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December 6, 2012

Bicycle Advisory Committee - December 6, 2012

Regular Meeting

Thursday, December 6, 2012
6:30 p.m.
City Hall, Room 408


1. Roll Call – Determination of Quorum

2. Announcements & Acknowledgments

3. Approve Minutes - October 25, 2012 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 1 and 10; Mayor’s Bike Working Group; GG Park Bicycle Practice Area; Balboa Park Flyover, Caltrans D4 BAC
- Calendar for Remainder of 2012 – 2013 Meeting Schedule

6. Committee Member Reports (Information)

7. Governmental Reports
a. San Francisco Police Dept.
– Citation Diversion Program Progress, plans and programs
b. MTA Bicycle Program Report – See MTA Bicycle Program Report to the BAC for June 2012 (
c. BART Task Force – Dr. Shirley Johnson

8. Recognition for Andy Thornley - Presentation of Certificate of Recognition for the continuing influence of Mr. Thornley in the success of bicycling in San Francisco & the Bay Area.
Action: Presentation and Discussion
Sponsor: Richard Tilles

9. Recognition for Andy Thornley - Presentation of Certificate of Recognition for the continuing influence of Mr. Thornley in the success of bicycling in San Francisco & the Bay Area.
Action: Presentation and Discussion
Sponsor: Richard Tilles

10. Calendar of Meetings in 2013 – Review of proposed dates, times, and protocols for the coming year for posting on the City website. Proposal is as follows: 1/24, 2/28, 3/28, 4/25, 5/23, 6/27, 7/25, 8/22, 9/26, 10/24, and one of four options – 12/9, 12/12 (Away from City Hall), 12/13, 12/16
Action: Ratification of 2013 Meeting Dates
Sponsor: Bert Hill

11. Mitigation of Conflicts at Market & 12th Eastbound – This intersection has an exceptionally long red light sequence (about a minute), including a long period during which all directions are subject to a red light, allowing for four-way pedestrian crossing. With relatively few pedestrians and many bicyclists (about 200/hour during rush hour periods), the signal is ignored by over 90%, resulting in near misses with peds crossing and a general display of disregard for the law. BAC has proposed a subcommittee made of representatives from PSAC, BAC, MTA Traffic Company, and Livable Streets to evaluate and recommend a mitigation that could also serve as an example for similar intersections.
Action: Assignment of Two Subcommittee members
Sponsor: Bert Hill

12. 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:
a. 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. – MTA Complete [Didn’t appear to be any change]
b. 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. – (LTP) To be addressed in subway project planning
c. 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’. – LTP
d. Polk Street Contra-Flow - LTP
e. Signage at Market and Castro Northbound guiding bicyclists to the 17th/Corbett route, instead of Market Street to Portola Westbound. – Request to make the sign more visible
f. Extend the Post Street bike lane from Steiner to Webster – Request for agenda item with Mayor’s Bicycle Working Group
g. Add a bike signal on Market at the 12th Street intersection – Consider a blinking red bike signal during the second phase of the cross market. Discuss in conjunction with AB 819
h. Additional signage on Kezar Path between Lincoln Way and 3rd Avenue – Status of Work Order. 5/12
i. Review St. Francis Circle for signage and stencils to clarify cyclist route – Request addition of on-site review in light of Sloat treatments, which direct all cyclists to Junipero Serra, along with other dangers.
j. Duboce and Market St. – Eastbound Cyclists use Crosswalk – Under Consideration with Wiggle treatments.
k. Impact of proposed CPMC development on Van Ness and Geary on bike projects in adjacent streets
l. Follow-up on 17th and Harrison Bike Box
m. Innovative Treatment, addition of hash marks on substandard bike lane (12ft.) expansion to universal treatment.
n. Review street treatments at Bosworth and Lyell, leading to San Jose St. ramp.
o. Hairball – Change Cycle signal timing or actuation on Potrero Ave & Cesar Chavez
Action: MTA to report progress
Sponsor: Bicycle Advisory Committee Members


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