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									Regional Pedestrian Committee (Metropolitan Transportation Commission)
Meeting Minutes – Thursday, December 14, 2006

Attendees: Wendy Alfsen (California Walks), Nancy Baer (Contra Costa Health Services),
Roger Bazeley (San Francisco PTA), Ron Bishop (Oakland BPAC), Sean Co (MTC), Michelle
DeRobertis (VTA), Victoria Eisen (Eisen | Letunic), Becky Frank (Caltrans), Lisa Klein (MTC),
Heath Maddox (Berkeley), Jason Patton (Oakland), Michael Vecchio (Walnut Creek), Beth
Walukas (Alameda County CMA), Rochelle Wheeler (ACTIA)

Wendy Alfsen, committee chair, called the meeting to order at 9:15am and Jason Patton
volunteered to take minutes.

Summary of October Meeting
The minutes from the October meeting were accepted without modifications.

Strategic Highway Safety Implementation Plan
Enclosed in the meeting packet is a “SHSIP Data Request Form.” If you know of data that
should be included in the State’s plan, complete this form and send it to Wendy Alfsen. She will
forward it to the appropriate people at Caltrans. Regarding existing data and pedestrian safety,
the desired outcome is a statewide, geocoded pin map of pedestrian injuries and fatalities using
SWITRS and FARS data. If the pin map gets completed, there may be opportunities to look at
particular corridors in greater detail. There is also an opportunity to identify future improvements
to data collection and analysis that could be identified now and worked on over the next five
years. (A recent and related example is the statewide effort to revise the CHP Form 555 that is
used to collect collision data.) In discussion, the committee raised the following areas that would
benefit from improved data and analysis: driver behavior, pedestrian mode share, counting linked
trips (walking-transit, for example), issues with the accuracy of SWITRS, and capturing the
intended destinations (school, work, …) of pedestrians involved in collisions.

Work Plan
Sean Co presented a revision to the draft 2007 work plan for the Regional Pedestrian Committee.
This version separates out the specific tasks for the year’s work plan from the committee’s vision
and scope. For particular tasks, he noted that the pedestrian districts study and the routine
accommodation policy both have a recommendation for trainings. MTC staff is recommending
that the RPC play an advisory role to these trainings in 2007 and that this be integrated into the
work plan. Staff also have an interest in ensuring that the results of the pedestrian districts study
are integrated into MTC’s programming, especially with TLC and station area planning.

Other suggestions for the 2007 work plan included the following topics. Enforcement issues are
conspicuously absent from the work plan. They could be integrated through information sharing
of best practices for working with law enforcement. They could also be addressed at the policy
level (for example, the 85%-ile rule for setting speed limits). There’s an effort underway to
propose revisions to the CEQA checklist such that the environmental review process does a
better job of addressing pedestrian and bicyclist issues. Similarly, a statewide campaign for
complete streets is getting underway in response to the passage of Proposition 1B. The goal
would be to ensure that projects funded by Prop 1B consider the needs of pedestrians and
bicyclists. The CEQA checklist revision and the complete streets campaign could be included in
the 2007 work plan for the RPC.

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Jason Patton suggested that the 2007 work plan could include a yearlong discussion of what a
regional pedestrian plan might look like. The committee would develop how walking is an issue
for regional transportation planning, review related MTC work to date, and develop an outline
for such a plan. Mike Vecchio noted that it’s unclear to many what a pedestrian plan means in
the regional context. Lisa Klein noted that any such work must be within the policy directive of
the commission and recognize the limitations on available staff time. Jason will provide a written
explanation of this idea to the work plan subcommittee for additional discussion and the
recommendation could come back to the committee at the February meeting.

Next Meeting: February 15th
As per the committee’s standard procedure, Wendy Alfsen will complete her term as chair at the
end of the 2007 calendar year. Jason Patton will move from the vice-chair to the chair position.
At the February meeting, the committee will elect a new vice-chair. A request for nominations
will be sent out in advance of the meeting.

Routine Accommodation Checklist Presentation
For this item, the Regional Pedestrian Committee (RPC) met with the Regional Bike Working
Group (RBWG). (These minutes reflect the general nature of the discussion. Victoria Eisen and
Sean Co took notes on detailed comments.)

Victoria provided an overview of the checklist and the accompanying “guidance” document. She
also noted that an additional “process” document will be developed to help explain how the
checklist is made available for public review. Sean provided an overview of the draft documents’
review process, noting that the checklist recently went before the Local Streets and Roads
Committee and received feedback that was consistent with the documents’ overall direction.
Tomorrow the draft documents will go before a working group of CMA directors for their
review. For the RPC and RBWG, comments are due to Sean by the end of the day Monday
(December 18). The standing subcommittee will review revisions to the checklist and the final
version will likely be presented to the full committees at their February meetings. Key discussion
items included the following:
 It is the understanding of the Alameda County CMA that the checklist should only apply to
    projects that are included in pedestrian and/or bicycle plans. MTC staff confirmed that the
    policy applies to all projects receiving regional funds.
 The checklist only requires agencies to complete the checklist, not to include ped/bike
    facilities. Isn’t this a departure from the core purpose of a routine accommodation policy?
    The checklist is consistent with the approved policy in that it is primarily a disclosure
    document.
 Because the checklist is fundamentally a disclosure document, it is critical that the completed
    checklists are publicly available and systematically reviewed. Not all counties have BPACs
    and thus there needs to be guidance on how that review is to take place. The development of
    that guidance should include staff who are involved with countywide BPACs.
The joint committees passed a motion to endorse the checklist, the checklist guidance, and the
forthcoming process document, allowing for minor revisions to be reviewed by the
subcommittee.

The meeting was adjourned by Wendy Alfsen at 11:15am.


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