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BUSC Minutes July 18, 2007

MINUTES
BICYCLE USERS SUBCOMMITTEE
Council Conference Room - City Hall
Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 5:30 p.m.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
Gene Hiegel, Chairman
Edmundo Duvignau, Vice-Chairman
Banning Ostrow
James Barnum

COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT
Davis Barber
Kent Morris
James Donovan

STAFF PRESENT
Ron Bowers, Senior Civil Engineer

CALL TO ORDER

The regular meeting of the Bicycle Users Subcommittee was called to order at 5:40 p.m.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The June 20, 2007 meeting minutes were approved.

OLD BUSINESS

1.DISCUSS POTENTIAL BIKE RACKS AND LOCKERS LOCATIONS.

The committee met at the Transportation Center at the last meeting and discussed several locations that the bike racks could be placed.

Mr. Bowers mentioned that staff will review the potential bike rack locations the committee discusses and bring it back to the committee.

NEW BUSINESS

1.DISCUSS COST AND DESIGN OF BIKE RACK ENCLOSURE.

Mr. Duvignau presented the committee with various bike rack styles that could potentially be used.The committee reviewed and briefly discussed the bike racks.

It was mentioned that some bike racks are difficult to lock bikes and that simple bike racks should be considered.

It was asked if the committee is looking at a permanent solution or temporary solution until the City redesigns the Transportation Center or at something that can be integrated into the new design.Mr. Bowers stated that Redevelopment is reviewing the Transportation Center.

There are bike racks that mount to the wall.There are companies that make angle bike racks as well.

It was mentioned that there could be incentives for people that ride their bikes so that more people would ride their bikes.Perhaps there could be a type of scanning device that could keep track of each visit to the bike rack and a type of incentive for riding their bike such as a dollar or a deduction on their next water bill for example.

The committee told Mr. Bowers that the Montreal and University of Queensland style of bike racks is what they are looking for.

2.DISCUSS LESSONS LEARNED FROM VISITING OTHER TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES.

This item was not discussed.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

The committee discussed the City trails and who the contact people at the City are.They mentioned that some sort of pamphlet or general information would be nice to give bicyclists so that they can be aware of who to contact just in case they see things that need to be repaired while they are riding their bikes.

Mr. Hiegel said that for the next meeting they will get more information on bike racks and bring their map and get more information on who to reports problems to the City.

A visitor said that he was on the bike committee for eight years and one of the projects he tried to achieve was creating a bike lane from Bastanchury Road to Rose Avenue.When they put the parking structure at St. Jude they were supposed to put a Class I Bike Lane but he said that he spoke to Don Hoppe, Director of Engineering, and he said that they changed engineers during the middle of the work so that is why it never got put in.St. Jude still owes that bike lane and it is on the Army Corp. Engineer’s property and Ruth Villalobos is an Executive and she said anything that goes through that property they will pay half for it.There are two enterprises in that area, one is the tennis center and the other is the golf course.All of the profits that derive from those sources have to be spent in the area.Class I Bike Lane would go in behind the hospital and down in through the tunnels and come up the other side and he would like to take it through the Golf course.There is a continuous bike lane on Rolling Hills Drive to Tri City Park and it is a Class II Bike Lane to Rose Drive.He said that those streets are seldom used.

Mr. Bowers said that St. Jude was not required to provide a bike path.Staff applied for some funding to install a bike path on the Army Corp. property adjacent to the St. Jude property.Staff ran into some conflicts, St. Jude was conditioned by Army Corp. to install landscaping and irrigation on the Army Corp. property and it was in conflict with the proposed bike path on the top of the slope.A Class I route would be either asphalt or concrete.

The committee asked how they can get that bike path on the books to get it proposed.Mr. Bowers said it would need to qualify for some sort of supplemental funding and discuss it with the Army Corp and try to redesign something to go through there.He mentioned it can cost approximately a half a million to a million dollars.

ACTION ITEMS

None

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 6:35 p.m. until the next regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, August 15, 2007.

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