Traffic & Walkability Committee
The Traffic & Walkability Committee works on traffic calming and speed humps; reducing negative traffic impacts from PCH (including the pending closure of the California Incline); and improving the walking environment of the neighborhood on our streets, sidewalks, and staircases, We coordinate with the Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association (SMCCA), LAPD's West Los Angeles Traffic office, LADOT, Caltrans, and the City of Santa Monica Traffic Department. The West Bureau Traffic's subcommittee meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month, usually at 8:30am, and BOCA and SMCCA will try to have at least one representative there from the Canyon.
UPDATE: Community Forum on Traffic - October 2014
The committee held a community forum on October 15, 2014, to update members on the status of traffic issues and discussions with public agencies related to the PCH sewer project, and the impending closure of the California Incline. Below is the slide show that was presented by the committee.
SLIDESHOW ON CANYON TRAFFIC ISSUES FROM CONSTRUCTION:
VIDEO OF DANGEROUS CONDITIONS AT MABERY / OCEAN AVENUE INTERSECTION:
BOCA has in the past been successful in improving the safety and walkability of the Canyon by advocating for widely used "traffic calming" strategies. These have included reduced travel lanes on West Channel, an improved pedestrian crosswalk at Short Street, speed humps on Mabery and Ocean Way, and better traffic signs around Canyon School.
The Committee will devote much of its time in 2014 to addressing the impacts of the impending closure of the California Incline. The Incline will be closed for perhaps 18 months so that it can be reconstructed. The project is now expected to start sometime this summer.
The primary impacts will likely occur during the afternoon rush hour, Monday through Friday, from 4:00-7:-00, although additional traffic may be expected at other times. The worst impacts may occur in the weeks following the initial closure; the impacts may diminish as drivers seek alternate routes, change their schedules, or reduce trips.
BOCA will be working closely with the Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association, since the impacts will affect the entire Canyon. SMCCA has been participating in ongoing discussion of the project with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Los Angeles Police Department, Caltrans, and the Santa Monica Department of Transportation, which is overseeing the construction.
Specific concerns for BOCA will include excessive and speeding traffic on Mabery and Ocean Way. BOCA will be requesting full restoration of the existing speed humps, which have become ineffective from wear. Many other measures have been suggested. The Committee will keep the community updated via this website and the BOCA Google Group.
Ocean Avenue Extension / Mabery Road Intersection
The committee has been documenting the hazardous conditions at that intersection, as frustrated downhill drivers pull out of stopped traffic into the oncoming lane and race into Mabery, often directly into a car coming around the blind curve. BOCA has proposed a number of remedies, and LADOT has approved a painted neck down to narrow the opening and deter such dangerous maneuvers.
Here are videos of the problem:
Safe Routes to School
The Committee will review a range of options both for limiting traffic and reducing speeds which impact families who walk their children to and from Canyon School. Many of our sidewalks and crosswalks are substandard, dangerous, or both. We will work with Canyon School's own traffic committee to support their efforts, both in enhancing safety and encouraging families to walk to and from school.