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MINUTES

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

Teen Council Liaison:                       Shekar Sharma

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

None.

4.          NEW BUSINESS

4.1       Election of Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) Chair  2011

Lisa Bobadilla, Transportation Division Manager, introduced the new business item as the Election of the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) Chair for 2011. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the City Council approved three TAC committee members, two of them being incumbents Jim McVay and Peter Rathmann, along with new TAC committee member, Greg Schniegenberg. Ms. Bobadilla then informed the TAC Committee members that the TAC Chair typically facilitates TAC meetings and represents the TAC at a City Council meeting to present the annual report and annual activities that went on during the TAC meetings throughout the past year, so with that the TAC committee members can make nominations and vote for this year’s TAC Chair. 

Mr. McVay nominated Peter Rathmann. No other nominations were made.

M/S/C/U (McVay/Rathmann) to appoint Peter Rathmann as TAC Chair.

Mr. McVay asked Mr. Rathmann if he would like to facilitate the rest of the meeting, but Mr. Rathmann said he will start his TAC Chair duties at the next scheduled meetings, with that being said Mr. McVay moved on to the next new business item.

4.2       Election of Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) Vice Chair 2011

Lisa Bobadilla informed the committee members that they can nominate absent committee members.

Mr. McVay nominated Victoria Harris. No other nominations were made.

M/S/C/U (McVay/Rathmann) to vote for Victoria Harris as TAC Vice Chair.

Mr. McVay then moved on to the next new business item.

4.3       Street Smarts 2010-2011 Program

Lisa Bobadilla provided background information on the San Ramon Valley Streets Smarts Program. She informed committee members that the program was launched 7 years ago, and that is a collaborative effort between the City of San Ramon, Town of Danville, San Ramon Valley Unified School District, and the Contra Costa County District 3 office. The program was a direct result of three very significant traffic tragedies that resulted in the death of children in the San Ramon Valley. The San Ramon Valley Street Smarts program is similar to a program started by the City of San Jose. When the program was launched 7 years ago, it targeted elementary school students. Over the years, the program has evolved into a very comprehensive program that reaches out to elementary, middle, and high school students, and other members of the public to promote bike, pedestrian, and traffic safety. Lisa Bobadilla then introduced Nat Rojanasathira, San Ramon Valley Street Smarts Coordinator.

Mr. Rojanasathira stated that the goal and purpose of the Street Smarts program is teaching traffic safety education, and changing behavior between drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists in the community. He said the San Ramon Valley Streets Smarts program has both private and public partners who sponsor the program. Mr. Rojanasathira then talked about the main programs that take place at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Elementary School - At the Elementary School level, there is the Story Book Poster Contest, and the program completed its 7th year. Students draw posters that have a bicycle safety theme, which are then used to create a storybook about bicycle and pedestrian safety. He said that in the past year over 600 students entered the contest, and the best artwork was chosen to be added to the storybooks. Over 9,000 of these storybooks were printed out thanks to a federal grant, and then the storybooks were distributed to all the elementary schools in the valley. Each of the libraries held a reading for children grades K-3 to read the storybook as well. An awards ceremony was held that presented the poster contest winners for the storybook, all of the artwork done by the children were put on display, and the awards ceremony met its maximum occupancy allowed at the event location.

Middle School - At the Middle School level, there is a Street Smarts video contest, and the purpose of the video contest is to create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) that stresses the importance of traffic safety issues with varying themes each year. Students are to gather into groups to create the video, and this year over 200 students entered the video contest, with over 70 videos submitted. 

High School - At the High School level, the program that is geared towards students is the “It Happens” campaign. The program is about students sharing their experiences on the road as a driver or passenger, and focuses on students learning about their experiences through their peers. The campaign is held at different high schools year round, and guest speakers are brought to talk about various traffic safety issues, one of the guest speakers being famed Airline Pilot, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. The program is very web-focused, students are filmed at school sharing their stories and later the video is put on the “It Happens” website. Students can earn points in exchange for prizes provided by sponsors, which is a way to promote the program and keep students interested in the program.

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:

Questions/Comments

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 BUSINESS

5.1 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.

Questions/Comments

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.

Silva Way near Albion Road: Silva Way is very near Hidden Hills Elementary School and Dougherty Valley High School. Dougherty Valley High School actually has frontage on Albion Road. The speeding complaints were related to parents of the school students using the street as a cut through. Radar Trailers were deployed on May 9th and 10th, and the results have not been posted yet. SRPD is monitoring the road with selective enforcement.  Mrs. Dhoot said she will bring the results of the radar trailer to the next scheduled TAC meeting if available.

6.         COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS 

6.1       Committee Member Items

None.

6.2       City Council Liaison Items

None.

6.3       Planning Commission Liaison Items

None

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. 

7.         ADJOURNMENT

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.

 

 

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