Carlsbad Bike Riders Push City for a Bike Park

Bike parks have been successful in other cities, and only take up less than an acre of land.

Courtesy Dee Folse
Courtesy Dee Folse
The following is a Letter to the Editor by Carlsbad resident Dee Folse

We have been working on getting the City of Carlsbad to help us build a bike park. We have attended the meetings and done the surveys and then attended more meetings. I believe we are as close as we've ever been to becoming part of the city agenda. What we need now is one more push. As a grandfather I would love to have the ability to ride my bike with my grandson in a safe creative environment that can handle skill levels from the most novice to the most advanced. How many of us see a kid get a bike and the first thing they hear is don't ride it in the street. So the bike begins to sit in the garage with the rest of the lint balls.
The push we need is for the Mayor and City Council to hear from "residents." Below is a letter you can put your name on and send it in. IF YOU ARE A RESIDENT. Every letter from a resident is huge. Thanks so much for your time, this is important. 
Here is where to send it.

City Council contact info:
City Hall
760-720-9461 fax
1200 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
email: council@carlsbadca.gov

Here is a letter you can send to the city council: 

SUBJECT: Requested meeting between the Carlsbad City Council and the local cycling community regarding opening Bike Parks in Carlsbad.     

Mayor Matt Hall, Mayor Pro Tem Mark Packard and Carlsbad Council Members: 

I’m writing today to ask for your support in creating a partnership between the local cycling community and the City of Carlsbad.  We would like to schedule a meeting with the Council to discuss the idea of working together to open Bike Parks in Carlsbad.  You can think of a Bike Park being similar to a skate park but built of dirt, for bicycles and being much less expensive.   We have been active in the recent Parks Assessment Survey and Bike Parks have had similar if not better results to Pickle Ball, which has ben added to the short-term action item list.  

Unfortunately, a bike park was included in a very large “adventure park” project. This adventure park might be built in 4 – 5 years if it is found feasible.  We know that Bike Parks are feasible projects because they are being built all over the country.  Fillmore CA has just announced they will be starting a Bike Park.  Orange County and Ventura Parks Departments are also currently reviewing plans. As I mentioned earlier, opening a bike park in Carlsbad has strong support. Approximately 30 bike park supporters attended the Carlsbad Parks and Recreation Commission meeting on December 4th to show their commitment to the project.  Unfortunately, neither the Staff nor Commission would add a Bike Park to the Assessment Recommendation as its own action item to be addressed in 2014.  

We are willing to volunteer time for construction and maintenance and raise money to bring bike parks to Carlsbad.   If Carlsbad will work with us, we will make it a success. Please make time in the coming week and meet with us.  We have sites in Carlsbad in mind (Hosp Grove, Zone 5 Business Center, Poinsettia and Stagecoach Parks) and concept drawings from other projects ready to discuss.   

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you. 
16YearsNow December 11, 2013 at 11:10 AM
30 supporters? Who pays for construction? Who pays for maintenance (especially once the novelty wears off)? Too much of the letter is anecdotal and not enough fact.
glenn bernard December 11, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Some people with hobbies pressure government to give them money….and other people don't. These bicyclists should buy their own land and pay their own way. If truly popular, they will charge fees and make profits starting with their first day of operations.
Robert December 11, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Wow--- great concept. I guess children should have paid for the 37 skate parks around town eh Scrooge? Golfers and lawn bowlers too, kite flyers, dog walkers. Guess some other scrooge could open a booth and charge them all to access to their city parks .. that will surely bring the happiness. Bikes have been around a long, long time not exactly a fad like pickleball-- if you look at the millions of dolalrs going into the city infrastructure for road cyclists as a means of transport I think it is fairly safe to say the growing number of cyclists and families will also want places in their cities to ride off roads too. We all pay taxes and we all elect who we feel is best in city councils and offices vs how much of a fee should be charged. There are more San Diego area households with bikes than play golf, ride horses, and play tennis. Those are facts.
16YearsNow December 11, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Robert, we're talking about Carlsbad. You did not present facts. Carlsbad has one skate park.
glenn bernard December 12, 2013 at 07:41 PM
It is very amusing to read the words of people who are hooked on entitlement mentality….such as shown above by the anonymous "Robert." Normally a bunch of incoherent ramblings and grumblings about "those other people who got free money, so how 'bout me!!??" Via "bike parks," I would rather see these people make money than take money. What is it about the word "profits" that bother you?
glenn bernard December 17, 2013 at 02:03 PM
A legit and needed city expense would be to add public restrooms to many locations….so as to benefit walkers, joggers, bicyclists, skateboarders, and motor vehicle operators. Other cities have these located within the already-raised medians of many roadways, which would also be great for Carlsbad residents, but not for Carlsbad politicians. Escondido allows political signs only on private property, but Carlsbad City Council has always loved seeing their names in very public places, especially in the middle of our roadways. Although restrooms public restrooms would be great, for example, every mile-and-a-half along El Camino Real, College, Cannon, etc…..we must remember that those egotistical jerks want to place their political signs in those same places…separated by just one-and-half feet from one sign to the next.


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