Thursday, April 17, 2014

Gridlocked Motorist Uncovers LCR Secret

In this month's Laguna Beach Life freelance writer Pamela Knudsen describes her epiphany while stuck in traffic on Laguna Canyon Road. While staring out the window of her motionless car at lush canyon walls and exclusive architecture of LCR, a spiritual feeling replaces her preoccupation with gridlock. She rolls slowly past the Canyon Artists building and spots a small sign tucked in the back. "Shelley Evens - Spirit Keeper".

Could this be the home of the Canyon Hobbit?  Pamela writes " If being stuck in traffic allows me to sight-see and discover, I really shouldn't complain."  What other secrets does the Canyon hold that motorists never see?  What would Pamela discover by bike? Read the story in Laguna Beach Life, a Hibu publication.

Friday, April 4, 2014


See Stu News for full story:

UPDATE: Nina Fitzpatrick died of injuries sustained by the impact with an automobile while crossing in the pedestrian crosswalk at LCAD. 

A woman student, 22, at LCAD was critically hurt when a car driven by an 83-yr-old woman Thursday night hit her. The student was in a crosswalk on Laguna Canyon Rd

Will Laguna Beach city planners recognize a growing art college campus served by a pedestrian cross-walk but cut in half by a CalTRANS freeway is both obsolete and incompatible?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Cic-LA-Via is SUNDAY

Why is CicLAvia relevant for Laguna Beach? Because Angilinos are experiencing the cultural shift from cars to bikes as viable congestion-free transportation. CicLAvia is the learning experience to promote that shift.  -LS

Friday, March 28, 2014

OCTA Public Workshop and Cycling Discussion

Tired of Traffic? So is the Orange County Transit Authority. OCTA is extending a hand to the beach cities to plan a solution. Come to the OCTA workshop for an important discussion about cultivating a cycle-safe community in Orange County.
Event Details:
Monday, April 14, 2014
5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.
Irvine City Hall
1 Civic Center Irvine, CA 92606
Click here for more details and the sign-up RSVP.  -LS

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Changing Parking Policy a TOP PRIORITY in CdM
The casual reader might think that traffic in our beach cities is an accident when actually the cause is  intentional by design. Thankfully there are progressive thinkers in Corona del Mar bold enough to challenge entrenched thinking and retire obsolete planning policy.  We so desperately need your fresh approach in Laguna Beach. Thank you CdM for leading the way off the parking/traffic treadmill.  ~LS

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Complete Streets Discussion on Radio Laguna Today

Can Laguna be like them?

TODAY March 22nd - Dave Solt San Juan Capistrano Mayor’s Advisory Board on Creating Bicycle Friendly Streets and Les Miklosy of Laguna Streets will be Guests on Perspectives with Dr. Grayson

 To listen to the show simply get on the internet at: on Saturdays between 11 am and 1 pm.  The call-in number is:  (949) 715-6701.  Listen to the Podcast here: "Les Miklosy and Dave Solt discuss Complete Streets"  (approximately 2 hours)          -LS

Friday, March 14, 2014

TODAY: City Sponsored First Ever Walk&Bike Tour

The City of Laguna Beach is kicking-off an exciting plan to improve mobility in the City with a Community Bike-Ride-and-Walk. Bring your ideas to tell city planners and join us! Join the city project team led by Scott Drapkin as we explore parts of Laguna Beach on Saturday!

Saturday, March 15th
10:00 am to 11:30 am – Walking Tour
11:30 am to 1:00 pm – Bicycle Tour
Meet at Laguna Beach Community & Susi Q Center
380 Third Street

Bring sun-screen and water.
What will I wear? Need more info? 

Click-through to read the city event calendar here.
Click-through to read the city press release here. 

See ya Saturday!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Alternative Mobility for Route-185 Old Laguna Canyon Road

Old Laguna Canyon Road, Route-185
Old Laguna Canyon Road was a rural country road completed in 1910, and adopted into California's state highway system in 1933 as Route-185. In order to "mitigate auto congestion" CalTrans realigned the road into the divided highway SR-133 we use today (adopted 2006). To further "mitigate congestion" CalTrans considered a planned expansion to SIX lanes. And you thought LB traffic is terrible now?
The unwelcome entrance North end of LCR
CalTrans measures highway effectiveness by number of vehicles moved, not the number of people moved. In 2001 they show SR-133 moving 29,000 ADT (Annual Average Daily Traffic) vehicles with a service grade (A-F) of 'D'. By 2020 that number swells to 56,000 - surely this is an 'F'. So by this measure the traffic volume has doubled in 20 years and they built it this way. 2020 is only 6 years away.
Looking back to Irvine SR-133 runs parallel on left
Does everyone see where this line of thinking has gone wrong, particularly for Laguna Beach? We have been led by state agencies and arcane institutional planning long enough. Fortunately there are better alternatives from a balanced multi-modal perspective, once residents and visitors value their benefit and city governments adopt them as city policy.
A branching trail under SR-133 leads to Nix Center

As you might have guessed this is a brief photo-tour of Old Laguna Canyon Road Route-185, both on the original abandoned roadway and on the County managed bike and pedestrian trail that runs parallel. Heading southbound the road remaining begins near Lake Laguna and ends at the 73 Toll Road passing through the James Dilley Preserve. The improved trails are presently used by hikers and bikers to access hiking destinations like the Nix Center.

Direction signs for maintained trails
With foresight and planning old Laguna Canyon Road should also be revitalized to provide an alternative means of transport to Laguna Beach other than a CalTrans highway for moving cars. Build it and they will come! The good news is it's downhill all the way to the beach. -LS

Southern entrance at James Dilley Preserve

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

80 Communities adopted Complete Streets in 2013

Communities across the country are adopting Complete Streets policies. The National Complete Streets Coalition rank cities by policy effectiveness and  just published their report for 2013.
"In 2013, more than 80 communities adopted Complete Streets policies. These laws, resolutions and planning and design documents encourage and provide for the safe access to destinations for everyone, regardless of age, ability, income or ethnicity, and no matter how they travel."

"Nationwide, a total of 610 jurisdictions now have Complete Streets policies in place. Today, 27 states as well as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia have Complete Streets policies. Fifty-one regional planning organizations, 48 counties and 482 municipalities in 48 states also have adopted such policies."

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Anybody see the BIKEPATH?

Bikepath on Old Laguna Canyon Road (small grey line)
The city of Laguna Beach is seriously considering 7 design proposals to widen the current Laguna Canyon Road into a 4-lane highway. Guess what will happen to downtown traffic in the summer? Where shall we put the extra cars? How about an off-ramp directly into the Pacific Ocean at Main Beach?

Here's a better idea, how about a dedicated lane for cycling and electric-bikes  from Lake Forest Drive to Broadway. Surprise! It's already there, just clean off the tumble-weeds. Sometimes solutions are hidden in plain sight.