Friday, July 22, 2016

Automating New Urban Landscape








Shared Use + Automation = New Urban Design
  • narrower streets means
  • greater public space

Car usage today 4%   Car lifespan parked 96%

Morgan Stanley:
  • Car ownership unnecessary
  • Car dealerships obsolete
-LS

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Laguna's New Driving Alternative the Summer Breeze

Ride the Summer Breeze (OC Bus Route 689) July 9 to August 28 11am to midnight from this parking lot along Laguna Canyon Road with these stops:
  • Sawdust Art Festival
  • Laguna Art-A-Fair
  • Festival of the Arts
  • Pageant of the Masters
  • Laguna Playhouse
  • Laguna Beach Bus Station
The Bus Station connects to the FREE Laguna Beach Trolley.

Summer Breeze No. 689 Schedule here
FREE Summer Trolley Transit Map here
Connecting OCTA Metro Schedules here

Hillside Trolleys on Tracker App here.
Bluebird Canyon, ToW, Arch Beach Heights
30-minute intervals June 24 - Sept. 5
  • M-Th 6:30a - 6:30p
  • F 6:30a - 11:00p
  • Sa 9:30a - 11:00p
  • Su 11:00a - 8:00p
-LS

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Summer Parking Yard Signs

Order your sign from Jeannie



What to do before complete streets? Get ready for bumper-cars in your neighborhood, order a yard sign like these samples or design your own. Just in time for summer crowds, call or write Jeannie now.
  • 20 x 30 inches on 1/8 inch special waterproof vinyl.
  • Lightweight and easily nailed to a fence or gate or stick.
  • Have inventory on all signs or suggest a new design.
These signs are in development now: 
  1. DO NOT PARK IN FRONT OF MY MAILBOX!       
  2. MY DRIVEWAY STARTS HERE (red arrow) DO NOT CROSS
  3. LEAVE NO TRACE - IF YOU BROUGHT IT HERE,  DO NOT LEAVE IT, TAKE IT HOME.  PLEASE RESPECT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND DO NOT DUMP YOUR TRASH HERE.
  4. Senior sign:  I AM A SENIOR CITIZEN AND NEED EASY ACCESS TO MY HOME. PLEASE NOT PARK IN THIS SPOT.  THANK YOU!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Laguna's Forest Avenue Parklet



Forest Avenue's first Parklet got a re-make settling on an outdoor seating theme for the Alessa restaurant with decore finishing paint and planter boxes. Seated guests approved of the new venue. 

For more Parklet designs, see these 43 unique examples with their location map in San Francisco. 

An unencumbered Park-let



Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Get-Moving OC Forum Results

South OC Traffic delay will grow 167% by 2035
Get-Moving South Orange County Public Forum 20 June. Speaking to a full room in the Community Chamber of the Laguna Niguel Civic Center, five gueat speakers shared their 25-year vision for the transportation system of South Orange County. Sponsored by TCA the Transportation Corridor Agency, and SCAG the South Orange County Association of Governments these are some highlights of the speaker's comments.

 

OCTA Forecasts to 2035

  • OC is still growing
  • Population growth: 400,000
  • Job growth: 300,000
  • Increase in traffic delay: 167%
  • Revenue available Measure M: $36 Billion 

South OC Transport Problems

  • South OC transportation grid deteriorates heading south
  • Do nothing: expect traffic delay increase 243%
  • Freeway bottlenecks need innovative solutions
  • How to serve more building in suburbia

Transportation Improvements Planned

  • 176,000 hours new bus-service
  • 20 new Metro Trains
  • 650 miles of bikeways
  • 450 vanpools and station vans
  • $9.5 Billion for arterials and local roads
  • 820 new arterial freeway lane mile
  • 206 carpool lane miles
  • 236 tollway lane miles

Speakers Comments

  • Increasing transport capacity is not a crime but ....
  • ... you cannot build your way (auto infrastructure) out of congestion.
  • Use multiple modes: develop them
  • Underfunding: gas tax 1960 -18 cents, gas tax today -18 cents 
  • Change to usage based gas tax
  • Need $260 Billion to bring infrastructure up to par
  • Need $556 Billion to build capacity
  • Need to build smart capacity, OCTA is talking to Uber

More Information

Read the SCAG RTP/SCP Sustainable Development Plan here. sample readings:
     Chapter 2 Were we are today
     Chapter 5  The road to greater mobility and sustainable growth
     Chapter 6  Paying for the plan



To watch the live stream video again go to Get-Moving OC here. Next TCA public forum: September
-LS


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Traffic and Transportation Public Forum

It's getting worse. 

Come to the PUBLIC FORUM on transportation mobility in South Orange County  RSVP SURVEY and AGENDA here.

The Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) in collaboration with other stakeholders is holding a public forum, Get Moving Orange County, as the first part in a series of next steps to address transportation mobility concerns in South Orange County.

The public forum will be held Monday, June 20, at the Laguna Niguel Community Room from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The forum will include comprehensive transportation presentations as well as interactive discussions about transportation concerns in South Orange County. To RSVP, please visit GetMovingOrangeCounty.com.

Why Not Forest Avenue?

Time Square courtesy PBS Newshour


Before and After Complete Streets Policy used in Time Square NYC.



For seven real living examples in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and San Francisco care of the PBS Newshour, look here.





Video: Jannet Sadik-Khan explains after Time Square became a pedestrian zone it became economic Blockbuster, one of the top 10 retail districts on the planet.


Note to Laguna Business owners: What's not to like?  Don't defend status-quo.     -LS

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Road Diet Options for Laguna Beach

As Laguna considers major changes to road design for Laguna Canyon Road, Temple Hills Drive and Forest Avenue, these videos explain Road Diets and the value-added benefit when implementing them.


"Road Diets serve those that shop here, work here, do business here, live here, rather than privilege those who would simply drive through here fast." -Charles Gandy, Mobility Coordinator, City Long Beach

Here's a conversation between crash dummies about road-diets.

"Who would go out with you, you Dummy!"

Road Diets are applicable to Laguna's current roadway projects under evaluation today. Here are before and after views how road-diets are accomplished.


Value added benefit of Road Diets (coined 1996):
  • Where implemented property values go up
  • Businesses improve after road-diet. - Dan Burden
  • Allows the street to be used more efficiently
  • Cost efficient $50k per mile
  • One traffic signal costs $300-400k.  - Mike Sallaberry, Trans Engineer, SF MTA
 -LS

Friday, June 10, 2016

SF Apartments Offer $100 to use Uber

The Parkmerced apartments of San Francisco is offering $100/month for tenants not to drive, use the incentive for Uber, Lyft and Clipper instead. What if communities offered cash (party money) to residents on summer weekends, like those 10,000 visitors from Altura Laguna. Future plans for Parkmerced include a public bike-share and car-share.


"I think what we're really trying to do is create a comprehensive alternative to private car ownership and really incentivize multimodal transportation -grounded in the real world, not in a fairy-tale land," -Parkmerced spokesperson.  For more information on Parkmerced see the story at Co-Exist here.      -LS