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From: Jason Meggs <jmeggs -account at site: bclu.org>
To: BFBC-Talk <bfbc-talk -account at site: bfbc2.org>
Cc: East Bay Bicycle Coalition <ebbc-talk -account at site: lists.ebbc.org>
Subject: [Bfbc-talk] Project Ideas?

Hi,

A new class on bicycle/pedestrian facilities is underway at UC Berkeley's
Department of City and Regional Planning.

Students need to complete a project for the 2-unit class.

This is a great opprtortunity to see meaningful work done on local issues.

Please write me with project ideas and I'd be happy to provide them to the
students (of which there are over 20).

Examples would be:
 - conduct a survey
 - design a facility
 - comment on a plan
 - study an issue

Jason
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Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 18:45:12 +0100
From: Hank Resnik <hankr -account at site: earthlink.net>
To: 'Jason Meggs' <jmeggs -account at site: bclu.org>
Subject: RE: [Ebbc-Talk] Project Ideas?

Jason--

A good issue to study would be how to make the Milvia St. bike boulevard
downtown (btw University and Dwight) a street that parents and young
children could ride on safely--and how to make the concept a political
reality.
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Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 09:53:50 -0800
From: David Coolidge <coolidgeorama -account at site: gmail.com>
To: Jason Meggs <jmeggs -account at site: bclu.org>
Subject: Re: [Bfbc-talk] Project Ideas?
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Hi Jason,

How about studying the feasibility/benefit of a downtown driving tax in Berkeley, similar to
London's?? I saw that London is now going to have differential taxation, a higher rate for large
cars and SUVs, a middle rate for middling type cars, and free for super-efficient vehicles (not
defined in the news story - probably less super-efficient than bikes, I'd guess, but still).??

Another would be the effects of coordinating traffic signals on arterials - I'm not convinced that
synchronized lights are a bad idea, I recall in Chico they were very effective at enforcing a
28mph limit on a large divided street called "Esplanade" - pronounced locally to rhyme with
"lemonade" BTW!? - which otherwise would have had an average speed of about 45.

Still another would be to look at what would be needed to standardize traffic control devices in
Berkeley, right now we've got a mishmash, for instance every traffic circle seems to have a
different arrangement of stop signs.

DAC


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Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 10:10:44 -0800
From: Dave Snyder <dave -account at site: livablecity.org>
To: Jason Meggs <jmeggs -account at site: bclu.org>
Subject: Re: [sfbike] Project Ideas?
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Jason!

Omigod have I got the project, or projects, for you!
This year for SPUR I'm creating the "perfect bicycle plan" for the city of San Francisco. After eight
years of watching other people who actually had official responsibility to create a plan utterly [mess] it
up, I'm finally taking that responsibility on. It's going to be the most awesome thing. I'll attach the
outline of the plan to this email. As you'll see, there are plenty of areas where students could get
involved.

Dave


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           1)               Introduction & Goals
                a)              City Charter transit first policy
                b)              Bicycle Program Goal: highest mode share of any big U.S. city
                c)              10% of all trips by bike by ___??___

           2)               History of Bicycling in San Francisco
                a)             The arrival of the “scorcher” at the turn of the century
                     i)            The great bicycle parade of 1896
                     ii)           Bicycle clubs
                b)             From that peak to today
                     i)            Decline of bicycling for most of the century
                     ii)           Minor renaissance in the 1970s
                     iii)          Resurgence in the 1990s

           3)               State of bicycling in San Francisco today
                a)              Rate of bicycling
                     i)             Census reported trips to work
                     ii)            Traffic counts
                     iii)           MTC reported travel behavior
                     iv)            TA-modeled bicycling rates
                     v)             Conclusion from various
                b)              Demographics of bicycling
                     i)             Income levels
                     ii)            Age
                     iii)           Gender
                     iv)            Ethnicity
                c)              Bicycle cultures
                     i)             Sport riders, fixed gear riders, messengers, commuters…

           4)               Impacts of More Bicycling
                a)             Transportation Impacts
                     i)            Divert passengers from Muni peak loads
                b)             Economic Impacts
          i)                 Money stays in local economy due to less car driving
          ii)                More local purchasing
     c)                   Health Impacts
          i)                 Obesity
     d)                   Environmental Impacts
          i)                 Air quality
          ii)                Noise
     e)                   Other Impacts
          i)                 Safety

5)                     Bicycling on the Streets
     a)                   Best practices in network planning
     b)                   Primary network
          bike lanes, paths, major traffic-calmed routes. Access to every major transit station.
          Show the “green wave.” Show London’s proposed “bicycle motorways.”
          The SPUR plan will have to prepare a preliminary primary (and secondary) network for
          purposes of cost estimating.
     c)                   Secondary network
          connecting lanes and routes, spurs, school access, access to all transit stations including minor
          ones
     d)                   Home zones
     e)                   Standards of Facilities
          i)                 Use of innovative designs essential
          ii)                For bike paths
          iii)               For bike lanes
          iv)                For shared lanes
     f)                   Signage
     g)                   Maintenance
     h)                   Maps
          i)                 Printed
          ii)                Online and interactive

6)                     Bicycle Parking
     a)                   Public, short-term, onstreet parking (bike racks)
     b)                   Garage parking
          i)                  Public parking garages
          ii)                 Private commercial garages
          iii)                Private residential parking garages
     c)                   San Francisco city employee bicycle parking
     d)                   Transit access parking
          i)                  Staffed bicycle parking
                 (1)              Caltrain 4th & King
                 (2)              Transbay Transit Center
                 (3)              Ferry Building
                 (4)              Others?
          ii)                 Unstaffed bicycle parking
                 (1)              BART
                          (2)           Caltrain
                          (3)           Muni rapid stations                 1


                          (4) Golden Gate Transit
                    e) Festival parking

               7) Access to Transit vehicles
                  a) Muni
                  b) Caltrain
                  c) BART
                  d) Other regional transit
                  e) Ferries

               8) Safety Education
                  a) For adult bicyclists
                     i) Mass market
                          (1) online webinars
                          (2) cable tv specials
                          (3) brochures inserted in utility bills
                          (4) billboards, etc.
                     ii) personal education
                          (1) “confident city cycling” classes
                          (2) bike buddy systems
                  b) for amateur motorists
                     i) mass market
                          (1) billboards, etc.
                          (2) PSAs
                     ii) Classes for traffic violators
                  c) For professional motorists
                     i) Taxi drivers
                     ii) Muni and other bus drivers
                     iii) Truck drivers
                  d) Childhood safety education
                     i) Middle school p.e. curriculum
                     ii) After school programs
                     iii) Mass market education?

               9) Enforcement
                  a) Bicyclist violations
                  b) Motorist violations

               10) Encouragement
                   a) Shower and locker requirements
                   b) Reimbursement for bicycle use for city business

1
 Potential locations: Bayview Opera House, Silver & San Bruno Ave., Forest Hill (already has secure parking), West Portal, Balboa Park, Glen
Park, Taraval and 34th Avenue (or at Sunset Blvd. Where space permits), Judah and 34th Avenue (or at Sunset Blvd. Where space permits),
Cole & Carl Streets, Geary at selected stops for the 38-Limited, Geary blvd. At selected stops during the planning of Geary BRT, ,
    c) Events
    d) Bicycle Shops and support facilities
    e) Marketing
       i) Internet
       ii) Broadcast media
       iii) Promotional organizations
    f) Individualized marketing
    g) Street design
       e.g. colored bike lanes, signage, bike lanes through intersections, etc.

11) The Business of Bicycling
    a) Messenger business
    b) Bike shops
    c) City delivery policies
    d) Freight delivery
    e) Local bicycle and accessory manufacturing

12) Funding

This section should estimate the cost of implementing the above recommendations, identify
existing sources of money and the shortfall, if any. The chart below shows two scenarios of
expected revenues for bicycle projects over the next 30 years, beginning FY 2004-05.

Revenue Scenarios
In millions
                                  20 yr       years…
Conservative Estimate              total        1-5        6-10       11-15 16-20 21-25 26-30
Prop K conservative                   $52.2       $14.7        $7.5       $7.5     $7.5      $7.5     $7.5
other sources                         $20.0        $3.5        $3.3       $3.3     $3.3      $3.3     $3.3
5-yr. Totals                         $72.2       $18.2       $10.8     $10.8 $10.8 $10.8 $10.8
Annual Totals                                      $3.6       $2.2       $2.2      $2.2     $2.2      $2.2


Optimistic Estimate
Prop K optimistic                     $90.9       $20.9      $14.0      $14.0     $14.0    $14.0     $14.0
other sources (1)                     $30.0        $4.5        $5.0       $5.0     $5.0      $5.0     $5.5
regional bike plan (2)                $11.1        $1.9        $1.9       $1.9     $1.9      $1.9     $1.9
5-yr. Totals (3)                   $132.0        $27.3       $20.9     $20.9 $20.9 $20.9 $21.4
Annual Totals                                      $5.5       $4.2       $4.2      $4.2     $4.2      $4.3

(1) assumes increase from state and regional sources such as increases in the state bicycle lane account or
new sources such as new state initiatives, bridge tolls, or federal earmarks.
(2) assumes MTC approval of MTC committee-recommended $200 million set aside for regional bicycle
and pedestrian projects, at a fraction equivalent to one-half (for 50/50 bike/ped split) of one-ninth (for SF's
share in the nine-county region).


13) Procedures
               a)   Updating the bike plan
               b)   Environmental review procedures
               c)   Design review procedures
               d)   Review of garage safety waivers
               e)   Valet parking application review
               f)   Others?



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Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 10:26:36 -0800
From: Mark Eliot <mark -account at site: eliotlabs.org>
To: Jason Meggs <jmeggs -account at site: bclu.org>
Subject: Re: [SVBC] Project Ideas?

Jason,

Tough to pass up free labor. :-)

I'm not sure if this would be too challenging:

"Create a complete (no gaps) bike route from the east side of the City of San Mateo to to west. Include
important destinations on your route, such as parks, shopping areas, and schools. What are the
advantages and disadvantages of your route in terms of safety, convenience, and efficiency? How could
you
make class I and II facility improvements to your route?"

(As an aside, this is exactly what I'm trying to in my city (San Mateo) as a volunteer. I'd like to see
3-4 east/west routes and 2-3 north/south routes.)

Another potential project:

"What are the important issues in designing a north/south bike boulevard in the City of San Mateo?"

And another:

"Class II bike lanes. What are the advantages/disadvantages of striped bike lanes for cyclists. What
are the issues in selecting striped lanes vs. sharrows for a bike facility? When is one more appropriate
than the other? When might you not want either facility? Pick a street in San Mateo where the
trade-offs aren't obvious and explain them"

Another:

"Parking. What are the modern standards for bicycle parking in new developments? What are more
progressive communities doing in terms of bike parking? Review several new developments in San
Mateo.
(documents in the Main Library) How would you improve the parking in the developments?"

-Mark
San Mateo resident
SVBC Board member



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Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 10:45:43 -0800
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -account at site: lauriston.com>
To: Jason Meggs <jmeggs -account at site: bclu.org>
Subject: Re: [Bfbc-talk] Project Ideas?

The Ed Roberts Campus's impact on bike and pedestrian access to and
bike parking at Ashby BART would be a meaty project. There are a lot
of good ideas in the approved plans and mitigated negative
declaration, but some details are vague, and there's probably more
that could be done.



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Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 13:05:30 -0800 (PST)
From: Lee Trampleasure Amosslee <lee -account at site: shopinberkeley.com>
To: Jason Meggs <jmeggs -account at site: bclu.org>
Subject: Re: [Bfbc-talk] Project Ideas?

Hi Jason,

How about negotiating with Google folks to add bike lanes/routes to their
maps, then creating a "Map by bike" button on Google Maps. (Google is
getting close with their "Avoid highways" button.)

This of course would require Google's cooperation, but they might be into
it (or already be working on such a project).

Lee
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Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 14:07:42 -0800
From: SSyed -account at site: bart.gov
To: Jason Meggs <jmeggs -account at site: bclu.org>
Subject: Re: [Ebbc-Talk] Project Ideas?

hi Jason,

BART is looking to complete a Bicycle Short Range Action Plan in the next
few months.

I think this could be a great project for a student who is interested in
bicycling to transit issues
to get involved with.

Please have any interested students contact myself.

Thanks,

Sarah Syed, Planner
Bay Area Rapid Transit District
300 Lakeside Drive, 16th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
510.464.6426 (voice)
510.464.7673 (fax)

BART's Headquarters is located near the 19th Street/Oakland BART Station


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Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 15:31:42 -0800
From: Bob Shanteau <rmshant -account at site: gmail.com>
To: Jason Meggs <jmeggs -account at site: bclu.org>
Subject: Re: [sfbike] Project Ideas?

Jason,

I became a traffic engineer due to bicycle advocacy in the Santa Clara Valley in the 1970's. I got my PhD
in 1980 from UC Berkeley in transportation engineering. I am currently working on several issues that
may
interest your students:
______________
Bicycle detection
http://draco.acs.uci.edu/rbfaq/FAQ/8i.2.html
http://rmshant.googlepages.com/DetectingBicyclesandMotorVehiclesUsi.pdf
http://rmshant.googlepages.com/BicycleDetectionatTrafficActuatedSig.pdf

Caltrans is working on implementing AB 1581, which requires bicycle and motorcycle detection at new
and
modified actuated traffic signals. Here is the presentation that Caltrans made at the most recent
California Traffic Control Devices Committee:

http://rmshant.googlepages.com/CTCDCTrafficActuatedsignalsforbicycl.pdf

And here is the presentation that Dr. Steven Shladover of PATH made to the CTCDC:

http://rmshant.googlepages.com/BikeCrossingTimes4CTCDC.pdf
______________
Sidepaths

http://rmshant.googlepages.com/Sidepathdefinitiontalk.pdf
http://rmshant.googlepages.com/RecommendedChangestoCaltransHDMandCa.pdf
http://rmshant.googlepages.com/MeetingtheChallengesofSidepathInters.pdf
http://rmshant.googlepages.com/ProposedRevisionstotheCaltransHighwa.pdf
______________
Octavia/Market in SF

San Francisco needs help with the intersection of Market and Octavia. They have prohibited right turns
from Market to Octavia, which becomes the Central Freeway a short distance later. There is a bike lane on
Market, and a lot of cyclists have been getting right-hooked. Here is the request that they made to the
CTCDC to experiment with some unusual signs to address the problem.

http://rmshant.googlepages.com/CTCDC_Experiment_Request_January2008.pdf

Here is the page on the SF Bicycle Coalition web site addressing the issue:

http://www.sfbike.org/?octavia

Here is a Windows Media Player video of a bicycle/motor vehicle crash at the location:

http://www.chanarchy.com/mao/video/04-NE-on-Market-before-S-corner-collision.wmv

At the CTCDC meeting, I suggested dropping the bike lane at this location (it is downhill), but the SF
Bicycle Coalition wants the bike lane. I am in an email conversation with Mr. Fleck about providing a
signalized right turn only lane to address the problem.
_______________
City planning and bicycling

http://bicycleexpert.blogspot.com/2007/12/sprawl-vs-crowding.html
_______________

Portland exclusive bike lanes and bike boxes

http://bikeportland.org/2008/02/12/pdot-unveils-bike-box-marketing-slogan-graphics/
http://bicycleexpert.blogspot.com/2008/01/merging-into-bike-lane-is-not-same-as.html
http://bikeportland.org/2007/11/01/roger-geller-explains-pdots-position-plans-for-bike-safety-
improvement
s/

_______________

Here is my blog, where I discuss several issues related to bicycles:

http://bicycleexpert.blogspot.com/

Good luck,

Bob Shanteau

Robert M Shanteau, PhD, PE
Consulting Traffic Engineer
13 Primrose Cir
Seaside, CA 93955-4133
Voice: (831) 394-9420
FAX: (831) 394-6045


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Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 16:13:38 -0800 (PST)
From: imgreen07 -account at site: att.net
To: Jason Meggs <jmeggs -account at site: bclu.org>
Subject: Re: [Bfbc-talk] Project Ideas?
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Jason-
have you already sent the same message to Matt Nichols?

have you already sent the same message to Safe Routes to Schools program staff?

Marcy
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Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 20:46:24 EST
From: RBishop747 -account at site: aol.com
To: jmeggs -account at site: bclu.org
Subject: Re: [Ebbc-Talk] Project Ideas?
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Jason,
?
Study an issue.?
?
It would be good to have the group determine what surfacing should be used for pedestrian travel,
concrete is bad for shock attenuation and produces one ton of CO2 for one ton of Concrete..?
?
It would also be good to study a real solution to create a quality pedestrian street crossing.? No
more bricks or other type of non-smooth surfacing for pedestrians. ?
Sincerely,


Ron Bishop - Architect - AIA
Bishop Architecture
Bicycle Safety Instructor - LCI
[510] 652-4667


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Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 18:44:15 -0800 (PST)
From: Elaine <lavendula6654 -account at site: yahoo.com>
To: Jason Meggs <jmeggs -account at site: bclu.org>
Subject: Re: [SVBC] Project Ideas?

There has been talk on this list about he need for an
online map that shows the bike paths in the area. For
example, there is no map online that shows the
numerous, established bike bridges in Palo Alto, since
cars cannot go over these bridges.
The technology is provided free by Google, to create
overlays to Google maps that show where the bicycle
can go and the car can't. Right now the best place to
find these routes is on the hand-written Krebs map,
which is expensive and can only be obtained from a
bike shop.

I can help you find the thread on the SVBC list where
this was discussed. I believe that since Google is
local, they would would be very supportive of such a
project.

-Elaine Haight

[JM comment: the idea of Voluntary Geographic Information (VGI) is relatively new,
but has great potential for mapping actual bike/ped travel. Ask me if you’d like to hear what little
more I know about the topic. See ideas for google type stuff in a number of other sections here.]

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Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 20:57:33 -0800
From: Aaron <aaron -account at site: yourbodypower.org>
To: Jason Meggs <jmeggs -account at site: bclu.org>
Subject: Re: [shift] Project Ideas?

Jason;
Well the first thing that comes to mind here was an effort that someone started working on to create a
bicycle counter which would count how many people cycled past a given point during commuter hours.
Students could do this manually and create a statistical graph of bike commuter habits.
Aaron


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Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2008 11:02:49 -0500 (EST)
From: Jason Meggs <jmeggs -account at site: berkeley.edu>
To: Jason Meggs <jmeggs -account at site: bclu.org>
Subject: Re: [sfbike] Project Ideas? (fwd)

What I wrote to CrashStat:

Hi,

I'm a sometimes TA member and bicycle/pedestrian activist in the SF Bay Area. I'm also a researcher at
UC Berkeley (City Planning and Public Health) with a background in Computer Science. Dave Snyder
referred
me to crashstat.

I'm interested in whether you know of any community-based planning tools such as crashstat where
people
use a map to identify things they'd like to see changed. Did you develop CrashStat on google maps? Do
they provide tools?

I'm also curious as to whether you're detecting crashes including fatalities which are not officially
reported; as far as I know roughly 50% are not reported, based on studies in the mid-90's and our
experience in California. Which is a big deal we don't make enough of.



***
"Our ignorance is not so vast as our failure to use what we know."
-- M. King Hubbert --

13 b) And to google:

Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2008 11:32:03 -0500 (EST)
From: Jason Meggs <jmeggs account at site berkeley.edu>
To: help account at site maps.google.com, support account at site maps.google.com
Cc: support account at site code.google.com
Subject: Google Maps developer inquiry: community-based planning? bikes/peds?

Hi,

I'm interested in seeing a community-based planning tool developed which would allow local residents to
identify things which need improvement in their community. This would cover everything from reporting
potholes and dangerous conditions (preferably directly notifying the appropriate agency) to developing
ideas for land use and transportation, etc.

Relatedly, advocates for pedestrians and bicyclists keep hoping to see a bike/ped route finder on google
maps.

Do you know if either of these exist or are in development?

I'm a last-semester dual masters candidate in City Planning and Public Health with a background in
Computer Science (all at UC Berkeley).

Thanks,

Jason
---
Jason N. Meggs
University of California, Berkeley
School of Public Health
Division of Environmental Health Sciences
50 University Hall (Mailing Address)
710 University Hall (Office and GIS Lab)
Berkeley, CA 94720-7360

Tel: 510-725-9991
Fax: 510-642-5815

***
"Our ignorance is not so vast as our failure to use what we know."
-- M. King Hubbert --




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Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2008 12:10:30 -0800 (PST)
From: aaron welch <aaronjwelch -account at site: yahoo.com>
To: Jason Meggs <jmeggs -account at site: bclu.org>
Subject: Re: [Bfbc-talk] Project Ideas?
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Jason,

In coordination with the bike sub-committee's work recently advising the city on pavement
striping/stenciling, I'm trying to get it to be a standard subcommittee task to do a survey of any
streets planned for re-surfacing and send a memo to the city traffic engineer with ideas about
bike upgrades and notes about coordination with the bike plan.

I'm hoping to get the most up-to-date list of planned re-surfacing from the city - doing some of
the surveys and drafting some memos could be a very helpful project for us.

-Aaron


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Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2008 20:24:13 -0800
From: Robert Raburn <robertraburn -account at site: ebbc.org>
To: 'Jason Meggs' <jmeggs -account at site: bclu.org>, 'BFBC-Talk' <bfbc-talk -account at site:
bfbc2.org>
Cc: 'East Bay Bicycle Coalition' <ebbc-talk -account at site: lists.ebbc.org>
Subject: RE: [Ebbc-Talk] Project Ideas?

Hi Jason,

Our #1 issue is what we are calling "TOD and LOS: the paradox where too many
people block bike lane implementation." Our poster child is West MacArthur
(former highway to Bay Bridge), an underutilized 6-lane road we allocated
SR2T funds to plan a road diet to MacArthur BART. The area's Smart Growth
results in traffic projections that preclude converting travel lanes to bike
lanes. There are many other potential examples awaiting us.

Possible solutions include changing the engineering LOS thresholds,
exempting TOD and downtowns from LOS evaulations, ???

We have organized a panel discussion on the TOD-LOS Paradox for the April 5
TALC Summit. The panel will consist of a SR2T Administrator (Dave Campbell),
a transportation planner (Jason Patton), and a transportation engineer
(Michelle DeRobertis).

I would like to see a new cadre of brainy transportation wonks who can help
us overcome this paradox.

-Robert Raburn, Executive Director
*******************************************
East Bay Bicycle Coalition www.ebbc.org
PO Box 1736            tel:(510)533-7433
Oakland, CA 94604         fax:(510)533-7432
Fruitvale Village, 3301 E12th St, Suite 143
*******************************************
"To Promote Bicycling as an Everyday Means of Transportation and Recreation"


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Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2008 20:36:27 -0800
From: Bart Thielges <bart -account at site: landport.net>
To: Jason Meggs <jmeggs -account at site: bclu.org>
Subject: Re: [SVBC] Project Ideas?
Hi Jason : a few ideas off the top of my head :

survey : many people live close enough to work (< 5 miles) to easily bike commute. But they do not.
Why
? [my guess is fear of being flattened by traffic is the #1 reason]

legal quest : is there legal basis to preserve casual pedestrian routes across private property if that
access has been in continuous use for decades? Sometimes this is called a proscriptive easement.
English law has strongly supported the right to cross private land for centuries. Yet in the USA today
casual routes across vacant lots, railways, etc. are increasing blocked by new developments and their
cinder block walls.

Design : propose a solution to bridge the gap in any of the many gaps in the on-street cycling networks
in the bay area. I'm thinking of those locations where crossing a freeway means traveling through
gnarley high speed interchages for miles in either direction. What to do ? Build a new bike friendly
overpass ? Calm the gnarley interchange ? For several examples in Santa Clara county, see :
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=108872994810701497650.000442ca6
d30572e08aac&z=9&o
m=0

Best wishes on the project !

Regards,
Bart

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Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2008 09:24:15 -0800
From: ajz <ajz -account at site: zelada.com>
To: Jason Meggs <jmeggs -account at site: bclu.org>, ajz <ajz -account at site: zelada.com>
Subject: Project Ideas? for Bike/Pedest issues

Greeting Jason.
One of the issues for us in Portland and all of Oregon is seeing what state's laws are up to. We
are interested in how laws can help communities have consistent applications and penalties.
Attached is a quickly outdated document about passing buffers through the USA. The next step is
finding out what are the penalties for violating these passing buffers...interested>?
let me know.

A. J. Zelada, OD
Fremont Vision 2480 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97212
503 284-3937
Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (OBPAC) committee member for Oregon
Department of
Transportation
and member of legislative committee of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Portland, OR

================Buffer Data below

50 State Survey of 3' Passing Laws
Prepared by Greg Smith, www.velospace.org, updated 9/06/2007

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NOT considered legal advice.

Summary: This memo contains the results of a 50 state, and District of Columbia, legislation
search on 3' passing laws.? Under each state you will find a citation to the most relevant statute
found, text of the statute, notes on wrinkles in the statute, and a link to the law if possible.

Method: First, I obtained a list of state legislature search pages (here) and used combinations of
the following search terms on each:

1. Overtake/overtaking
2. Pass/passing
3. Bicycle/Bicyclist
4. Safe distance
5. Three feet

Second, I ran similar searches on the Westlaw "All State Statutes" database to catch any laws
missed using the first method.

Favorable Results, legislation found in 9 states:

1. Arizona, with civil penalties and an exception
 2. Florida
 3. Illinois, recently passed with help of this research!
 4. Kentucky, not in law books but in Rules of the Road
 5. Minnesota
 6. Oklahoma, due care standard and civil money fines
 7. Utah, with reasonable exception
 8. West Virginia
 9. Wisconsin, due care and safe distance standards mentioned.

Other Notable Results, partially favorable legislation found in 4 states:
1. Missouri, specific vehicle-overtaking-bicycle law with "safe distance" standard, authorizes
  criminal penalty for infraction.
2. North Carolina, specific 2' distance for vehicle-overtaking-vehicle law, authorizes criminal
  penalty for bodily injury and serious bodily injury.
3. Washington, specific vehicle-overtaking-bicycle law with "Safe distance" standard.
4. Virginia, reasonable speed standard and 2' buffer.

Preparation Time: 8 hours

Note, Illinois updated 09/06/2007, Other states researched Winter of 2006/07

Alabama
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law, "Section 32-5A-82.? Overtaking vehicle on left.",
(here) states "The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction
shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of
the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle." (italics added)

Alaska
No overtaking or passing law found.

Arizona
There is law directly on point.? Three foot passing law, "28-735. Overtaking bicycles; civil
penalties", (here) states "When overtaking and passing a bicycle proceeding in the same direction,
a person driving a motor vehicle shall exercise due care by leaving a safe distance between the
motor vehicle and the bicycle of not less than three feet until the motor vehicle is safely past
the overtaken bicycle." (italics added)? Civil penalties: the statute authorizes $500 civil fine
if a driver passes within three feet and bicyclist sustains "serious physical injury", and the
statute additionally authorizes $1,000 civil penalty if the bicyclist dies.? Exception: The
statute exempts drivers from the three feet passing law if the bicyclist is in a vehicular lane
and a bicycle lane or path exists.

Arkansas
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law, "27-51-306. Overtaking of vehicle on left.", (here)
states "The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall
pass to the left at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway
until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle."? (italics added)

California
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law (here) states "The driver of a vehicle overtaking
another vehicle or a bicycle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left at a safe
distance without interfering with the safe operation of the overtaken vehicle or bicycle, subject
to the limitations and exceptions hereinafter stated."

Colorado
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law, "42-4-1003. Overtaking a vehicle on the left.", (here)
states "The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall
pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the
roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle." (italics added)

Connecticut
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law, "Chapter 48, Sec. 14-232. Passing.", (here) states
"[T]he driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass
to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the highway
until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle."? (italics added)

Delaware
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law, "[LINK]Title 21, Chapter 41, ? 4116. Overtaking a
vehicle on the left.", (here) states "The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle
proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not
again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicles."
(italics added)

District of Columbia
No overtaking or passing law found.

Florida
There is law directly on point.? Three foot passing law, "23-316-083 Overtaking and passing a
vehicle.", (here) states "The driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle or other nonmotorized
vehicle must pass the bicycle or other nonmotorized vehicle at a safe distance of not less than 3
feet between the vehicle and the bicycle or other nonmotorized vehicle." (italics added)? Penalty:
The statute makes violation of the 3' law a non-criminal traffic violation, punishable as a moving
violation.

Georgia
No overtaking or passing law found.? Only related law (here) deals with farm-oriented "low speed
vehicles."

Hawaii
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law, "?291C-43. Overtaking a vehicle on the left.", (here)
states "The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall
pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the
roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle." (italics added)

Idaho
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law, "49-632.? Overtaking a vehicle on the left.", (here)
states "The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall
pass to the left at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway
until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle." (italics added)

Illinois
There is law directly on point.? Three foot passing law, "625 ILCS 5/11-703.? Overtaking a vehicle
on the left.", (here) states "The operator of a motor vehicle overtaking a bicycle or? individual
proceeding in the same direction on a highway shall leave a safe distance, but not less than 3
feet, when passing the bicycle or individual and shall maintain that distance until safely past
the overtaken bicycle or individual." (italics added)

Indiana
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law, "IC 9-21-8-5.? Overtaking and passing.", (here) states
"A person who drives a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall
pass to the left of the other vehicle at a safe distance and may not again drive to the right side
of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle." (italics added)

Iowa
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law, "321.299.? Overtaking a vehicle.", (here) states "The
driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the
left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until
safely clear of the overtaken vehicle." (italics added)

Kansas
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law, "8-1516.? Vehicles proceeding in same direction.",
(here) states "The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction
shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of
the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle." (italics added)

Kentucky
No law directly on point, but the Kentucky Rules of the Road states "Pass a cyclist only
when it can be done safely, and give ample room (3 feet) between your car
and the cyclist."? Overtaking law, "189.340.? Overtaking vehicles.", (here) states "Vehicles
overtaking other vehicles proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left of them and
shall not again drive to the right until reasonably clear of those vehicles."

Louisiana
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law, "RS 32:73.? Passing a vehicle on the left.", (here)
states "Except when overtaking and passing on the right is permitted, the driver of a vehicle
overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a
safe distance, and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of
the overtaken vehicle." (italics added)

Maine
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law, "29-A ?2070.? Passing another vehicle.", (here) states
"An operator of a vehicle passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction must pass to
the left at a safe distance and may not return to the right until safely clear of the passed
vehicle." (italics added)

Maryland
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law, "? 21-303. General rules governing overtaking and
passing vehicles.", (here) states "The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle that is
going in the same direction shall pass to the left of the overtaken vehicle at a safe distance."
(italics added)

Massachusetts
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law, "89 ? 2.? Passing vehicle traveling in same
direction.", (here) states "Except as herein otherwise provided, the driver of a vehicle passing
another vehicle traveling in the same direction shall drive a safe distance to the left of such
other vehicle; and, if the way is of sufficient width for the two vehicles to pass, the driver of
the leading one shall not unnecessarily obstruct the other." (italics added)

Michigan
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law (here) states "A vehicle shall not be driven to the left
side of the center of a 2-lane highway or in the center lane of a 3-lane highway in overtaking and
passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction unless the left side or center lane is
clearly visible and is free of oncoming traffic for a sufficient distance ahead to permit the
overtaking and passing to be completely made without interfering with the safe operation of a
vehicle approaching from the opposite direction or the vehicle overtaken."

Minnesota
There is a law directly on point.? Passing law "169.18-3(3). Passing.", (here) states "the
operator of a motor vehicle overtaking a bicycle or individual proceeding in the same direction on
the roadway shall leave a safe distance, but in no case less than three feet clearance, when
passing the bicycle or individual and shall maintain clearance until? safely past the overtaken
bicycle or individual." (italics added)

Mississippi
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law, "? 63-3-611.? Overtaking and passing vehicles on the
left side of the roadway.", (here) states "No vehicle shall be driven to the left side of the
center of the roadway in overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction
unless such left side is clearly visible and is free of oncoming traffic for a sufficient distance
ahead to permit such overtaking and passing to be completely made without interfering with the
safe operation of any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction or any vehicle overtaken."

Missouri
No law directly on point, but there is a specific vehicle-overtaking-bicycle law.? Overtaking law,
"304.678.? Distance to be maintained when overtaking a bicycle.", (here) states "The operator of a
motor vehicle overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the same direction on the roadway, as defined in
section 300.010, RSMo, shall leave a safe distance, when passing the bicycle, and shall maintain
clearance until safely past the overtaken bicycle." (italics added)? Penalty: "Any person who
violates the provisions of this section is guilty of an infraction unless an accident is involved
in which case it shall be a class C misdemeanor."
?
Montana
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law "61-8-323. Overtaking vehicle on left." (here) states
"The operator of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass
to the left of the other vehicle at a safe distance and may not again drive to the right side of
the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle." (italics added)

Nebraska
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law, "? 60-6,133. Overtaking and passing rules; vehicles
proceeding in same direction.", states "The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle
proceeding in the same direction shall first give a visible signal of his or her intention and
shall pass to the left of the other vehicle at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the
right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle." (italics added)

Nevada
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law "484.295.", states "The driver of a vehicle overtaking
another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance
and shall not again drive to the right side of the highway until safely clear of the overtaken
vehicle." (italics added)

New Hampshire
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law "265:18.? Overtaking a Vehicle on the Left.", (here)
states "The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall
pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the
roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle." (italics added)

New Jersey
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law "39:4-85.? Passing to left when overtaking.", (here)
states "The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall
pass at a safe distance to the left thereof and shall not again? drive to the right side of the
roadway until safely clear of the overtaken? vehicle." (italics added)

New Mexico
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law "66-7-312. Limitations on overtaking on the left.",
(here) states "No vehicle shall be driven to the left side of the center of the roadway in
overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction unless such left side is
clearly visible and free of oncoming traffic for a sufficient distance ahead to permit such
overtaking and passing to be completely made without interfering with the safe operation of any
vehicle approaching from the opposite direction or any vehicle overtaken." (italics added)

New York
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law "? 1122. Overtaking? a? vehicle? on the left." (here)
states "The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle? proceeding? in the same direction
shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall? not? again? drive? to? the right side
of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle." (italics added)

North Carolina
No law directly on point, but the overtaking law is notable.? Overtaking law "? 20-149.?
Overtaking a vehicle.", (here) states "The driver of any such vehicle overtaking another vehicle
proceeding in the same direction shall pass at least two feet to the left thereof, and shall not
again drive to the right side of the highway until safely clear of such overtaken vehicle."
(italics added)? Penalty: if bodily injury, or serious bodily injury happen as a result of a
driver passing less than 2' from another vehicle a criminal misdemeanor has occurred.

North Dakota
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law "39-10-11. Overtaking a vehicle on the left.", (here)
states "The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall
pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and may not again drive to the right side of the
roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle." (italics added)

Ohio
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law "? 4511.27. Rules governing overtaking and passing of
vehicles.", (here) states "The operator of a vehicle or trackless trolley overtaking another
vehicle or trackless trolley proceeding in the same direction shall, except as provided in
division (A)(3) of this section, signal to the vehicle or trackless trolley to be overtaken, shall
pass to the left thereof at a safe distance, and shall not again drive to the right side of the
roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle or trackless trolley."? (italics added)

Oklahoma
There is law directly on point.? Bicycle overtaking law "?47-11-1208.? Overtaking and passing
bicycle.", (here) states "When overtaking and passing a bicycle proceeding in the same direction,
a person driving a motor vehicle shall exercise due care by leaving a safe distance between the
motor vehicle and the bicycle of not less than three (3) feet until the motor vehicle is safely
past the overtaken bicycle." (italics added)? Penalties: if serious bodily injury then $500 civil
fine, if death then $1,000 civil fine.

Oregon
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law "811.410 Unsafe passing on left.", (here) states "The
driver of a vehicle that is overtaking any other vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall
pass to the left of the other vehicle at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right
side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle." (italics added)

Pennsylvania
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law "33-?3303.? Overtaking vehicle on the left.", (here)
states "The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall
pass to the left of the other vehicle at a safe distance and shall stay to the left of the other
vehicle until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle." (italics added)

Rhode Island
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law, "? 31-15-4.? Overtaking on left.", (here) states "The
driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall give a
timely, audible signal and shall pass to the left at a safe distance and shall not gain drive to
the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle." (italics added)

South Carolina
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law "? 56-5-1840. Overtaking and passing vehicles proceeding
in same direction.", states "The driver of a vehicle overtaking[LINK] another vehicle[LINK]
proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not
again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle."
(italics added)

South Dakota
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law, "32-26-26.? Overtaking vehicles.", (here) states "The
driver of any vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass at a
safe distance to the left thereof." (italics added)

Tennessee
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law, "55-8-117. Overtaking a vehicle on the left.", (here)
states "The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall
pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the
roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle." (italics added)

Texas
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law, "? 545.053. PASSING TO THE LEFT." (here) states "An
operator passing another vehicle: shall pass to the left of the other vehicle at a safe distance;
and may not move back to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the passed vehicle."
(italics added)

Utah
There is a law directly on point.? Bicycle passing law, "41-6a-706.5.? Operation of motor vehicle
near bicycle prohibited.", (here) states "An operator of a motor vehicle may not knowingly,
intentionally, or recklessly operate a motor vehicle within three feet of a moving bicycle, unless
the operator of the motor vehicle operates the motor vehicle within a reasonable and safe distance
of the bicycle."? Note: this law makes driving knowingly, intentionally or recklessly within 3' of
a bicycle illegal.? This law does not disallow driving reasonably within 3' of a bicycle.

Vermont
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law, "? 23 ? 1033. Passing on the left.", (here) states "The
driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction may pass to its
left at a safe distance, and when so doing shall exercise due care, may not pass to the left of
the center of the highway unless the way ahead is clear of approaching traffic, and shall not
again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle."
(italics added)

Virginia
There is a law directly on point.? Bicycle passing law, "? 46.2-839. Passing bicycle.", states
"Any driver of any vehicle overtaking a bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device,
electric power-assisted bicycle, moped, animal, or animal-drawn vehicle proceeding in the same
direction shall pass at a reasonable speed at least two feet to the left of the overtaken bicycle,
electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, moped, animal, or
animal-drawn vehicle and shall not again proceed to the right side of the highway until safely
clear of such overtaken bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric
power-assisted bicycle, moped, animal, or animal-drawn vehicle." (italics added)
Washington
No law directly on point, but the overtaking law is notable.? Overtaking law, "RCW 46.61.110
Overtaking on the left.", (here) states "The driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian or
bicycle that is on the roadway or on the right-hand shoulder or bicycle lane of the roadway shall
pass to the left at a safe distance to clearly avoid coming into contact with the pedestrian or
bicyclist, and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the
overtaken pedestrian or bicyclist." (italics added)

West Virginia
There is law directly on point.? Bicycle passing law, "346.075. Overtaking and passing bicycles.",
states "The operator of a motor vehicle overtaking a bicycle or electric personal assistive
mobility device proceeding in the same direction shall exercise due care, leaving a safe distance,
but in no case less than 3 feet clearance when passing the bicycle or electric personal assistive
mobility device, and shall maintain clearance until safely past the overtaken bicycle or electric
personal assistive mobility device."

Wisconsin
There is a law directly on point.? Bicycle passing law, "346.075.? Overtaking and passing
bicycles, electric personal assistive mobility devices." (here) states "The operator of a motor
vehicle overtaking a bicycle or electric personal assistive mobility device proceeding in the same
direction shall exercise due care, leaving a safe distance, but in no case less than 3 feet
clearance when passing the bicycle or electric personal assistive mobility device, and shall
maintain clearance until safely past the overtaken bicycle or electric personal assistive mobility
device." (italics added)

Wyoming
No law directly on point.? Overtaking law, "31-5-203. Rules governing overtaking on the left.",
(here) states "The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction
shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of
the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle." (italics added)


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Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2008 14:35:33 -0800
From: Preston Jordan <pdjordan -account at site: lbl.gov>
To: Jason Meggs <jmeggs -account at site: bclu.org>
Cc: BFBC-Talk <bfbc-talk -account at site: bfbc2.org>, East Bay Bicycle Coalition <ebbc-talk -account at
site: lists.ebbc.org>
Subject: Re: [Bfbc-talk] Project Ideas?
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Thanks, Jason. One issue that comes to mind for Albany Strollers and Rollers
is getting across San Pablo. There are two emergent trail/alternative transit
corridors along the creeks at the north and south boundaries of the city
(Cerrito and Codornices). Both corridors are in the Albany Bicycle Master
Plan, but San Pablo is a major barrier to the development of both of these
east-west routes. I am not sure what a student could offer here, but
creative, low-cost, low-impact (to existing automobile driver traffic on San
Pablo) are needed.

Take care.

Preston

Jason Meggs wrote:


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Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2008 18:32:26 -0800
From: Phil Morton <pmorton -account at site: lmi.net>
To: Jason Meggs <jmeggs -account at site: bclu.org>
Cc: BFBC-Talk <bfbc-talk -account at site: bfbc2.org>, East Bay Bicycle Coalition <ebbc-talk -account at
site: lists.ebbc.org>
Subject: Re: [Bfbc-talk] Project Ideas?

Jason,

Can the students produce a careful review of Berkeley's
Climate Action Plan?
Comments are due by March 7.
Or course if the students want to get more involved they
can attend the BFBC meeting next Wednesday.

Otherwise, to make comments, go to

http://www.berkeleyclimateaction.org/Content/10040/Climate_Action_Plan.html

and scroll to the bottom of the page.

-phil



21)
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2008 16:17:23 -0800 (PST)
From: Eric McCaughrin <ebbc-talk-noreply -account at site: ebbc.org>
To: ebbc-talk -account at site: lists.ebbc.org
Subject: Re: [Ebbc-Talk] Project Ideas?


BART Bicycle Access Study

Currently, no Transbay commute-hour service is available on BART for bicycle users. While the Concord
and
Richmond-SF lines are operating at max capacity, the A/L lines (Fremont/Dublin) trains may be
underutilized. Survey train loading on these lines during peak times. Propose and study operational
changes to determine whether it is feasible to provide transbay bicycle access, without going beyond
BART's loading requirement. Outline tradeoffs, costs, enforcement issues, and ridership/schedule
impacts.
Also look into ways of making such changes revenue-neutral, such as reduction in service to outlying
SFO
extension, parking charges, bicycle surcharge.


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http://lists.ebbc.org/listinfo.cgi/ebbc-talk-ebbc.org


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Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2008 19:45:21 -0800 (PST)
From: james van dyke <jvdleftcoaster -account at site: yahoo.com>
To: ebbc-talk -account at site: lists.ebbc.org
Subject: [Ebbc-Talk] project ideas? try the missing Iron Horse Trail segments in Pleasanton

Jason, if you really want a challenge for the 20 students, have them take BART out to Pleasanton and try
to take the Iron Horse Trail south. While PTown Bike Advocates is working with the city's newly formed
Bike Ped Advisory Committee on potential ideas, this challenge is about as difficult as it gets. When
Hacienda Business Park went in the old railway was never paved over (because a gas line runs under it),
but now the undeveloped route bisects major thoroughfares at four places, making future crossings of the
still-open former rail line seemingly impossible. There's about a mile of this mess between BART and one
mile of newly-built Iron Horse trail segment, and then a blockage of only 100 feet that again places
cyclists in a super-perilous area of roadway, before (at Valley/Stanley) a choice three bike lanes allows
cyclists to either go to Livermore, South Pleasanton, or Downtown Pleasanton. Yikes!

While a consulting group is about to be selected by the City to implement the future Bike Ped Master
Plan, this would be a great time for creative, dedicated students to noodle this vexing problem out. It's
bad engineering that got us where we are, and maybe some great young minds can get us out.

James Van Dyke



23)

Some ideas from the mind of Meggs (and others):


      1) I’d like to see a study of the relative safety implications/characteristics of the “Idaho Law,”
         whereby the common practice of treating stop signs as yields (and red lights as stops) for bikes is
         actually codified in law. I’m already soliciting data for this topic.

      2) An online community-based planning utility (mentioned above)

      3) An analysis of what it would take to get \legislation passed (with a look at some past efforts),
         taking a specific topic (e.g., changing stops to yields, for bikes or changing the 85th-percentile law
         for speeding on streets, etc.) and developing it, including asking legislators if they’d float and/or
         support the bill (a key step which might actually lead to implementation).

      4) Any studies of the characteristics of carfree districts or spaces – with an eye to where they would
         work best locally. For instance, looking at public affinity, public health, economic aspects,
         circulation considerations, etc.

      5) Team project: develop an action plan for a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) for a given city
         with little or no existing bicycle accommodations but lots of potential demand, to rapidly
         implement a city-wide network, say, for a now sprawling recent-boom-growth college town of
         100,000 or so to gain 100+ miles of bikeways at rapid deployment. I have a city with willing allies
         in mind in the Southeast USA.

      6) A disaster plan for meeting basic needs with bicycle transport
         i) Emergency Services (carrying people by bicycle trailer)
         ii) Food distribution
         iii) Etc.

      7) There is no limit to the ideas…

				
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