Friday, November 28, 2014

LCR Road-realignment Chronology '79-'88

The city of Laguna Beach has retained another consultant and formed another public task force to explore road re-alignments, roundabouts, and traffic lane options for road improvements to Laguna Canyon Road. Here is a chronology of events when re-alignment was explored in 1979-1988.

January 1988 Los Angeles Times
From 1979 to 1988 the City of Laguna Beach and state regulators attempted to find a balance between increasing car traffic flow, improving road safety and maintaining the ecology at Laguna Canyon Road's Big Bend.  In 1979 the city council voted for a road realignment from 2-lanes to 4-lanes at Big Bend.

Caltrans prepared plans for the project with review by both the California Coastal Commission and Laguna City Council with city staff acting liaison between the state regulators and Council. Each of the contributing regulators  approved or disapproved of project plans over this time period depending on plan content and project objectives.  The table shows the changes in the approval process over time. At no time did all four agents  agree to the plan before them at the same time.

Difficulty in consensus process TRUE=approval FALSE=disapproval

The LAT Chronology reveals Caltrans plans were too ambitions for Coastal Commission approvals while city staff valiantly looked for an agreeable compromise. Between '79 and '86 City Council reversed their position on widening Big Bend. From '86 to '89 Council also could not find agreement despite two design plans submitted by Caltrans.  -LS

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

26 Years of Widening LCR

For the Thanksgiving Holidays: Here's a nostalgic journey from newspaper accounts about widening Laguna Canyon Road. We begin with an interview with Larry Hunt at Big Bend, this article from  January 1988 in the Los Angeles Times. (click to enlarge).

At the time Caltrans official Ronald Kosinski argued LCR should be widened to accommodate traffic demands from growing nearby communities and elevated vehicle speed. Kosninski said drivers would be able to take the proposed widened big-bend curve at 60mph.  Cooler heads prevailed, Councilman Robert F. Gentry said "I can't see how size and speed will serve residents of Laguna Beach."

Coming-up: the chronology of the big-bend roadway decision.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Laguna's Roundabout Moves Cars Not People

The city of Laguna Beach is considering a plan to include traffic roundabouts on Laguna Canyon Road at these traffic intersections: El Toro Road, Phillips Road, Anneliese Schools. The video shows an experiment where roundabouts increased car traffic flow by 20% over 4-way stops and increases car traffic safety. The result does not consider other transportation modes through the same intersection. The city's plan does not consider other transport modes in their measure of plan success. Don't we have enough cars already?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Van Gogh Cycle-Track Art

Here is a training tool for pedestrians crossing a cycle track at night. Poorly illuminated Laguna roadways would benefit from irridesent paving are Sunvalley Road, Monterey, Virginia, Catalina, Sawdust, Village Entrance, Forest Alley, Canyon Acres, Temple Terrace. Energized by the sun during daytime requires no additional artificial lighting.

Inspired by small ideas the perfect bike-rack is conceived in assorted sizes.

See more Inspiring ideas from Europe at This is Colossal.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Pop-Up Downtown Public Workshop

  • Trial Pedestrian Zone      
  • Downtown Improvements
  • Community Feedback      
  • Visualize building heights
  • Parking Improvements      
The workshop will be very innovative and allow the City to obtain valuable community feedback while the community enjoys some food, music and conversation about the vision of the Downtown.

Get the Downtown Specific Plan Update here.
Get the complete Workshop flyer here.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Newport Beach ADOPTS Bicycle Master Plan

From the City of Newport Beach:


At the October 28, 2014 Newport Beach City Council meeting, the Council unanimously adopted the 2014 City of Newport Beach Bicycle Master Plan and authorized City Staff to move forward with the Implementation Stage of the over 130 facility recommendations and over 30 program recommendations.  The City Council and Project Team are grateful to the Bicycle Master Plan Oversight Committee and community members for their role in the creation of this landmark document.

The Final Bicycle Master Plan can be found at:
2014 City of Newport Beach Bicycle Master Plan

"Unanimously" = City Council adopted by unanimous vote
"Adopted" = integrated with the General Plan, City of Newport Beach
"Implementation Stage" = allocate funding, spend money, build infrastructure
"Landmark" = never been done before

In 2010 a draft Laguna Beach Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan was prepared by residents and offered to the city of Laguna Beach. See a copy here.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Stu News: Another Ped Hit

Thanks for raising the speed limits CalTRANS!

City of Laguna Beach: Thanks for watching.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The El Morro Elementary "Death Trap"

El Morro back-up 16 October 2014
This back-up occurs daily on Pacific Coast Highwy at El Morro. It has been four months since the fatal accident at Emerald Bay and only three days since the fatal cycling accident caused by an inebriated reckless driver at Crystal Cove (scroll down for links). What has been done by Caltrans or municipalities to prevent more fatalities? They cut -back the freeway daises.

The back-up at El Morro was described by Kurt Knepper 16 October 2014 this way:

"Here is a picture of the El Moro Elementary "Death Trap".. Do to poor policies every morning cars line up illegally in the No Stopping shoulder to enter the school forcing cyclists on to the roadway.. This morning I watched this cyclist almost get hit twice as cars whizzed by at freeway speeds..
Unfortunately, this area is not patrolled by LBPD, because it's outside of City limits.. Sadly someone will need to die or get hurt, before this death trap is stopped!"   

A related story warns of the Emerald Bay back-up, it was posted one month before the cycling fatality in the exact same location.      -LS

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hit-and-Run Killed Cyclist Crystal Cove Sunday

Hit and Run, DUI, with prior felony record is        ~ SUSPECTED~

"The driver has a prior conviction for driving under the influence and was arrested on multiple charges, including felony DUI, hit and run, narcotics possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said."

Some Complete Streets Policy we have. Caltrans doesn't follow their own directive.


Corona Del Mar Today: hereComment: "I think this accident could be prevented and this was the fault of Laguna Beach Police and paramedic."

Newport Beach CdM Patch: here.  23yo strikes cyclist.

Newport Beach CdM Patch: here.  Driver is a narcotics counselor.

OC Register has the story here.