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Here’s what bicycling in San Diego should be like

Posted by George J Janczyn on July 1, 2017

During our recent visit to Canada we saw a considerable number of bicycle commuters in downtown Montreal and Vancouver, far more than we ever do in downtown San Diego and vicinity. I think their street accommodations and strategic use of one-way streets might have something to do with it!

René Lévesque Boulevard in Montreal about 1/2 km east of Chinatown.

 

Downtown Montreal, Blvd de Maisonneuve at Rue Peel.

 

Downtown Montreal. Sometimes there were more bicycles than cars on the road.

 

Downtown Monteral. This was typical at all times of the day.

 

Vancouver is a role model for what support for bicycling can do. In 2015 the city reported 131,000 bicycle trips (http://www.straight.com/life/705251/vancouver-records-spectacular-increases-cycling-trips)

 

Downtown Vancouver.

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California Tower, Balboa Park

Posted by George J Janczyn on June 9, 2017

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Trestles (San Onofre State Beach)

Posted by George J Janczyn on May 21, 2017

Trestles is immediately south of San Clemente. We went midweek so it wasn’t crowded. Parking for the trailhead can be found just east of the Christianitos Rd offramp from I-5 and it’s about a 15-minute walk on the trail to the beach. The big attraction here is the great surfing, of course, but it’s a nice place to walk along the shoreline, explore the surroundings, relax on the sand, and enjoy the sights.

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The not-so-safe way down to Black’s Beach

Posted by George J Janczyn on May 15, 2017

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San Diego March for Science 2017 photo gallery

Posted by George J Janczyn on April 23, 2017

Photos of some of the people marching at the March for Science in downtown San Diego on April 22, 2017. Click images to enlarge.

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Ramona Grasslands County Preserve

Posted by George J Janczyn on April 3, 2017

Following our decent winter rains, now is a good time to visit Ramona Grasslands County Preserve since everything is green there right now. The two loop trails (just about 3 miles total round trip, rated “easy” in Jerry Schad’s “Afoot & Afield San Diego County”) provide a pleasurable 2-hour spring hike with a variety of scenic spots. The trail is horse friendly so you may encounter some equestrian traffic along the way. As usual, click photos for enlargements.

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Mountain Palm Springs (Anza-Borrego Desert State Park)

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 21, 2017

We didn’t want to risk crowds and traffic going to see the wildflower bloom at Borrego Springs today, so we opted for the southern part of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park where we went hiking at Mountain Palm Springs. Here are a some of the views we had on the 2.5 mile loop trail.

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Santa Margarita River Trail

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 12, 2017


The Santa Margarita River Trail is near Fallbrook.

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San Diego California Temple (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 11, 2017


The San Diego California Temple in La Jolla was dedicated in April 1993.

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San Diego Central Library

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 2, 2017

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