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MINUTES

August 16, 2012

Community Conference Room
2401 Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon

1.         CALL TO ORDER

Committee Members Attending:    Peter Rathmann, Victoria Harris, Harvey Riggs, Steve Filson, Mark Ballock, Ed Boyan

Committee Members Absent:        Greg Schniegenberg

Council Members Attending:         None

Planning Commission Liaison:        None

Teen Council Liaison:                  None

Guests Attending:                      None

Staff Members Attending:                 Lisa Bobadilla, PJ Dhoot, Amy Sekhon, Alex Prange.

The meeting was called to order by Chair Peter Rathmann at 6:30 pm.   

2.         REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

M/S/C/U (Riggs/Filson) to approve the July 19, 2012 meeting minutes (6-0). Chair Rathmann stated that there has been a staff request to move Item 5.3 – Active Residential Traffic Calming Streets Status Report before New Business.

3.          PUBLIC COMMENT

None.

5.3       Active Residential Traffic Calming Streets Status Report

PJ Dhoot, Transportation Specialist, presented the item to the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC).

Radar Trailer: Mrs. Dhoot stated that the City of San Ramon has received the new radar trailer. The new radar trailer will operate on a “cloud” system, so data can be viewed instantly online. Police Department (PD) staff had their first training session on how to use the radar trailer. Mrs. Dhoot stated that the training went well, and that she is the Administrator for the “cloud” system. Mrs. Dhoot stated that they are going to register the radar trailer with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and once it is registered the radar trailer can be put out to collect data.

Mrs. Dhoot stated that the radar trailer will go out at the following streets:

  • Broadmoor Drive;
  • Browntail Drive;
  • Davona Drive;
  • Lilac Ridge Road;
  • Montevideo Drive;
  • Reedland Circle; and
  • Tahiti Drive.

Questions/Comments
Harvey Riggs asked why traffic counters were not used while the radar trailer was out of commission. Mrs. Dhoot stated that the radar trailer is easier to deploy, and is more advanced than using a traffic counter.

Chair Rathmann asked if the old radar trailer will be used as a back-up. Mrs. Dhoot stated that is the plan.

Reedland Circle:  Mrs. Dhoot stated that she submitted a selective enforcement request to PD, and two days of selective enforcement were conducted on May 1, 2012 from 4:45pm-5:20pm and on May 8, 2012 from 4:00pm-4:30pm. PD did not issue any citations. The highest speed recorded on May 1, 2012 was 28mph, and the highest speed recorded on May 8, 2012 was 20mph. The average speed for both days of selective enforcement was 22mph.

Mrs. Dhoot stated that in September she will submit another selective enforcement request since school will be back in session. Mrs. Dhoot stated that she would like to maintain a “no parking” zone on Reedland Circle due to visibility issues for oncoming vehicles that are traveling from Crow Canyon Road onto Reedland Circle.

Mrs. Dhoot stated that Reedland Circle visibility issues were brought to TAC in 2004, and at that time the TAC recommended the installation of the “no parking” zone. Ed Boyan stated that he was present when the item was brought to TAC in 2004. He stated that speeding and parking remain an issue. Mr. Boyan stated that in the past he spoke to a City of San Ramon Police Officer to let PD know about the speeding on Reedland Circle.

Mr. Boyan asked how locations are determined for deploying a radar trailer, and asked if it was based on a homeowner’s address. Mrs. Dhoot stated that she gives a home address to PD, and PD determines the appropriate location. Mrs. Dhoot stated it is a bit harder on Reedland Circle to place the radar trailer because of the roadway geometry.

Mr. Riggs asked if a Traffic Officer can attend TAC so the new TAC members can meet them. Ms. Bobadilla stated that we used to have a Traffic Patrol Sergeant or Officer attend TAC meetings, but resources are limited; however, they receive the TAC agendas. Ms. Bobadilla will request that an officer attend an upcoming meeting.

4.          NEW BUSINESS

4.1       Street Smarts Program Update

Corrine Ferreyra, Street Smarts Program Analyst, provided the update. She stated that Street Smarts formed in 2004 following two fatal collisions that claimed the lives of three children in the San Ramon Valley. Street Smarts focuses on traffic safety issues, and is a multi-jurisdictional program that works with the City of San Ramon, Town of Danville, Contra Costa County, and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. 

Mrs. Ferreyra provided an update on Street Smarts program efforts:

Storybook Poster Contest:
Mrs. Ferreyra stated that students compete to have their artwork featured in a twelve-page traffic safety themed storybook.  She stated that over 400 elementary school students participated in the Storybook Poster Contest, and the awards ceremony was held at the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center with over 650 attendees. Over 9,000 copies of the storybook were printed and distributed to students at elementary schools and public libraries.

Lisa Bobadilla, Transportation Division Manager, provided a copy of the storybook to all TAC members. Ms. Bobadilla stated that Sunset Development is a major sponsor of the awards ceremony.

“Be Reel!” Video Contest:
Mrs. Ferreyra stated that over 200 middle-school students participated in last year’s Street Smarts “Be Reel!” Video Contest. In the valley-wide competition, middle school students work in teams of up to four students to create a 60-second Public Service Announcement (PSA) that focuses on traffic-safety issues. The contest takes place in the month of October (Fall) and March (Spring) and culminates with the Street Smarts “Be Reel!” Video Contest awards ceremony.

The contest themes were “Crossing the Street Safely” and “Walking and Riding Distraction Free”, and the awards ceremony was held at the Danville Village Theatre in May 2012. All finalist videos are broadcasted on Contra Costa Television and featured on the Street Smarts Facebook page.  Mrs. Ferreyra stated that 70 videos were submitted into the contest, and the winners were from San Ramon and attended Windermere Ranch Middle School.

“It Happens” Teen-Driving Safety Campaign:

Mrs. Ferreyra stated that “It Happens” is the high school program. It is an interactive campaign created by Street Smarts that engages teens to learn about driving safety based on their own experiences on the road as a driver or passenger.  Mrs. Ferreyra stated that 533 people have “liked” the Street Smarts Facebook page. Students provide tips and information about the dangers and consequences of:

  • Driving distractions;
  • Running stop signs;
  • Speeding;
  • Riding in the car with too many passengers; and
  • Driving in bad weather.

Officer Hollis Tong was able to get a wrecked vehicle to show what happens with unsafe driving practices. It Happens participated in a “Disappearing Students” program that pulled students out of classrooms and announced that they “passed away” in a car crash. The children who “passed away” wore face paint and shirts during that school day to indicate the impact of a fatal car crash.

Bike Rodeos (Safe Routes to School Efforts):

Street Smarts hosts bike rodeos as a part of its federal Safe Routes to School grant. At the after-school bike rodeos, staff and volunteers set up obstacle courses and safety games for students to practice their bicycle riding skills. Bicycle helmet checks are performed by trained personnel, and students are rewarded with snacks and refreshments for their efforts. Street Smarts organized 14 after school bike rodeos, and over 1,000 students participated.

Assemblies (Safe Routes to School Efforts)::

During the 2011-2012 school year, over 8,000 elementary school students participated in traffic safety assemblies. Assemblies are delivered to 100-300 students at a time from grades K-5.

Walk/Bike Challenge (Safe Routes to School Efforts):

Street Smarts promote the benefits of walking and bicycling to school through the Walk/Bike Challenge program. In the online-based program targeted to specific schools, parents learn about the environmental, health, social and financial benefits of walking, bicycling, and rolling (skateboard, roller blades) to school. In 2013, Street Smarts plans to organize a district-wide event on Bike to School Day in May as a part of the Spring Walk/Bike Challenge.

Street Smarts Fall 2012-2013:

Mrs. Ferreyra stated that 11 schools are signed up for the Fall campaign which include Walk/Bike Challenge, Bike Rodeos, and Assemblies, and are also signing schools up for Spring programs as well. Mrs. Ferreyra stated that a robotic “bike bot” will demonstrate how to ride a bicycle will be utilized in the assemblies this school year. The poster contest, video contest, and the It Happens campaign all run concurrently with the Safe Routes to School efforts. The It Happens campaign will only be in San Ramon high schools this year, and will work on the high schools in Danville next year due to students’ preferences.

Questions/Comments:

Mr. Boyan asked traffic safety videos are still shown to driving students. Mrs. Ferreyra stated that they show traffic safety videos from YouTube, or some of the Street Smarts videos from the “Be Reel!” contest to middle school students. She stated that videos are also posted on the Street Smarts Facebook page.

Mr. Riggs stated that he does not believe that “liking” a Facebook page means that children are taking action for safe driving practices. Mrs. Ferreyra stated that it is a way to communicate with the children, and believes it to be a confirmation that students receive the information that is posted.

Mark Ballock stated that when they “like” it will show up on their Facebook page and their friends will see it, which is sharing the information.

Vice Chair Victoria Harris stated that most teenagers are avid Facebook users, and they will get updates on Facebook pages they “liked” regularly.

Mr. Ballock stated that he visited the Street Smarts website. He stated that there are two contradicting statements about where to ride your bike. It says that kids younger than the age of 10 should ride on the sidewalk, and not on the street. On the sidewalk, it says to walk your bike on the sidewalk otherwise cars pulling out of the driveway cannot see you. Mr. Ballock stated that as a bike instructor we never tell children to ride on the sidewalk, since it is unsafe.

Chair Rathmann stated that maybe it was meant to say to walk in crosswalks because that is emphasized. Chair Rathmann stated that there is a difference when riding bicycles with traffic and not against it for safety purposes, and that is hardly emphasized.

Mrs. Ferreyra stated that she would change the wording on the Street Smarts website.

Alex Prange, City of San Ramon/Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Intern, stated that the It Happens campaign “Disappearing Students” did affect students at his school, and thinks that the program should be utilized every year.

Chair Rathmann moved on to the next item.

4.2       Real-Time Rideshare (RTR) Pilot Program

Lisa Bobadilla, Transportation Division Manager, presented the item. She stated that the RTR Program is a two year demonstration project, and is funded with a grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). Ms. Bobadilla stated that the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA), and the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) are partners in this three-county effort. The goal of the Project is to demonstrate how a mobile device application, which enables drivers of private autos to spontaneously link up with rides, can form an informal carpool. Ms. Bobadilla stated that she is on the Task Force for CCTA, and CCTA is going to target Bishop Ranch and AT&T employees for the pilot program.

Ms Bobadilla stated that she will provide updates to the TAC.

Questions/Comments:

Chair Rathmann asked if this program was used elsewhere. Ms. Bobadilla stated that it is used to some extent in Southern California. The company who designed the application Avego Corporation is from France, and they have had success with the application in Europe.

Chair Rathmann asked if this was just for the iPhone. Ms Bobadilla stated it is for iPhone and Android phones.

Mr. Riggs asked who is going to track the success of the program. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the phone has a tracking mechanism built inside the application, like mileage, trip, etc.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that the only issue that has surfaced is people’s sense of security. The first RTR task force meeting had members going through all the possible issues that could arise. The goal is to reduce that fear of not knowing who the individual is that you are carpooling with.

Mr. Riggs asked how you determine who receives an application. Ms. Bobadilla stated that there is no way, since it will be available to whoever downloads the application.

Chair Rathmann asked if you have to sign up for the application through your employer. Ms. Bobadilla stated that you can’t—that’s why they are having affinity groups that are employees of the same area or Business Park.

Chair Rathmann asked if the affinity group is to help with certifying that they work where they say they work. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the RTR Task Force has yet to discuss that.

Mr. Filson asked if Avego had any commentary regarding casual carpool. Ms. Bobadilla stated that they did not have an issue like this in Europe.

Chair Rathmann stated that casual carpooling is used for where people are around. Chair Rathmann stated that you can pick any place to meet, so that could be an issue.

Mr. Boyan stated that companies offer a vehicle and people pay for the gas for carpooling. Ms. Bobadilla stated that yes companies do that in Bishop Ranch and AT&T.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that this is a pilot program, and is targeting people that are living 20-30miles away from work. Ms. Bobadilla stated that she would like to have the RTR consultant team present the information to the TAC at a later date.

4.3       TRAFFIX Program Update

Ms. Bobadilla provided the update to TAC. She stated that TRAFFIX is currently in its fourth year of bus service. Ms. Bobadilla stated that TRAFFIX will serve Monte Vista High School and California High School on a one-year trial basis; all other services at San Ramon and Danville school sites remain the same. A repurposed bus from TRAFFIX Route 16, and an addition of one bus to existing fleet of 16 busses to 17 busses to serve the second high school, both on a trial basis. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the goal is to sell 50 passes for the high school routes. At the end of the school-year the TRAFFIX Board of Directors will re-evaluate the three routes and could consider eliminating the fleet size back to 16 busses. The evaluation will be based on which two of the three routes reduces the greatest number of vehicular trips from the roadway.

Ms Bobadilla stated that the 2012-2013 TRAFFIX Strategic Marketing Plan is included in the TAC packets.

Questions/Comments

Mr. Riggs stated that the last bullet on the TRAFFIX website states that you can avoid traffic by dropping students earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon. He stated that TRAFFIX should check with a legal counsel about the wording. Mr. Ballock agreed with the comment.

Mr. Riggs stated that he provided comments on the marketing and outreach plan.

Vice Chair Harris stated that it is very effective to have someone sitting at a booth at the back to school registration to promote TRAFFIX. She stated that a lot of dialogue was going on between the parents and the TRAFFIX Program Manager, Alex Weis.

Chair Rathmann moved on to Unfinished Business.
5.         UNFINISHED BUSINESS

5.1 I-680 Transit Corridor Project Status Update

Ms. Bobadilla provided the update. She stated that the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) was asked to study different options to constructing on/off ramps:

  • Norris Canyon;
  • Executive Parkway; or
  • No build.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) may not be ready by Spring 2013 since the Norris Canyon and Executive Parkway options must be studied extensively. Ms. Bobadilla stated that a revised timeline for the project will be available at the next I-680 Transit Corridor meeting.

Chair Rathmann moved on to the next item.

5.2       Public Transit Status Report

Ms. Bobadilla provided the update. In summary, the following items were discussed:

  • 511 Contra Costa Student Transit Ticket program
    • Tickets for the free bus passes are being sent out for the County Connection bus routes that run at bell times.
  • County Connection stated they had concerns about the number of bus riders in Dougherty Valley in the afternoons since it is crowded; they may need to add another afternoon bus due to high ridership.
  • Ms. Bobadilla stated that she has a meeting with the County Connection General Manage and Planning Director to discuss bus services in San Ramon Valley.

Chair Rathmann moved on to Committee Member Items


6.         COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS

6.1       Committee Member Items

Mr. Filson announced that he will be resigning from the TAC as the Chamber of Commerce Representative.

6.2       City Council Liaison Items

None.

6.3       Planning Commission Liaison Items

None

6.4       Teen Council Liaison

None.

7.         ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:55p.m.  The next Transportation Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for September 20, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Conference Room.

 

 

 

 

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