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Car-less in Mission Bay

Both Javajoe and pjamason make valid points. The stretch of the OB Bike Path (that I described as “iffy” because of space constraints) between Hotel Circle N through the I-5 underpass can be very creepy to ride on, however, I don’t know whether there’s a problem with actual assaults on cyclists. Does anyone have any stats or stories? I've felt uncomfortable with people glaring at me from the brush there, but I don't feel threatened in broad daylight riding with friends. I would never ride it solo at night. Having to ride that section of the OB trail is only an issue on your fabulous “car-less Mission Bay vacation” in two instances I can think of, and it can be avoided as well: 1) If you are staying in the Hotel Circle area (or live in that direction) it’s the most direct and easiest route to get to the beach at OB and to Mission Bay. However you can avoid it by taking the busy bike route of Taylor Street west into Old Town, then head north on Pacific Highway, which has bike lanes except for a short curvy stretch on the I-5 overpass with no bike lanes. Then Mission Bay bike trails meet up with Pacific Highway across Sea World Drive. 2) If you are staying around Mission Bay and want to ride into Old Town, the easiest way is the OB Bike Path to Pacific Hwy, then a short distance (even on sidewalks) to the south. To avoid the stretch of OB BIke Path between I-5 and Pacific Hwy though, you can instead take Pacific Hwy the whole way from Mission Bay (Sea World Dr), similar to #1 but in reverse. Finally, the route between the Morena trolley stop and Mission Bay is not via the OB Bike Path, but along a separated 2-way bike trail along Friars road, leading either to a turnoff to the trail along the north bank of the San Diego River, or to Sea World Drive, across which is a dirt path that leads to the right to the paved Mission Bay trails (or take the bike lane east along Sea World Drive). Note that Friars Rd goes under Pacific Hwy but there’s no connection. And of course from the Trolley station you can take your bikes on the Green Line into downtown if you prefer not to ride on the Nimitz bike lane as described. Happy Trails!
— April 11, 2015 6:08 p.m.
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