Transportation Advisory Committee
SAN RAMON TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC)
May 19, 2011
Planning Conference Room
2226 Camino Ramon, San Ramon
1. CALL TO ORDER
Committee Members Attending: Jim McVay, Peter Rathmann, Steve Filson, Greg Schniegenberg
Committee Members Absent: Harvey Riggs, Victoria Harris
Council Members Attending: None
Planning Commission Liaison: Jeanne Benedetti
Guests Attending: None
Staff Members Attending: Lisa Bobadilla, PJ Dhoot, Amy Dhaliwal, Nat Rojanasathira
The meeting was called to order by Chair Jim McVay at 6:30 pm.
2. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
M/S/C/U (McVay/Rathmann) to approve the meeting minutes of the April 21, 2011 as written (4-0). Due to Victoria Harris and Harvey Riggs both absent from the May 19, 2011 TAC meeting the approval of the March 17, 2011 minutes were deferred to the next scheduled meeting.
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. NEW BUSINESS
4.1 Election of Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) Chair 2011
M/S/C/U (McVay/Rathmann) to appoint Peter Rathmann as TAC Chair.
4.2 Election of Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) Vice Chair 2011
Traffic Safety Assemblies - Street Smarts also sponsors a 30-minute traffic safety assembly geared towards elementary school students. The assemblies show how children should properly cross streets, put on helmets, learn different bike and hand signals. The Street Smarts staff attends all the elementary schools in the San Ramon Valley. Street Smarts partners up with My Beat, My School officers for this program.
At the middle school level, Street Smarts has programs for each grade level, at grade 6 a special assembly involving the San Ramon Police Department (SRPD) and Street Smarts staff engage children in different helmet and traffic safety videos. At grade 7-8, Street Smart staff works with California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers, and the program shows students making right decisions and choice themselves when it come to traffic safety issues.
Bike Rodeos - Another Street Smarts program geared toward elementary schools students are Bike Rodeos. Street Smarts staff members reach nearly every elementary school in the San Ramon Valley, and throw one and a half hour Bike Rodeos. The Bike Rodeos teaches the students bicycle safety skills: they learn how to balance and maneuver while using the bicycles, and have a bicycle and helmet safety check. Dublin Cyclery helps with the safety checking of the bicycles.
Encouragement Programs - Street Smarts also has encouragement programs to encourage walking and biking to school, it is one of the key components for the Street Smarts grant. Parents go on the Street Smarts website to track how many miles children walk or bike to school, and the children get incentives if they walk or bike more than 20 times a month.
Outreach Programs - As part of our outreach efforts there is an activity book primarily for younger children, and these outreach efforts reach children outside of assemblies and Bike Rodeos.
Website and Community Efforts - The Street Smarts website has downloadable resources for parents, information on different programs, and on public relations outreach efforts.
Nat Rojanasathira then asked the TAC Committee Members if there were any questions:
Steve Filson asked where the Street Smarts program originated from. Mr. Rojanasathira replied from San Jose, although our program in the San Ramon Valley is different than the program in San Jose, but similar because of promoting traffic safety. Mr. Rojanasathira then said that other cities are using the San Ramon Valley Street Smarts program as model for their own Street Smarts programs, as it is a well-known successful comprehensive program.
Mr. Filson asked if the Street Smarts program was funded through just federal grants. Ms. Bobadilla said that Street Smarts does get federal funding, and the four public agencies all pay a share into the program (Town of Danville, City of San Ramon, District 3 Contra Costa County, SRVUSD). Ms. Bobadilla said that staff continues to look for additional federal funding as well.
Mr. Rathmann asked how long Street Smarts have been tracking whether or not children have been walking, or biking to school. Mr. Rojanasathira replied that they just started last Fall as part of their Walk/Bike Challenge program. We did a valley-wide survey administered by the teachers three days in the school year, and Street Smarts gets those results.
Jim McVay asked if there was any signage for traffic safety messages. Lisa Bobadilla replied that there are Street Smarts banners on Bollinger Canyon Rd. adjacent to Camino Ramon and Crow Canyon Rd. near San Ramon Valley Blvd. that have different safety messages to promote safe travel. Lisa Bobadilla said that these banners tend to be at higher volume commercial areas.
5. UNFINISHED BUSINESS5.1 I-680 Norris Canyon HOV On/Off Ramp Update
Lisa Bobadilla provided a verbal update. She informed that the project is included in the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) Measure J Transportation Expenditure Plan, the category for that is called the I-680 Transit Corridor Improvement. One component of the I-680 corridor enhancements is the construction of dedicated HOV On/Off ramp on Norris Canyon Road. Last year the City of San Ramon, CCTA, and Caltrans finalized the Project Study Report (PSR) for the Norris Canyon Project. The Scope of Work for the Environmental document has just been approved, the consultant is CH2MHILL, and the Final Scope of Work will be presented to CCTA in June. The City of San Ramon has been advocating for an extensive amount of public outreach for this project. The Environmental Document will not be completed until 2013-2014, and the next phase after that is to seek funding for the construction. CH2MHILL will present to TAC in July or August.
Mr. Filson asked if the plan is to put on/off ramps. Ms. Bobadilla said that they are putting HOV ramps which will be located in the center lane, and it will take you from the current carpool lane up to Norris Canyon Road.
Mr. Rathmann asked if there are any drawings of the HOV ramps. Lisa Bobadilla said that yes there are drawings and when CH2MHILL comes to present to the TAC they will bring those documents.
Mr. McVay asked when funding will be available the HOV lanes. Lisa Bobadilla said that the earliest funding might be available is by 2016.5.2 Residential Traffic Calming (RTC) Program Update
Riviera Way near Broadmoor Drive: PJ Dhoot provided the update. She informed that the first street on the Residential Traffic Calming radar is Riviera Way, which is located near California High School and the nearest cross street is Broadmoor Drive. The request Mrs. Dhoot received was to address speeding during school bell times at California High School, and certain commute times in the evening. Radar trailers were deployed in April, and what was found in the radar is that the average speed was actually 20 mph, and the critical speed was at 26 mph. In addition to this, there is a breakdown of the vehicles, 247 vehicles were going at 0-30mph, 6 vehicles went between 31-35mph, and only 5 vehicles went from 36-45mph. SRPD gave 6 speeding citations during their observations, one was to a resident who lived nearby, and two were for students of California High School. SRPD said that there was not a lot of speeding during their selective enforcement. Mrs. Dhoot said that they will continue to monitor the streets, and typically the streets are monitored for 3 months, and then decide whether to move to a different Phase in the Residential Traffic Calming Program. However, there is the issue of summer vacation starting soon which will hinder observations.
6. COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS
6.1 Committee Member Items
6.2 City Council Liaison Items
6.3 Planning Commission Liaison Items
6.4 Teen Council Liaison
Shekhar Sharma reported on the item. He informed that coming up during the Art and Wind Festival a booth will be set up at the Kid’s Zone which is the first time a booth will be located there. Mr. Sharma said that the next Teen Council meeting will be the last of the year. New Teen Council Liaisons will be appointed in September.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m. The next council meeting is scheduled for July 21, 2011 in the Planning Conference Room.