Kearny Villa Road between Ruffin Road to the south and Miramar Road to the north is the only north-south route for bicyclists along the I-15 corridor. It is a decommissioned freeway with a 65 mph speed limit, although drivers have been clocked traveling in excess of 90 mph by SDPD radar.
In May 2001, 71-year-old cyclist Larry Mahr was hit from behind, killed by a distracted driver who drifted into the bike lane. In August 2005, USMC captain Patrick Klokow, a decorated veteran of the Middle East conflict, was hit from behind and killed by a driver who fled the scene. In February 2010, a cyclist was hospitalized after her front wheel caught a rut in the broken pavement in the bike lane and she was thrown to the ground.
The two lanes for motorized traffic were repaved in 2007; the eroded bike lanes were not. After the latest accident, city crews tried to patch the pavement irregularities but ended up making the bike lane unrideable by leaving raised humps of cold-patch asphalt blocking the lane on the southbound side near Miramar Way.
Southbound cyclists now have to ride on the new pavement on the far right side of lane 2, which puts them directly adjacent to speeding traffic. After the high-profile killing of Capt. Klokow, the city stonewalled further complaints by the public. Promises were made previously to resurface the bike lanes and to bring southbound traffic to a controlled 90-degree turn, replacing the high-speed transition ramp to SR-163 where Capt. Klokow was killed.
To date, no safe accommodations have been provided to the hundreds of bicycle commuters who use this road daily.