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March 28, 2013

Bicycle Advisory Committee - March 28, 2013


Regular Meeting 

Thursday March 28, 2013
6:30 p.m.
City Hall, Room 408



1. Roll Call – Determination of Quorum

2. Announcements & Acknowledgments

3. Approve Minutes - December 6, 2012 & February 28 Meetings

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 – Expiration of committee appointments; Continued openings in Districts 1, 9 & 10; Mayor’s Bike Working Group meeting cancelled; Caltrans D4 BAC, MUNI Bicycle training video, Citation-Diversion progress; 2013 Meeting Schedule.

6. Committee Member Reports (Information)

7. Governmental Reports
a. SFPD/MTA Traffic Co. – Report on 20 Collisions Analysis, Monthly citations report
b. MTA Bicycle Program Report – See MTA Bicycle Program Report to the BAC (
c. BART Task Force – No Report in March

8. OneBayArea Grant (OBAG) program and candidate projects - The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) created the OBAG program as a funding approach to better integrate the region's federal transportation program with environmental and land-use policies, and it distributed a portion of OBAG funds to local jurisdictions to promote multi-modal transportation investments in Priority Development Areas and other high priority locations. As the Congestion Management Agency for San Francisco, the Authority manages the OBAG project selection process. The Authority has developed a two-part call for projects, i.e. part 1 to select a pool of potential OBAG projects (larger than the amount of available OBAG funds) and part 2 for the final selection, so that all involved sponsor agencies, stakeholders and the public, can have a high level of confidence in the final set of projects to meet the purposes and rigorous requirements of the OBAG program. Please see OBAG home and call-for-projects pages for more detail, including the schedule and a initial pool of candidate projects selected in December 2012. Please note that the OBAG prioritization criteria give a higher score to complete streets projects that directly benefit multiple system users, e.g. bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit passengers, and address their safety. We are currently assisting sponsor agencies to further develop the initial pool of projects, in preparation for the final selection in June 2013.
Action: Review and Comments
Sponsor: Ben Stupka (, 415.522.4820) or Seon Joo Kim (/

9. Safety Signage on MUNI Transit Vehicles - Bicyclists passing on the right side of MUNI buses in the curb lane put themselves in danger of collisions, as well as slowing headway. Signage on the right rear corner of buses and trolleys could discourage bicyclists from attempting pass unsafely.
Action: Resolution
Sponsor: Bert Hill, District 7

10. Marina Green Bicycle Trail Improvements – In the previous month DPW presented a tentative design for the pedestrian and bicyclist trail along the Marina Green. As the result of public comment, MTA and DPW are considering revision of the original plan.
Action: Report and review of recommendations – Letter to MTA and DPW.
Sponsor: Bert Hill

11. Polk Street Complete Street Project – Discussion of the MTA proposal and recap of recent community meetings and outreach.
Action: Discussion
Sponsor: Marc Brandt

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. Additional signage on Kezar Path between Lincoln Way and 3rd Avenue – Status of Work Order. 5/12
h. 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.
i. Duboce and Market St. – Eastbound Cyclists use Crosswalk – Under Consideration with Wiggle treatments.
j. Impact of proposed CPMC development on Van Ness and Geary on bike projects in adjacent streets
k. Follow-up on 17th and Harrison Bike Box
l. Innovative Treatment, addition of hash marks on substandard bike lane (12ft.) expansion to universal treatment.
m. Review street treatments at Bosworth and Lyell, leading to San Jose St. ramp.
n. Hairball – Change Cycle signal timing or actuation on Potrero Ave & Cesar Chavez
o. Duboce – Wayfinding guiding bicyclists between Market St. and the Wiggle.
p. Market at Castro Eastbound – Request prominent arrows and signage indicating lane narrowing between Eureka and Diamond Streets. Motorist sometimes fail to allow merging of bicyclists at high speeds approaching legacy rail tunnel barrier.
Action: MTA to report progress
Sponsor: Bicycle Advisory Committee Members


Room 408 of City Hall is wheelchair accessible. The closest accessible BART Station is Civic Center, three blocks from City Hall. Accessible MUNI lines serving this location are: #47 Van Ness, and the #71 Haight/Noriega and the F Line to Market and Van Ness and the Metro stations at Van Ness and Market and at Civic Center. For more information about MUNI accessible services, call 923-6142. There is accessible parking in the vicinity of City Hall at Civic Center Plaza and adjacent to Davies Hall and the War Memorial Complex.

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- (update from SFMTA about this? Last meeting Andy just mentioned SFBC "monitoring" it but it's a pretty big project that requires scrutiny)

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