SAN RAMON TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
October 16, 2008
1. CALL TO ORDER
Committee Members Attending: Gordon Kimber, Walt Trembley, Jim McVay, Peter Rathman
Committee Members Absent: Harvey Riggs and Steve Simmons
Council Members Attending: None
Planning Commission Liaison: Harry Sachs
Teen Council Liaison: Chrissy Tylavsky
Guests Attending: Robert Martin
Staff Members Attending: Lisa Bobadilla, PJ Dhoot, Jeff Eorio and Travis Yokoyama
The meeting was called to order by Chair Gordon Kimber at 6:30 p.m.
2. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
M/S/C/U (McVay/Trembley) to approve the minutes of the September 18, 2008 meeting as written (4-0).
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. NEW BUSINESS
Request for Permit Parking Extension Update
PJ Dhoot provided the TAC with a summary of observations conducted at California High School, as well as along Broadmoor Drive and surrounding roadways within the vicinity. In her report, PJ concluded that a majority of the vehicles parking along 9920-9936 Broadmoor Drive were a result from Bears Football practices, which took place every Tuesday through Thursday from 6:00-8:00p.m. Furthermore, she stated that the California High School parking lot remained at 15-25% occupancy throughout duration of the evening activities. While the Aquatic Center parking lot was at full occupancy during all observations.
Mr. Robert Martin spoke to the TAC during public comment, stating that he is tired of cleaning up after the attendees to the sporting events. He stated that he regularly finds garbage ranging from soda cans to baby diapers in his vegetation. Furthermore, he stated that he cannot find parking for himself or his visitors in front of his home. He requested that the TAC proved additional permit parking restrictions for him and his neighbors.
Jeff Eorio provided the TAC members with a summary of the types of events that take place at the facilities on a daily basis and year-round, emphasizing the Cityís involvement with the (spell out) USS and SRVLA. Commissioner Sachs offered a suggestion regarding implementing a shuttle service from another parking facility to the Aquatic Center for large swim meet weekends, similar to the LPGS event. Peter Rathman stated that the permit parking for Athan Downs Park works effectively, and is pleased with the Cityís Permit Parking Program. Walt Trembley stated that Permit Parking passes are available on Craigslist and are misused by a few students around California High School. Jim McVay stated that it is not easy to park behind California High School and walk to the other facilities, and exiting the parking lot is even more difficult and time consuming.
M/S/C/U (Trembley/McVay) to hold a public hearing to review implementing 7-7-7 Permit Parking along 9920-9936 Broadmoor Drive (4-0).
No report was given at the TAC meeting.
4.3 Active Residential Traffic Calming (RTC) Streets Status Report
PJ Dhoot updated the TAC members on the Cityís RTC Program. She highlighted the speed hump request for Woodcrest Drive, stating that the City received 48% signed petitions from homeowners along this roadway, when the minimum required to install a speed hump is 75%. Therefore, the City will maintain RTC Phase I measures on Woodcrest Drive, but will place a 24-month moratorium for Phase II requests. She also stated the Permit Parking had been extended to include three additional homes along Mangos Drive; these homeowners had initially opted out of the Permit Parking program, but now want to be included due to higher numbers of student vehicles parking in front of their homes on a daily basis.
4.4 Cal High Traffic Study Update
Travis Yokoyama gave an informational presentation to the members of TAC on the final draft California High School Parking Study. The presentation reiterated the purpose of the study, what steps were completed since the last update (June 19th, 2008), reviewed the changes made and comments not included in the study, map of the parking layout, and the next step for the study. TAC members had comments related to how many total spaces will ultimately be at Cal High and what type of spaces (i.e. normal, disabled, reduced). They also conversed about the capacity and the Level of Service ranking of each parking lot. Overall, they approved the Cal High Parking Study and recommended it be forwarded to the Cityís Policy Committee.
4.5 Draft Criteria for Installation of Traffic Control Device
PJ Dhoot reviewed the updated Draft Warrant Criteria for the Installation of In-Roadway Lights and Flashing Yellow Beacons with the TAC members. PJ and the TAC reviewed each of the nine intersections surveyed. PJ explained the parameters of the observations and the subsequent analysis. TAC members offered comments and recommendations as they pertained to each intersection to further develop the Warrant Criteria. A major concern of all TAC members was the age of users, specifically school-age students. The TAC members wanted to make sure that staff launches an educational campaign at school sites where a traffic control device is installed to make sure students understand that it is not a traffic signal. In addition, TAC members wanted to make sure that additional points are assigned to those crosswalks heavily used by school-age pedestrians and designated Safe Routes to Schools.
5. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
5.1 Safe Routes to School Program
PJ Dhoot provided the TAC members with a presentation of the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Annual Report. The presentation included an overview of the programs goals and objectives and highlighted the partnership between City staff and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) in achieving bicyclist and pedestrian safety at and around elementary school sites in San Ramon. The presentation summarized the SRTS observations and recommendations at all eleven elementary school sites. PJ reported that the recommendations would be completed and installed at all school sites following the presentation to the SRVUSD Board. TAC members offered compliments to the programís success and level of detail. Commissioner Sachs requested to attend the presentation to the SRVUSD Board to advocate for the expansion of the sidewalk at Country Club Elementary school.
6. COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS
Peter Rathman inquired about a construction sign located in the bike lane, along Alcosta Blvd. Staff will provide an update at the next TAC meeting.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m. The next regular meeting is scheduled for November 20, 2008 in the Planning Conference Room.