Coastal Rail Trail Adds 2,000-Foot Segment as Regional Biking Network Grows

Oceanside residents with a penchant for biking will be happy to know that regional officials have recently completed a 2,000-foot segment of the Coastal Rail Trail. The CRT is part of a planned 44-mile long bike trail from the City of Oceanside to the City of San Diego.

Oceanside biking enthusiasts have a new route to enjoy with the completion of a 2,000-foot segment of the Coastal Rail Trail. The CRT is part of a planned 44-mile long bike trail from Oceanside to San Diego.

Stretching between Oceanside Boulevard and Wisconsin Avenue, the newly completed bike trail is located along the west side of railroad property owned by the North County Transit District. The new section will link to a previously completed portion just north of Wisconsin Avenue that opened in February 2013. According to the San Diego Association of Government’s website, the project will extend an existing Class I bike path, classified as a path that is physically separate from vehicular traffic.

The paths are part of the greater San Diego Regional Bike Plan that would create a wide network by 2050. The plan calls for most San Diego-area coastal cities to be linked together, with a number of the projects along the trail being located in Oceanside.

The area has been bullish on its initiative to promote and support biking throughout the San Diego area, with the SANDAG Board of Directors approving an Early Action Program for the Regional Bike Plan. The EAP would inject $200 million in the region-wide push for biking, and add almost 77 miles of bikeway during the next ten years. The Coastal Rail Trail segment that was completed recently is part of the  EAP.

Recent resident feedback in the region shows that a more bike-friendly policy, featuring a more cohesive infrastructure, would solve some traffic issues, pollution, livability challenges and the current obesity health crisis.

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