Pole Line Road is one of the main north-south thoroughfares in Davis. In north-east Davis, it becomes County Road 102 and leads to Woodland. In south Davis, once it crosses Cowell Boulevard it becomes Lillard Drive.
The road has a bike lane and/or path for most of its length, except near the north Davis border. At the 5th Street intersection, there is an overpass above Interstate 80, which is the site of the Toad Tunnel.
It's also a great place to find a used car as there seems to be a constant flow of them parked on the North bound lane of Pole Line between Rancho Yolo and Lehigh Drive. Cars, trucks, campers, you name it they're all "For Sale" and priced to sell. A virtual dumping ground with new ones each week. I think the DPD must leave notes on the cars to tell them move every now and then so look on the South bound side if you can't find what you are looking for.
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- East Covell Boulevard
- Loyola Drive — only a T intersection
- East 8th Street
- 5th Street
- Cowell Boulevard
2007-12-18 21:36:13 I live on Pole Line Road and I'm often asked the origin of the name...does anyone know for sure? I'm assuming it was a simply a descriptive name for what was a utility road used to service power or communications lines ("pole lines") running through Davis and Yolo County. —DukeMcAdow
2008-07-18 14:55:35 anyone have experience biking in from Woodland? would this be the way to go for a relatively inexperienced rider, or would the no bikelane/low traffic county road be better? —LaFrance
- 2008-07-22 23:30:07 I've biked the Davis-Woodland Pole Line/Road 102 route many times, and I know someone who uses it to commute daily between Woodland and campus (I've never asked if she has had any problems or close-calls though). My two-cents? I prefer the wider road and bike lanes on Pole Line to any of the other narrower and less-traveled county roads. The greater the distance between my bike and speeding cars, the better, in my opinion. I think more car traffic forces both drivers and cyclists to be more alert. There's a lot of bike traffic on Pole Line, and I think drivers expect it. It might also make it quicker and easier to get assistance if something goes wrong. —DukeMcAdow