Thursday, October 12, 2017

Laguna Streets Traffic Advisory

Maybe try  "Traffic Advisory, USE ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORT"

LB Traffic Advisory by Nixle

Or how about "Use Homer's Rules"

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Downtown Specific Plan Update

VE showing reduced vehicular access, pedestrian crossing, 200-yard multiuse path
On October 4 the LB Planning Commission will hear updates to the LB Downtown Specific Plan and design recommendations affecting the Village Entrance and Laguna Canyon corridor presented by MIG Consulting.

Accompanying map for MIG Recommendations

 Highlights of design recommendations concerning vehicular circulation in Task 2.7 DOWNTOWN PARKING MANAGEMENT PLAN AND VILLAGE ENTRANCE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR VEHICULAR, BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN CIRCULATION (starting on page 52 of agenda bill) are:
  • Construct a pedestrian walkway from Canyon Acres Drive to Act V (west side)
  • Complete pedestrian walkway from 2 to 4 (figure)(east side)(corrected)
  • Complete a Class 1 "bike facility" from Canyon Acres to 2 (east side)
  • A multi-use pedestrian path will complement the Class 1 "bike facility"
  • Reduce vehicle access to Forest Ave Parking Lot from two to one
  • Reducing vehicle access improves bicycle and pedestrian safety
  • LCR Task Force did not choose a roadway configuration preference (huh?)
  • MIG does not recommend a roadway configuration (of 5 alternatives)
  • MIG recommends a street tree pallet
  • Develop a four-foot permiable shoulder and stormwater swale
  • Improve signal timing at the LCAD pedestrian crosswalk
  • Install a way-finding program to promote Civic Art District branding
  • Eliminate uncontrolled pedestrian crossings (at LCR)
  • Create innovative solution for increased northbound vehicle volume
These design recommendations were denied:
  • No transit hub
  • No support for transit
  • No support for rail 
  • No compliance with Caltrans Department Directive 64
  • No compliance with Complete Streets Policy 
The plan submitted does not conform to a balanced mobility plan, it remains car-centric and guarantees more auto congestion due to inland community growth.  The DSP ensures the Village Entrance remains a parking lot.

Find the full 68 page Planning Commission agenda bill here. 


MIG specifies east and west using Laguna Canyon Road Hwy 133 as a reference running north and south bound. This adds confusion since areal views show the 133 highway also oriented east and west.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Bike Freeways in Germany

Muhlheim an Der Ruhr or Old Laguna Canyon Road
Duisheim to Hamm 62km long connects 10 cities
To remove drivers from cars Germany is building bicycle highways exclusively for bike use. The bicycle Autobahn connects cities following abandoned rail routes and expanses in Germany's Rust Belt.  A 6-foot wide pedestrian path runs alongside but is separated by a grassy median to prevent people or their dogs from straying into the bicycle lane.

The first 5-km stretch of the Duisheim bike Autobahn is open, 62-km when finished the Bikebahn will remove 50,000 cars from roads each day (study). On the Mulheim route stop at Radmosphere - a bicycle cafe for cyclists.

"Building highways in cities is a life-threatening recipe from the 1960s," ADAC manager Stork. "No one wants more cars in cities."

ALTAIR Irvine holds their Grand Opening 30 September 2017, 27 Model Homes, 10 new neighborhoods. Guess where they drive to the beach? So what will Laguna Beach do, approve Get-Moving toll roads and parking garages, or alternative transportation?

Remember: "Build it and they will come"  Let's build smart    -LS

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:
  • Residents allowed a spot in this long-term multi-story garage via lottery.
  • Next step – make the garage FREE for all residents 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

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Eight More Parking Structures

Despite objections from ten civic group leaders representing resident's interests, the Laguna Beach City Council last night voted unanimously to approve the latest plans for not one, but EIGHT parking garages for downtown Laguna Beach. One of the eight serve as peripheral parking.  See plan drawings attached to the agenda bill here.

So much for civic participation in Laguna Beach.           -LS

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Choice for Laguna Beach

Via Garibaldi, Torino Italy, Before and After
Today car-free other than very sparse local traffic, this street encompasses old fashioned shops and more modern chains. What was once dominated by the automobile, polluted and scary, the Garibaldi neighborhood has become an attractive colony of artists and artisians that keep it alive. Fancy that.


Sunday, July 2, 2017

How to Make Traffic Disappear

Amazon ( says "motorist coordination is the problem, not the number of cars". Amazon proposes the simple solution to traffic congestion is to remove the motorist, notice how the Amazon success criteria is not better mobility for people, but rather "car throughput" - a measure for moving more cars.

Video #1 The Amazon simple solution to eliminate traffic congestion.
  1. poor driver coordination causes traffic snakes and traffic jams
  2. traffic congestion is solved by removing the driver, automate the car
  3. reduce the space between cars and driving faster increases throughput

Consider the how the Amazon automated car will improve people mobility in the following videos.

Video #2 Saigon, Vietnam

Video #3 Skopje, Macedonia

Video #4 Nasr City (Cairo), Egypt

Video #5 Worst 10 Car Traffic Jams in World

In this next video consider that no traffic controls nor automation is used at all. 
Video #6 Meskel Square, Addis Abeba

To understand the mobility bias at Amazon, take the mobility poll at the right and measure yours.       -LS

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

What is Laguna's Vision?

Add your priorities in Comments below. No, a (car-centric) Caltrans is not in the top 10.        -LS

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Mayor Decrees User-Friendly Roadway

Click to Enlarge
The roadway on the right follows the Siene River in Paris France, the roadway on the left passes under SR-133 Laguna Canyon Road. By decree from the mayor of Paris (Paris May Goes Car-Free) the Siene roadway shall be redesigned as User-Friendly, the Laguna roadway remains undeclared.                        -LS

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Caltrans New Bike & Ped Master Plan

California now has one, issued by the Cal Department of Transportation (Caltrans)  in May 2017 get it here.

Visit the California Bike and Pedestrian Webpage here.

The plan sets these ambitious targets:
  1. Double walking, triple bicycling, and double transit by 2020
  2. Reduce bicycle and pedestrian fatalities by ten percent per year
  3. Increase the number of Complete Streets projects by 20%
The Caltrans plan should impact South Coast Highway and Laguna Canyon Road directly.

Laguna Beach has no Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan (BPMP), Laguna residents provided a draft plan SEVEN YEARS ago but it was never considered. Neighboring beach cities adopted theirs, see San Clemente's BPMP here, the approved Newport Beach BPMP here.


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Hey Lagunatics Hello from Paris

In every corner you find....
Hello, all you wannabe bike riders!

It's been the first time I've been on a bike in 30 years!! We are in Paris, and I decided to try once again. I loved biking, as a child. How wonderful to feel the wind against my face, and my feet peddling me again, my heart pounding! I feel safe. I am going to ride my first time down a street closed off to cars, one of many, alternating weekly throughout this beautiful city.

I realize, sadly, that I will never ride a bike in the village where we live ...Laguna. I feel protected and secure in the middle of this bustling city. Here in Paris the government is concerned about my safety and the safety of pedestrians. I realize I will NEVER ride down LCR, and NEVER  on PCH. I am fearful. Since I am unskilled and a novice, I won't ride on our hills, fearful I might fall. Only a flat street feels safe. 

In Paris, the bikers ride in the bus lanes, and no cars can cut in and out. Today I tried it. I wore my helmet. The rental bike was affordable and I could leave  it at my destination. So... now that I rediscovered a new treat...what about my safety when I return home? Again, I realize I will not be riding any bicycles in Laguna. What to do ???

L to R:   Under Mayor Anne Hidalgo's plan to remove private cars from Paris many streets are redesignated bike and pedestrian only pathways.  This shoreline was formerly a motorway and parking-lot is now a public Parklett. Another motorway now exclusively for cyclists and pedestrians.

No fear here!

From Paris with Love, 
and car free,

Jahn M. Levitt