted by: Sam Ollinger Comments: 3

Sam’s Farewell Message

This is the hardest email I’ve had to write since I founded BikeSD five years ago. I will be leaving BikeSD soon and John Anderson will be the interim ED while a search goes out for the next ED.

When I founded BikeSD five years ago with the help of many, many friends—all of whom I met on group rides, I had no idea what was ahead of me. I was planning on doing some minor amount of advocacy on the side, but BikeSD took off and soon I was running a proper little grassroots organization.

Leaving BikeSD has been an decision I knew was coming but it was, nevertheless, a hard decision to make. Ultimately, I had to do something that was best not just for myself, but also for the organization. I have been given an incredible opportunity that I am very grateful for. Good organizations thrive and grow when new leadership comes in at regular intervals to help sustain and grow the organization. BikeSD is at this new and exciting juncture of its lifecycle.

Posted on: July 25, 2017 Posted by: Sam Ollinger Comments: 0

Temporary Realignment of Rose Canyon Bike Path

Here is an update we just received about the temporary realignment of Rose Canyon Bike Path.

The new temporary realignment of the Rose Canyon Bike Path is almost complete. Cyclists will be directed to use this new reroute beginning July 25 at approximately noon, but will still be able to access the existing path up to the point when the new path is opened for use. The new reroute will be in use through approximately November 2018. This path will reroute bicyclists from the existing Rose Canyon Bike Path west along the eastern shoulder of the northbound I-5 off-ramp. The protected, temporary two-lane bike path is constructed on the outside shoulder of the northbound I-5 off-ramp. Cyclists are required to use the temporary bike path until utility relocation near the Rose canyon Bike path is complete. Attached is a flyer with more information. 

Rose Canyon

Posted on: June 5, 2017 Posted by: Sam Ollinger Comments: 0

News, Links, and Other Views

I know it’s been a while since we did a news roundup and I also know you’ve missed them. Please enjoy!

San Diego

  • The College Area Community Council has two immediate vacancies on their board. In order to be eligible to sit on the board, “you must be at least 18 years of age, have attended (documented) at least two board meetings in the past year, and be a resident of the CACC area, an owner of a business in the area, or an owner of property in the area.” If you are ineligible now, you should still attend the community meetings to learn what is going on and to be eligible to run next time a vacancy opens up.
  • From SANDAG: “Construction on the SR 15 Commuter Bikeway is progressing toward completion, as crews finish paving and intersection connection improvements at the north and south ends of the path.” The project is expected to be completed by “mid-summer 2017.”
  • Why aren’t we spending more to expand bus, train, trolley systems in San Diego?
  • While the headline is misleading, a bike thief was caught by federal agent and sentenced to 5 years in prison. Lesson: quit stealing bicycles.
  • The Coronado Eagle & Journal covers what’s at stake in accommodating people outside vehicles on the Coronado bridge.
  • The Union-Tribune has apparently decided to stake its reputation on the message of an unequivocal “no” when it comes to anything bicycle related. Examples: An eight year old is injured, and the reporting language shows bias in favor of the driver; And a 20-year old bicycle rider was injured and without the investigation being completed, the reporter implicitly blames the rider. The Editorial board is even worse, calling the normal activity of commuting by bicycle a “fantasy.” They also give space to the bizarre rants of a paranoid reader who wonders if he will be arrested for not riding a bicycle, and another reader who could benefit from a good civics lesson on how local government works and how policies get implemented. Plus there is coverage about the city’s Bicycle Advisory Committee’s reasonable request to implement the city’s Bicycle Master Plan with the over the top incredulousness that only the Union-Tribune is capable of.
  • KPBS covers the frustration that comes with the lack of progress in implementing bicycling facilities in San Diego.
  • VOSD covers how city officials went from claiming that the city’s goals in increasing bike mode share are not “based on anything” to the exact opposite.

San Diego County

Posted on: April 6, 2017 Posted by: Sam Ollinger Comments: 15

San Diego finally has parking protected bike lanes (on Wabaska Drive)!


The city’s first parking protected bike lane is now live and ready for action in Ocean Beach. You can ride this little stretch to your heart’s content on Wabaska Drive. See?! We can have parking and safe bike lanes on a single street. There is no need to waste everyone’s time and energy by carping on and on (and on) about parking* at the cost of safe riding. If you want to send thanks and love and hugs – all credit for this new facility goes to the very tireless Nicole Burgess!

And while the new facility may have caught at least one local driver off guard:

Posted on: February 9, 2017 Posted by: Sam Ollinger Comments: 0

SANDAG’s Executive Director Gary Gallegos Must Step Down

This past Monday, Voice of San Diego’s Andrew Keatts, revealed the story of the stunning public deception carried out by our regional planning agency, SANDAG, led by the agency’s executive director Gary Gallegos.

To recap, SANDAG put a sales tax measure on the ballot last November and it failed to garner the required 2/3 votes in part because organizations like BikeSD opposed the measure. SANDAG’s proposal was to raise $18 billion to spend on transportation projects, but a large portion of those funds would have gone toward expanding and building more highways—an attempt at marginal gains to address congestion problems in the region.

In Keatts’ piece, we learned that the revenue projections for the tax measure were inflated and yet, “the agency’s board of directors approved putting the $18 billion spending plan before voters.”