The Coast News Group

Encinitas celebrates opening of Cardiff Coastal Rail Trail with Bike and Walk

ENCINITAS — Join the city of Encinitas to ride or walk the new Cardiff Coastal Rail Trail at 9 a.m. on its official grand opening day, May 9.

“The opening of SANDAG’s Coastal Rail Trail in Cardiff is a great moment for our city,” said Catherine Blakespear, mayor of Encinitas. “This is a monumental regional project that aligns with our vision for mobility and access. I look forward to it being a convenient way for people to get around Encinitas.”

The group will meet after the SANDAG grand opening ceremony at the corner of Chesterfield Drive at San Elijo Avenue in Cardiff for check-in at the city of Encinitas booth. 

The inaugural bike ride will be led by City of Encinitas staff immediately following the Coastal Rail Trail ribbon cutting hosted by SANDAG. The bike ride and walk will begin at 9 a.m. and proceed along the 2.5-mile round-trip between Santa Fe Drive and Chesterfield Drive. 

Bicyclists should bring their bike, helmet, safety gear and appropriate shoes to participate. Participants walking the route should also wear comfortable walking clothing and shoes. 

The Coastal Rail Trail is a planned continuous bike route that runs approximately 44 miles between Oceanside and Santa Fe Depot in Downtown San Diego. The Coastal Rail Trail was initially planned in the mid-1990s, and it is being constructed in segments by SANDAG and the various cities it traverses.

1 comment

taxpayerconcerns May 10, 2019 at 1:38 pm

Cardiff has suffered irreparable damage to the bluffs in the community.
Put the blame on the bluff destruction where it belongs – this asinine Mayor and Council. Two-thirds of the Cardiff ocean facing bluffs have been demolished and cemented above the railroad. It looks like the side of the freeway. The Coastal Commission approved this destruction along with the Mayor and Council.
SANDAG took over NCTD, but NCTD still functions as the railroad agency. NCTD stated that fencing would come in 5 to 10 years. Without the dam sidewalk trail and double tracking, fencing was years down the road. Put the blame on the Mayor and Council for the loss of mobility. In 2014 the Council refused to make a city EIR on what the environmental damage to the city would be with all of these projects. Instead, they let SANDAG perform the EIR.
City officials volunteered to have all of these “projects” under an “early action” plan that switched money from projects in the south and east part of San Diego County. The blame is on the Encinitas city officials for the destruction of the city’s natural environment.

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