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BUSC Minutes August 16, 2006

Council Conference Room - City Hall
Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 5:30 p.m.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT:
Stephen Hall, Chairman
Davis Barber
Gene Hiegel
Denis Kuemerle
Kent Morris

COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT:
Annaliesa Redfield
Greg Lindstrom

STAFF PRESENT:
Ron Bowers, Senior Civil Engineer

CALL TO ORDER:

The regular meeting of the Bicycle Users Subcommittee was called to order at 5:30 p.m.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

The Minutes of the May 17, 2006, meeting were approved.

NEW BUSINESS:

1. DISCUSS HISTORY OF THE BICYCLE USERS SUBCOMMITTEE

Vince Buck, former BUSC member, presented a synopsis of the history of the BUSC beginning with the Bicycle Task Force that included Ralph Kennedy and Jim Iven, among the many members of the Force who were interested in bicycling. The Task Force was divided into subcommittees, i.e., routes, standards, safety. An initial map was created and adopted by the City Council at that time and was eventually included into the General Plan. The BUSC stemmed from this original Task Force. A revised map will be included in the General Plan review and revision, which is currently underway and should be reviewed by the Subcommittee.

The BUSC faced the challenge of safe conditions on the streets. It was Mr. Buck’s opinion that more initiative should be taken by the Subcommittee in setting the agendas for these meetings. He mentioned some of the accomplishments of the Subcommittee, including Acacia, Chapman, Berkeley, Highland Underpass, Brea, Harbor, Dorothy Lane, Associated Road, Bastanchury, Rolling Hills, and Valencia Mesa.

Items that need to be addressed include bike lane width standards, construction projects that tear up the streets having bike lanes giving no warning or signing.

Update of Fullerton’s General Plan is underway and Mr. Buck commented on Irvine’s and Yorba Linda’s general plan concepts, executive summaries for bikeways, and most importantly, community involvement in their respective bikeway routes. He mentioned the state bicycle transportation account requirements which are required for a plan. Fullerton does not have such a plan that provides information from the state account, i.e., estimated number of bikes used, maps and descriptions of future land developments, available funding for bike projects. He then provided information, including numerous links on the Internet, involving bikeway plans for safety and routes to the Subcommittee members.

Mr. Buck suggested that it might be useful if the Subcommittee went to a two-month schedule; it would be helpful to have the traffic engineer present more often; mentioned some of the priorities of the BUSC, including the Puente link, Youth Way, an east/west route; routes into the downtown, a bridge over the freeway at CSUF taking the Dorothy route east to Madison, wider curb lanes for more safety, Highland underpass lanes, and bikes lanes incorporated in the Safe Routes to School program.

OLD BUSINESS

2. DISCUSS CITYWIDE BIKE EVENT.

Chairman Hall has contacted Parks and Recreation, but has not received a response. He also opined that he does not believe it is the purpose of the BUSC committee to plan or originate bike events.

It was consensus that although this committee is not designated to handle events, such an event would help to achieve some of the goals of the BUSC.

It was suggested that signs be posted at entrances into the City indicating that Fullerton is bike friendly. Signs have been seen in other cities, i.e., “Share the Road”, that would possibly be effective. Mr. Bowers stated he would look into this suggestion.

NON-AGENDA ITEMS

Discussion ensued regarding bike lanes in plans for any upcoming grade separations, particularly the State College Grade separation. Mr. Bowers advised it is ultimately designated for three lanes on the MPAH. This item could be placed on the BUSC agenda for discussion regarding the possibility of placing bike lanes in the interim.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Mr. Vandenburgh’s property is adjacent to the suggested Puente Link route and he has some concerns with design problems and suggested bridging would help to eliminate the steep slope, etc.

ADJOURNMENT

The regular meeting of the Bicycle Users Subcommittee was adjourned to the next regular meeting in September 2006.

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