SAN RAMON TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
June 18, 2009
San Ramon Community Center, Alcosta Room
12501 Alcosta Boulevard
1. CALL TO ORDER
Committee Members Attending: Walt Trembley, Ken Dawdy, Victoria Harris Harvey Riggs, Peter Rathman, Jim McVay
Committee Members Absent: None
Council Members Attending: None
Planning Commission Liaison: None
Teen Council Liaison: None
Guests Attending: Carl Huntzinger, Steve Forer
Staff Members Attending: Lisa Bobadilla, PJ Dhoot, Leslie Chase, and
Officer Randy Ritter
The meeting was called to order by Chair Riggs at 6:30 pm.
2. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
M/S/C/U (Trembley/Rathman) to approve the minutes of the April 16, 2009 meeting as written (6-0).
M/S/C/U (Trembley/Harris) to approve the minutes of the May 21, 2009 meeting as written (6-0).
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. NEW BUSINESS
4.1 Street Smarts Update
Nat Rojanasathira, Street Smarts Coordinator, gave a Power Point presentation on the Street Smarts Program. He provided a background on how the program started and its involvement with elementary school, middle school, high school students as well as the community. Nat described the success of the Annual Storybook Poster contest which generated ample participation from elementary students. The annual “Be Reel” video contest which was catered for middle school students was a big success with 100 students participating in the program. Nat showed a winning video clip on “the Importance of Walking to School Safety” by Colin Man of Diablo Vista Middle School.
Nat Rojanasathira also discussed the “It Happens High School Campaign” which focuses on driving safety. Students are encouraged to log on to the website to share their stories, watch videos, share their experiences and receive points through the rewards program. The Street Smarts community outreach efforts include participation on summer concerts, farmer’s markets, library events and student-oriented activities while media/public relations efforts are done through radio and television, newspapers, and agency publications.
Jim McVay asked if there is a way to track accidents involving teenagers in San Ramon to better judge the performance of the program. Lisa responded that the City maintains accident database which does not track records involving teenage accidents.
Harvey Riggs asked if there are plans to develop safety presentations for Street Smarts targeting students who will be using the new bus routes in Danville/San Ramon in the fall. Lisa responded that staff is embarking on an aggressive marketing campaign and community outreach involving students and the general public in concert with the Police Department where components of the Street Smarts will be integrated with this effort.
Harvey Riggs also stated that flashing caution lights adjacent to schools should not be flashing when schools are out during the summer and should be adjusted.
5. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
5.1 Radar Speed Display Sign Update
PJ Dhoot gave a Power Point presentation on the Radar Speed Display Sign Program. She reported that the proposed locations for Morgan Drive and Pine Valley Road were discussed at the Public Hearing on May 21, 2009 TAC meeting. Residents of Morgan Drive requested that the sign be installed in the opposite direction which would alert motorists as they travel towards the clubhouse. Pine Valley Road residents requested that the sign be installed between Goshen Place and the Iron Horse Trail to alert motorists of the Iron Horse Trail crossing.
Staff recommends the installation of 15-inch RSDS along Morgan Drive between Arapaho Court and Sage Circle based on feedback staff received from residents who were concerned with the speed of vehicles approaching the clubhouse and tennis courts. Staff also recommends the installation of 15-inch RSDS for eastbound Pine Valley Road between Davona Drive and Boxford Place. The location is on the approach of Pine Valley Middle School, Walt Disney Elementary School, and the Iron Horse Trail. This location is the most optimal location for speed reduction on Pine Valley Road.
Carl Huntzinger, Pine Valley Road resident, commented that he was not aware that the sign will be installed at Pole 6654 and wants to know where staff plans to target the speed of vehicles and whether it is closer to the curb or further to the west. Mr. Huntzinger is interested to know about reading the speed in Pine Valley Road distance.
PJ Dhoot responded that the radar could aim for the maximum distance of 1500 feet and the proposed location is the most optimal location.
Steve Forer, Morgan Drive resident, concurs with staff’s recommendation for Morgan Drive which is the optimal location for radar speed display. Mr. Forer asked about adjusting the sign so it could capture speed up to 1500 feet. He is concerned that with the 85th percentile being 42 ½ mph that the sign will be flashing the whole time. PJ Dhoot responded that the display sign is adjustable and there are options as to how the display could be configured.
Jim McVay commented that staff should make sure that signs are visible and not obstructed by trees and vegetation.
M/S/C/U (Trembley/Riggs) to proceed with the installation of the radar speed display sign on Morgan Drive (6-0).
Jim McVay suggested that motion for RSDS for Pine Valley Road be deferred until clarification is made about how far back the device could capture speed up to 1500 feet. PJ Dhoot demonstrated how RSD signs could be tilted or angled to capture speed up to a maximum of 1500 feet. Based on the information provided by staff, Jim McVay withdrew his motion to defer action on Pine Valley Road Radar Speed Sign installation.
M/S/C/U (Rathman/Harris) to proceed with the installation of the Radar Speed Display sign on Pine Valley Road (6-0).
5.2 County Connection Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) Status Report
PJ Dhoot reported that the committee discussed the budget cuts which results in cut in service of about 17%. The committee also discussed lower sales taxes with revenues also falling slightly. It is County Connection’s goal to continue to maintain and enhance their service.
5.2 Active Residential Traffic Calming (RTC) Streets Status Report
PJ Dhoot gave a status on active RTC streets as follows:
a. Thunderbird Drive – TAC has scheduled the public hearing on July 16, 2009 to consider the installation of speed humps. A notification will be sent to residents within 1000 ft. radius. Staff has gathered data for traffic counts.
b. Balmoral Way – staff received three complaints about speeding. Staff is scheduling sign installation.
c. Monarch Road – staff requested Police Services to provide selective police enforcement on speed and yielding to pedestrians. Radar Trailer was deployed for two days.
6. COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS
6.1. Committee Member Items
Walt Trembley asked about “Children at Play” signs that residents are putting on their streets. Officer Ritter said that signs can be confiscated if they put this on the road but are allowed to put them on their own yard. Lisa Bobadilla stated that the City does not advocate children playing on the streets nor installing non-standard signage related to the General Plan 2020.
Harvey Riggs commented on the “Park Once” language needs a little explanation because the voters may not understand exactly what it means.
6.2 City Council Liaison Items
6.3 Planning Commission Liaison Items
6.4 Teen Council Liaison
Lisa Bobadilla stated that staff contacted teen council liaison about attending the TAC meetings. She stated that she will contact the teen council and articulate that importance of attending TAC meetings.
Officer Ritter clarified that Police Services does not keep records of juvenile versus adults as far as traffic collision reports or citations are concerned but thinks there is a way to gather the age breakdown. Jim McVay said this statistic is a useful tool for schools in judging the effectiveness of the Street Smarts program and perhaps even reward schools with the best record. There was discussion about school bus safety especially with the implementation of the school bus program which starts in August 2009.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m. The next regular meeting is scheduled for July 16, 2009, at the Council Chamber, 2222 Camino Ramon.