Draft report on Coastal Trail is available

Posted by on Fri, September 18, 2009

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The Midcoast Parks & Recreation Committee (MPRC) has approved a Draft Report on the proposed route and improvements needed for the CA Coastal Trail segments connecting Pillar Point to Mirada Surf.  The report reflects walking tours, comment, research, and discussions by the Trails Team over the past six months.

The diverse elements of salt marsh habitat, Princeton industrial streets, fishing harbor docks, and eroding beach give these trail segments special character and challenges.

The next steps will include review with relevant agencies and presentation for public comment.  The report can be viewed on the MPRC website: http://www.mprc.sanmateo.org/CoastalTrail.html

The County sponsored Midcoast Parks and Recreation Committee (MPRC) needs more community involvement and input on the Pillar Point to Mirada Surf segment of the California Coastal Trail.

MPRC meeting attendance has dwindled significantly since water issues were resolved at Moss Beach Park.  In June the Montara Water and Sanitary District Board approved a variance allowing the privately owned park to move forward with plans to install a prefabricated flush toilet facility.

The County has allocated Midcoast park mitigation fees to fund the purchase and installation of the flush toilet. Plans and permits for the new facility are underway.

Community members who are passionate about the California Coastal Trail are encouraged to join the trail planning discussion at the next MPRC meeting on Monday, October 5th at 7:00pm (location to be announced).

Comment 2
Sun, September 20, 2009 7:15am
Lisa Ketcham
All my comments

Some trail improvements could be moved along with volunteers in the near term, such as pruning willows that block the trail, and creating better beach access from the ends of Princeton streets.  If this is something you’d be interested in, or if you have other ideas, please join us (or even post a comment here).

SB 375 is the land use portion of the state’s climate change law (Assembly bill 32) that seeks lower emissions through better land use planning and reduced driving.  At its most basic level, SB 375 will begin to measure the relationship between land use decisions, transportation investments and driving. 

This summer the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a guide to SB 375, the nation’s first legislation to link transportation and land use planning with global warming.  The goal of this legislation is to foster development patterns that reduce the need to drive. Household transportation is the single largest and fastest-growing source of global warming pollution in California. SB 375 will also help save money for taxpayers by reducing infrastructure costs.  Other benefits include reduced air pollution, water conservation, and increased farmland and open space protection.

A Guide to California’s Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act (SB 375)  http://www.nrdc.org/globalwarming/sb375/

The Mirada Surf Trail & Bridge dedication is scheduled for Sept. 29th and Rich Gordon will make the dedication at the Mirada Surf Bridge. 

The City of HMB should make the trail connection from Mirada Surf to Surfers Beach a high priority.  The County says the City of HMB has been unwilling to do anything to improve this area and the City of HMB refuses to provide safe beach access at Surfers Beach.  The current situation is hazardous for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Maybe, at the dedication cermony, Rich Gordon could explain why the bridge is twice as big as it needs to be and also maybe provide a brief summary of how much money was wasted on the oversized project.

Comment 6
Wed, September 23, 2009 5:53am
Jim Sullivan
All my comments

I’ll personally hold off forming my opinion of whether the bridge is too big until I see the user demands that Mavericks surf contest, or Pumpkin fest wknd can evidence.
Especially if the weather is mild….
If The Mirada Surf Trail & Bridge is as popular as many of the other sections of Coastal Trail is on busy wknds, then perhaps this bridge may not be overbuilt.
Think baby strollers, walkers, pedalers, longboard surfers, all seemingly 2+ abreast.

My main concern is public safety; why spend money building a segment of the CCT that ends abruptly and dumps pedestrians and bicyclists onto a busy highway.  Those freshly painted concrete barricades at Coronado and Hwy 1 sure look like a half baked plan. 

The County, City of Half Moon Bay and Caltrans could have agreed on a coordinated plan to provide a safe connection at the intersection of Coronado and Hwy 1 in advance of the completion of the Mirada Surf trail.  It’s a scary experience getting from the new Mirada Surf trail to the Surfers Beach segment of the CCT. I hope the County, the City of HMB and Caltrans will work quickly to resolve this hazardous situation.

If you have questions or concerns regarding lack of local control over Midcoast Park Mitigation Fees and County control over state and federal grant spending on trails, parks and recreation you are invited to voice questions concerns at the next MPRC meeting on Monday, October 5th at 7:00pm (location to be announced).

Comment 8
Thu, September 24, 2009 6:04am
Jim Sullivan
All my comments

Thanx Sabrina,
I agree that the surfers beach(SB) section is a bottleneck, with no easy solution in how to remedy it the near future.
My comment was directed specifically at the overall girth of the new bridge.Seems that the trail existed well before the new bridge was completed, and folks using the trail faced the same gauntlet at SB.
The bottleneck at SB is another hurdle that, with dedicated public participation in process,can hopefully find an agreeable conclusion.
My thoughts, in my completely non engineer-layman logic,
1: The elimination of hwy 1 on street parking,and that parking be made available on the eastern side of hwy1 in that empty parcel of land(unsure of ownership).
2: A surfer, ped -undercrossing to beach(at either end(maybe both?) of SB)
3: A gradual shifting of hwy 1 east(30-50 ft)as it passes SB, to allow for Mirada Surf trail+hwy 1 bicyclist safety.
This gradual shift east of hwy 1 wouldn’t reduce line of sight for drivers,allowing,as much as conditions dictate, the steady traffic flow past this perpetual slowdown.

Coastal Conservancy Report: http://www.californiacoastaltrail.info/pdffiles/coastaltrail_1to21.pdf

Integrity (page 16):

“The Coastal Trail should be continuous and separated from motor traffic. Continuity is vitally important: if a chain is missing a link, it is useless. Where such separation is absent, the safety, pleasure, and character of the trail are impaired.”