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Summer Traffic Tactics
Sherryl L. Parks, Kalamath



Pedestrian traffic. Photo Virginia Lawrence

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If you want to make the most of June you will need to remember a few things about the 2012 San Diego County Fair and the impacts of their events on our traffic. The Fair opens on June 8 and will run through the 4th of July closed only on Tuesday June 11 and 18. Scurry around Jimmy Durante for errands before the fair opens means you need to get it done before 11 am Tuesday-Friday and on Monday, July 2. On Wednesday, the 4th of July you may as well stay home because the Fair opens earlier (10 am) and closes at midnight after the fireworks display.

We find that Kid’s Day, which is normally every Tuesday in June, brings heavy traffic to town. Since kids are admitted free, parents want to take advantage. Remember that buses will be traveling down the Del Mar Heights Road to the Fairgrounds from Torrey Pines High School. Buses will be seen frequently on all June weekends and the 4th of July, which is on a Wednesday this year.

A special shuttle from the Fair into Del Mar has been established for the first time. The goal is to get visitors at the Fair to come into town to eat or shop. We don’t know yet how much impact this shuttle will have on Camino Del Mar but keep your eye out for it as well.

I’ve mentioned the impact of 4th of July and Tuesday Kid’s Day and finally we need to consider that Fridays are Penny Saver Value Days when fair-goers can clip over $500 in discounts, two-for-one values, and other savings from more than six Fair Vendors. With the economy as it is you might see an up-tick in traffic on Fridays as well.

The Fair is a popular event and you will likely want to attend one of the days. Go to www.sdfair.com for more information.

Weather influences beach traffic and parking.


from the Sandpiper archives


We asked lifeguard Mark Rathsom about traffic and parking problems during the summer months. Mark says that if it is warm inland then people come to the beach. “Our three big weekends are Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. Some weekends you just can’t predict it; if the sun comes out and it’s hot, the people will be here. A few factors come into play: sun, water temperature, wind, and surf. If you get all of them at the same time you know it will be really busy.”


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