A Slice of Laguna Beach

Yesterday an article in the Laguna Beach Patch asked, “Is It Impossible to Have a Truly Bike and Pedestrian-Friendly Laguna?” Our answer is obviously “no”, not only because it is possible, but due to the necessity of all road users getting a fair shake, and to increase safety, a lot of work on the part of all stakeholders looms ahead despite an online petition (with 265 signatures) to: Create Safe Bike Lanes In Laguna Beach, and Caltrans DD64 directing the agency to implement Complete Streets, the drive and passion of the public is needed to tell their city leaders what priorities are needed, and how funding may be secured and spent.

Earlier we posted a Slice of Irvine which showed a busy pie chart of cyclist injury and death. At tonight’s workshop hosted by Transition Laguna Beach, we will present a similar chart for Laguna Beach.  Of note is the difference between the two locales of the assigned fault to cyclists. Does this indicate a bias on the reporting agency? The graphic on the left depicts the number of cyclists injured or killed in Laguna Beach from 2001.

And now for the pie chart!

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A Slice of Laguna Beach

The chart represents the 3 fatalities and 81 injuries that occurred in this city. While the numbers are a far cry from the 6 fatalities and 445 injuries from Irvine, the assigned fault is so drastically different that  seeing both charts on the same page might be instructive. (Note: Blue is cyclist’s fault, red belongs to motorists)

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A Slice of Irvine

Not surprisingly, 83.9% of Laguna Beach’s collisions occur on  4 roads listed in decreasing order: PCH, Laguna Canyon/ 133, El Toro, and Legion.  Almost 55% of collisions in Laguna Beach are shown in the following map of collisions:

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Laguna Beach Collisions

There is plenty to talk about, especially with an eye to the future, so join us this Sept. 13, from 7-9 p.m. at the Neighborhood Congregational Church’s Bridge Hall, at 340 St. Anne’s Dr.

Thanks for your support!

Annual Pacific Coast Triathlon

Title: Annual Pacific Coast Triathlon
Location: Crystal Cove State Park
Date: 2012-9-9

The 15th Annual Pacific Coast Triathlon, with the new SuperSprint,Duathlon & Aquathlon will be held at Crystal Cove.

From the website:
Over the years, we have donated over $350,000 to  charities including the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), Boy Scouts, Corona Del Mar & Newport Harbor High Schools, Kiwanis, and other local youth charities. All entries include: Finisher Poster, High Tech T-shirt (1st 600 triathletes), and Trader Joe’s post-race feast.

The bike course will be on PCH – typically one southbound lane is closed for exclusive use for the racers.  This tends to make southbound travel on two wheels “interesting” but it can, and has been done.

Plan accordingly; more details to follow when we get them.

Runners on the Road

Many coastal riders are familiar with this portion of PCH from Newport to Laguna Beach as it can be a challenge to “summit” without running out of gears

PCH Looking South to Laguna BeachHere we have 3 riders going up and 1 coming down.

From the previous high speed down-hill, it is always fun to see how far your momentum will take you up the hill before the incline has you searching for just the right gear to carry you over the top. With the lifeguard station just to the right, keep an eye for vehicles entering and leaving the highway. Although traffic moves very fast in this area, the shoulder is just wide enough to get up to speed and set a new pr from the base to the sign welcoming you to Laguna Beach. Unless the shoulder is filled with runners.

Runners on the HighwayNow What?

(No runners, riders, or vehicles were hurt during this sequence of photos)

Sharrows in Corona Del Mar – Oct.?

Last July 10th,  the City Council of Newport Beach voted 5-1 for sharrows in Corona Del Mar. While it’s been a long time coming, don’t look for them appearing soon, because despite funding being available to “get ‘er done”, according to Mayor Nancy Gardner, ““They aren’t going on the ground tomorrow. We have education to do so we don’t have culture shock to motorists.”

A proper buffered bike lane on PCH in San Diego:

Northbound Pacific Highway heading north from Taylor Street

Northbound Pacific Highway heading north from Taylor Street

The dissenting vote was cast by Councilman Steve Rosansky, and Councilmember Leslie Daigle was absent. Many people spoke at the meeting in support of  putting paint on the road through Corona del Mar.

However, the Corona del Mar Residents Association (CdMRA) wants sharrows delayed until other traffic problems such as cyclists on sidewalks, and other issues are addressed and taken care of.  In fact, the headline in the 7/10/12 Corona del Mar Today reads: “CdMRA to Mayor: Make CdM Streets Safer Before Adding Sharrows“.

We hasten to state the obvious that adding sharrows is designed to make streets safer for everyone, and will probably remove the need for cyclists on the sidewalks as well, so the sooner the paint is on the pavement the better.

Great coverage in Corona Del Mar Today from 7/10, and some comments are chillingly hilarious if they’re meant to be funny;  indictable if serious.

We’ll post the scheduled  painting / “installation” when it is available, and we thank the City Council of Newport Beach and the Bicycle Safety Committee for advancing road safety in Newport Beach.

In the meantime here are some additional pictures of what is and what could be:

Sharrow in Use

Sharrow in Use – Toronto – Photo – Dylan Passmore

LB Bike Lane

Long Beach Buffered Bike Lane – Photo: Waltarrrrr

Rumor has it that we might see sharrows in be October.