Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor Plan (LiNC)
What is the Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor Plan?
The Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor Plan is currently evaluating a range of short- and long-term enhancements to the public right of way on Lincoln Boulevard between the I-10 Freeway and the City limits at Ozone Avenue. Utilizing a strategy that balances tactical urbanism and the desire for “Pop-Up Placemaking” with long-range capital improvements, the Plan also incorporates a layer of policy and program level recommendations for creating a more functional, aesthetically pleasing pedestrian experience that is supported and/or managed by the local business community and property owners.
Interest in the reimagining of Lincoln Boulevard was stimulated by the relinquishment of the boulevard to the City of Santa Monica from Caltrans in 2012. The transfer of title to Santa Monica resulted in a street resurfacing project in 2013 that sought to improve operations and improve future transit efficiency by modifying right-of-way striping to accommodate potential dedicated bus lanes. Pedestrian connectivity was also addressed by cleaning up several crosswalk markings and providing appropriate signage. The resurfacing project improved the visual condition of Lincoln Boulevard, but left more substantive streetscape improvements, policy recommendations and other enhancements to the Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor Plan.
It is envisioned that the Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor Plan will result in a comprehensive framework for the overall enhancement of the Boulevard, and will weave together phased physical design improvements to the streetscape and right-of-way with policy and program level recommendations for balancing vehicle flow and demand. Envisioned to be a mixed-mode and livable street environment for pedestrians, transit and vehicles, the ability for bicycles to coexist with other modes on this busy boulevard has also been explored. Once complete, portions of the Plan will be implemented incrementally as private and public funding allows creating a high quality streetscape and pedestrian environment that removes existing barriers, expands accessibility, increases pedestrian comfort, and improves public health among all non-motorized travelers.
Project Goals and Objectives
Over the past 10 years, outreach and planning efforts have informed the goals for the Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor Plan. Starting with the development of the LUCE, the vision for Lincoln Boulevard’s future was developed by the thousands of people who participated in that process. More recent efforts from local interests groups such as the multi-neighborhood Lincoln Boulevard Taskforce, has brought more specificity to the scope and character of changes to be considered in this project. Through a variety of interactive exercises and facilitated discussions at public outreach events, the following goals and objectives have been framed to guide the development of the streetscape, transit and business improvement concepts.
- Reduce Barriers to Pedestrian Access and Comfort: reduce or eliminate conflicts between vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. Increase the number of crossings to promote pedestrian and bicycle movements across the boulevard and into the neighborhoods. Improve sidewalks with amenities that would encourage more walking.
- Improve Connections to Destinations: ameliorate congested and unsightly points of interchange, and improve wayfinding and legibility to key destinations like Santa Monica High School, the Beach and Downtown.
- Improve and Diversify Landscaping and Tree Canopy: complement existing tree inventory with new trees that offer biodiversity and visual interest. Enhance parkway landscaping and optimize opportunities for stormwater infiltration and capture.
Transportation Network Goals
- Maintain and Improve Vehicle Flow: maintain and improve vehicle flow for the 40,000-50,000 motorists who use Lincoln Blvd. as a primary north/south commuting corridor. Limit potential for cut-through traffic.
- Enhance Transit Ridership and Efficiency: pursue strategies, including peak hour dedicated bus lanes, to increase Big Blue Bus ridership, as well as corridor travel times for transit users.
Business Improvement Goals
- Enhance Land Use Offerings Serving Daily Needs: maintain and attract pedestrian-oriented uses such as restaurants, cafes, markets and neighborhood services. Support existing auto-oriented uses that provide valuable services to our community.
- Support Façade Maintenance and Public Realm Improvements: provide guidance for the adaptive reuse and repurposing of aging buildings. Assist with public realm concepts that appeal to pedestrians and help improve curb appeal.
- Help Create a Cohesive Business Community: assist in the formation of a formal or informal merchant association, and demonstrate benefit of coordinated marketing campaigns, events, advocacy groups, that support the Lincoln Boulevard businesses.