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Bicycle Advisory Committee - May 28, 2014 - Meeting Agenda

Bicycle Advisory Committee - May 28, 2014

Wednesday May 28, 2014
6:30 p.m.
City Hall, Room 408
 Regular Meeting





  1. Roll Call – Determination of Quorum
  2. Announcements & Acknowledgments – Welcoming Amar Puri, District 9
  3. Approve Minutes  - April 28, 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 – Finding consensus on bicyclists rights to all travel lanes in where separate bikeways exist.
    - Committee Member Reports
  3. Governmental Reports
    1. MTA Bicycle Program Report – Ben Jose
      1. Bike locker allocations to high theft areas near MUNI hubs, esp. West side
      2. AB371 – Mitigations to improve safety in anticipation of 3-foot law
      3. Change in policy regarding sharrow placement for safety and wayfinding
      4. Spot Project process and policy
    2. BART Task Force – Dr. Shirley Johnson: No report
    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. Full Funding of Vision Zero – Despite SFMTA adopting Vision Zero as policy, Vision Zero projects do not have the full funding necessary for timely implementation. Vision Zero is relevant to both pedestrian and bicycle safety. 
    Action: Discussion & Approval of a Joint Resolution with the Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee
    Sponsor: Kevin Dole and Morgan Fitzgibbons, Districts 1&5, respectively.

  5. Formation of a Citizen's Advisory Committee for the Department of Public Works –  The Department of Public Works (DPW) is the only major city agency without an advisory body. At it's May 2014 meeting the Richmond District Democratic Club voted on a resolution to create a CAC for DPW.
    Action: Resolution in Support of Creation of DPW CAC
    Sponsor: Kevin Dole, District 1
  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. Recommendations on Bicycle Storage Improvements in BART Cars – The latest design suggestions for the next generation of BART vehicles were on display this Spring. In some ways the preliminary design marks an improvement, but questions remain. The BAC has a responsibility to advocate for changes appropriate to San Francisco commuters and urban bicyclists in general
    Action: Letter to the BART Board suggesting design improvements in BARTs next generation of cars
    Sponsor: Bert Hill, Chair

  8.  DPW Maintenance of Clean Bikeways – While bike facilities offer great improvements in expanding bicycle use, an inherent problem exists where road debris from motor vehicles is often left in bike lanes, especially around areas of road construction. Storms cause tree debris to be deposited, compromising tire traction and safe riding around tree limbs and other detritus.
    Action: Letter to DPW requesting scheduled cleaning of bicycle roadways with chronic issues of debris after storms and routinely in areas of high speed lane use.
    Sponsor: Bert Hill, District 7

  9. 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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