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!

Cities with the Best Drivers in California*

*According to Allstate Insurance

Allstate released their 8th annual “Best Drivers List“.

With the Labor Day weekend approaching, and the prospect of a 3 day weekend, we thought it would be fun to find a “safe” place to go riding since many cities will be having Labor Day festivities.

California has 45 cities out of 195 in Allstate’s list, or around 23%, or just over 1/5th of the “Best Drivers List” population. Allstate dropped some cities because they use a 2 year weighted average and weren’t doing business in some for the full 2 years.

Here is our interpretation (because we included the counties, all other data is Allstate’s) of California Cities with the BestDrivers.

The lower the number in the last column is better, and the higher the number in the “Avg. Yrs Btwn Accidents” (Average Years Between Accidents) is also better.

Sad to see Orange County score so low, but we’re working on it! Expect news soon of changing signs in San Clemente.

Spoiler alert: dig out a map for Visalia!

NOTE: stay away from Glendale until someone figures out what’s going on there and fixes it! Or is the data an anomaly, and we should attribute it to a “lens flare”?

August Cycling Workshop – Irvine – Full

Update 8/8/12: This class has been filled – THANK YOU! – there is a survey to be placed on a wait / cancellation list  or to reserve a spot in September’s class on the registration page for your convenience.

The OCBC, JAX Bicycles, and the Bicycle Club of Irvine present an Urban Cycling Workshop August 15 & 19.  The 9 hour course is $35, and includes materials, insurance, a written exam and (usually) a diploma.JAX Got Class

The classroom portion will be at JAX Bicycles  14210 Culver Dr. #6h, (949) 733-1212, starting at 6pm on the 15th ending around “nine-ish”. The class is a necessary prerequisite for the road portion which will be at Deerfield Park starting at 8am on the 19th.  Full details and registration on our page.

Did you know:…
Irvine, while having one of the most extensive and expansive bike trail networks of all OC cities, still is in the top 10 cities for high cyclist injuries and fatalities in the county? Irvine tied with Westminster as #6 in cyclist fatalities, and #9 for cyclist injuries from 2001-2012.

Skills PresentationMost cyclist collisions during the same time-frame are due to riding on the wrong side of the road (don’t do that!), failing to yield right of way at intersections, speeding (!), failure to stop at signs and signals (always do that!), and failure to move left or right in a safe manner, or failure to signal.

 

 

 

 

Making a Point

These are basic skills taught in the class and practiced in the park. You can help make any city you ride in that much safer by attending and successfully completing this course.

 

 

 

You will also make yourself less likely to become a statistic on our scorecard!

IRVScorecardThis scorecard is compiled from the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) and is subject to revision by the administrating authority, the California Highway Patrol.

Pictures of an on-road portion of the class are here.

Way to Go PedeGO!

Now here’s a business that really “gets it”.

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Many less cars

As we  highlighted in, Why Bicyclists Are Better Customers Than Drivers, “If you build it, they will come…and spend – oh wait – no building required.“, one business in Huntington Beach sure stepped up to the plate.

Pedego (at 301 5th street), offers secured bike parking at their establishment Tuesdays from 5 pm to 9 pm and weekends from 10 am to 6 pm. The parking will be available through Labor Day.

How enticing is this scene?

We salute and thank Pedego for their great support in meeting local cycling infrastructure needs and concerns of cyclists in Huntington Beach by providing this “velo-valet” service. The picture is also a great illustration of catering to the purchasing power of cyclists by reallocating resources (parking spaces for cars) to customers of the two wheeled variety. Well Done!

As far as we know, it is the only business in the county (so far) that offers such an inviting amenity.

If there are others, we’d love to hear about them.