Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Laguna's Transit and Free Trolley

Just in time for summer fun, Laguna Beach offers new transit services to get around Laguna. Extended routes, new schedules, and the Bus and Trolley Tracker App. The Free summer trolleys run June-September, the Free weekend trolleys start Friday nights and run all year. Routes extend from the NIX Center to Shaw's Cove to the Ritz Carlton and points between. Here are useful links to more ride options.

Weekend Trolley Map
Transit General Info
Bus and Trolley Tracker App

More connecting services here:
OCTA
Metrolink
Amtrak

-LS

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Laguna's Latest OTS Collision Rankngs

 











Collision data (2013 latest) from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) show the number of fatalities and injuries in different categories. The data shows total number alcohol related accidents has declined, the trend in total collisions also reduced. Excess speed remains the greatest contributor to accidents.  (The total collisions in a year are not the sum of all categories in that year.)  Click chart to enlarge.















 




The data shows Laguna's traffic safety ranking among other similar cities has improved slightly. For 2013 in the Total Fatalities and Accidents category Laguna ranks 4/105, that's fourth from the worst in 105 cities. Laguna bottom among most of the categories measured. The safety spike in 2011 might be due to the increase in DUI arrests, more information is not available.













This chart shows the number of Laguna DUI arrests as a percent of city population. The number of DUI arrests for California average is 0.84%. DUI records in this chart are from the Department of Justice and different than the alcohol related categories above. 


Ten years of alcohol related accidents include typically rear-end and broadside collisions (60% total) and occur on major roads serving Laguna Beach.


Data for the rankings is taken from several agencies, including the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Finance (DOF).   -LS

Thursday, April 7, 2016

UberMOTO Ride Share

Need a quick ride across town? These Uber-like motorcycle ride-shares are available and more springing up in time for Summer. 

The Spyke App is a motorcycle-share, reserves a corner for your MC, gives a rider profile of your driver, and all the stats for your experience for bragging rights:   SPYKE

Riders-Share What do you call a donor cycle but not that kind?  On 17th street in Costa Mesa, website to launch this weekend. Peer to peer motorcycle ride service:    Riders-Share

UberMOTO debut, summon a motorcycle ride on your Uber App. The ride service in Bangkok Thailand, begins at 10B (28 cents) and in Bengaluru India for 15 Rupees (22 cents). The vetting process for drivers is TBD. Cash or credit accepted:   UberMOTO

San Francisco based Uber expands its ride service beyond cars, a three-wheel autorickshaw debuted in New Delhi last year but lasted just seven months. 

CSULB as an incentive to commute without a car Cal State Long Beach offers points each day U. employees walk, ride a motorcycle, bike or carpool to work. Each point worth $1:    Ride Share Rewards 

-LS