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How Would You Improve Lincoln Boulevard?

Neighborhood group wants opinions about how to make the corridor safer, prettier and pedestrian-friendly.

A grassroots effort to help the city improve Lincoln Boulevard is underway, and the citizens task force that's leading the charge wants feedback from residents and businesses.

The task force announced on Monday that it launched two surveys ahead of the city's official public outreach, which is scheduled to begin next year.

"The two surveys will allow the community to lead the design process rather than outside interests determine what improvements are made," said task for member Roger Swanson.

Supported by the Ocean Park Association, Friends of Sunset Park, Pico Neighborhood Association and Borderline Neighborhood Group, the task force formed in February with the goal of helping transform Lincoln south of the 10 freeway to the Venice border.

The goal is to make the corridor safer, prettier and pedestrian-friendly, Swanson said.

"It is not a very pleasant street to walk along," wrote resident and cycling advocate Gary Kavanagh in his former Patch column, Green City. "Cars roar, there's poor tree cover, and its development pattern is very automobile-oriented."

The opinion surveys address a variety of issues, such as streetscape design (trees, medians and public art), bus lanes, zoning, traffic speeds and crosswalks.

The resident survey is for all Santa Monica residents. The business survey is for businesses already open on Lincoln south of the I-10, as well as businesses that might consider re-locating there.

The survey is at opa-sm.org/lincoln.

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Count Chocula December 11, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I believe that because that part of Lincoln ( south of the 10 fwy) is essentially Highway 1, so it falls under state budget discretion instead of municipal. So medians and improvements would have to be approved by the state instead of the city of Santa Monica, right? That's why a few years ago they only repaved Lincoln north of the 10 freeway - after the part where Highway 1 joins the freeway going to the coast.
Jenna Chandler (Editor) December 11, 2012 at 08:39 PM
The city's website says, "Lincoln Boulevard was recently relinquished to Santa Monica by Caltrans" and that "improvements on Lincoln Boulevard, south of the I-10 freeway are coming soon." It looks like the stretch south of the freeway is getting repaved in early 2013. More info here: http://www.smgov.net/bebp/project.aspx?id=33678
estnyboer December 11, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Bike lanes.
stewart resmer December 12, 2012 at 02:31 AM
It is defined as a highway based on the numbers of vehicles that travel the route on a daily basis, and one of the reasons given for closing John Muir elementary school at Ocean Park blvd. Put a divider down the middle, build sound walls like the freeways, tear out the cross streets, bulldoze the businesses on both sides of it and forget about it as a local conveyance once and for all and spare the community its intrusive presence.
Gary Kavanagh December 12, 2012 at 05:44 AM
I highly recommend for anyone interested in considering the future of Lincoln within Santa Monica to become familiar with the distinctions between a road, a street, and what civil engineer turned advocate for long term financially viable cities and towns, Charles Marohn, calls "stroads", that attempt to be both and do so poorly at both aims, often with horrible safety repercussions. A spin off blog "Stroad To Boulevard", started by an advocate in Vancouver Canada, documents case studies and ideas for reforming stroads like Lincoln into better mixed use streets that both serve their traffic capacity as well the businesses and connecting neighborhoods. http://stroadtoboulevard.tumblr.com/
Fred Alexander December 12, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Simple solution, just have the city council continue to approve massive projects so some day are means of transportation will be bicycles.
Nick Candy January 11, 2013 at 07:49 AM
I advocate a safer, prettier and more pedestrian/bicycle friendly lincoln blvd.

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