Controversial sign threatening bicyclists taken down in East County community

Local group tries to make cycling safer

JAMUL, Calif. - A controversial sign posted in Jamul and aimed at bicyclists has been removed.

The misspelled sign read: "IT IS BETTER TO RUN OVER A BICYCLEST THEN GET IN A HEAD ON ACCEDENT BECAUSE THEY DON'T SHARE THE ROAD."

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"It's not going to accomplish anything," said Jamul-Dulzura Community Planning Group member Bill Herde.

Even though the sign is gone, it reinvigorated the debate in the East County community.

"We have some very, very narrow roads here and a lot of curvy roads with hills," said Jamul-Dulzura Community Planning Group Chairwoman Jean Strouf.

"Don't have the shoulder space; we don't have any marked bike lanes," added Herde.

"We just don't like people getting hurt, injured, killed," said Strouf.

The Planning Group said they were hoping to get a piece of a $200 million bike plan created by the San Diego Association of Governments.

"But none of it landed out here," said Herde.

Instead, the area is mired in controversy. Bicyclists scream at motorists and motorists honk and threaten bicyclists. The sign was one example.

The biggest problem is the roads through Jamul are too narrow for two lanes of traffic and a bicycle lane.

"We don't have that much room out here to get around," said Herde.

The Planning Group wrote a letter to SANDAG, hoping to avoid anyone from actually being run over.

They never received a response.

10News contacted SANDAG and received a short statement that said SANDAG would be open to discuss any improvements in the community, "however, the roadways in question are in the unincorporated part of the county, so they fall under the County of San Diego's jurisdiction and area of responsibility."

Jamul continues to search for a better answer than the one advertised by the sign.

10News was able to track down the person who owns the property where the sign was posted, but that person has not responded to phone calls or letters.

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