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Carlsbad taking action to respond to rising bike, e-bike collisions | Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

CARLSBAD, Calif. (BRAIN) — The city recently took short-term measures in response to a 233% rise in collisions involving bikes and e-bikes in the past three years while it works to present a longer-term solution to the City Council on Tuesday.When the City Council ratified the emergency proclamation Aug. 30, it also approved spending $2 million for immediate traffic safety efforts, including:Overstaffing police department sworn positions by four additional full-time officers ($535,000).Increasing police department overtime for training and enforcement ($100,000).Procuring additional speed feedback signs and electronic messaging boards ($250,000). Developing infrastructure projects and safe driving behavior education ($1,115,000).

The bike collisions have occurred with pedestrians, cars, other bicyclists, and solo accidents. Two deaths were reported last month. One man on a bike was killed by a speeding motorcycle, and a woman on an e-bike was killed when she was hit by a car. The fatalities are still under investigation, said city spokesperson Kristina Ray.According to Ray, Carlsbad has been focusing on education, engineering, and enforcement in the short term. The city also has:Added green markings to bike lanes in dozens of locations.Installed speed feedback signs and digital message boards in areas with higher collisions. Worked with local schools to get information out to parents and students about traffic safety. Increased enforcement of traffic rules across all modes of travel.Launched a public awareness program. Accelerated the timing of traffic calming projects that include traffic circles, speed humps, and wider bike lanes.”We don’t have collision data comparisons quite yet, but anecdotally, we have seen fewer complaints about traffic safety and increased compliance with helmet laws and other safety related behaviors around school sites, which has been a concern,” Ray said. “Once we have had a chance to enact more of the programs planned, we will measure collision rates and other related data.”In 2019, of the 30 bike collisions, two involved e-bikes; in 2020, of the 62 bike collisions, eight involved e-bikes; in 2021, of the 100 bike collisions, 33 involved e-bikes; and so far in 2022 through July 31, of the 57 bike collisions, 32 involved e-bikes.BRAIN contacted two area bike shops and an e-bike wholesaler based in Carlsbad, and all said kids riding e-bikes are the primary problem.”I think it’s definitely something that needs to be regulated, especially with kids,” said Dan Sachs, a buyer and importer for Happy EBikes. “Kids should have to go through some type of training course. They should have some type of responsibility for riding bikes because there are just no laws right now, and I don’t know what it’s taking so long for the city to react. You see kids riding two, three at a time on bikes. Rad Power Bikes is the biggest bike manufacturer and you see them everywhere especially with the kids because they’re in the lower cost retail on that little RadRunner.”John Orndorff, who operates Pedego Carlsbad, agreed more needs to be done to educate.” Mostly for the younger riders under 16 years of age that don’t maintain their bikes and ride multiple passengers who don’t obey or understand traffic patterns or rules,” he said.Rad Power Bikes is the subject of a wrongful death lawsuit filed in L.A. Superior Court last month by the parents of a girl who was killed while a passenger on a RadRunner in Los Angeles.Gordon Yeager, owner of Velo Hangar in Carlsbad, said while he’s encouraged to see more kids outside riding since the pandemic, he supports mandatory road safety and traffic classes in schools.”I like seeing kids riding bikes instead of indoors playing video games or watching YouTube,” Yeager said. “Many of the kids on e-bikes … were never taught the rules of the road. I don’t think many people know how fast they can go. They don’t react to quick maneuvers like an analog bike does. Carlsbad has definitely seen more e-bikes than analog bikes since the pandemic. I am in no way saying everyone out on e-bikes is breaking rules, but it’s definitely a problem. I ride a pedal-assist bike to work. It’s a huge help. I don’t get to ride as much as some, so the little push I get goes a long way.”Ray said the city working with bike shops to educate is part of its long-term plans. “Because they have contact with bike riders, they are in a great position to help share information about the rules of the road and good safety practices,” she said.Sachs said he tells customers to get used to riding an e-bike without the assist first.”Because at the end of the day, it’s a bike coming with very standard parts,” he said. “Adding electric, you now have added power. We explain that it’s extremely dangerous; it’s a motorized vehicle. But what it comes down to, it’s up to the operator.”

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San Elijo Hills Open House -1567 Clifftop Ave Saturday 12-2

Open House 🏠 Saturday 9/24 12:00-2:00 PM 1567 Clifftop Avenue, see this San Elijo Hills Dream home in person on a spacious private lot, situated in the highly sought-after Crest View neighborhood of San Elijo Hills, beautifully maintained with upgrades throughout. Remote courtyard entry welcomes you with a wrought iron gate, tranquil fountain, detractive pavers, and updated landscaping. Highlights include surround sound, curved archways, bull nose molding, a family room fireplace, a gourmet kitchen with dual ovens and butler’s pantry, ample storage spaces, bamboo flooring, one car, and a separate two-car garage. The flowing open concept floor plan features a desirable first-floor bedroom/bathroom suite with a walk-in shower, formal living and dining room, a kitchen overlooking the breakfast nook, and a family room. The second floor features the main suite with private retreat/optional office space, two upstairs secondary bedrooms with a shared bathroom, and an ample loft space currently used as an office. Plus, an upstairs laundry room. Step outside to enjoy multiple outdoor spaces to relax. Fully fenced-in front, side, and backyard with BBQ Island perfect for entertaining. Backyard privacy with no neighbors directly behind you! Opportunities to expand the rear patio. Thirty-two solar panels are enough to support electric vehicles. Prime location on a cul-de-sac street. Trail walks or bike rides to Questhaven Park playground, top-rated schools, town center, restaurants and shops, and all of the fantastic amenities of living in the award-winning community of San Elijo Hills. Zoned for San Marcos High School.

The Questhaven Project consists of 76 single-family residential homes near San Elijo Hills

The Project includes a Tentative Map (PDS2020-TM-5643), a Site Plan (PDS2022-STP-22-018), and an Administrative Permit (PDS2020-AD-20-011).

The Questhaven Project (Project) consists of a Tentative Map, Site Plan, Density Bonus Permit, and an Administrative Permit on approximately 89.23 acres (Figure 4). The Project consists of 76 single-family residential homes on 18.27 acres, recreation uses on 0.31 acres, and water quality detention basins on 2.4 acres. The Project also includes open space on approximately 63.9 acres that would provide for biological open space and fuel-modification zones. The Project is designed to cluster development in the northern portion of the Project site in order to allow for the development of residential uses while providing biological open space in the southern portion of the site.  The Project also includes 0.09-acre of off-site clearing within an existing right-of-way. The Project proposes seven affordable housing units as part of the Density Bonus application. The Project density is consistent with the General Plan Designations of the property by calculating density on the property in accordance with the Density Bonus Program defined by State law and the County Zoning Ordinance (Figure 3). Zoning Use Regulations for the site is Rural Residential (RR) and Open Space (S80). The General Plan Designations for the Site are Semi-Rural (SR-1 and SR-10) and the General Plan Regional Categories for the site are Semi-Rural and No Jurisdiction. The Project is located in unincorporated San Diego County within the San Dieguito Community Plan Area on approximately 89.23 acres, immediately south and west of the City of San Marcos and east of the City of Carlsbad (Figures 1 and 2).  Interstate 5 (I-5) is located approximately 5.3 miles west of the Project site.  Specifically, the Project site is located south of San Elijo Road and east of Denning Drive.  Access to the site would be from San Elijo Road to the north.

Participation instructions and the powerpoint slides presented at the meeting are at the links below:

NOP Scoping Meeting Powerpoint Slides

Upcoming Edward Jones webinar – As You Age: Finances, Family Conversations and More

Only a limited number of spots are still available for our upcoming webinar – register now to reserve yours!

As You Age: Finances, Family Conversations and More
Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Time: 1 p.m. PT

Thinking about how your finances will support your goals and lifestyle as you age can sometimes feel overwhelming. Questions can also arise about how exactly you’ll communicate your wishes to your loved ones. We’re here to offer you some simple tips and considerations to remove the fear and take back your power, so that the financial strategies you put in place now will allow you to feel confident in your plan moving forward.

In this webinar, industry professionals will walk you through the importance of these family conversations, how to have them and explore one main conversation component: how you address and prepare for aging and independence.
Webinar Contributors:

Monica Morena
Senior Director, Care and Support, Alzheimer’s Association®

Paul Simmons, CFA®, CFP® 
Senior Analyst, Client Needs Advice and Guidance, Edward Jones

Katie Schonaerts
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
I look forward to you joining us.

Best Regards,
Ross B Hansen of San Elijo Hills

San Elijo Hills HOA Community Yard Sale (North) September 10th-POSTPONED

San Elijo Hills HOA Community Yard Sale (North) September 10th-POSTPONED


*This website – San Elijo Life is independent of the developer San Elijo Hills Development Company and the San Elijo Hills Association. HOA updates are provided as a service to our readership. …Enjoy Life in The Hills. Please contact HOA with questions about the garage sales.

San Elijo Hills Summer 2022 Real Estate Market Update

San Elijo Hills Summer 2022 Real Estate Market Update

The average home selling in July 2022 in San Elijo Hills closed for 99% of the listing price, down from 110% in April. Average July market time was 12 days this is down from just 17 days in June and a low of 9 days in January. 

The price per square foot in July was $554, down from $739 in May. Currently, only 26 homes for sale in San Elijo Hills, and 7 homes are pending in escrow. With 13 homes selling in July down from 18 homes selling in April. 

26 HOMES FOR SALE IN SAN ELIJO HILLS. This link is live and will update as homes come on the market. If you or someone you know is considering making a move, please call/text Ed Philbrick 760 496-8134

2022 San Diego County Real Estate Forecast 

The looming recession has buyers on the edge of their seats fully aware that the housing market has slowed considerably. From the flood of online news articles describing the real estate slowdown to the countless YouTube and TikTok videos detailing in only a few minutes how housing is about to crash, many buyers are convinced that the San Diego County housing market is on the brink of collapse. Homes are taking a lot longer to sell. The number of price reductions has surged higher in the past couple of months. As a result, many buyers sit on the sidelines waiting for prices to plunge. They are waiting for a deal, a total bargain.

Just because so many people are jumping to the conclusion that home values must plummet does not make it so. Merely mention a recession and everyone’s collective minds recall the devastating blow to housing during the Great Recession. Instead, homeowners across the country purchased their homes with huge down payments, extremely strong credit scores, money in the bank, and qualified for their mortgages. Buyers over the past many years have not been purchasing homes utilizing subprime loans, pick-a-payment plans, teaser rate adjustable mortgages, or zero down programs. This is not 2005 to 2008 all over again.

Instead, with an Expected Market Time (the time between hammering in the FOR-SALE sign to opening escrow) of 66 days, it is a Slight Seller’s Market (between 60 and 90 days). It is not a Balanced Market (between 90 and 120 days). It is not a Buyer’s Market (over 120 days). The market still lines up in favor of sellers. In fact, in the past two weeks, the Expected Market Time dropped from 67 to 66 days. Surprisingly, the San Diego County housing market got a little hotter. It appears as if this year’s rise in market time has stopped and will remain a Slight Seller’s Market for the remainder of the year. This is due to the active inventory nearing its 2022 peak, rising by only 138 homes in the past couple of weeks, and demand jumping by 5% with rates falling to levels last seen in April.

Curious about the new value of your San Elijo Hills home

Are you curious about the new value of your San Elijo Hills home in this current market? I recommend Homebot to track the value of your home and build more wealth with your home and your real estate investments or vacation home. 

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Annual Double Peak Challenge celebrates its 7th year

Do you have what it takes to ‘Reach the Peak?’ You can experience the pinnacle of North County racing by conquering the area’s highest vista on Sept. 24 while participating in the Double Peak Challenge. Over 1,500 people, some even traveling as far as Brazil, have participated in San Marcos’ Double Peak Challenge since 2016.

“Double Peak Challenge is a running event like no other in our area,” said Friends of San Marcos Parks and Recreation board member Nick Buck. “The event is a celebration of outdoor recreation where participants get to experience unparalleled beauty atop some of North County’s highest and most scenic points. Both the 10K and 5K courses offer a challenge—a proud accomplishment for every racer.”

North County’s most challenging racing event will feature a 10K timed race, 5K untimed event and free kids trail trot starting from San Elijo Hills Park, located at 1105 Elfin Forest Road in San Marcos.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the Friends of San Marcos Parks and Recreation, which supports events, programs, parks and facilities for the community, and The Boys and Girls Club of San Marcos, a local non-profit supporting youth in our community. The funding generated from the collaborative event plays an integral role in continuing essential programs that allow students and community members to pursue a rewarding career, set a course for a prosperous future and participate in meaningful recreational opportunities.

The City’s Parks and Recreation director, Buck Martin, highlighted that the Double Peak Challenge is a fun, healthy and helpful way to support the community. “The views from the top of Double Peak are beautiful and well-earned,” said Martin.

Registration for the 2022 Double Peak Challenge is open online. Learn more about racing, registering, sponsorship and vendor opportunities on the event’s website.

SAN ELIJO HILLS COMMUNITY YARD SALE! September 10th AND September 17th!

SAN ELIJO HILLS COMMUNITY YARD SALE! September 10th AND September 17th!
The San Elijo Hills Community Association is hosting our annual community-wide yard sale!   All residents are welcome to participate in this FREE event! 

This year we will split the community into twosections (North and South).  This will allow residents to shop and participate in the sale! SEPTEMBER 10th (NORTH)SEPTEMBER 17th  (SOUTH)Directional signage will be placed out the morning of the sale to the individual neighborhoods. Please note, there will be NO MAPS distributed indicating which individuals homes are participating.

Gates for Promontory Ridge, Saverne/Azure, Westcliffe, The Summit and The Estates will be held open from 7am to 5pm; all other neighborhoods, please check with your community regarding access.
Please feel free to add additional signage in the community after 8PM the night before so long as it is  removed promptly after the event.

*This website – San Elijo Life is independent of the developer San Elijo Hills Development Company and the San Elijo Hills Association. HOA updates are provided as a service to our readership. …Enjoy Life in The Hills.
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