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BUSC Minutes June 18, 2003 2003

AGENDA

WEDNESDAY, June 18, 2003 - - - - 5:30 P.M.
COUNCIL CONFERENCE ROOM
1ST FLOOR - - - - CITY HALL


Persons addressing the Subcommittee shall be limited to 10 minutes unless an extension of time is granted by the Chairperson subject to approval of the Subcommittee Members. When any group of persons wishes to address the Subcommittee, it shall be proper for the Chairperson to request that a spokesperson be chosen to represent the group.

Public comment will be allowed on items on this Agenda at the time each item is considered.

At the end of this Agenda, public comments will also be allowed on items NOT on the Agenda, but within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Subcommittee. However, NO action may be taken off-agenda items except as provided by law.


COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT:

Frederick E. Von Coellin, Vice-Chairman
Denny Bean
Greg Lindstrom
Bruce Shoemaker

COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT:

John Olmsted, Chairman
Phil Lamontagne
Jack James

STAFF PRESENT:Ron Bowers, Senior Civil Engineer

CALL TO ORDER

The regular meeting of the Bicycle Users Subcommittee was called to order at 5:55 by Vice Chairman Von Coellin.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The minutes of the April 16, 2003, minutes were approved as submitted.

OLD BUSINESS

  1. REVIEW OF THE EXISTING BIKE ROUTE MASTER PLAN AND CONSIDERATION OF REVISING EXISTING BIKE ROUTES AND CLASSIFICATIONS.

    The meeting was opened to the public for discussion and comments related to the Bicycle Master Plan. Ms. Judith Colusney commented on a number of concerns:

    • On the Wilshire Avenue easterly route, the street is marked right-turn only for vehicles southbound onto Harbor Boulevard, which interferes with a bicyclist attempting to use the crossing control buttons, and she requested that the pavement be marked "Bicyclists Excepted".
    • Need for an additional bike rack at the Fullerton Main Library.
    • The bike rack at the parking structure across from the Downtown Plaza is too close to the building preventing its full use.
    • Bicycle Awareness/Public Relations, possibly getting the police department to initiate county involvement as a public safety issue. Ms. Colusney was directed to contact Lt. Mayes in the FPD traffic section.

    Mr. Shoemaker stated that he had spoken to Mr. Vandenberg, s/w corner Puente and Hermosa, concerning the route being considered at the north end of Fullerton Golf Course into Brea. His objection is that as a terminus for a bicycle route people would park on his street and bring their bicycles to access the trail from this location. Really a continuation of an existing Class III route, maybe it could be made to a Class II route so that no one would think to use this area as a special place to either start or finish a route. This is the site where a bridge was discussed. Mr. Vandenberg's thought was to pave it and paint it as a Class I, but call it a Class III.

    The Committee members discussed noticing the public about this meeting to address the Master Plan. One bike shop had the map posted at the entrance and another shop had the map in the office. Other local shop owners/managers received a map and letter inviting them and their customers to attend. The libraries were contacted and an article was submitted to be published in the Fullerton College and CSUF newspapers. The Observer also carried a front page article regarding the meeting, as well as an article written by Ms. Colusney.

    Ms. Colusney offered her comment that if the Master Plan is adopted as indicated on the map, she would feel to be a much safer traveler on the road. It was suggested to her that she also consider using some of the many off-road bike trails within the City. A map is available in the Community Services Department as well as on the City's website.

    There being no further discussion, it was motioned and seconded to accept the Master Plan as proposed and submit it to the Transportation & Circulation Commission for recommendation to the City Council. The Members concurred unanimously. Mr. Bowers advised that a staff report will be prepared and submitted to the T&CC

NON-AGENDA ITEMS

  • Army Corps of Engineers regarding route through the Brea Dam area. Denny Bean established contact with the Corps, which has a program to pay for one half of the proposed trail and has subsequently requested a concept design plan.
  • Staff advised that an application has been submitted for a route behind the Tennis Center to Bastanchury for a Class I bikeway in Army Corp property, which should be approved. The City has also been having discussions with St Jude, which will cause changes to the design to eliminate taking the bicyclist down into the dam area by creating a bike trail along the top of the dam area and out letting onto Bastanchury.
  • Mr. Bowers advised that a project priority list needs to be established by the Subcommittee in order to be included in the next budget cycle.
  • Mr. Bowers commented that Berkeley Street - Chapman to Harbor - is going to be slurry sealed and a bike lane painted by the end of the summer.
  • Three projects are taking place on Orangethorpe, which will include bike lanes. These should be completed also by the end of the summer.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

None.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned to July 16, 2003.

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