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By Michele McCormick | March 22, 2012
While teaching at UC Davis, I've enjoyed walking the streets of that quaint university town. I like Davis: the energy of the young reaching for knowledge, the weekly family picnic at the farmers' market adorned with colorful veggies from local fields, the train whistling into the station, and myriad shops that display a bustling village life. I find it remarkable to discover how many folks ride bikes. Not just students. Everyone. Everywhere. Davis is a bicycling enclave. Stoplights even have an additional signal reserved for cyclists.
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By Barbara Diamond | February 16, 2012
Billy Fried has had two epiphanies: One in 2002, when he decided to share his love of kayaking with paying customers, and another in 2010, when he was inspired to create safe and eco-friendly bicycle routes through town. Now, his bike map is a reality. Drawn by local artist Jesse Miller, the map includes bike routes but also highlights historic architecture, community gardens and examples of public art. Fried vetted the highlights and conceptualized routes that would show off the natural and man-made glories of Laguna as well as encourage folks to get out of four-wheel vehicles and onto bicycles.
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By Barbara Diamond | July 31, 2009
Drivers on Coast Highway who long for summer to be over and tourists to stop tying up traffic may be in for a shock come Labor Day. Caltrans announced at the July 21 City Council meeting that a major repaving project will begin Sept. 8 on State Route 1, extending from Laguna?s southern border to Aster Street. The project is expected to be completed by Dec. 21. ?I am hoping the project will be completed by November,? Councilwoman Toni Iseman said. Tracy Lavelle, chief of Caltrans Public Information Office for District 12, told the council that it can choose at which end the five-mile project should begin and end. In either case the project is expected to take 70 days, with one lane closed in each direction as work is underway on a segment ?
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By Barbara Diamond | August 22, 2013
Laguna Beach officials on Tuesday approved proposals favored by Complete Streets advocates, but stopped short of a trial roundabout on Glenneyre Street. The City Council awarded a $200,000-maximum contract for the preparation of a Mobility and Complete Streets Plan, approved sharrows and signs directing bicyclists off Coast Highway onto neighborhood streets, enhanced some crosswalks and relocated the site for a trial roundabout from Glenneyre Street. Council opposition to the Glenneyre roundabout was based on the requirement to eliminate one traffic lane in each direction on a street used more by locals than visitors.
LOCAL
By Cindy Frazier | October 3, 2007
A woman bicyclist riding in the bike lane on Laguna Canyon Road east of the 73 Toll Road was struck and seriously injured by a pickup truck at about 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Bob Rahaeuser said. The driver and an occupant of the truck also sustained serious injuries and all were taken to Mission Hospital trauma center, Rahaeuser said. "The injuries were serious but not life-threatening," Rahaeuser said. The cyclist was hit when the truck, heading out of Laguna, veered into the bicycle lane for an unknown reason, and then careened into a ravine.
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By Cindy Frazier | October 20, 2011
A small memorial with flowers has been placed at the site where a Costa Mesa man was killed after his bicycle hit the curb and he was ejected on a steep curve in Laguna Beach at 11:05 a.m. Sunday. Mark Leones, 28, was in a group of six to seven cyclists coming down Park Aveune near Thurston Middle School, said Cpl. D. McGill, who investigated the incident for the Laguna Beach Police Department. "He lost control going downhill, hit the curb and was ejected from the bicycle," McGill said.
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By Cindy Frazier | September 18, 2008
Critical Mass is coming to Laguna Beach on Saturday. What is Critical Mass? You’ll know what it is when you see a bunch of bicyclists riding all over town. And don’t be surprised if some of them are wearing clown costumes. It’s a parade — a spontaneous movement of the two-wheeled kind — and no one knows how many will show up to be in it. A “critical mass,” according to Michael Hoag, an alternative-transport advocate, is when energy reaches a certain point and a powerful reaction occurs.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | October 4, 2012
City officials listened Tuesday to complete streets advocates who support reducing Glenneyre Street — from Forest Avenue to Calliope Street — to three lanes, including one for turns only. The council directed staff to submit a modification, but only to a portion of Glenneyre, to the Planning Commission for review and report back to the council in January. The modification was one of three options for the conversion of Glenneyre to complete street status, evaluated in a report by Fehr & Peers, a traffic consulting firm hired by the city.
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By Barbara Diamond | August 22, 2013
Laguna Beach officials on Tuesday approved proposals favored by Complete Streets advocates, but stopped short of a trial roundabout on Glenneyre Street. The City Council awarded a $200,000-maximum contract for the preparation of a Mobility and Complete Streets Plan, approved sharrows and signs directing bicyclists off Coast Highway onto neighborhood streets, enhanced some crosswalks and relocated the site for a trial roundabout from Glenneyre Street. Council opposition to the Glenneyre roundabout was based on the requirement to eliminate one traffic lane in each direction on a street used more by locals than visitors.
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By Barbara Diamond | October 4, 2012
City officials listened Tuesday to complete streets advocates who support reducing Glenneyre Street — from Forest Avenue to Calliope Street — to three lanes, including one for turns only. The council directed staff to submit a modification, but only to a portion of Glenneyre, to the Planning Commission for review and report back to the council in January. The modification was one of three options for the conversion of Glenneyre to complete street status, evaluated in a report by Fehr & Peers, a traffic consulting firm hired by the city.
NEWS
By Michele McCormick | March 22, 2012
While teaching at UC Davis, I've enjoyed walking the streets of that quaint university town. I like Davis: the energy of the young reaching for knowledge, the weekly family picnic at the farmers' market adorned with colorful veggies from local fields, the train whistling into the station, and myriad shops that display a bustling village life. I find it remarkable to discover how many folks ride bikes. Not just students. Everyone. Everywhere. Davis is a bicycling enclave. Stoplights even have an additional signal reserved for cyclists.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | February 16, 2012
Billy Fried has had two epiphanies: One in 2002, when he decided to share his love of kayaking with paying customers, and another in 2010, when he was inspired to create safe and eco-friendly bicycle routes through town. Now, his bike map is a reality. Drawn by local artist Jesse Miller, the map includes bike routes but also highlights historic architecture, community gardens and examples of public art. Fried vetted the highlights and conceptualized routes that would show off the natural and man-made glories of Laguna as well as encourage folks to get out of four-wheel vehicles and onto bicycles.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | October 20, 2011
A small memorial with flowers has been placed at the site where a Costa Mesa man was killed after his bicycle hit the curb and he was ejected on a steep curve in Laguna Beach at 11:05 a.m. Sunday. Mark Leones, 28, was in a group of six to seven cyclists coming down Park Aveune near Thurston Middle School, said Cpl. D. McGill, who investigated the incident for the Laguna Beach Police Department. "He lost control going downhill, hit the curb and was ejected from the bicycle," McGill said.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | September 29, 2011
Although he's already an avid cyclist, George Vitolo will mount his bike on Saturday and attempt a new feat: a 24-hour ride. The ride, which will start at Laguna Cyclery around 9 a.m., will loop around Crystal Cove State Park, the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and the canyon. Vitolo is doing the solo ride as a fundraising effort for Wheels4Life . He has no association with the nonprofit but heard of their work last year and was instantly attached to the cause. Over the past few months he's raised $1,000 for the cause, which donates bikes to underdeveloped countries.
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By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | February 15, 2011
Bicyclists and motorists in five cities will have to be careful to abide by traffic rules Saturday and Feb. 24 when police officers in various cities will be conducting a special enforcement detail targeting areas where bicycles and motorists are on the roads, according to Laguna Beach Police Lt. Jason Kravetz. The bicycle safety enforcement campaign was spearheaded by Newport Beach police, and includes agencies in Irvine, Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa, according to a press statement from the Newport Beach Police Department.
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By Barbara Diamond | July 31, 2009
Drivers on Coast Highway who long for summer to be over and tourists to stop tying up traffic may be in for a shock come Labor Day. Caltrans announced at the July 21 City Council meeting that a major repaving project will begin Sept. 8 on State Route 1, extending from Laguna?s southern border to Aster Street. The project is expected to be completed by Dec. 21. ?I am hoping the project will be completed by November,? Councilwoman Toni Iseman said. Tracy Lavelle, chief of Caltrans Public Information Office for District 12, told the council that it can choose at which end the five-mile project should begin and end. In either case the project is expected to take 70 days, with one lane closed in each direction as work is underway on a segment ?
LOCAL
By Cindy Frazier | September 19, 2008
Critical Mass is coming to Laguna Beach on Saturday. What is Critical Mass? You’ll know what it is when you see a bunch of bicyclists riding all over town. And don’t be surprised if some of them are wearing clown costumes. (Update: See below for route.) It’s a parade — a spontaneous movement of the two-wheeled kind — and no one knows how many will show up to be in it. A “critical mass,” according to Michael Hoag, an alternative-transport advocate, is when energy reaches a certain point and a powerful reaction occurs.
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