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MINUTES

March 15, 2012

Community Conference Room
2401 Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon

1.         CALL TO ORDER

Committee Members Attending:      Peter Rathmann, Victoria Harris, Harvey Riggs, Greg Schniegenberg, and Steve Filson

Committee Members Absent:          None

Council Members Attending:           None

Planning Commission Liaison:           Jeanne Benedetti

Teen Council Liaison:                     Mischa Fritz and Miranda Shakes

Guests Attending:                        Mark Ballock         

Staff Members Attending:               Lisa Bobadilla, Amy Sekhon, PJ Dhoot

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

2.         REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

M/S/C/U (Riggs/Filson) to approve the February 16, 2012 meeting minutes as written (5-0).

3.          PUBLIC COMMENT

None.

4.          NEW BUSINESS

4.1       Pedestrian Enhancement Devices Warrant Criteria Update

PJ Dhoot, Transportation Specialist, presented the item.

Mrs. Dhoot stated that in 2009, City of San Ramon staff and TAC members developed “draft” warrant criteria for the installation of pedestrian enhancement devices.

As background information, Mrs. Dhoot stated that staff received many requests for the installation of pedestrian enhancement devices, and staff realized that prioritizing where these devices should be installed would be helpful. Staff members researched the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), surrounding cities, and counties to see if there were existing warrant criteria for pedestrian enhancement devices, but did not find existing warrants. Therefore staff developed warrants based on feedback from the TAC, SRPD and Traffic Engineering. Th City Council advised staff to use the draft warrant criteria for a year, and then bring it back to council for review, and if appropriate, approval.

Mrs. Dhoot analyzed the following intersections against the draft warrant criteria:

  • Twin Creeks Drive at Shadow Mountain Drive.
  • Camino Ramon at the Crow Canyon Commons Shopping Center.
  • Crow Canyon Place at Magnolia Square Shopping Center.
  • Albion Road at Hidden Valley Park.
  • Marketplace near the San Ramon Library.

The analysis was reviewed by a Senior Traffic Engineer, and he recommended prioritizing the installation of pedestrian enhancement devices according to the warrant criteria. The warranted intersections demonstrated higher pedestrian volumes, traffic volumes, and speed volumes. Mrs. Dhoot thanked the TAC members for all their work, and stated that she will bring the item to City Council at a later date.

Chair Rathmann moved on to the next item.

4.2       Bike Signage – Bollinger Canyon Road and Alcosta Boulevard

Mrs. Dhoot presented the item.

Mrs. Dhoot stated that the item addresses the signage eastbound Bollinger Canyon Road near the intersection of Alcosta Blvd. She stated that there is a bike route along the entire stretch of Bollinger Canyon Road, and that there is a bike route end sign at the intersection of Bollinger Canyon Road and Alcosta Blvd, and a bike route begin sign past the intersection. The sidewalk near the Iron Horse Trail and Alcosta Blvd. has faded markings for bicyclists to utilize the sidewalk as a preferred bike route. Engineering will embark on a project to improve operations along Bollinger Canyon Road. Construction will start Summer 2012 and signage will be added as part of the project scope.

Questions/Comments

Chair Rathmann stated that bike route sign is completely hidden on Bollinger Canyon Road heading uphill. He stated that there is an additional sign and light pole blocking the bike route sign. He stated that there is no indication that the sidewalk is a shared sidewalk for bicyclists to utilize. Mrs. Dhoot stated that staff will look at the placement and size of the sign before installation.

Chair Rathmann suggested adding a dashed line on the sidewalk to indicate that this is a shared sidewalk. Mrs. Dhoot stated that she will bring that to Engineering staff’s attention.

Lisa Bobadilla, Transportation Division Manager, stated that this item will go to City Council on March 27th. Mr. Talley is seeking City Council authorization, and if it is approved the improvements along Bollinger Canyon Road would be completed by the end of the summer.

Harvey Riggs stated that when you consider the signage, please remember there is a bus stop near the area.

Commissioner Jeanne Benedetti asked if the project is funded? Ms. Bobadilla stated that it is funded.

Chair Rathmann moved on to the next item.

4.3       TAC Annual Report PowerPoint

Ms. Bobadilla presented the item.

She stated that at the previous TAC meeting the draft PowerPoint presented was distributed to the committee members, and asked the committee members to provide her with comments at the March TAC meeting. She stated that the TAC Annual Report is scheduled for the March 27, 2012 City Council meeting. Ms. Bobadilla stated that committee members are welcome to attend the meeting.

Ms. Bobadilla went through the PowerPoint. She stated that she will introduce the item and the TAC members, and then Chair Rathmann will present the PowerPoint to Council. The PowerPoint will feature the current TAC By Laws, a summary of the 2011 TAC activities, Residential Traffic Calming (RTC) program information and requests received in 2011, several slides regarding Safe Routes to School (SRTS), and TRAFFIX information.

Questions/Comments

Mr. Riggs stated that the RTC slide should be moved towards the beginning of the presentation, before the SRTS slides. Ms. Bobadilla stated that she would make the change.

Mr. Riggs stated that he would like to add to the TAC activities slide, and the RTC program slide. Mr. Riggs’ comments are below:

2011 TAC Activities slide:

1. “Reviewed public input regarding collector and arterial connections with
particular emphasis on citizen requests for traffic calming relief.”

RTC slide:

  • “Receive and review concerns brought forth by citizens, including speeding, crosswalks, policing, visibility, bus stops, traffic signals, stop signs, etc.”
  • “Conduct public meetings as necessary to obtain maximum public response.”

Commissioner Benedetti stated that staff should list the Teen Council Liaisons in the PowerPoint slide, Ms. Bobadilla stated that she would.

Commissioner Benedetti stated that there should be a bullet point regarding commenting on the Traffic and Circulation element of the General Plan since that was presented in 2011. Ms. Bobadilla stated that she will check when that was presented, as she believes it was presented in 2010.

Chair Rathmann stated that there should be bullet points highlighting the issues at each of the school sites where new circulation plans were implemented for the SRTS slides.

Mr. Filson stated that there should be a note on the growth of the TRAFFIX program. Chair Rathmann stated that a percentage of the growth since 2009 when the program was implemented would be beneficial.

Ms. Harris asked what the average staff time is for RTC requests in case Chair Rathmann was asked during the presentation. Ms. Bobadilla stated staff monitors that closely, but it is difficult to pose an “average” as each request’s staff time varies. 

Ms. Bobadilla asked the TAC if there was anything else they would like to add. Greg Schniegenberg stated that the PowerPoint is fine.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that staff will finalize the PowerPoint and include the TAC members’ comments.

Mr. Riggs stated that the Police Department should be recognized for their help with transportation issues.

Chair Rathmann moved on to Unfinished Business.

5.         UNFINISHED BUSINESS

5.1 Public Transit Status Report

Mrs. Dhoot reported on the item.

Mrs. Dhoot stated that she forwarded the comments regarding the Tahiti Drive Public Hearing to County Connection. She stated that she hasn’t received any comments against the proposed bus stop. New bus schedules will be printed, and a bus stop along Tahiti Drive will begin on March 26, 2012. Mrs. Dhoot stated that she has notified the principal of Cal High, and notified the Home Owner’s Association about the bus stop.

5.2 Active Residential Traffic Calming Streets Status Report

Mrs. Dhoot reported on the item.

Browntail Way: Mrs. Dhoot stated that Browntail Way is located near Bollinger Canyon Road in Dougherty Valley, across from Gale Ranch Middle School (GRMS). Mrs. Dhoot received a request from an HOA to install speed humps since there seems to be cut-through traffic as motorists attempt to avoid traffic signal at North Monarch Road and Bollinger Canyon Road. Officer Goyich provided selective enforcement to the area, he listed all vehicles and their speed, and the highest speed was 21mph. Mrs. Dhoot called the HOA Manager and notified the manager of Officer Goyich’s selective enforcement results. The HOA then requested selective enforcement in the morning, specifically when GRMS is about to start because they might see cut-through traffic during that time. Mrs. Dhoot informed the Police Department (PD), and they will send someone in the morning during the next few weeks.

Questions/Comments:

Mr. Schniegenberg stated that it is very dense in that area in the morning, and he did not feel comfortable going faster than 20mph because of the on-street parking. Mr. Schniegenberg went on to say that if there were oncoming cars he would have stopped to let them through due to the narrow roadway. Mrs. Dhoot stated that in the RTC booklet, it is stated that on-street parking serves as a residential traffic calming element.

Mr. Riggs stated that people using Browntail Way as a cut through could also use neighboring streets as cut-through as well. The committee members agreed.

Mr. Rathmann asked what street Officer Goyich was on because he could check surrounding residential streets. Mrs. Dhoot stated that he was on Browntail Way since the HOA’s written request was for Browntail Way.

Harcourt Way: Mrs. Dhoot stated that the TAC members recommended not to move forward with the removal of crosswalks on the intersections of Harcourt Way and Tamburlaine Drive,  Harcourt Way and Stanforth Court until additional data is collected. The City will conduct 8-hour pedestrian counts, and once the counts have been completed the results will be shared with TAC.

Questions/Comments

Commissioner Benedetti stated that she noticed the signs for the removal of a crosswalk on Albion Road and Bollinger Canyon Road near Dougherty Valley High School. Commissioner Benedetti asked if the TAC members were aware of  it. Mrs. Dhoot stated that Engineering took the lead on the crosswalk removal; however one leg of the crosswalk is going to be removed, and pedestrian barricades will be installed so pedestrians will not accidentally cross through the former leg of the crosswalk.

Twin Creeks Drive: Mrs. Dhoot stated that this is the follow-up item for the Teen Council Liaisons who expressed concerns about the crosswalk on Twin Creeks Drive and Canyon Creek Drive. Mrs. Dhoot stated that the following improvements will be installed:

  • Zebra stripe crosswalk
  • In-pavement yield to pedestrian sign
  • Fluorescent green pedestrian crossing signs
  • Supplemental arrow signs

Mrs. Dhoot stated that signage has been ordered, and will be installed.

Chair Rathmann moved on to the next agenda item.

6.         COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS

6.1       Committee Member Items

Mr. Riggs stated that he has concerns about the fluorescent green signs that are installed throughout the City. He stated that staff might receive requests for “neighborhood kids at play signs” since the two look similar. Chair Rathmann agreed with Mr. Riggs. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the new signs are regulated as part of the MUTCD.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that she has a few items for the committee members to consider. She stated that the Policy Committee meeting will be held on March 23, 2012, and the TAC By Laws are on the agenda. Ms. Bobadilla completed the staff report, and will articulate the TAC members’ concerns regarding the new by laws (composition and voting rights), and reiterate the TAC’s request for additional members.

Chair Rathmann asked if a decision will be made at that point. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the Policy Committee will make a recommendation to Council.

Ms. Bobadilla stated the 8th Annual Street Smarts Poster Contest Awards Ceremony was held at the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts center, and there were about 550 attendees. Ms. Bobadilla stated that 400 students throughout the San Ramon Valley entered the contest. The winning posters are included in the “The Gigantic Pizza Surprise” Street Smarts storybook. City Council will recognize the San Ramon winners, Dana Mentink the book’s author, and Sunset Development as the corporate sponsor, at the March 27, 2012 council meeting.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that on March 21, 2012 Windemere Ranch Middle School (WRMS) is holding a parent traffic safety education night hosted by the PTA and Street Smarts staff. It will focus on parents driving in and around the school site, and bicycle/pedestrian safety. Mrs. Dhoot will focus on the circulation of the school site. Officer Hollis Tong will attend to talk about enforcement at the school site.

6.2       City Council Liaison Items

None.

6.3       Planning Commission Liaison Items

Commissioner Benedetti stated that  the Planning Commission will hold a public meeting on the North Camino Ramon Specific Plan (NCRSP), and will have a joint meeting with the Planning Commission (PC) and Chairs of each City committee. Commissioner Benedetti stated that the Transportation and Circulation element of the plan should be reviewed by the TAC members.

6.4       Teen Council Liaison

Mischa Fritz stated that on March 23, 2012 at the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center a movie called “Race to Nowhere” will be screened. The movie will focus on the struggles teens in high school face regarding standardized test, AP classes, and how this may lead to teen suicide. He stated that there will be panel discussion following the movie screening. He stated that admission is free, and is covered by a Cultural Growth Fund from the City of San Ramon.

7.         ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.  The next Transportation Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for April 19, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Conference Room.

 

 

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