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BUSC Minutes November 15, 2006

BICYCLE USERS SUBCOMMITTEE
Council Conference Room - City Hall
Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - 5:30 p.m.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT:
Stephen Hall, Chairman
Davis Barber
Gene Hiegel, Vice Chairman
Denis Kuemerle

COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT:
Annaliesa Redfield
Greg Lindstrom

STAFF PRESENT:
Ron Bowers, Senior Civil Engineer
Robert Zur Schmiede, RDA
Mark Miller, Traffic Engineer

CALL TO ORDER:
The regular meeting of the Bicycle Users Subcommittee was called to order at 5:30 p.m.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Approval of the minutes for October was delayed until next meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:

1. DISCUSS BIKE BRIDGE OVER 57 FREEWAY AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY FULLERTON (CSUF).

Introductions were made around the room of attendees at the meeting. In attendance from CSUF were Kim Apel, Bill Barrett, & Willie Hagan. Mr. Bowers discussed the cost to construct a bridge over the freeway is estimated at $4.5 million. Right-of-way would need to be obtained on the east side of the 57 freeway. No funding currently exists to construct a bridge. Federal and state funding could be available in the future but the amounts for bike facilities are usually very small in comparison to this project. Irvine constructed a similar bridge 2 years ago on Jeffery for approximately $3.6 million for a similar bridge. Irvine provided $2.3 of the project funding and $1.3 million was from federal and state grants. Measure M was discussed as being a possible funding source.

Feasibility of this project was discussed. Willie Hagan of CSUF commented on researching land purchase around the University for further development of University needs. Representatives support the bridge development. The cost is an issue. Prop recently passed which provides $15 million in toll funds to CSUF .

Rob Z. spoke of Civic Center work to be done and cost of bridge for Commonwealth is about $5 million. He questioned OCTA via email prior to meeting regarding the typical maximum grant for bicycle funds available. OCTA funding is usually small in comparison to this project. Measure M was recently renewed. The University and east of the 57 freeway are in Redevelopment Area’s which would mean Redevelopment money can be used on Capital improvements like this. Not presently in the 5 year capital improvement plan.


2. DISCUSS BIKE ROUTES AROUND CSUF.

Mark Miller commented on obstacles of private property for bridge construction. He questioned CSUF for alternatives to building a bridge. Suggestions of widening Nutwood Avenue for bike route purposes, upgrading intersection of Nutwood and ramps, two way bike lane on grassy area between Nutwood and frontage of campus similar to what is on the campus already or some widening under the bridge with a bike lane adjacent to Nutwood to serve Placentia Ave.

CSUF Representative real desire is to narrow Nutwood. College would like to purchase College Park and lands associated with that. Representatives are now exploring college faculty/staff housing behind University. A plaza and upgrade of ramps for 57 freeway preferred. The University is open to several suggestions.

A bridge would require approximately 450 feet of incline ramp to top of proposed bridge to meet design guidelines for bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

Research is being done to evaluate the amount of bicycles now being brought onto campus by faculty and students. This information will be supplied to Mark Miller. Estimated 60-70 bikes per day used for campus travel. Circulation plan to be in next council meeting and discussion of further questions be brought up in that meeting.

3. DISCUSS SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL FUNDING.

Staff discussed that funding for safe routes to schools is available and areas and the types of improvements that qualify. Improving routes around colleges is not eligible under this program for funding.

Restriping Valencia Drive for bike lane brought up by Mark Miller from Richman to Brookhurst. Richman to Highland bike lane as well. Widening of sidewalks was reviewed.

4. DISCUSS LEMON UNDERPASS LANDSCAPING AND SIDEWALK PROJECT.

Staff discussed what is involved with the project and that construction is scheduled to begin in December. Various questions by attendees were answered by Ron Bowers.

5. DISCUSS BIKE RACKS AND LOCKERS

The addition of bike lockers at train station is being researched by City. Redevelopment of Transportation Center should allow for additional lockers. Grants will be applied for after General Plan is completed. Perhaps a bike station with lockers could be included as part of the Transportation Center improvements.

All present lockers are occupied. Waiting list is slow moving. All agree additional lockers and racks are needed.

Staff mentions additional parking structure to be built in downtown area has potential possibilities of bike lockers as well. Questions of loading dock at station and perhaps its uses for bike parking. Ron uncertain of lease on that portion of train station but will research it.

A public comment that Park and Ride bike racks are inadequate at Orangethorpe and Magnolia. Staff responded that the Park and Ride lot is not a City facility and is operated by Orange County Transportation Authority.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Matt Leslie of the Muckenthaler Cultural Center discussed bicycle events in the past. Cycle cross race input was positive. There is a possible expansion of next year’s event to last a few days. The Center is interested in organizing road and mountain bike rides around the same time frame. Does the committee want any buy in to the events?

Response was that the committee was set up for safety of bikes in the public, not generally to include events like this, but it will be further discussed. Although, some members were interested in such events and felt the committee should be a part of them.

Discussion focused on future bike festival events with booths and rides. Question of liability because of Muckenthaler City property. Fullerton Loop discussion. Bret Whitaker of Banning’s Bikes volunteered service stations for the bikes involved in rides for events.

Comments made regarding grant awarded to non profit group ‘Trails for All’ which could extend bike trail from Coyote Creek. This to be further discussed in future meetings.

Future meeting date set for the 3rd Wednesday of December being the 20th.

ADJOURNMENT

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