When 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.
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.