When biking the California Coast the only way to get from LA to San Diego is thru the marine Corp base. For decades it has been allowed and accessible. But on October 1st every rider must have a pre screened biometric ID. Which means a trip to the base before attempting the pass thru. While this is fine for the area commuter it stops the thru cyclists trying to complete the coast route.
This is direct statement vis email from Camp Pendleton
Beginning October 1, 2018, all cyclists who wish to access the cycling route at Camp Pendleton will be required to register with the new Department of Defense Biometric Identification System before they enter the base. Camp Pendleton is currently transitioning from one base access system to another. The old system will be used through September to give base visitors time to register to DBIDS. Cyclists who are currently accessing the base via the old system will be able to continue to do so until September 30th.
New cyclists, or cyclists whose old registration expires will be required to register for DBIDS.
To register for a DBIDS bicycle pass, individuals will need to go to the Main/Vandegrift Boulevard visitors center and are required to show an acceptable identity source document such as a valid government issued photo ID (I.E. Real ID ACT compliant driver’s license, state identification card, or passport) to establish their identity and submit to a criminal background check as well as having their photograph and fingerprint taken.
The visitor’s center hours are Monday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Bicycle passes will be valid for one year and will be restricted to bicycle access; any attempt to enter the base in a motor vehicle with a bike pass will be turned around. Recreational cyclists may not sponsor another adult cyclist. Adult cyclists may be accompanied by minors for whom they are directly responsible.
The cycling route through Camp Pendleton has not changed [North/South from the Las Pulgas gate to the Main gate (Stuart Mesa Rd to Vandergrift Blvd) and South/North from the Main gate to the Las Pulgas gate (Vandergrift Blvd to Stuart Mesa Rd)] and access via the DBIDS bicycle pass is limited to the Main and Las Pulgas gates.
MCB Camp Pendleton will continue to foster positive relationships with our neighbors by allowing access to cyclists and we appreciate that most cyclists have been good visitors during their time on the base. We encourage cyclists who wish to enjoy uninterrupted access to the base to come in as soon as possible to obtain their DBIDS ID. We anticipate that the volume of passes issued in late September and early October will require long waits, so don’t procrastinate.
The new system will increase installation security and communications by receiving frequent database updates on changes to personnel/credential status, law enforcement warrants, lost/stolen cards, and force protection conditions. The system provides a continuous vetting anytime the DBIDS card is scanned at an installation entry point.
On-line registration of recreational cyclists will end 22 July, 2018. No matter when you registered under the old system, that form of access to the base will end on September 30. After that date only a DBIDS bicycle pass holder will be allowed aboard the base.
For questions regarding base access, please call 760-763-8435.