City Council Makes It Illegal to Pick Up Your Kid from Santa Monica High School
Replaces all parking on Lincoln Blvd with a bus lane. Way to go, Vikings!
May 5, 2017
We have warned before that the Santa Monica City Council has declared all out war on the automobile. Specifically, they intend to remake Lincoln Blvd south of the 10 freeway, so it looks as much as possible like Montana Avenue or Ocean Park Blvd.
The Santa Monica City Council has now approved a concept for Lincoln Streetscape Re-DesignLINC including the following change:
- Street parking will be eliminated at peak traffic hours on the corridor to make way for municipal buses, which have their own marked lane.
So good luck, Santa Monica, picking up your kid with his oboe and books at 3:30 pm, because the Santa Monica City Council just made that damn near impossible.
"This is a disaster for Samo where those parking places are absolutely needed at pickup time (what I assume would include peak traffic hours). There is NO OTHER PARKING for the businesses on Lincoln than street parking, so nobody will be able to visit those businesses. What idiots. They overdevelop and then they kill the businesses that are already here," explained one local mom.
After our last article, Mayor Ted Winterer commented: "Read the plan, there will be no reduction in lanes. This week a grandmother was killed in the crosswalk at Hill on Lincoln, this project will enhance pedestrian safety." http://www.smobserved.com/story/2017/04/27/news/city-council-decides-to-make-it-impossible-to-pick-up-your-kid-from-santa-monica-high-school/2850.html
Nevertheless, in what may be the most ill conceived traffic plan ever created by city staff paid more than $250,000 a year, the City of Santa Monica is pushing a plan to narrow Lincoln Blvd into one lane in each direction. "Auto-Centric businesses" such as auto parts and mechanics, would be encouraged to leave town.
Commuters would be discouraged from using Lincoln Blvd, since it would flow at about 10 miles an hour between the 10 freeway and Ozone Avenue, 1.5 miles south.