VIDEO. From the City of Half Moon Bay Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, October 24th, 2022 at 7:00pm by Zoom.
State Parks Bring the Pullman Ditch (Roosevelt Parking) Critical Coastside Trail Culvert Repair to the City of Half Moon Planning
Tue. October 25th @ 7:00pm – 9:00pm
This repair is critical to the Coast Trail.
If the trail fails the detour will be a killer.
Roosevelt Ditch Collapses Access to Roosevelt Beach After Storm…Coastal Trail Next?
OWN VOICE. I don’t own a car. I don’t like driving or traffic. I moved here in 1989 from over-the-hill and stopped commuting in 1991, choosing to work locally… and ride my bike to work.
I like to ride bikes. I have around 60,000 miles on the Coastal Trail. I am not the only one. Sure there are recreational users, but farmworkers and hospitality workers go from Pillar Ridge Manufactured Home Park (227 homes), south to Half Moon Bay and back.
Over those miles and those years we have had a TWO YEAR detour around the California State Park Pilarcitos Bridge. First, it was made of the wrong metal and because a State Park Ranger drove a tractor over the bridge in 2014 (HMB Review) .
Who to Contact?
Bruce Meyer, Supervisor at California State Parks
Update as of 12/23/2021 from Bruce. “One of my staff drove down to monitor on the culvert and drove on the edge. I have instructed all staff to stay off the trail. The blue line signifies how far the road has been undercut. I am not involved with the planning, but I do know that this is of the highest priority.”
The Roosevelt ditch/culvert is just as vital as the County’s Medio de Arroyo bridge which is closed for a year and a half.
More on the Medio Bridge on Coastside Buzz
Why Doesn’t the California State Park System Treat the Coastside with more Respect?
2014: State Parks: Fixing Coastal Trail bridge will take 2 years
Lack of funds, permitting hurdles cause delay
City Half Moon Bay Planning Commission Meeting ~ 2nd and 4th Tuesdays @ 7:00pm
Watch remotely. Comments and questions by email.
CONTACT: Comments to the Commission and to Staffcan be submitted by emailing BJett@hmbcity.com.
It’s not necessary to have bicycles on the California Coastal Trail (CCT). The nCCT is supposed to provide lateral access to the coastline. It was never originally conceived (Prop 20, etc.) as a primarily transportation trail. So, people on foot can simply pop over to the beach at this location–either temporarily or permanently–because beaches are perfectly acceptable for a CCT walking trail. (Over half of Oregon’s coastal trail is on beaches!) As for bicycles along the coast, Caltrans has the duty of maintaining the old bicentennial bike route along the entire length of the California coast–a duty that agency shirks–so light a fire under them if you are worried about bike transportation along the coastside. Beyond that, the alternative transportation trail (aka “parallel trail” and “multi-modal trail” these days) was conceived, beginning well over 20 years ago at the MCC Parks and Recreation Committee of the time, for north-south transportation by bicycles and other non-motorized means on the Midcoast.
I appreciate Carl’s point – but also like to bike. What galls me is that between the City and State Parks this little culvert repair has to take years and years of study, evaluation etc. Planning Commissioners are even now opposing the size of the culvert as if ignorant about the historical flooding of Pullman Ditch. While biking may be temporarily impacted why can’t we just minimize the time and scope of the impacts – reroute the trail temporarily without having to go all the way to Hwy #1 and have the Planning Commission support quickly repairing the culvert instead of turning it into a 10-year career EIR marathon?