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Bicycle Advisory Committee - February 24, 2014 - Meeting Minutes

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

Present for Quorum: District 1- Kevin Dole, District 4 - Edward Nicholsonon, District 5 - Morgan Fitzgibbons, District 6 - Richard May, District 7 - Bert Hill (Chair),  District 11: Casey dos Santos-Allen,

Late arrival: District 3 - Marc Brandt (7:17 PM), District 10 - Micah Allen  (8:15 PM)

Absent: District 2 - Richard Tilles, District 8 - Tim Doherty

The meeting was called to order at 6:40 PM.


2. Announcements & Acknowledgments

There were no announcements.


3. Approve Minutes - January 27, 2014 BAC Meeting

●      Motion:  May

●      Second: dos Santos-Allen

The minutes were approved unanimously.


4. Public Comment

There was no public comment.


5. Committee Member Reports

Chair's Report:

●      The Chair  will report on the Civil Grand Jury to the Board of Supervisors Audit and Oversight Committee on March 13, 2014

Committee Member Reports:

●      Fitzgibbons: Neighborhood groups in D5 will host workshops in March to brainstorm improvements to the Panhandle on Saturday, March 8, 11 AM -  12:30 PM at the Panhandle Playground Bulletin Board, Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 - 8 PM at Bread & Butter Cafe at 1901 Hayes St., and Saturday, March 29, 1 - 2:30 PM and Park Branch Library at 1833 Page St.

●      dos Santos Allen: Paint trucks have begun to install bike lanes on Bayshore.

●      Dole: The Board will vote to modify ordinance on Tuesday, 2/25/14 to change the conditions for releasing bicycle stored in the SFPD warehouse at Hunter’s Point.


●      Janice Li, Community Organizer SF Bike Coalition: The ordinance transfers responsibility of unclaimed bikes from the Department of Social Services to the Human Services Agency. The HSA will provide bicycles to the SFBC for their bike builds.

6. Governmental Reports

a. MTA Bicycle Program Report

Ben Jose presented:

●      50 of 60 projects from 2009 bike plan projects have been implemented. Polk St contraflow and Bayshore are examples of recent implementation.

●      New paint and soft hit posts have been installed at Oak and Fell. Next steps will be bulb outs and stormwater improvements installed in collaboration with SFPUC and DPW

○      Fitzgibbons asked why green paint configuration has been changed from  stripes indicating mixed-use lane to super sharrows.

○      Jose said he would request information from the project manager.

●      There will be a Polk St Community Open House on 3/26/14 at Tenderloin Elementary.

●      429 sidewalk racks were installed in 2013, also 21 corrals. The largest bike corral in SF will be coming online in a month

○      May requested the location of the bike corral

○      Jose said he would not disclose will tell the Committee when he can.

●       A “road diet” for Bay St featuring back-in angled parking has been approved by the board.

○      Fitzgibbons expressed concerns about parking cars backing into the bike lane.

b. BART Task Force

Dr. Shirley Johnson:

●      The Task Force has adopted by-laws which can be viewed on the BART website (

●      The Task Force has two openings in San Mateo County and two in Santa Clara County

●      The Task Force has determined member terms through a random drawing. Dr. Johnson drew a one year term, Rick Goldman drew a two year term. Johnson’s appointment will be renewed through the SFBC, Goldman’s will be renewed through the BAC.

●      Bikes on BART continues to go smoothly. BART Station Agents expressed frustration that they were not consulted on the change, also complain of cyclists on escalators and lifting bikes over the fare gates. BART staff want to develop a pamphlet for Station Agents to distribute.

○      Fitzgibbons requested clarification on the official way bikes are supposed to go through the fare gate. Cyclists are supposed to go through the widened handicap/stroller gate, or failing that go through the emergency exit.

●      BART is considering removing bike racks from the new cars. The Task Force has asked for an “inlay” on the floor and the retention of rails for bikes.

Chair: The elevators in BART stations are horribly marked with poor way finding and need improved signage.


c. Report on PSAC Joint Initiatives

Morgan Fitzgibbons:

●      Certain members of the Pedestrian Advisory Committee continue to be reticent of working with the BAC.

●      As a first collaborative effort, a joint resolution endorsing Vision Zero is being drafted.


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

Officer Friedman was not present to report.


e. Polk Street Progress – Madeleine Savit, Folks for Polk

Madeleine Savit was not present to report.


7. Bicycle Strategy update

Timothy Papandreou, Director of Strategic Planning SFMTA presented. The Bicycle Strategy is a “living document.” It is key to the SFMTA goal of increasing mode share of non-car trips to 50% by 2018. The presentation can be viewed online at (


●      May: Is there a bike parking conflict in other cities?

○      Papandreou: Yes, even in famously bike-friendly cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen. The solution is to make the best use of the street for everyone.

●      Fitzgibbons: What role will temporary/pilot projects play in next five years? Temporary projects like Folsom seem like a way to get around procedural delay.

○      Papandreou: More interim measures will be rolled out in 2014. Interim projects do not always go away. Folsom is under CEQA review. Priorities within SFMTA need change to get projects underway.

●      dos Santos-Allen: Concerned about equitable rollout of the system. Current focus on strengthening robust facilities ignores latent demand, shifts resources away from people who don’t have anything.

○      Papandreou: Map in the report reflects geographically equitable distribution.  All of the City is high demand except hilliest areas. “Hairball” is a high priority area even though ridership technically low. Closing such gaps with increase growth.

●      dos Santos-Allen: Does SFMTA incorporate anticipated sea level rise into planning?

○      Papandreou: SFMTA strategy is only for for next five years during which sea levels are not expected to rise dramatically. Only current issue is tide splashing onto the Embarcadero. SFMTA is working with SF Port on sea wall assessment.

●      Chair: 250 sharrows remain from original bike plan. What should have been the easiest infrastructure to install has been delayed by 6 or 7 years.

○      Papandreou: Will get back on that.

●      Chair: Will SFMTA going to publish a collision report in 2014?

○      Papandreou: The 2014 report will be more multimodal.

●      Chair:  Safety education for cyclists.

○      Papandreou: SFMTA received grant from federal government for safety program. Currently reevaluating how to make  it multimodal. Showing how to get around city is more effective than shaming at encouraging behavioral change.

●      Chair: Is “level of service” still SFMTA focus?

○      Papandreou: Yes. if the metric were to change the process would still be similar.



●      Shirley Johnson, BART Task Force: How was the 14% “return on investment” cited in the report calculated?

○      Papandreou: The return represents a 14% increase in ridership.


8. Overview of the Capital Improvement Program - A 2015 – 2019 update which will be released in 2014.

Jonathan Rewers, Ariel McGinnis, and Craig Rafael presented:


●      May asked for an explanation of the significance of the colors on slide 4.

○      Rewers: Blue is plans, Green strategies, grey outside plans that are developed elsewhere but implemented by sfmta

●      May requested a specific instance of cost estimating.

○      McGinnis: Currently different agencies do it in different ways, SFMTA is looking at better scheduling software instead of looking at estimates from contractors, trying to get whole agency on capital control system - scheduling program is a component. cost savings begins with ensuring accuracy.

●      May requested an explanation of attended parking as it relates to the CIP.

○      Rafael: CIP would cover facilities but not operations, which would be done by contractor

●      Nicholson noted that Embarcadero enhancement is 25% of the budget  and requested specifics of the project scope

○      Rafael: a separated cycle track from street from Powell St to King St

●      Fitzgibbons asked about residential bike hangers in parking spot model and green bike lane conversion

○      Rafael: planning process is data driven through bike strategy, upgrade to existing bike lanes

●      Nicholson requested further explanation of the correlation between the SFMTA Bike Strategy and the CIP.

●      Chair asked how the CIP interfaced with complete streets philosophy

○      Rewers: Projects in the CIP based on a “follow the paving” philosophy. It is more financially effective to add on to existing construction projects instead of creating  independent project complete streets projects.

●      dos Santos-Allen asked how CIP related to bike plan of 2009.

○      Rewers: SF is heading into a new generation of bike projects. Plan of 2009 was “mostly paint” for people already using the system. Next generation of projects will work for those uncomfortable with cycling.

●      Chair said maybe cycling in San Francisco might be better served by not centralizing projects in one plan.

○      Brandt asked how the Committee could track projects without a central planning document.

○      Rafael: SFMTA will release a book at the end of the year coving all bike projects across all capital projects.



●      Dr. Shirley Johnson advocated getting projects done as fast as possible, noting several “long bars” on the timeline. Asked why implementation of sharrows was estimated to take 1.5 years.

○      Rewers said document just a draft, sharrows “bar” looked wrong.


9. Change to Meeting Schedule for 2014

The May 2014 meeting will be moved to Wednesday, May 28 to avoid conflict with the Memorial Day Holiday.


 10. Sharing Lanes with MUNI Vehicles

This item was deferred to the March 2014 meeting due to time constraints.


11. Review of Upper Market Intersection Merges

This item was deferred to the March 2014 meeting due to time constraints.


12. Continuing Status Review on Spot Project Requests

The SFMTA will being holding Bicycle Spot Improvement Workshops on a regular basis. The first workshop will be held on February 26, 2014. Three Committee members will participate.

13. Adjournment

●      Motion: Dole

●      Second: Fitzgibbons

The meeting adjourned at 9:23 PM.

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