Friday, August 26, 2016

Why We Pay Consultants

Forest Avenue 1938
According to MIG Consultants quote:


Downtown Laguna Beach has a unique eclectic character created by a series of architecturally varied one-and two-story buildings.This character exists because downtown Laguna Beach is a remnant from an era where cars were not the typical mode of transportation. Walking and bicycles were more commonly utilized and thus, these low-slung buildings were originally designed to be a comfortable pedestrian scale.


Friday, August 19, 2016

3-D Tools for Street Visualization
4-Ways to Road Diet (click here)
Here are some design tools from Cupola Media useful for visualizing roadway designs before mistakes are made during installation. As Laguna rethinks the purpose of public parkletts consider these tools for active street design, before the next Parklett Rodeo kick-off in Laguna Beach.

Animation I shows 4-ways to reduce traffic congestion with a road diet. Two of these are directly applicable
to Laguna Canyon Road and
Temple Hills Drive.
Street Design brought to life in 3-D Animation
3-D Animation of Hailey Idaho, (click here)
Annimation II shows different roadway interventions for traffic calming techniques. The entire process is put in motion, the pedestrians cyclists and vehicles move, different cameras are chosen and move along the roadway. You apply all these elements to the scene in Animation III.
Here's the awesome part, this is where you design the roadway yourself. In Animation III  you choose the roadway elements, choose different cameras, and set the entire scene in motion with simple mouse clicks. Try it! Click on the animation to participate in a full-screen experience. You Drive!

What if Laguna Beach made animations of Forest Avenue, Laguna Canon Road, PCH?

All this is made possible with the collaborative genius of Jeff Speck, Spencer Boomhower and Unity WebGL technologies at Cupola Media.


Monday, August 15, 2016

LCR Planning Study

Task 2.14 Deliverable from MIG Consulting
Latest deliverables for the Laguna Canyon Planning Study from MIG Consulting, 66 pages condensed to bullet form on mobility planning (traffic) measures:
  • Task 1.6 Deliverable Review of Existing Documents and Site Conditions, Opportunities and Constraints Memo, Stakeholder Interviews Summary and Community Workshop Input Summary (document here)
  • Task 2.14 Draft Report of Initial Recommendations(document here)
Here are some confounding excerpts related to streets, traffic management, and adopting Complete Streets Policy for the Laguna Canyon community.

Task 1.6 is a review summary:
  • The Laguna Beach General Plan (1999) includes policies and actions to set a vision and guide growth in Laguna Beach. 
  • Minimize the impact of the automobile on the character of Laguna Beach and emphasize a pedestrian-oriented environment, safe sidewalks, landscaped buffer zones, and alternate means of transportation.
  • The circulation element also acknowledges the reality that "each increase in the provision for private motor vehicle use is usually made at the expense" of other road users. 
  • Understanding that its circulation system is "already in place with little land left for development".
  • Opportunities for new or expanded roadways are severely constrained by topographic constraints.
  • Expansion of existing roadways will provide only temporary improvement of congestion and traffic ... innovative techniques will need to be developed to
    effect permanent improvements.
  • City Complete Streets Plan (2015): LCR capacity capacity is 40,000 vehicles (cars) per day south of Canyon Acres Road and 20,000 north of Canyon Acres Road, measured traffic is 36,000 south of Canyon Acres Road and 37,500 north of Canyon Acres Road.
  • Several existing General Plan policies are found to be incompatible with the goals for complete streets. According to the (Complete Streets) plan, the best way to enhance mobility in the City is to optimize existing, and develop new infrastructure that will give residents, employees, and visitors the option to opt out of driving their vehicle through Laguna Beach, and instead bike, walk or utilize transit.
Task 2.14 are recommendations:
  • Install a soft surface pedestrian path on the east side of Laguna Canyon Road. (east is ambiguous depending on map you read in 2.14).
    Consider alternatives to the existing pedestrian crossing at Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) (change pedestrian crossing or install bridge).
  • Identify a specific approval process for new development in Laguna Canyon Annexation Area Specific Plan. Consider consolidating design guidelines for Laguna Canyon found in other planning (existing) documents into the Plan.
  • Require a City approved master plan from LCAD and Anneliese School.
  • Use natural landscaping to restore the natural look and as a "screening tool" to hide off-street parking and parked automobiles.
  • The Canyon Road Task Force showed moderate support for design alternatives E and G  but the consultant made no recommendation for any of the alternatives A-F studied.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Consultant Assesment Downtown Specific Pan

DSP Five Gateways, click to enlarge

  • The Laguna Beach Independent  "The First Try at Downtown Update Misses the Mark." Independent article here.
  • Draft Downtown Framework, Task 2.13, MIG Consultants, July 2016  here
  • MIG Consultants Task List here.

What MIG offers us in the Draft Framework:
  • 5 locations as Gateways opportunities for development (p3,14,15)
  • Parking: Las Brisas, V Entrance, NE Broadway&PCH, Act V
  • Pedestrian Scrambles
  • Parklets on Forest Ave
  • Bike friendly Ocean Ave, 100 yards of bike access
  • Way-finding signs to parking lots
  • Pedestrian chicken-strips at Cliff and PCH
  • Pedestrians are traffic calming devices, Forest & PCH!
  • Permeable multi-use path for the Village Entrance
  • Re-purpose downtown alley(s)
  • Specific street improvements follow:
  • Forest Avenue: "Amplify the existing streetscape amenities"  
  • Ocean Avenue: Modify as bike-friendly street
  • Broadway: Visually connect downtown to Main Beach via plazas
  • Move transit station out of town
  • Bike and Ped access for Broadway not recommended
  What MIG forgot:
  • Car Share
  • Bike Share
  • Bikeracks
  • Transit stops at Gateways
  • OCTA Regional Corridor
  • Lightrail terminal plan
  • Embellish the existing Transit Station
  • Pedestrian Zones
  • No Pocket Parks see Parklets
  • Modified, In Lieu or relaxed parking requirements
  • Substitute beach transit for parking spaces to satisfy Coastal Commission


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

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

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: 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Laguna's Forest Avenue Parklet

UPDATE: The Forest Ave. Parklet is no more, last day is Wednesday 3 August.

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