This segment of the Coastal Rail Trail in Encinitas is a 1.3-mile separated bikeway the runs along the east side of the railroad tracks near San Elijo Avenue between Chesterfield Drive and the Santa Fe Drive rail undercrossing. The bikeway provides a new and safe biking and walking connections to several destinations in the Encinitas community, including local parks, businesses, beaches, schools, and a state campground.
The instantly popular Encinitas Coastal Rail Trail is an excellent example of a landscape architecture project that employed context-sensitive design including the use of landscape treatments and native plants that complement the natural environment. Furthermore, project designers collaborated with the local Harbaugh Foundation to maintain the aesthetics and feel of the community park located within the project boundaries by planting native plants and trees. The project also reflected elements of the built environment when a historic train depot platform was discovered during construction and subsequently incorporated into the design of the project.
The landscape design of the Coastal Rail Trail highlights the best elements of the surrounding natural and built environments while enhancing the quality of life for the community by increasing safety and improving access to local destinations for people walking and biking.