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Eastbound on Coast Hwy

Hey, it’s dangerous enough out here!

Today I thought I’d bike to lunch at the Shake Shack – that means a short stint on Coast Hwy, past Shore Cliffs and Cameo Shores as I make my way into Crystal Cove State Park.

As usual, once they clear the light at Poppy, motorists are accelerating as they make their way out of Corona del Mar. That’s where I encountered this blocked bike lane.

Sure, just take a quick look behind and slide out into the traffic lane — like hell! These cars are coming! And they aren’t the least bit concerned that I just lost my bike lane.

If you ride here, you know – they’re traveling at 50+ mph. So I stopped to take the photo and to take a thorough look behind at oncoming traffic. There was no way I could slide over into that traffic lane. Instead I waited. And wondered. Why is this standard operating procedure? Throw a cone and a sign in the bike lane, apparently it’s just for show.

It created an unnecessarily dangerous situation on an already dangerous road.

Once motorists clear Poppy, they are powering up! Cyclists need the protection of the bike lane.

Once eastbound motorists clear Poppy, they are powering up!
Cyclists need the protection of the bike lane.

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Frank Peters

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