Stevens/Valley Avenue Corridor – Solana Beach
The Stevens/Valley Avenue corridor in the City of Solana Beach is the most actively used route for active transportation in the community. Many residents rely on it to get to businesses and schools in the area. There is a lack of adequate bike facilities and pedestrian infrastructure over large sections of the route. The City’s recently completed Comprehensive Active Transportation Strategy (CATS) Plan prioritized improvements in this corridor.
The planned traffic facilities improvements for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians on Stevens will greatly increase the quality of life in the neighborhood by reducing bicycle collisions, increasing bicycle and pedestrian traffic to local businesses and schools, and transform this area of Solana Beach into a healthier, more livable community. This is especially important in the La Colonia de Eden Gardens section of Solana Beach where low income, transit-dependent residents are concentrated.
The Bike Coalition’s Regional Bike Walk Alliance member in the area, BikeWalkSolana, has been working with City staff members over several years to advocate for bicyclist and pedestrian infrastructure for this corridor. The Bike Coalition will support this volunteer-led group on this project by developing outreach materials and holding community workshops in partnership with BikeWalkSolana and the City of Solana Beach to gather input and support.
The City of Solana Beach was recently awarded 2015 funding for a project on the corridor as part of the SANDAG Active Transportation Grant Program. The award provides funding for a project that will enhance the use of the existing roadway for all users by reducing the number of travel lanes on Stevens/Valley Avenue in order to provide for bike lanes along all of Stevens/Valley Avenue; construct sidewalks in missing locations; provide enhanced crosswalks; construct curb ramps consistent with current standards; and provide traffic calming features. This funding falls short of the full vision in the CATS Plan, but does provide a great first phase with less expensive initial facilities.
As of October 2015, City Engineering Staff are working toward finalizing detailed plans which will first be reviewed by BikeWalkSolana and the Bike Coalition and then presented to City Council for final approval prior to sending out for bid.