Friday, December 23, 2016

Hot Spots on Laguna Canyon Road

See any pedestrian bike or rail traffic on this road? One solution to Laguna's car traffic and parking congestion is building the mobility modes we don't presently use, like walking biking bus and rail. 





 



Is this a bikelane?  Caltrans thinks so they designed it, they maintain it yet few are brave enough to use it.














Gee Caltrans thanks for the written instructions. SHARE THE ROAD they say, or maybe my bike tires are too fat?


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Would Olif and his kids ride LCR?













 
Here's the truth test, if our roads were good as those in Holland Denmark and Germany you would see this at Anneliese Schools.

Build it and they will come.   -LS

Friday, December 16, 2016

South Laguna the Stepchild of LB

To reduce auto traffic congestion in Laguna Beach the city should take action to build travel modalities as alternatives to the automobile, they are walkways, bikeways, transit stops and their amenities.

This is a Google Map view at Aliso Creek - a primary ecological feature of South Laguna. In 1987 South Laguna was annexed to Laguna Beach in order to share and benefit from the same city services as Laguna Beach - at least when viewed on paper. The physical boundary between the two remains unchanged, the only safe means for South Lagunan's to travel north-south is by motorized vehicle or Trolley on PCH or risk walking on the roadway on both sides of PCH.





This picture shows the Aliso Pedestrian bridge over South Coast Highway (PCH). Notice the only route north-south to South Laguna is though this choke point. Let's take a closer view from the street at the bridge.
Here is the street view northbound on PCH at the bridge. From a cyclists perspective the fog-line (not a bikelane) disappears into a Caltrans cheese grader, from a pedestrian's perspective there are no provisions at all. Weekend mornings you may see dog-walkers sharing the #2 lane with weekend traffic passing here at 50mph (posted speed is 40mph).






Here is the same street view on PCH at the bridge looking southbound. In 2001 a pedestrian was struck and killed north of Ruby's diner where the roadway is less dangerous than here, still fifteen years later nothing was done to improve pedestrian safety there nor here. Across the street there is no sidewalk - it ends the Montage Resort. Were it not for the Montage there would be no sidewalk at all.




For pedestrians or cyclists from South Laguna the safe route to visit Gelson's, CVS, Sinaloa or Ruby's since 1987 remains:
  • Walk in the fog-lane down PCH
  • Aliso pedestrian tunnel to Aliso Beach
  • Beach shorebreak to Aliso Pedestrian Bridge
  • Aliso Circle to Wesley Drive
  • Wesley Drive to shopping center
  • Sidewalk to Ruby's and points between.
 Meanwhile cities elsewhere implement alternatives to motorized congestion.
-LS

Friday, December 9, 2016

Poor Mans Transit Station Laguna Beach

On the left are modern transit stops in Tampa Florida, on the right is Laguna Beach. Tampa's median household income is $47,000 Laguna Beach is twice that  $94,000. Consider also Tampa is dead last in median household income for largest US metro areas.        -LS

LB Transit Station 5:00pm
 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

LB PCH Transit Measures Up






Homer says to reduce Laguna's auto congestion give commuters an alternative to the automobile, build the infrastructure to offer travelers better options.  Here is a transit stop in Newport Beach (corrected). 
PCH at Beverly looking South








Here is the transit stop in Laguna, Beverly at PCH





Modern transit stops provide seating, shelter from the elements is obligatory and offer commuters transit route and schedule information.







PCH at Beverly looking North






This is transit Laguna style on-the-cheap, no seating no shelter and a complementary morning bath when the bus arrives. A planter box a palm tree and a transit sign all share the passenger sidewalk. What was the vision that supported this design?  What prohibited Laguna from implementing designs equal to the standards set by our neighboring towns?








-LS