Safety Improvement Plan for Turing and Surrounding Streets
Dear Turing Residents,
 
We started talking about the vehicular traffic on Turing back in February, 2020. At that time, ICHA, the Homeowner Representative Board (HRB) and the Transportation Committee said it would research solutions that would work best in resolving concerns in Area 11. Shortly after, the pandemic hit and everything became more complicated for all of us. We apologize that we haven’t followed up sooner, but we would like to restart this process now, as we are taking your concerns seriously. 
 
ICHA would like to use the Three “Es,” Engineering, Enforcement & Education, to assess the issues and identify solutions that will reduce those concerns. Here is our plan for the near-term:
ENGINEERING
Collect actionable data on vehicle behavior. ICHA has contacted a traffic engineer so data can be gathered by performing traffic counts registering speed, time of day and number of vehicles. The traffic count will more than likely begin in early December, because with the Thanksgiving holiday, the data may be misleading due to changes in driving patterns. Once we are able to collect and analyze this data, we will share it with you and schedule a meeting to discuss both the data and next steps for possible traffic calming solutions in the roadway. We anticipate three to four weeks to get the final report back. 
ENFORCEMENT
On UC Irvine land, the UCI Police Department is the entity that enforces the California Vehicle Code. ICHA has alerted the PD of the concerns about speeding, ignoring stop signs, and unsafe driving. The PD will increase the time they spend each day in the community to focus on your neighborhood. The traffic data will also be helpful here since it may identify times of day or certain driving behaviors as areas of focus.
EDUCATION
It appears that Uhills residents who live south of California Avenue are the primary drivers that are causing the issues. ICHA will step up specific communication to the 600+ homes and apartments in this area to remind them of the speed limit, the importance of driving respectfully through your streets, and that they are responsible for the safety of children and residents when they are at the wheel. You will be included in these communications so you can see when they go out and their content.

Recently, we received several emails from homeowners on Turing about vehicular traffic flow on your street. We would like to try to address your concerns listed below:
QUESTIONS FROM RESIDENTS
Q: Can you shut down Coltrane at Howser? It would eliminate through traffic and return to “status quo” access to major roads in the streets to the west.
A: This is a creative solution but is not feasible for a few key reasons. 1) The Area 11 neighborhood and the Area 10 neighborhood both require two points of entry per the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA). 2) If Coltrane were closed west of Howser, and assuming an Emergency Vehicle Access is allowed and approved by OCFA between the two neighborhoods thus preserving the two points of entry, a cul-de-sac would be required at the end of the Coltrane just west of Howser. There is not enough space to install a cul-de-sac at that location. 3) The bus stop at the corner of Howser and Coltrane is a highly used bus stop. This is the first stop on the Irvine Unified School District bus route in University Hills and the route enters on Turing, turns south on Howser, then turns west on Coltrane to travel to the next stops.

Q: We need more visible signage about the speed limit since it is only posted at the approach to the Turing/Angelou intersection from Anteater and not at the Howser entrance to Turing or any other part of Turing, Coltrane or Angelou.
A: 25 MPH signs will be posted on Turing very soon, likely before Thanksgiving weekend. Signs will be positioned near the park areas as well.

Q: Residents on Coltrane, Graham and Angelou have the same concerns.
A: We will be adding the posted “25 MPH” speed limit signs throughout your neighborhood.

Q: It's not just speeding, but cars are not stopping at stop signs, making turns at crosswalks without looking around for pedestrians and driving with a lack of common sense and respect.
A: UCI PD has agreed to patrol more frequently and enforce cars not stopping at stop signs and any other traffic violations that may take place. They are the only entity that can enforce the vehicle code.   

Q: There are not enough clear crosswalks to get to the parks, for example, on the road out of Alturas onto Angelou. Also, there are no crosswalks painted on Truth, Ride and Graham. A: Crosswalks are generally understood to both clearly identify pedestrian spaces in roadways and, counterintuitively, make the pedestrians feel overly safe and thus less aware of their surroundings. Crosswalks are good but should be installed with the guidance of a traffic engineer. ICHA will discuss crosswalks with the traffic engineer.

Q: It would be helpful to have links or documents regarding regulations and rules and showing why speed bumps aren’t feasible. We want multiple rubber speed bumps installed on Angelou, quite likely at every inlet, but especially at the ones with blind spots (Graham and Ride).
A: Speed cushions to accommodate Fire Trucks are certainly an option. Orange County Fire Authority must sign off on a plan for any changes to the already approved street plan (called the “Fire Master Plan”). Using solutions in the OCFA guidelines should make approvals of these changes relatively simple, but it could take weeks for the plans to be approved. ICHA cannot make changes to the road in any way that may impede fire response by OCFA, so we need their formal approval before we can begin installation. ICHA, the HRB and the Transportation Committee will discuss this option with the traffic engineer.

Q: There are options that do not impede fire trucks and school buses but help slow down speeding cars. We need to physically limit the speed.
A: Great idea. Orange County Fire Authority must sign off on a plan for any changes to the already approved street plan (called the “Fire Master Plan”). Using solutions in the OCFA guidelines should make approvals of these changes relatively simple, but it could take weeks for the plans to be approved. ICHA cannot make changes to the road in any way that may impede fire response by OCFA, so we need their formal approval before we can begin installation. ICHA, the HRB and the Transportation Committee will discuss possible recommendations/solutions with the traffic engineer.

Q: There are multiple blind spots on Angelou and stretches between Truth/Ride and Ride/Graham.
A: The neighborhood was designed by a licensed civil engineer. There are no blind spots in the design per State street standards criteria. If plant material is causing issues with visibility at key locations, please let me know so we can address that.

Q: Homeowner doesn’t want increased police presence in the Turing area.
A: UCI PD is the only entity that can enforce speed and other vehicle code violations.

Q: Why can’t a 13 MPH speed limit be enforced? 
A: ICHA has asked UCI PD to draft a response. ICHA will forward it as soon as we receive it.       

Thank you, 
Community Relations Manager
Irvine Campus Housing Authority
(949) 824-2424
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