(Wiki:)The Catalina Islander is a weekly community newspaper serving Avalon, Catalina Island (California), and its mainland friends. The Islander has been continuously published since 1914.
Officials express concern over vehicle growth:Avalon is the only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island of the California Channel Islands, and the southernmost city in Los Angeles County. The population was 3,728 at the 2010 census.
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Includes:It’s probably a bit far-fetched to say Catalina Island is experiencing traffic jams, but city officials on Tuesday did express a growing frustration over the expanding number of bicycles, smart cars and fast golf carts on the island.
City Council Member Joe Sampson had requested a change to city transportation ordinances approximately six months ago to allow for small cars (Toyota Cion IQ) and larger golf carts so that residents could go places In the island’s interior where existing golf carts could not take them.
... and:Sampson (Ed: City Council Member Joe Sampson) said his reasoning was valid when he proposed changing the rules to allow larger “autoettes,” which included faster golf carts and certain brands of so-called smart cars, but the “outcome of the changes” was beginning to concern him.
“Our streets are not wide enough,” he said, and traffic laws are not sufficient to control golf carts that “go over 50 mph.” Sampson said he “doesn’t think it’s safe for the community.”
Golf carts themselves are good for the community and Sampson said he thought then that the more powerful carts would allow more people to explore the interior beauty of the island. “That was my intention,” he said.
What’s happened since, he said, is that small smart cars that are the same size as some golf carts are beginning the populate the island which, he said, is not prepared for a glut of new vehicles.
... AND:Sampson said there are now approximately 1,700 golf carts on the island. If many of them were to trade up to vehicles allowed under the modified ordinance, the “quality of life” on Catalina may suffer. “It’s time to take a second look,” he said.
... AND:Mayor Anni Marshall has previously made requests for policy ideas to better register and regulate bikes on the island. Council members heard that there is “already a good assortment” of bikes in the city and other members said there is already “too much traffic” on the streets.
City Attorney Scott Campbell said the city had two potential options, either permit non-motorized bikes or ban bicycles from non-bike shops, “although I would have to see whether that would be legal.”
Member Cinde MacGugen-Cassidy said the one and a quarter page staff report provided insufficient information on which to make any realistic determination of the bicycle’s future on Catalina. Bikes could add value to some businesses, she thought, but said she needed more facts. MacGugen-Cassidy said she would be inclined to support a policy of no more motorized (electric) bikes on the island.