SOLANA BEACH — As part of its continued effort to make Solana Beach an accessible, walkable community for all residents, the city dedicated its fourth audible crossing signal during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Feb. 9.
“We are committed to making this a walkable community for everybody, and that includes the visually impaired,” Mayor Lesa Heebner said. She also urged all residents to get out of their cars to improve the environment as well as their health.
The signal, installed at the north-south crosswalk on Lomas Santa Fe Drive at the Vons shopping center, was donated by the Del Sol Lions Club, which raised the $840 needed during last summer’s Fiesta del Sol.
Club members worked as food servers for two days and made almost $900 in tips. “We wanted to donate that money back to the community where we got it from,” City Councilman and Lions Club President Dave Roberts said.
The city agreed to match donations for audible signals and funded the east-west crossing at the same intersection. Other audible signals have been installed on Lomas Santa Fe at Nardo Avenue and Coast Highway 101 and at Coast Highway 101 at Solana Vista Drive.
A few dozen people were on hand for the dedication, including representatives from the offices of Assemblyman Martin Garrick and County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, members of the Lions Club and the San Diego Center for the Blind, city staff and residents.
The next audible signal is slated for the intersection one block east, on Lomas Santa Fe at Las Banderas Drive, when funding is available.
The Del Sol Lions Club formed in February 2010 to provide projects that have an impact on the community without a lot of meetings, Roberts said. The group currently has 70 members and is one of 66 Lions Clubs in the county.
Lions Clubs International was founded in 1917. At one of its first national conventions, guest speaker Helen Keller challenged the organization to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.”