The city will move forward with the Coronado Scenic Bike Loop, with one major exception. After more than two hours of public comment and discussion on Tuesday evening, Coronado City Council awarded a $90,778 contract for the construction of the Bike Loop project, but only along Glorietta Boulevard with a few signs on First Street.
Initially, the proposed route followed the perimeter of Coronado with use of First Street, Alameda Boulevard and a portion of Sixth Street, Coronado Avenue, Ocean Drive, Ocean Boulevard and Glorietta Boulevard.
However, numerous residents urged council to exclude the Sixth, Alameda, Coronado and Ocean street-ways citing safety, aesthetic and increased traffic concerns.
“There are already bottlenecks (along Coronado Avenue), to create a bike path there would just intensify the issue,” said resident Lisa West.
The city was awarded grant money for this project. It calculated during its public meeting that with the modified scenic bike loop path, it should still be able to receive and use the grant funding.
“I’d rather pay to get it right, then get it wrong for free,” Councilman Richard Bailey said before the city council voted to approve the contract for the modified project.
The bike route on Glorietta consists of painting street markings for a 6-foot bike lane on each side of street.
Work on the scenic bike loop started several years ago. The city established the Coronado Bicycle Advisory Committee in 2009 and tasked them with developing the city’s first Bicycle Master Plan. The committee developed the proposed scenic loop around the Village area to provide bicyclists a clearly defined route around Coronado.
On Wednesday, city engineer Jim Newton said the contract with PTM General Engineer Services to install the striping along Glorietta Boulevard should be signed by the end of September and work should be begin in October.