Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Finding PARKING, "Honey, is there an APP for that"?

In San Francisco there is. Sensors installed in city-owned garages and on-street parking track when and where parking is available and relay the information to your hand-held device. Parking lots can adjust rates up or down to track demand and give drivers alternative locations to park. National Public radio on-line has the full story.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Laguna Canyon Road Widening at El Toro Road

From the Laguna Beach City Website

Laguna Canyon Road Widening at El Toro Road


The County of Orange will be adding a second outbound traffic lane on Laguna Canyon Road at its intersection with El Toro Road. This added through lane is intended to allow more outbound vehicles through the intersection. The improvement is expected to improve movement through the intersection at peak hours for both outbound traffic on Laguna Canyon Road and inbound traffic on El Toro Road. The project is actually a final phase of the Laguna Canyon Road Realignment project. Hillcrest Contracting has been hired to perform the first phase of work, which also includes a new traffic signal and curb ramps. Construction will begin after Labor Day and is scheduled to be completed in December. Work will take place during the day. The County is coordinating with CalTrans to avoid conflicts with the Caltrans Laguna Canyon Road Resurfacing project. Later phases of this project consist of widening the street north of El Toro Road and undergrounding the overhead utility lines.

Days later the content of this article was completely changed to this:

Laguna Canyon Road Resurfacing


Caltrans has hired All American Asphalt to resurface Laguna Canyon Road between Forest Avenue and the toll road. Construction will begin on weekdays after Labor Day and is scheduled to be completed in early November. In order to avoid traffic congestion and business access restrictions, most of the work will occur at night. Some work will take place during the day between Forest Avenue and Canyon Acres Drive, where there are fewer conflicts with businesses. The work generally will involve grinding the road surface to remove about one inch of asphalt and then placing a new layer of asphalt.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Laguna senior discovers the car-free life "I LOVE IT"

Skipper Lynn, a driving force behind the construction of the senior center (Susi Q)in Laguna Beach, no longer drives a car. The 80-year-old was involved in a car accident and gave up her car. "I took the insurance check from Allstate and put it in the bank. Since then I have taken city transportation, and I love it! Love it! Love it!" But Skipper Lynn like so many other seniors who regularly visit the Laguna Beach Susi Q discovered there is no bus stop there. What? Nobody thought of putting a bus-stop in front of a Senior Center? Read the full article at the Coastline Pilot.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Malibu benefits from $300,000 grant to study bike safety on Pacific Coast Highway

Caltrans awarded a $300,000 grant to the Southern California Association of Governments which Malibu is a member. The grant funds a study of highway current conditions (that should be obvious, ask any cyclist who rides PCH) and promotes improved safety for cyclists. The grant application was written by staff of Public Works, Malibu. To participate, Malibu's contribution was $75k. Grants supporting Complete Streets Policy are available for both DOT highways and city streets, Laguna Beach Public Works should apply. Full story here.