Attendance: John Langbein, chairing this session and minute taker (from memory), Tim O'Brien, Emma Shlaes (SVBC staff), Al Meckler, Bob Cronin, Tony Panero, Gavin Powell (SVBC staff), Margaret Pye, Sabrina Brennan, and James Han.
Meeting called ~7PM
SVBC staff report: Emma summarized a meeting between Belmont Public Works and SVBC staff that was motivated by Mark Swire's petition to improve Ralston. City is currently conducting studies on the Ralston corridor. They've had some public meetings, but as commented by Tim O, the publicity for those meetings was non-existent. They will be conducting more public meetings in the next month or so – cyclist participation is encouraged – Emma will send out an announcement when she finds out the time and place. There was some discussion about the existing conditions on Ralston; it is clear that the west-bound direction is deficient for cycling.
NOTE: A public meeting on Ralston will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 6-9 pm at Twin Pines Senior and Community Center, 20 Twin Pines Ln Belmont, CA
Redwood City updates: John gave a summary of a meeting between cyclists and City staff (an informal BPAC).
- RWC is considering submitting some proposals for TDA funding; likely project proposals will be drawn from a safe routes for schools inventory.
- The City continues to install sharrows (and bike lanes if possible) as part of regular resurfacing projects (capital improvement projects). These include sharrows in Jefferson east of the Alameda going towards ECR.
- Even though SFPUC has rejected RWC's initial application for an easement to install a trail along the Hetch-Hetchy right-of-way, RWC will be installing curb cut-outs and ped-crossing at points where the right of way crosses various City streets; people already use the right-of-way as an informal trail without SF PUC blessing.
- RWC had a open house showing the plans for a bike/ped under-crossing of RT101 on the north side of Redwood Creek. Trail surface will be below high-tide but will be protected by a levee. West of 101, trail takes off from a dead end street. East of 101, trail intersects the road (Bair Is Rd??) at a round-about.
- Stanford in RWC. Project probably will be approved by City Council at next week's meeting. Stanford is to provide ~$450K for bike/ped improvements. John's opinion is that this doesn't go very far as there are significant barriers (ECR, Caltrain, Woodside RD) that prevent most from riding to and from Stanford's project. It will require substantial $$$ to provide adequate infrastructure for cycling.
- Woodside Rd, RT101 interchange. RWC will be the lead agency for this project. We should expect more designs coming from the consultants on possible configurations for the interchange.
San Carlos (Margaret and Tony): San Carlos was looking for SVBC support for a TDA project to provide bike lanes on San Carlos Ave west of downtown. However, Margaret pointed out to staff that their project didn't make sense as they proposed bike lanes shared with parking.
John provided the group with an update on SVBC's effort to get Caltrans to “fix” the poor chip-seal job on RT 35. This includes a campaign to have cyclists write/email Assembly-person Gordon urging the Gordon to take action; many folks acknowledged emailing Gordon's office.
Bob C. provided a brief update on the Stanford project in Menlo Park and its impact.
Sabrina and James wanted to hear the group's comments about the new bike share program. And, the group, including SVBC staff provided not only the background and experimental status of bike share in the Bay Area, we provided our individual opinions on various aspects of this program. Interestingly, at least to the minute-taker, that existing bike share programs have only been implemented in dense, urban settings; however, with the Bay Area bike share, this a first that is trying suburban setting; I suspect that a lot of lessons will be learned.
Sabrina, as a trail advocate for the San Mateo Coast, provided an update on the newly minted “trail” at the Devils Slide Tunnel; that trail is actually the old road which was replaced by the tunnel. The trail will accommodate both cycling and pedestrian use on the existing roadway; these will be separated with the ped-portion closest to the ocean.The trail will be run by County Parks. Parks has requested input about speed limits for cyclists; 10 mph? 15 mph?? It was suggested that, initially, no speed limit be set and find-out whether there really is a problem of fast cyclists being a hazard to other users. Sabrina also brought-up the problem of lack of connection of this new segment of the Coast Trail with other bike/ped facilities in the area.
Valparaiso Ave – Potential TDA proposal from the County. County is asking SVBC support for a proposal to widen existing bike lanes (and provide green paint) on Valparaiso which would extend the Menlo Park/Atherton bike lane OBAG project from ECR to Alameda de las Pulgas. Questions came-up as to 1) does the County propose to narrow the traffic lanes from 12 to 11 ft to get an extra foot for the bike lane? And 2) Perhaps not a question but a statement – If the project is simply re-stripping the road as part of a re-surfacing project, this should NOT be a TDA project as, except for staff time in modifying drawings, this doesn't cost any additional money.
John raised the issue of submitting cycling related questions to candidates running for City offices. Time is running out. But, many felt that the last set were useful both in terms of evaluating candidates, but from a candidate perspective, an opportunity for them to research cycling issues in their community.
Meeting adjourned ~8:30PM