As part of the establishment of Complete Streets to Laguna Beach, we will report on the following request as it goes through "the established system" of the city and mark its progress through this blog.
Click here to make a submission to the PTC, using the required form.
DATE OF SUBMISSION: March 23, 2011
SUBMITTED TO PTC (Parking Traffic and Circulation Committee)
LOCATION OF CONCERN:
Cliff Dr. beginning at Broadway through to intersection with PCH
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CONCERN:
I commute to work 5 days a week by bicycle, and this busy intersection is part of the ONLY safe, legal route for me to get home at night. Other than traveling on PCH, a far more dangerous route for cyclists, Cliff Dr. is the ONLY other way to travel through North Laguna on a bicycle - or car for that matter. Many recreational riders use this route when heading north through the city from Laguna Canyon to PCH or from downtown and points south. Traffic moves very quickly through here with high-speed traffic exiting Broadway St. onto Cliff Dr. There is a bottleneck created by the solid “triangle” divider, where it’s easy for cyclists to be forced into a narrow lane if a motorist attempts to pass in the wrong place. When Cliff Dr. becomes lanes in both directions (at top of Beach st.), the on-street parking pinches the lanes narrow again. This makes it difficult for motorists to pass a cyclist without interfering with the oncoming traffic lane, even if that cyclist is riding perilously close to the parked cars. The risk of a door swinging open is scary for a cyclist and is also capable of causing severe injury.
SPECIFIC ACTION REQUESTED:
I'm proposing a small FIRST step, "sharrow" markings starting on Cliff Dr. at Broadway and continuing to the intersection of Cliff and PCH. This is a simple, “bucket-of-paint solution” that is well within the requirements for safe streets required by state law. “Sharrows” will do a great deal in increasing awareness among drivers that they should respect the legal rights of cyclists and share the lane when necessary to help avoid unsafe conditions. If that means that traffic will be slowed through there when bikes are present - so be it. If motorists want speed, they can go to PCH!