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Bicycle Advisory Committee - April 28, 2014 - Meeting Agenda

Bicycle Advisory Committee - April 28, 2014


Monday April 28, 2014

6:30 p.m.

City Hall, Room 408

 Regular Meeting



  1. Roll Call – Determination of Quorum
  2. Announcements & Acknowledgments
  3. Approve Minutes  - March 24, 2014 BAC Meeting


  1. 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.
  2. Committee Member Reports (Information)
    - Chairman's Report – Invitation from SF Bicycle Coalition to attend 20th Annual Bike To Work Day Celebration at City Hall;
    - Committee Member Reports
  3. Governmental Reports
    1. MTA Bicycle Program Report – Ben Jose [Report on component theft in parking garages to justify placement of  bike lockers].
    2. BART Task Force – Dr. Shirley Johnson
    3. Report on PSAC Joint Initiatives – Morgan Fitzgibbons
    4. SFPD Report on Safety and Security Issues – Officer Matthew Friedman, Park Station
    5. Polk Street Progress – Madeleine Savit, Folks for Polk
  4. Resolution in support of the TDA (Transportation Development Act) request for FY 2014/15 –Resolution of support for a list of projects to be funded with funds from TDA 3, at an estimated cost of $441K. 
    Action: Discussion & Approval of Resolution
    Sponsor: Bert Hill, Chair

  5. Overview of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) – Committee recommendations on the 2015–2019 update, distributed in the February and March BAC meetings for review.
    Action: Letter of Support for the CIP Process
    Sponsor: Bert Hill, Chair

  6. Sharing Lanes with MUNI Vehicles – In 2012, a number of media sources criticized the placement of sharrows on Sutter Street on the left side of an HOV lane, conforming to a rule that only MUNI vehicles and taxis were permitted use of the lane.  After criticism, the sharrows were removed, but no explanation was provided for appropriate lane placement by bicycles on roads with HOV lanes.  Are there conditions under which MUNI vehicles and bicyclists could share designated lanes safely?
    Action: Continued policies for optimization of roadway use by bicyclists and MUNI operators to legally, safely, and efficiently share travel in restricted traffic lanes.
    Sponsor: Bert Hill, District 7

  7. 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.  Over the past few years the list has become unwieldy and out of conformance with the MTA list.
    Action: Proposed Procedure for Identification and Approval of Proposed Spot Projects for MTA Review; Reporting on Progress of Spot Projects
    Sponsor: Bert Hill, District 7

  8.  AB1371, Vehicles: Bicycles: Passing Distance Roadway Evaluation – In Sept 2013, Gov. signed into law the "three-foot rule," requiring cars to keep at least 36 inches from cyclists when passing, or to slow to a safe speed if they for some reason are prevented from keeping their distance. The way the law is written, changes to centerline striping may be deemed necessary for safe passing of bicycles.
    Action: Resolution Requesting Review of Roadway Treatments to Accommodate CVC Change
    Sponsor: Bert Hill, District 7

  9. MTA Policy on Application of Sharrow Treatments – As we near completion of the original plan for installation of Sharrows on Bicycle Route streets, we need to examine where treatments would benefit bicyclists best for safety and wayfinding purposes.
    Action: Discussion leading to Resolution on Recommendations for Sharrow Treatments
    Sponsor: Bert Hill, District 7


  1. Adjournment


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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