Friday, June 18, 2021

OCTA Multi-Modal Transportation Study

Soon it will be cool to say the words "MULTI-MODAL".  No, not a Podcast production with Garageband, this is the Orange County Transit Authority public survey of a multi-modal transportation system for Southern California including beach cities. On June 17 2021 OCTA held a virtual town hall taking public input about what services we want and where to spend Measure-M money on a multi-modal system. OCTA is also taking an on-line survey to record your preferences. To take the survey click the last link. Previous studies are shown.

PCH Corridor Objective:  make it more convenient for people to travel without needing an automobile

2016 OCTA Get Moving

2016 Corridor Study for SoCal and PCH (pdf)

2021 Multi-Modal Transportation town hall recording and info

2021 PCH Corridor Executive Summary (Laguna Beach p15)

2021 Public Survey direct link


Want to see a Metrolink to Laguna Beach?  Want to see OCFlex schedule on your phone? Want to see bikelanes on Laguna Canyon Road?  

Take the survey and tell OCTA what preferences you like.


Friday, May 28, 2021

Origin and Destination Analysis for LCR 2015 RBF

Given the recent fuss about Parkletts and their impact on Laguna Beach parking, here is a reminder of who uses Laguna Canyon Road to arrive in Laguna Beach and park. The charts show the average number of car trips per day through LCR, where they come from and where they are going.  

This study does NOT count those drivers using PCH. This study does NOT include other modes of transport: walking, cycling, motorcycles, trams buses boats gliders or SUP paddle-boards. Also these are annual averages not peak visitors season, say Memorial Day.

As the charts show, on average the main users of Laguna parking is: us. The main users of Laguna's streets is:  pass-through commuters.


This data was reported 16 March 2015 by RBF Consulting as a deliverable to the City of Laguna Beach and their product in it's entirety. This reporting is comparable to city-wide citation and moving violation data posted previously. The values are different since LBPD data includes the PCH route through Laguna Beach, the RBF study does not.


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

eBikes: What are the LAWS?


The California Vehicle Code treats bicycles as VEHICLES, so same laws apply to cyclists as motorists. Cal VC 21200 treats eBikes same as bicycles. 


It is illegal to ride bicycles or eBikes on LB sidewalks by city Ordinance. 

(a) It is unlawful for any person, except for authorized law enforcement personnel, to operate a bicycle upon any sidewalk, the Main Beach Boardwalk, or any area within any city park. 

(b) It is unlawful for any person, except for authorized law enforcement personnel and for persons with disabilities, to operate any electric personal assistive mobility device (as defined by the California Vehicle Code and sometimes also known or referred to as Segways, T-3 Motions and/or motorized scooters) or any golf cart or low speed vehicle (as defined by the California Vehicle Code) on any sidewalk on Pacific Coast Highway, within the central business district, Main Beach Boardwalk, or any area within any city park. (Ord. 1614 § 1, 2016; Ord. 1546 § 1, 2011; Ord. 1509 § 1, 2009; Ord. 1299 § 1, 1995; Ord. 1081 § 1, 1985).


CalBike Bike Laws (CVC 21200): Bicycles eBikes

LB City Ordinance: Bicycles eBikes 

LB City UPDATE: eBikes in Laguna Beach 

OC Register on eBikes: Rules Regulations Popularity


Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Bike Month in Laguna Beach

Think you are too old for cycling?  Check-out this 2012 chart from Prof. John Pucher Rutgers University NJ. For those over 65 years the trips made by cycling in the Netherlands are 23%, cycling trips made by the same age group in the US are 0.5%.

In a study by the AARP and the US National Household Travel Survey shows non-motorized trips taken by those 40-64 are the largest group. From the 2021 study:

  • Bike/Walk trips for those 50 years and older are increasing
  • Growth in older adults walking should change Public Health perspective
  • Accidents are more prevalent in this group that previously
  • Infrastructure to support more bike/walk adults must improve
  • More trips by non-working older adults not accounted for here


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Steps to Complete Street Policy

  1. Admission

    Recognize if you drive, then you contribute to traffic congestion
  2. Policy Initiation

     Recognize traffic congestion is an economic, environmental social problem
  3. Gather the Evidence 

    Gather the pollution, traffic counts, time lost, ROI, obesity metric of mobility system
  4. Building Support

    Identify stakeholders, political leaders, partnerships, city staff, technical leads  
  5. Influence Factors

    Identify regulations, media advocacy, pub/priv financial influence, workshops
  6. Financial Support

    Identify $ources, agencies, MPO's, CDC, Land Use Connection Programs  

READING:  APA Guide to Complete Streets, APA Report 559


Thursday, April 8, 2021

CALTRANS Takes Traffic Counts in Laguna

Caltrans is taking traffic counts in eight locations around Laguna Beach.The purpose of these measurements is to adjust vehicle speeds and signal timing to reduce car trip delay, and to update the traffic accounting system known as the Caltrans Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) system.

The counting methodology is intended to move more cars faster and safer than ever before. Every so often the result of this approach is revealed spectacularly on Laguna's Arterial highways PCH and Laguna Canyon Road.


El Morro Crash 7 April 2021

Given Caltrans mission statement the project methodology falls short:

Provide a safe, sustainable, efficient and  integrated transportation system to enhance California's economy and livability.

Given the 10x20-foot hole-in-the-road at Broadway and PCH impeding car traffic, why would Caltrans take traffic count measurements now? Let's ignore this detail for the moment.

This iconic photo reveals the mobility problem particularly for Laguna Beach. Our Caltrans mobility system emphasizes a single mobility mode for cars alone when there are three more to choose to enhance our mobility system.

Demonstration of mobility modes to transport 60 people. Muenster Germany

In the HPMS measurements, bus bicycle and pedestrians are not counted as criteria for success, only cars are counted (a metric called AVMT). Why should Laguna Beach prescribe to a HIGHWAY monitoring system exclusively for cars?

Nationally 60% of all vehicle trips were less than six miles all within the reach of transit, cycling and walking (US Department of Transportation 2018).

The optimal mix of four transportation modes is a balance of car, bus, bicycle and walking, the proportion of each is different for every municipality. A better balance reduces congestion, improves road safety, increases available parking, reduces air noise and water pollution, and achieves LIVABILITY desired in the Laguna village.

Project documents for the Caltrans HPMS upgrade reveal there is no mention of the policy standards or traffic count methodology to support the other transportation modes as found in these documents written by Caltrans:

  • 2014 Complete Streets Integrating Transportation System (DD-64-R2)
  • 2019 Count Methodology Guidance for Active Transportation (ATP)
  • 2016 Corridor Study for Pacific Coast Highway (CSPCH)

In 1959 Los Angeles took extreme measures to expand a freeway interchange from South Los Angeles through Boyle Heights. The expansion demolished and segregated the existing mixed racial community of Boyle Heights (LA Times).

Why should Laguna Beach and San Clemente residents prescribe to a similar freeway policy forced upon East Los Angeles?  There are much better written policies already prescribed in CALTRANS Directives above. They should be followed.


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Toll Roads Action Letter Supports Senate Bills 760 761



California Senate Bills 760 761 limit new extensions to the TCA Toll Roads, please take ACTION to send a letter, two model letters are found in the link to the San Clemente website below. Letter deadline is April 2 2021.



Support letter from NOT MY TOLL ROAD:

I support SB 760 which aims to limit the Hwy 241 toll road extension at Oso Parkway rather than plow through South Orange County.   The Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) responsible for these toll roads has proven to be self-serving by refinancing the debt service to 2053 rather than mature them last Millennia. Several independent analyses of the TCA debt service have determined the 2053 maturity is also unrealistic, in fact the bonds must be refinanced indefinitely meaning TCA organization will never sunset.  I urge you to pass this important legislation to update and correct the TCA’s legislative route and return trust back in transportation.
Michelle 949.280.4276 
Some Details:
SB 760 – makes the terminus of the 241 toll road at Oso Parkway (currently legislation has it ending South of San Clemente) this needs to be changed to end at Oso – thank you Senator Pat Bates for bringing both of these incredible bills.

 SB 761 – protects our open spaces and conservation areas. 
Use the California State Senate Portal to submit the Support letters on the page link above – it is so easy. Just select the Senate Bill for the Bill type and then the number SB 760 and type your support comments.   Repeat for the next bill. 

Remember DEADLINE to receive letters is April 2, 2021. 
Thank You for helping us defeat these Toll Road extensions.  


Friday, March 12, 2021

The Idaho Stop for Pedal and eBikes

CalBike is sponsoring AB-122 the Idaho Stop for California. Also known as the rolling stop, the safety stop, the Euro stop, the new legislation allows cyclists to roll through a stop sign when the intersection is not occupied by other vehicles. The specific text in the California Vehicle Code will change as follows in blue:

Section 22450.
(a) The driver of any vehicle vehicle, except a bicycle or electric bicycle, approaching a stop sign at the entrance to, or within, an intersection shall stop at a limit line, if marked, otherwise before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection.

(c) A person riding a bicycle, including an electric bicycle, approaching a stop sign at the entrance to, or within, an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicles that have stopped at the entrance of the intersection, have entered the intersection, or that are approaching on the intersecting highway close enough to constitute an immediate hazard, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to those vehicles until reasonably safe to proceed.

The change in law is welcome in Laguna Beach where forcing a bike rider to stop or dismount on hilly intersections is difficult even dangerous for riders with clip-in pedals. 

For more information follow the links: 

California Vehicle Code Text 

CalBike website and background 


UPDATE: The bill stands a good chance of passing. Amended in March the bill was reread and voted April 14 2021 Ayes:12 Noes:3.  Presently the bill is ordered to a third reading.


Wednesday, October 7, 2020

LB City Council Election 2020

The comprehensive table shows common city planning terms for traffic relief, some are specific for a multi-modal transition plan such as Complete Streets. Two incumbents and three LB residents are campaigning for a seat on the LB City Council, the table shows the frequency each mobility term is found in the candidate's platform paper.

As of 6 October only one candidate published a platform paper, candidate George Weiss published here.  So far no candidate provided a written commitment to address Complete Streets Policy or any component of mobility infrastructure, this election cars remain king.

CONCLUSION: Expect traffic/circulation/parking cannot improve for the next 4 years, car snobbery persists in Laguna Beach the 2020 election will not change that.


Sunday, October 4, 2020

Text and Drive?

Don't, one day you may need mature driving skills....

Meskel Square, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.