Reduction of car lanes begins on Leucadia’s Coast Hwy. 101

I am having trouble understanding how this move by the City Council serves the citizen of Encinitas. It seems that their agenda for the city is not aligned with the needs of people who live here. Most road improvement projects are intended to help relieve traffic congestion. This one is clearly intended to permanently restrict the flow of traffic. The vast majority of citizens will now be stripped of their rights to access a much needed transportation corridor in favor of a handful of bicycle enthusiasts (who, for the most part, only ride bikes on the week-end, and who could easily use San Elijo, and Neptune as safer, alternative routes). - Can you imagine what traffic on the coast highway will be like this summer? Does anyone believe that I-5 will be able to absorb the number of cars trying to avoid the new Coast Highway crawl? What will the Coast Highway look like when I-5 is stalled? Will anyone brave the bottleneck to patronize businesses in the coastal areas? I am environmentally sensitive, but this concept is horribly mis-guided. The additional carbon monoxide added to our atmosphere by unavoidable, non-stop traffic jams will certainly offset any potential benefit. **Encinitas City Council**: You are responsible for the effects of poorly managed growth over the last 30 years. You invited the additional traffic that needs to navigate through our coastal cities every day. You can not undo these real problems with wishful thinking (let's reduce traffic by making everyone rides bikes). You are just compounding the mistakes of the past by making incredibly short sighted transportation decisions.
— February 16, 2013 4 p.m.

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