Friday, September 15, 2017


Bag a meter
Add public seating
It's Parking Day!




















Always the third Friday in September, a worldwide event where artists planners designers and residents reclaim public space from automobiles. On 17 September 2010 Laguna Beach residents organized their first Parking Day.

40 years of catch-up

When in Laguna choose the appropriate vehicle.

Community Space
Work Space
Social Space

Reclaim public space for our Seniors, public announcements, education, dining, games, organizing, gardens.

Your PARKING DAY Orgnaizers

How to build a Public Parklett in 60 minutes on time with no budget.        -LS

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Paris Breathes Celebration 1 October 2017

Credit Click: Forbes, Paris Visitors Bureau
While Paris bans cars to celebrate traffic-free zones called "Paris Breathes", Laguna Beach bans smoking to celebrate "Breathe Easy". Can LB catch-up?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Sawdust Festival Bike Parking

While claiming to support cycling alternatives to the car, these photographs show the true status of bicycle parking at the Laguna Beach Sawdust Festival after the steel Magnolias were installed. The sculptures remain a colorful distraction to the real need for Sawdust bike parking. Artists rely on bikes but the City relies on image, when will the City opt for car alternatives?   Judge for yourself (click photos to enlarge).
April 2016 Bike Rack Stunt

Transport by bicycle is one way to relieve Laguna's car saturated mobility system but in 2012 the City disapproved bike racks for Sawdust Festival. Effective transport infrastructure is less about opportunistic political photo-ops with city cheer-leading, and more about commitment to Complete Street Policy with effective planning and design. Clearly Artist Liz Avalon is good at design.    -LS

Friday, August 11, 2017

Hoboken NY Parking Solution

Click for Credit: Hoboken411
Finally, a 10,000 car parking garage from a thinking contributor:
  • A lottery-based system allows for residents to apply for a spot in this long-term multi-story garage.
  • Next step – is to make the garage FREE for all residents that get accepted to the lottery.
  • 15,000 parking permits are issued each year, so issue 15,000 lottery tickets.

How Yosemite Does Parking

Click for Credit: LA Times Story
From the article:

  • 6500 parking spaces
  • Staging areas outside the park are impractical, even un-American
  • Car driving is free-choice, buses are socialism - Board of Supervisors
  • Each year tourists bring $686 Million to Yosemite Valley
  • Car entry fee $30
  • Park's latest pilot plan:  150 parking spaces available for $1.50 on-line fee
  • Laguna gets 6 million visitors per year (Visitors Bureau)
  • Yosemite has a million to go

Clearly Yosemite needs more parking, like a parking garage. Mebbe eight? Decades ago the Yosemite Valley Railroad served the valley with passenger trains, restoration of the rail is politically unpopular and financially challenged, but you can still trace the old railbed by car.                                     -LS

Ohio Capitol Does the Unthinkable

Columbus Ohio doesn't have a rail system and they aren't building 8 parking structures. Instead they are buying bus passes for 43,000 workers. 

Click for CITYLAB story

  • Office rents tumble, vacancies up, business blame insufficient parking, sound familiar?
  • Building parking structures is cost prohibitive and futile
  • Developers, property owners, employers, and cities subsidize actual parking costs
  • Parking Requirements tie cars to job access
  • Building owners pay for Free-Pass instead of Parking Requirements
  • Pilot Free-Pass program doubled ridership, frees- up parking
  • Laguna Beach Live/Work take note 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Laguna Beach Land Use Plan

Photos in order: the amount of land consumed in San Francisco for
  • pavement
  • parked cars
  • transit
  • bikes
Should Laguna Beach adopt the SF plan?  How about that Oklahoma plan?        -LS

Credit: Matthew Lewis, Twitter

Here's Oklahoma City,  pavement and sidewalks.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

CicLAvia San Pedro to Wilmington Sunday

 Think of CicLAvia as a public education tool to build bike modeshare. 

What did Artwalk do for Laguna pedestrian awareness?  Think CicLBvia.   -LS

Friday, July 28, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse August 21

Path of Largest Flash-Mob and traffic jam in US history?
Path of solar eclipse August 21 2017