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October 24, 2013

Bicycle Advisory Committee - October 24, 2013



Thursday October 24, 2013
6:30 p.m.
City Hall, Room 406
 Regular Meeting



1. Roll Call – Determination of Quorum

2. Announcements & Acknowledgments - Seating of Lena Nsomeka Gomes, District 9

3. Approve Minutes - September 26, 2013 BAC 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 opening in District 10; Civil Grand Jury; Public Hearing on Police Protocol for Investigating Bicycle and Pedestrian cases October 3

6. Committee Member Reports (Information)

7. Governmental Reports

a. MTA Bicycle Program Report – MTA Bicycle Program Report not published in October

b. BART Task Force – Dr. Shirley Johnson

c. Report on PSAC Joint Initiatives – Morgan Fitzgibbons & Tim Doherty

d. SFPD Report on Safety and Security Issues – Officer Matthew Friedman, Park Station

e. Polk Street Working Group Progress – Richard May and Richard Tille


8. Improvements to Bike Plan Sharrow Schedule – The Bike Plan Injunction was settled in 2009, and while most of the planned treatments have been completed, the lowest unit cost item, stenciling of Shared Lane Marking (Sharrows) have not yet been completed. It has been reported that the delay has been caused because the cost of documentation of the sharrows on drawings is being delayed by the cost of automating existing drawings, which is a long-term project. It was also asserted that the cost of drawing automation is being charged to the account for bicycle facility improvement.

Action: Approval of Letter to MTA requesting an explanation of the process and expedition.
Sponsor: Bert Hill, District 7


9. Bicycle & Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Procedures – Many communities in the U.S. have noted a decline in the rate of bicycle/motor vehicle collisions and fatalities with the increase in bicyclists and assertive design road treatments to provide greater separation. San Francisco appears to be trending towards an increase in collisions and 2013 already has recorded four bicycle/vehicle fatalities, a rate higher than any on record, since 1997.
Action: Resolution recommending procedures for analysis and mitigation.
Sponsor: Marc Brandt, District 3

10. Change to Meeting Schedule for 2014 – With the movement of the Housing Authority to City Hall, their meeting date and time conflicts with the BAC on the fourth Thursday of each month, except November and December, wherein the BAC schedules a single date for both months in early December. City Hall Office Management has offered some alternatives, the most consistent being the fourth Monday of each month. Other alternatives exist, and will be presented for alternative consideration.
Action: Motion for Change of meeting dates in 2014, requiring a quorum vote.
Sponsor: Bert Hill, District 7

11. 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 bicyclists with a more conspicuous sign, notifying westbound cyclists with path cross-hatching and signage to route cyclists to the crossing at Schrader. Cyclists are still riding into Stanyan Westbound from the Panhandle, many with bike rental bags on the front. – MTA Complete [Didn’t appear to be sufficient 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. 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
e. Extend the Post Street bike lane from Steiner to Webster – Request for agenda item with Mayor’s Bicycle Working Group
f. Additional signage on Kezar Path between Lincoln Way and 3rd Avenue –Work Order. 5/12
g. 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.
h. Duboce and Market St. – Eastbound Cyclists use Crosswalk – Under Consideration with Wiggle treatments.
i. Impact of proposed CPMC development on Van Ness and Geary on bike projects in adjacent streets
j. Follow-up on 17th and Harrison Bike Box
k. Innovative Treatment, addition of hash marks on substandard bike lane (12ft.) expansion to universal treatment.
l. Review street treatments at Bosworth and Lyell, leading to San Jose St. ramp.
m. Hairball – Change Cycle signal timing or actuation on Potrero Ave & Cesar Chavez
n. Duboce – Wayfinding guiding bicyclists between Market St. and the Wiggle.
o. Market at Castro Eastbound – Request prominent arrows and signage indicating lane narrowing between Eureka and Diamond Streets. Motorists sometimes fail to allow merging of bicyclists at high speeds approaching legacy rail tunnel barrier. (Hill)
p. Embarcadero & Northpoint (Tilles)
q. ‘Daylighting’ of intersections on the Wiggle (Fitzgibbons)
r. Schedule for Installation of bicycle signal sequence at Lincoln Blvd. and Seventh Avenue.
s. Cabrillo and Park Presidio (Kevin)

12. Adjournment


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