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August 25, 2011

Bicycle Advisory Committee - August 25, 2011



Thursday,August 25, 2011


1Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (Polk Street), Room408


  1. Roll Call – Determination of Quorum

  2. Announcements & Acknowledgments

  3. Approve Minutes - July 28 Meeting

  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 Committee will take public comment after it discusses and/or before voting on each agenda item. The Committee requests that each person limit him/herself to three minutes.

  5. Chairman's Report (Information)
    - Committee Member Business –
    Continued openings in Districts 5, 6, 8, and 10
    - Monthly Activities –
    Waller St. Practice Area, JFK Drive Hearing, & 8th St. Changes

  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

    1. BART Task Force – Mariana Parreiras

    2. 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. BART Bicycle Plan – Niko Letunic reviewed the plan, requesting feedback. Using maps (Click link), he asked committee members and the public to direct comments on how to improve bicycle access around and at San Francisco BART stations, to Victoria Eisen at  To comment directly on the map PDFs, click on <Comment> on the toolbar, then <Add Sticky Note>.  Both the note on which comments are typed and the arrow can be dragged to the desired location, or comments may be made in the email text area.
    Action: Presentation and Comments
    Sponsor: Dustin White, MTA

  1. Prop. K 5 Year YPP Support – Presentation and request for resolution Supporting SFMTA’s Amendment to EP39 Prop K 5-Year Prioritization Program
    Action: Approval of Resolution
    Sponsor: Eileen Ross, MTA

  2. Market Street Police Enforcement Following a fatal incident of a bicyclist striking a pedestrian in a crosswalk, the SFPD began stepped-up enforcement of the California Vehicle Code (CVC). While many in the bicycling community and the public in general welcome more consistent, equal, and fair enforcement, there were stories of subjective interpretation of the CVC, indicating less familiarity with codes specific to bicycles, and standard understanding. We invite the public and the SFPD to share comments and ideas on improving an understanding of illegal and unsafe behaviors, in congruence with the findings and recommendations of the 2009 Civil Grand Jury.
    Action: Presentation and Comments
    Sponsor: Bert Hill, District 7

  3. State of Cycling Report – The MTA has requested feedback on the draft report prior to finalization and publication, delayed at the request of the SFBC and BAC.
    Action: Letter of Response with Recommended Changes
    Sponsor: Jeffrey Banks - MTA Request

  4. Continuing Status Review on Spot Project Requests – The lifting of the Bike Plan injunction has already resulted in a large expansion of bicycle treatments throughout the City. While overall they are working as expected, we have been notified of some necessary spot projects that would clarify and improve use of the routes at little cost:

    1. 'Bikes allowed full use of lane' on Market St near Buchanan – 2-Year Timeline

    2. Signage on the ‘Schrader Valve notifying motorists on Schrader with a more conspicuous sign than presently; and notifying westbound cyclists with path cross-hatching and signage to route cyclists to the crossing at Schrader. We still observe a lot of cyclists riding into Stanyan Westbound directly from the Panhandle, many with bike rental bags on the front. – To be addressed with the JFK project

    3. Stockton Contra-Lane Study – Presently cyclists trying to reach the Stockton Tunnel from the South and West have no efficient way to legally ride to the Tunnel. A one block contra-lane from Post to Stockton suggested. – To be addressed in subway project planning

    4. Improved Signage at for Cesar Chavez Bike Lane at 101 – Cyclists riding on Bayshore Northbound and CC Southbound are often confused about entering and tracking the pathway. Supervisor Cohen recently commented on attempting to ride the Chavez ‘Hairball’. – 4/12

    5. Signage at Market and Castro Northbound guiding bicyclists to the 17th/Corbett route, instead of Market Street to Portola Westbound. – 11/11

    6. Extend the Post Street bike lane from Steiner to Webster – Pending BAC volunteer meetings with merchants

    7. Sharrows on Geneva between Moscow and Brookdale – Pending Work Order 9/11

    8. Add a bike signal on Market at the 12th Street intersection – In Review due 9/11

    9. Additional signage on Kezar Path between Lincoln Way and 3rd Avenue –In Review due 9/11

    10. Improved Bike Network signage for transition to Corbett from Market and Castro. – Response expected by 9/11

    11. Review St. Francis Circle for signage and stencils to clarify cyclist route – Response by 11/11

    12. Route 55 Improvements
      Action: MTA to report progress
      Sponsor: Bicycle Advisory Committee Members

  5. Letters with Recommendation on Projects

    1. Portola Bike Project – Review proposed changes to Portola between Twin Peaks Blvd. and Burnett. Ed Nicholson and Bert Hill to report on field review; MTA & SFBC invited to join.
      Action: Presentation of revised drawings.
      Sponsor: Bert Hill, District 7

  1. Highway 35 – Propose plan for transfer of California State Highway 35 to the City and County of San Francisco, Sloat Boulevard and Skyline Boulevard to John Muir Drive.
    Action: Bert Hill to add item to Mayor’s Working Group agenda for August.
    Sponsor: Bert Hill, District 7

  2. Review and Actions on Civil Grand Jury Conclusions – As the coordinating agency, the BAC has responsibility to monitor progress on the findings of the Civil Grand Jury, “Sharing the Roadway, From Confrontation to Conversation.” In November, the Office of the Mayor signed concurrence with the Board of Supervisors changes to the Grand Jury findings. The document requires conforming of changes into a unitary revision, allowing for the BAC to develop a proposed plan for completing actions on the findings
    Action: Approval of revised draft document, with footnotes
    Sponsor: Bert Hill, Chair

  3. Adjournment


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