Buena Park Complete Streets Survey

Buena Park is working on the design for a complete streets project called the Dale / Whitaker Complete Streets Project. This project would be on Dale Street from Auto Center Drive to Malvern Avenue, and Whitaker Street from Stanton Avenue to the east city limits. This project is still in the design phase, and the city is holding public meetings to discuss the project and ask for design input from affected residents.

Please read some more information on this project and take this survey to give the city some ideas for the project! The survey has 13 questions, and should take 4 to 5 minutes to complete.

OC Loops Workshop

Join the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) for a virtual community workshop about creating regional bikeway networks across central and south Orange County on Thursday, March 24 at 6 p.m.

The OC Loops vision is to create seamless connections for people to bike, walk and connect to some of California’s most scenic beaches and inland reaches. With significant progress made in north Orange County (OC North Loop), OC Loops is now looking to expand the regional bikeway networks through the Bike Gap Closure Feasibility Study.

The interactive webinar will feature an overview of the project purpose and timeline and will include opportunities to provide input on how you envision using the OC Loops, ask the project team questions, and provide additional feedback.

Zoom Link: bit.ly/octaloops
Dial-In: (669) 900-6833
Webinar ID: 86761879275

To learn more, visit octa.net/bikegapclosure.

Rumble Strips Can be Deadly!

Photo of rumble strips

Two types of rumble strips

If you have had personal encounters with rumble strips on state highways, you’ll probably agree they are brutal. They can also be deadly when traffic is heavy. Please sign this petition to encourage CalTrans and other state departments of transportation to follow the safety standards provided by federal agencies.

Traffic Signal Detectors Throwing You for a Loop?

Most intersections in OC have detectors to let the signal know someone is waiting. The most common is a loop of wire in the road that acts like a metal detector. California requires these sensors to detect one bicycle wheel – metal or carbon – but shifting pavement and rain degrade function. A coat of asphalt or slurry seal can reduce sensitivity and hide the location of the wires.

Here is what you need to know about getting a green light:

  1. The sensors are usually BEHIND THE LIMIT LINE. If stop in a crosswalk, you have broken the vehicle code and are likely past the sensor loop.
  2. They can pick up one wheel, but both wheels (or the wheels of more than one bike) should be on the wire.
  3. If the loop does not detect you, and no car or truck comes along, the best option is to use the crosswalk button. If you are already waiting in a left turn pocket, carefully cross to the corner on your left. Technically, you can only run the light if it is inoperable. Not sensing you does not mean inoperable in some cities, and people have been cited. You may prevail in court, but what a waste of time!
  4. Tell some one! The loops are adjustable, so contact the local city Director of Public Works. In unincorporated areas, contact OC Public Works. For freeway intersections, contact Caltrans. Copy us at infrastructure@OCBike.org, and we will try to help.

How to use a traffic sensor loop

Credit: California Association of Bicycle Organizations