Saturday, April 1, 2017

Uber for Bikes

The App tells you where to find a bike. To unlock it swipe your QR code and ride away, with a dockless bike you can leave it where your journey ends. Your ride cost $0.15 and the bike is available for the next user.

Startups for dockless bikes are springing up in China and receive funding by the heavyweights in Internet tech.   MoBike started by Hue WeiWei and David Wang (former head of Uber Shanghai) deployed dockless bikes in six cities the first three months of 2017. Backed by Chinese tech giant Tencent and Foxcomm MoBike production will reach 10 million bikes per year (The Guardian).

Ofo began as a Peking University project in 2015, today they claim 10 million dockless bike users in 33 cities. Ofo led by 26 year old Zhang Siding raised $130 million in capital from investors including Didi, smartphone maker Xiaomi and U.S. hedge fund Coatue who backed Facebook and Google (Reuters).

Chinese municipalities like Hangzhou respond to severe air pollution and auto congestion with improved municipal bus service but funded public bike shares too citing huge savings in bus fuel costs operations costs and air pollution. 
Bike Share dumping in China

Chinese authorities responded to bike dumping with public re-education programs: credits for good behavior and penalty fees for bad.    

Naturally for the best solutions to improve bike usage and mode-share look to the Netherlands where the autonomous Google bike is available to anyone any age. Available April 1 2017. 

Footnote:  1.0 Why bikes stay up!            -LS

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Hot Spots on PCH

Ask a touring cyclist, Laguna is the most dangerous bottleneck from Oregon to the Mexican border, no wonder since there are no provisions for cycling on PCH. To improve cycling safety and reduce traffic congestion, develop the alternative mobility modes.

The competition for cyclists with motorists, Broadway at PCH.
A Sharrow is the only reasonable option through downtown.

Emergency parking bounded by fog line, North Emerald Bay today.

This is a bike-lane?  Caltrans thinks so. LBPD says so. The OC Register says so.  On 17 June 2014 John Colvin was killed here while riding his bike right of that white fog line. Nearly three years have passed and still no provisions for PCH cyclists, today the safest place for a cyclist on PCH remains riding the OCTA bus.

Ghost Bike for John Colvin
The collision occurred at North Emerald Bay.

 Caltrans take a Memo: this is a genuine bike lane. Bike lanes have design features enumerated by NACTO in their Urban Bikeway Design Guide and feature signage, roadway symbols, buffering, at times green paint: a WAKE-UP call for motorists. A Wikipedia reference: Cycling Infrastructure is here.

Merging cycle traffic on a San Mateo parkway. (Streetsblog)

Three years after a fatal collision claimed the life of cyclist Lauren Ward of Los Altos and several years of unrelenting pressure by residents, Caltrans and San Mateo Public Works installed this buffered bike lane on Alpine Road. The same should be done for PCH as the roadways are very similar.

Menlo Park Council Member Kristen Keith at Alpine and 280.

Likewise this bike lane under a San Mateo overpass is similar to the dangerously dark overpass at 73 Toll Road and Laguna Canyon Road, the same design considerations apply at LCR. (Streetsblog SF)


Friday, December 23, 2016

Hot Spots on Laguna Canyon Road

See any pedestrian bike or rail traffic on this road? One solution to Laguna's car traffic and parking congestion is building the mobility modes we don't presently use, like walking biking bus and rail. 


Is this a bikelane?  Caltrans thinks so they designed it, they maintain it yet few are brave enough to use it.

Gee Caltrans thanks for the written instructions. SHARE THE ROAD they say, or maybe my bike tires are too fat?
Stuff Dutch Moms Like Facebook


Would Olif and his kids ride LCR?

Here's the truth test, if our roads were good as those in Holland Denmark and Germany you would see this at Anneliese Schools.

Build it and they will come.   -LS

Friday, December 16, 2016

South Laguna the Stepchild of LB

To reduce auto traffic congestion in Laguna Beach the city should take action to build travel modalities as alternatives to the automobile, they are walkways, bikeways, transit stops and their amenities.

This is a Google Map view at Aliso Creek - a primary ecological feature of South Laguna. In 1987 South Laguna was annexed to Laguna Beach in order to share and benefit from the same city services as Laguna Beach - at least when viewed on paper. The physical boundary between the two remains unchanged, the only safe means for South Lagunan's to travel north-south is by motorized vehicle or Trolley on PCH or risk walking on the roadway on both sides of PCH.

This picture shows the Aliso Pedestrian bridge over South Coast Highway (PCH). Notice the only route north-south to South Laguna is though this choke point. Let's take a closer view from the street at the bridge.
Here is the street view northbound on PCH at the bridge. From a cyclists perspective the fog-line (not a bikelane) disappears into a Caltrans cheese grader, from a pedestrian's perspective there are no provisions at all. Weekend mornings you may see dog-walkers sharing the #2 lane with weekend traffic passing here at 50mph (posted speed is 40mph).

Here is the same street view on PCH at the bridge looking southbound. In 2001 a pedestrian was struck and killed north of Ruby's diner where the roadway is less dangerous than here, still fifteen years later nothing was done to improve pedestrian safety there nor here. Across the street there is no sidewalk - it ends the Montage Resort. Were it not for the Montage there would be no sidewalk at all.

For pedestrians or cyclists from South Laguna the safe route to visit Gelson's, CVS, Sinaloa or Ruby's since 1987 remains:
  • Walk in the fog-lane down PCH
  • Aliso pedestrian tunnel to Aliso Beach
  • Beach shorebreak to Aliso Pedestrian Bridge
  • Aliso Circle to Wesley Drive
  • Wesley Drive to shopping center
  • Sidewalk to Ruby's and points between.
 Meanwhile cities elsewhere implement alternatives to motorized congestion.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Poor Mans Transit Station Laguna Beach

On the left are modern transit stops in Tampa Florida, on the right is Laguna Beach. Tampa's median household income is $47,000 Laguna Beach is twice that  $94,000. Consider also Tampa is dead last in median household income for largest US metro areas.        -LS

LB Transit Station 5:00pm

Sunday, December 4, 2016

LB PCH Transit Measures Up

Homer says to reduce Laguna's auto congestion give commuters an alternative to the automobile, build the infrastructure to offer travelers better options.  Here is a transit stop in Newport Beach (corrected). 
PCH at Beverly looking South

Here is the transit stop in Laguna, Beverly at PCH

Modern transit stops provide seating, shelter from the elements is obligatory and offer commuters transit route and schedule information.

PCH at Beverly looking North

This is transit Laguna style on-the-cheap, no seating no shelter and a complementary morning bath when the bus arrives. A planter box a palm tree and a transit sign all share the passenger sidewalk. What was the vision that supported this design?  What prohibited Laguna from implementing designs equal to the standards set by our neighboring towns?


Friday, November 25, 2016

LA Thanksgiving Traffic ABCNEWS

Left unchecked this is the Caltrans solution for Laguna Beach. There's a better way.

Tanaro River Piedmont Northern Italy, there is a connection.

Saturday, November 19, 2016