Lighting the Path to Safer Biking

Caltran’s State Route 15When people think of San Diego, the word ‘sunny’ typically comes to mind. Averaging a whopping 146 days of sunshine per year, it’s no surprise being active outdoor junkies is part of our day-to-day culture. In addition to recreational cycling, San Diego ranks 20th out of 70 largest U.S. cities in bike commute, according to the League of American Bicyclists census data (2014). That’s why we jumped on the opportunity to team up with the Department of Transportation to help keep San Diego’s cyclists safe.

In spring of 2014, we took on a project to illuminate popular Caltrans State Route 15 Commuter Bikeway. One of the key aspects of lighting any transportation path is to minimize glare and provide enough illumination for safety. We knew Engineered Lighting Products’ (ELP) CP series would provide a large, low-level light across the 12-foot wide bike path and help achieve this goal. We even customized the fixture to ensure it was the perfect fit. We added tamper-proof screws, a custom color and the addition of vandal resistant faceplates. Caltran’s State Route 15

The bikeway officially opened in spring 2017, and now bikers can zoom their way through a safe, lighted path separated from traffic with a concrete barrier. The new fixtures provide 40% more light than the original and have more than 60,000 hours of life. Make sure to pedal on over and take a ride on the path located in-between the Mission Valley and Mid-City areas of San Diego.

Special thanks to Fariba Ramos, Electrical Engineer, PE at Caltrans, Lee Headberg, Director of Engineering at ELP, Lauri Maines, President at ELP and all those who helped us keep San Diego cyclists safe.

Meet The Team: Shawna Nunez

This month’s Meet the Team is with Shawarma. No, that’s not a typo. And we’re not talking about the delicious Mediterranean food. It’s our nickname for the awesome Quotations Lead we have here at SDLA… also known as Shawna Nunez. For more than four years she’s been fearlessly leading the quotations department. Luckily for us, she came back to San Diego after 8 years of traveling and living all over the United States. Let’s meet Shawarma.

Q: How did you get started in the lighting industry?

SN: About 8 years ago my best friend was working at a lighting distributor’s office and she helped me snag a job in their quotes department. A little over three years later, I made the switch to SDLA (and brought her with me) and took on more responsibility leading the whole quotations department. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Q: What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

SN: I think it’s neat to have a deep appreciation for the lighting every place you go, especially when I see a fixture from a line that SDLA represents. Most people don’t notice the lighting, but I always notice it. It’s funny, my husband laughs at me because I am always pointing out the lights when we are out and about. He thinks I am a lighting nerd…  (but I know it’s true and I embrace it).

Q: What do you like about the culture at SDLA?

SN: Simply, everyone is like a giant family. We are always telling jokes and laughing inside and outside of the office and doing fun things like fantasy football drafts and happy hours. Also, our bosses are the best and make coming to work so easy. Danny, Kristin and Brian make everyone want to go as far as they can and be successful.

Q: What is the best part about your job?

 SN: I just love being able to service every single one of our customers. With my job, I deal with a lot of emails… I’m talking 200+ per day and it can be extremely crazy. But it’s really cool having the opportunity to see every project that comes through. Plus, it’s exciting to represent a well-known company in the area.