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Bicycle Advisory Committee
Bicycle Advisory Committee
San Francisco Bicycle Advisory Committee
Minutes of the Meeting on March 22, 2007
Andy Bindman, District 1
Susan King, District 5
Hitesh Soneji , District 6
Hill, Chair, District 7
Jerry Ervin, District 8
Rufus Davis, District 10
Casey Allen, District 11
Committee Announcements and Reports
Meeting was called to order at 6:50 pm.
Minutes of the February meeting were not available
Bike to Work Day has been set for May 17
Chairman Hill announced that there was a presentation last month on sidewalk riding on the corner of Market and Church
He also announced a meeting on April 12
and Irving for discouragement of sidewalk riding, promotion of bicycle safety education, and plans for a traffic court fine mitigation class
He also announced a tour of District 7 bike projects with supervisor Elsbernd on April 21
Hill attended the national bike summit in Washington D.C. March 13-16.
A delegation of five met Nancy Pelosi briefly and worked with her legislative coordinator for passage of the Bicycle Commuter Act and Safe Streets legislation.
Rufus Davis mentioned that the new 3
Street light rail line will officially open on April 7 and that there would be a hearing on “Healthy Saturdays” (i.e. closing JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park) before the Supes land use committee on April 9
Jerry Ervin reported on improvements at Market and Octavia to prevent right turns from Market onto the freeway.
Susan King said that the Newcomer HS parking lot has now been tuned into a playground.
Oliver Gajda said that new
website has MTA reports to the BAC
MTA staff member Damon Curtis also attended the aforementioned bike summit in Washington DC
He said that MTA is still looking at long-term options for Market/Octavia including permanent posts, allowable right turn with the bike lane to the left of the turning lane, and removing the bike lane, encouraging cyclists to merge with moving traffic, given the high downhill speed of bicyclists through this intersection. With the various improvements, 17 illegal turns per hour have been reduced to 3.
Alternative routes to Market/Octavia mailed to drivers was suggested by Ms. King
They will be testing colored pavement in a DPW yard – can’t be done on city streets because of injunction.
U-bike racks are coming lose in some locations.
There is a place on the website under ‘bike parking’ to report these problems.
TA report due on Market Street grates.
These are owned by BART – Hill will contact BART Director Tom Radulovich.
Nick Carr and Bert Hill met with Traffic Court to discuss bike ed as a method of mitigating fines for citations.
Nick Carr will contact Marin for details about their program.
Federal Safe Routes to School does not fund HS programs.
MTA needs to request funding at the state level.
Hill will talk to Nick Carr at safety program.
MTA is issuing an RFP for a ‘report card’ on Bicycle program effectiveness – Andy Bindman will lead the BAC subcommittee on the RFP evaluation.
Andy Thornley reported that cargo lanes are on Port property and might be outside injunction’s limitation and therefore bike lanes
could be engineered and installed on Port property.
Portland, OR uses blue colored pavement for bike lanes.
Cyclist injured at Market/Octavia is on the mend and back at work.
City line 311 can be used to report problems with bike racks and street obstacles.
Report on pending legislation relating to bicycles:
Federal HR1498/S858: Commuter tax benefit act – equity for cyclists
Conserve by Bicycling a $6.2 million unfunded mandate
US Numbered Bike Route network.
State AB57: Continuation of Safe Routes to School
AB60: Motorists must stay 3 feet away from bicyclists
AB534: Adds $1 million per month to Bike Transportation Account
AB1358: Complete Streets – recognize that streets serve more than just motor vehicles
Task Force Reports
Golden Gate Park, Ms. King - Various groups have met with the Mayor regarding “Healthy Saturdays”.
There has been talk of a compromise that would alter boundaries on East end. All sides want to avoid another ballot box battle.
Elsbernd interested in report on effects on Sunday closure and will work with opponents to find common ground.
Member Business, Mr. Hill - The Committee now has three vacancies: Districts 3 (N. Beach/Chinatown), 4 (Mission) and 9 (Sunset).
Street skills course on March 24
Agenda Item 10, BAYVIEW TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT was tabled until the April Meeting
Gajda handed out 5-year plan for Prop K funding showing $750,000 per year for bike funding. Because of injunction, it’s heavy on planning and safety projects.
Prop K not used to fund EIR which is budgeted at $300,000.
A motion made to accept the Plan
After some discussion and public comment, the motion was carried unanimously.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:50 pm
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