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September 26, 2013

Bicycle Advisory Committee - September 26, 2013



Thursday September 26, 2013
6:30 p.m.
City Hall, Room 406
 Regular Meeting



1. Roll Call – Determination of Quorum

2. Announcements & Acknowledgments

3. Approve Minutes - August 22, 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; Status of Candidate Lena Gomez in District 9
- Civil Grand Jury Recommendations hearing at BOS Audit and Oversight Committee on Sept. 12.

6. Committee Member Reports (Information)

7. Governmental Reports

a. MTA Bicycle Program Report – See MTA Bicycle Program Report to the BAC (

b. BART Task Force – Dr. Shirley Johnson (No Status in Sept)

c. Report on PSAC Joint Initiatives – Tim Doherty

d. SFPD Report on Safety and Security Issues – Officer Matthew Friedman, Park Station; also progress on 2009-10 & 2012-13 Civil Grand Jury Approved Recommendations

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


8. Safe Routes to Transit Grant Application – The SFMTA is submitting three requests to TransForm, the grant administrator in the Bay Area, totaling to $1.0M for projects to facilitate walking or bicycling to regional transit services:

a. Bicycle Wayfinding Implementation: An application will be submitted for $440,000 to fund a project. The SR2T funds would fund the conceptual design, detailed design, fabrication, and installation of 1100 bicycle wayfinding signs. The project would provide bicycle wayfinding on all existing bicycle routes within 1.5 miles of BART and Caltrain stations. These signs would update the legacy bicycle route wayfinding system to reflect improvements to the bicycle network and to meet current wayfinding best practices. As proposed, the 1100 signs would cover half (120 miles) of the city’s bicycle network. The design would prioritize low-stress routes to connect to public transit, which would help San Francisco achieve its target of 20 percent bicycle mode share by 2020.
Action: Letter of Support
Sponsor: Bert Hill, through Andrew Lee (, 701-4421)


b. Balboa Park Station: Access and Safety application: Finance improvements to the pedestrian network including providing a continuous accessible path along the south side of Ocean Avenue to the north entrance of the transit station and signage and signals to alert pedestrians of train activity and train tracks.
Action: Letter of Support
Sponsor: Bert Hill, through MTA


c. Safe Routes to Transit grant application (SFMTA) Business Plan for Long-Term Bicycle Parking in San Francisco. If funded, this project will lead to enhanced bicycle parking facilities and by clarifying the business model needed to develop successful facilities, including the operational and capital funding needed.
Action: Letter of Support
Sponsor: Bert Hill, through Matt Lasky, MTA



9. Procedural Revision in Quorum – The Committee has a recurring problem in reaching Quorum due to vacant appointments by members of the Board of Supervisors. Currently a Quorum is constituted by six members of the Committee in attendance. A motion will be introduced to require a majority of APPOINTED seats for quorum.
Action: Motion for Change of Quorum Requirement
Sponsor: Bert Hill, District 7

10. 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. Motorist 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. Sanchez & Market (Dole)
s. Schedule for Installation of bicycle signal sequence at Lincoln Blvd. and Seventh Avenue.


11. Change of Venue – The Housing Authority will be occupying Room 408 on the fourth Thursday henceforth, as part of their move to City Hall for twice monthly meetings. The BAC meeting in Room 406 is temporary. There will be a presentation/discussion on a change in schedule or location to adapt to this change.
Action: Motion for Change of location and/or time and date of BAC meetings.
Sponsor: Bert Hill, District 7


12. Adjournment


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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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