On Mon., Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m. the Saxony Road and Quail Gardens Drive Traffic Calming Plan will be reviewed by the City of Encinitas Traffic and Public Safety Commission.
This is an informational item and no action will be taken to approve the plan at this time. The intent of the meeting is to gain direction and support from the Traffic and Public Safety Commission to take the plan to the City Council.
The Commission meets in Council Chambers at Encinitas City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas.
Anyone who has attended one of the workshops or informational meeting in the spring and who would like to attend the meeting to show their support for traffic calming in the neighborhood is invited to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over a year ago, we started conversations in our community about traffic calming and quickly discovered that many people wanted to see traffic slow down along Saxony Road and Quail Gardens Drive.
Our early efforts produced some immediate results that we can all take pride in today:
In April, we held two traffic calming workshops for neighbors and collected excellent feedback on potential traffic calming solutions for both roads. Our traffic consultants developed recommendations based on the community’s input and, during an information meeting in May, we shared the results.
For Quail Gardens Drive, our traffic consultants recommended the following improvements at various intersections based on the community’s input: all-way stops with crosswalks, raised crosswalks and roundabouts.
The Saxony Road improvements included everything from restriping to raised crosswalks to landscaped choke points, decomposed granite trail and various roundabouts.
We asked the community to rate the recommended traffic calming measures. Respondents were overwhelmingly supportive of the majority of the proposed measures.
As one resident put it:
“The safety of our families will be improved by slowing down the cars. I feel this project will also further develop the community feel among residents. “
In June, we took our recommendations and community feedback to the City of Encinitas engineering and traffic departments where the ideas were also well received. Over the summer, our traffic consultants will be working on the recommended plan making minor adjustments.
We intend to present to City Council this fall and will be sure to share the date for that meeting once it is known.
To all of our neighbors who have invested their time and energy in this project, we extend our deep appreciation and look forward to more conversations that help us grow together. We will be in touch as soon as we know the date for the City Council meeting so that you have plenty of time to plan to be there and participate.
Draft plans to slow down traffic on Saxony Road and Quail Gardens Drive — between Leucadia Boulevard and Encinitas Boulevard — were rolled out during a May 14 workshop at the Leichtag Foundation site.
Transportation firm Fehr & Peers distilled community suggestions from an April workshop into maps showing where traffic-calming devices like roundabouts and stop signs could go. The public was invited to peruse the plans and weigh in.
The Encinitas Environment Education Cluster first draft of its plan to calm traffic along Saxony Road and Quail Gardens Drive between Encinitas and Leucadia boulevards includes, among other things, five roundabouts, several raised crosswalks and two all-way stop signs.
The coalition of organizations along the two streets unveiled the plan at a May 14 meeting at the Leichtag Foundation Farm.
On May 14, E3 Cluster hosted an informational meeting at Leichtag property on Saxony Road to share progress made on a traffic calming plan for Saxony Road and Quail Gardens Drive. A draft of the concept plan presented at the meeting included traffic engineers’ recommendations based on concerns and ideas that neighbors voiced during two workshops in April. City of Encinitas staff viewed a draft of the plan in advance and representatives attended the meeting. Over 40 neighbors showed up to see the newest recommendations in an open house-style meeting that used enlarged maps to illustrate main traffic calming concerns, neighbors’ ideas and traffic calming experts’-recommended solutions. Neighbors were able to explore each map, ask questions about specific components of the concept plan and receive answers from the traffic experts. In a survey, attendees ranked their level of support for each traffic calming measure to provide feedback for a final draft of the plan. Results of the survey will also be made available to the City of Encinitas to share the degree to which neighbors support each element of the plan. If you are a neighbor who was unable to attend the meeting and would like to provide your opinion on the concept, email email@example.com with the subject line “Traffic Calming Survey.” The current traffic calming plan for each street can be viewed at the following links: Saxony Road and Quail Gardens Drive.
Next steps in the process will be refining the plan based on neighbor feedback before presenting to the City. E3 Cluster expects to make the initial presentation to City Council sometime in the fall and will keep neighbors updated on the progress as they go.
Thanks once again to all E3 Cluster neighbors for their time and energy helping us develop traffic calming solutions that will better the neighborhood we all love.
We’re thrilled that so many of our neighbors made the time to attend our traffic calming workshop for Saxony Road. There were great ideas tossed out by the approximately 50 attendees and as you can see from this video, a great sense of enthusiasm could be felt throughout the room.
On the heels of a major victory to slow down vehicle speeds on sections of Saxony Road and Quail Gardens Drive, stakeholders along both streets have turned their attention to a more ambitious goal- lowering the speed limit along the entire stretch of both roads between Leucadia and Encinitas boulevards.
The coalition of educational, senior and cultural organizations, known as the Encinitas Environmental Education Cluster, held the first of two community workshops Tuesday night that they hope will yield a plan that will lead to lower speeds along the well-traveled streets.
Our April 14 and 16 traffic calming workshops were facilitated by our experts from Fehr and Peers who shared some background on their analysis of Saxony Road and Quail Gardens Drive as well as information on traffic calming approaches. Click on the links below to review each presentation.
April 14 Saxony workshop presentation:
April 16 Quail Gardens workshop presentation:
Marilyn McGrath moved just off Saxony Road in Encinitas about seven years ago. Since then, she estimates that traffic has doubled on the thoroughfare.
“For a pedestrian, Saxony is dangerous,” McGrath said. She added that while walking on the road, she’s had a few close calls with speeding cars.
McGrath was among 50 or so residents who shared concerns and recommended ways to slow down traffic on Saxony Road during an April 14 meeting.
The event was held at Seacrest Retirement Village, a member of the E3 Cluster, a year-old group made up of six organizations in the area.
E3 hosted the meeting to gain feedback on a comprehensive traffic-calming plan that it ultimately intends to take to the Encinitas City Council.