BICYCLE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Thursday, September 28, 2006
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (Polk Street), Room 408
1. Roll Call
2. Announcements & Acknowledgments
3. Approve Minutes – June 23, 2006 and July 27, 2006
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)
6. Committee Member Reports (Information)
7. Reports on the Bike Plan
a. MTA Report – See MTA Bicycle Program Report to the BAC for July 2006 (index.aspx?page=579 – bottom of page). Items will be open for public comment. (Information)
8. Task Force Reports
a. Bike Theft & Security – Bert Hill, District 7: No Report
b. Bike Plan – Andy Bindman, BAC District 1
Suspended during pending injunction ruling
c. Bayshore Blvd.– Rufus Davis, District 10
Suspended during pending injunction ruling
d. Golden Gate Park – Susan King, District 5
Status of Discussion on Saturday Closure and Other Issues
e. Committee Member Business –
Welcome of Richard Tilles, new Committee member representing District 2
Vacancy in District 9
9. INNER SUNSET TRAFFIC CALMING PROJECT – Oliver Gajda & Dan Provence, MTA; Presentation of the draft plan for 7th Avenue and adjoining streets. Action: Resolution
(see below at end)
10. SIDEWALK TASK FORCE – Pi Ra, Executive Director, Senior Action Network; The Sidewalk Task Force is a Committee representing a range of transportation and senior advocates working to make sidewalks safer for pedestrians, especially those who are mobility challenged; Action: Discussion.
11. BAC ADMINISTRATIVE OVERHEAD FUNDING – David Pelpel; A proposal for funding of activities supporting the BAC in pursuit of Committee’s mandate to develop a plan for bicycle-related improvements, review bicycle policies & programs, and develop & submit a plan for public outreach and education to the MTA. Action: Discussion
12. BUDGETARY ISSUES OF THE MTA BICYCLE PROGRAM – Bill Lieberman; The court injunction, prohibiting progress on implementation of the Bicycle Network, has placed the grant and performance funding basis of the MTA Bicycle Program in jeopardy. It is unclear which projects can continue, how work on a court-imposed EIR, and retention of a highly talented group of engineers who specialize in bicycle treatments in San Francisco can be maintained. Action: Discussion
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RESOLUTION – Recommendations on the Inner Sunset Traffic Calming Project - 7th Avenue
Whereas, it is the policy of the City and County of San Francisco to increase safe bicycle use, refine and expand the Bicycle Network, adopt bike-friendly practices and policies, and promote safe bicycling, and
Whereas, Seventh Avenue a primary North-South Route for cyclists South of Golden Gate Park, and
Whereas, Seventh Avenue is part of the Bicycle Network between Warren/Lawton Streets and Kirkham Street , and
Whereas, the Bicycle Network was routed to parallel side streets North of Kirkham in the 1997 Bicycle Plan, against the express wishes of the bicycle community, this committee, and the safety and convenience of cyclists, and
Whereas, there have been no presentations of studies validating neighborhood concerns that motorists will change their travel to side streets if bicycle lane treatments are installed on 7th Avenue, and
Whereas, most bicyclists ignore the politically compromised 1997 Bike Network route, and travel on 7th Avenue between Lincoln and Kirkham, and
Whereas, evaluation of the removal of one Southbound lane, replaced with left turn lane pockets at intersections, appears to have little effect on LOS, and could be beneficial, and
Whereas, the widened street space with removal of the Southbound lane permits space for bike lanes between Warren Street and Lincoln Blvd. , and
Whereas, bicycle lanes have been found to be beneficial in providing safety zones near intersections for pedestrians, and view lines for residents leaving garages and parking lots in vehicles, and
Whereas, stenciling Shared Lane Markings (sharrows) on Seventh Avenue North of Kirkham are not subject to the restrictions of the Bicycle Network injunction, nor the approval process of other bicycle treatments; and
Whereas, the revised Traffic Calming Program draft recommendations attempt to mitigate some traffic issues, incorporating bicycle treatments, with bicycle lanes between Warren/Lawton and Judah, and a two-way center turn lane mid-block between Judah and Lincoln Blvd., with Shared Lane Markings on the traffic lane, and
Whereas, the Bicycle Advisory Committee recommended accepting this draft proposal, with the following modifications: 1) Shared lane markings will be installed as soon as possible on 7th Avenue between Kirkham and Lincoln Blvd.; 2) ‘Full Use of Lane’ signs will be likewise installed on this section of street; 3) a bicycle treatment will be designed and implemented between Hugo Street and Lincoln for the benefit of Northbound bicyclists, to avoid being trapped in the right-turn-only lane at the Lincoln Blvd. intersection, and; 4) Seventh Avenue South of Golden Gate Park will be incorporated as a part of the Bicycle Network,
Be it resolved that the San Francisco Bicycle Advisory Committee urges the MTA and San Francisco Board of Supervisors to pass legislation to establish bike lanes on Seventh Avenue between Warren/Lawton Streets and Judah Street, with Shared Lane Markings on the traffic lanes between Judah Street and Lincoln Blvd.; that Shared lane markings will be installed as soon as possible on 7th Avenue between Kirkham and Lincoln Blvd.; that ‘Full Use of Lane’ signs will be likewise installed on this section of street; that a bicycle treatment will be designed and implemented between Hugo Street and Lincoln for the benefit of Northbound bicyclists, and that Seventh Avenue South of Golden Gate Park will be incorporated as a part of the Bicycle Network once issues associated with the Bicycle Plan injunction are settled.
Submitted by: Bert Hill, District 7 respectively, September 28, 2006