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September 23, 2010

Bicycle Advisory Committee - September 23, 2010


Regular Meeting

Thursday, September 23, 2010

6:30 p.m.

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (Polk Street), Room 408


1.     Roll Call

2.     Announcements & Acknowledgments

3.     Approve Minutes  - July & August Meetings Cancelled

4.     Public Comment: (Discussion Item)
The public may address the Committee on any matter within the jurisdiction of the Committee. This should not relate to any item on this agenda since the Committeewill take public comment after it discusses and/or before voting on eachagenda item.  The Committee requests that each person limit him/herselfto three minutes.

5.     Chairman's Report (Information)
- Committee Member Business – Continued openings in Districts 4, 6 & 8
- Monthly Activities
6.     Committee Member Reports (Information)

7.     MTA Bicycle Program Report – See MTA Bicycle Program Report to the BAC for June 2010 (

8.     Task Force Reports
a.     Golden Gate Park – Susan King, District 5
b.    Bicycle Report Card Task Force – No Report
c.     BART Task Force - Mariana Parreiras (on-month – report)
d.    Shared Mode Working Group – Proposal for PSAC, SFBC, BAC, WalkSF, SAN, MDC, SFPD, DPH development of joint resolution: Cooperative Use of Streets and Sidewalks.

9.     Spot Project Requests– The lifting of the Bike Plan injunction has already resulted in alarge expansion of bicycle treatments throughout the City.  Whileoverall they are working as expected, we have been notified of somenecessary spot projects that would clarify and improve use of the routesat little cost:
a.     'Bikes allowed full use of lane' on Market St near Buchanan
b.    Signageon the ‘Schrader Valve notifying motorists on Schrader with a moreconspicuous sign than presently; notifying westbound cyclists with pathcross-hatching and signage to route cyclists to the crossing atSchrader.

c.     Considerationfor modification of the ‘No Turn at Red’ sign, with the words, ‘ExceptBikes’ added at the northbound intersection of Laguna Honda, Woodside,and Dewey Blvd.  Bicyclists often wait on the right side of the lane. If they wait for the green light to turn right, they are in danger ofbeing ‘right hooked’ by vehicles turning directly into the LH entrystreet.  Allowing cyclists to turn right on red would help mitigate thisdanger.
d.    StocktonContra-Lane Study – Presently cyclists trying to reach the StocktonTunnel from the South and West have no efficient way to legally ride tothe Tunnel.  A one block contra-lane from Post to Stockton would allowcyclists to ride up Powell to Post and ride the one block to the two wayTunnel.
Action: Discussion & Possible Resolution
Sponsor: Bert Hill and Susan King

10.  Laguna Honda Bike Lane, Portola to Woodside Northbound– This section of  LH is steep and curvy, over 10% in one section. Theoriginal plan called for a bike lane, but bike lanes can be less safethan a road with sharrows when: 1) speed differentials are slight ornon-existent, 2) high speed vehicles cause bike lanes to have moredetritus due to weather or other street debris; 3) because of thepossible speed and use of brakes by bikes, cyclists are less able toswerve and maintain control, especially when road curvature could hideobstructions and debris; 4) at higher speeds, cyclists require more lanewidth for maneuverability.  Motorists and even cyclists often are notaware of exceptions identified in CVC 21208, and may contest a cyclist’smovement outside of the bike lane in conformance with the exception,again at a high speed.
Action: Discussion
Sponsor: Bert Hill
11.  Adjournment

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