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February 24, 2014

Bicycle Advisory Committee - February 24, 2014



Monday, February 24, 2014
6:30 p.m.
City Hall, Room 408
 Regular Meeting

1. Roll Call – Determination of Quorum

2. Announcements & Acknowledgments

3. Approve Minutes - January 27, 2014 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. Committee Member Reports (Information)

- Chairman's Report – Civil Grand Jury Report to the Board of Supervisors Audit and Oversight Committee on March 13, 2014
- Committee Member Reports

6. Governmental Reports

a. MTA Bicycle Program Report – Ben Jose
b. BART Task Force – Dr. Shirley Johnson
c. Report on PSAC Joint Initiatives – Morgan Fitzgibbons
d. SFPD Report on Safety and Security Issues – Officer Matthew Friedman, Park Station
e. Polk Street Progress – Madeleine Savit, Folks for Polk

7. Bicycle Strategy update – A synopsis of the recent workshop, findings and next steps

Action: MTA Presentation
Sponsor: Bert Hill, Chair

8. Overview of the Capital Improvement Program - A 2015 – 2019 update which will be released in

Action: MTA Presentation
Sponsor: Bert Hill, Chair

9. Change to Meeting Schedule for 2014 – Per the direction of the Committee, we have requested

Thursday, May 29 as an alternative. The planned May 26 meeting falls on Memorial Day. The Committee would also desire to continue the tradition of having a combined November/December

Meeting in early December, to avoid holiday conflicts.
Action: Motion for approval of alternative dates as described above.
Sponsor: Bert Hill, Chair

10. 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. Recently, a MUNI vehicle was witnessed driving on a buffered bike lane in severely congested traffic on Portola.

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

11. Review of Upper Market Intersection Merges – A few years ago, the MTA initiated a change in the design of bike lane design approaching intersections. Instead of conforming to MUTCD standards, which specify only a broken line to encourage right-turning vehicle traffic to merge, a sharrow with an arrow was added, directing bicyclists to enter the intersection on the far-right edge. Furthermore, parking spaces were configured at some intersections, such that the sharrows are within the door-zones of parked vehicles. Following a high rate of ‘right-hook’ collisions in the city, there is increased emphasis on encouraging bicyclists to merge to the left when approaching intersections.

Action: Discussion of revising the current design to more advanced treatments now in use on other streets.
Sponsor: Bert Hill, Chair

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. Over the past few years the list has become unwieldy and out of conformance with the MTA list.

Action: Progress report on establishment of an MTA process for identifying and mitigating isolated
problems with road treatments and facilities that create unsafe conditions for bicyclists.
Sponsor: Bert Hill, District 7

13. 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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