Minutes: June 12, 2012
Los Angeles Bicycle Advisory Committee
7:00 pm Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Hollywood Neighborhood City Hall - Community Room
6501 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028
Call To Order – Member Sign-in – Count for Quorum
Members Attending: Brad House, Aubrey Provost, Larry Hoffman, Ron Skarin, Kent Strumpnell, Jay Slater, Jonathan Weiss, Bart Reed. Quorum not achieved.
City Staff: David Somers, Michelle Mowery
Organizations: Kevin Burton, West Hollywood Bicycle Task Force
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Presentations, Updates and Public Comment
1. Presentation by Los Angeles Department of City Planning – David Somers
Working on EIR process for 44 miles of priority 1 package for first 5-year plan. The projects were screened by DOT as needing enviro clearance due to traffic impact. Scoping meetings start 2nd week of July, Notice of Preparation, will be alerting NCs:
- First meeting, July 10, downtown at DOT HQs
- Second, July 12 6-8PM, at Parking Enforcement facility, Sepulveda and Expo
- Third, July 18, Ramona Rec and Park facility
» Alert your contact lists of these meetings (for me: CD 11 Tcom, BAC, SM Spoke, etc.
My Figueroa project has been taken over by DOT; it’s in EIR too; on tight timeline, is in design (10%). It is an experimental project, barrier separated bikeway, probably bike signals, working with Caltrans BAC, being called “Bikeway X”.
Need to start focusing on the next 40-mile package, including bike friendly streets.
» PlanCom needs to draft a letter to provide input on scoping / NOP. Advise on what EIR needs to address to achieve acceptable bike lanes.
Focusing on goals and policies first (LA2B input), road cross sections (Street Standards) and priority networks next.
» follow up with Jane, check for opp to input on policies taking shape.
2. Public Comment
Kevin Burton, West Hollywood Bicycle Task Force
Encourages LA to accelerate implementation of BP improvements on San Vicente near Cedars Sinai.
Also Burton Way shows BLs in 5 year plan. Bev Hills considering BLs on Burton Way; wide enough with no lane removal, also in LA.
Michelle: will need lane removal, ie an EIR, so will need to go into next EIR package
» Consider prioritizing San Vicente at next Plan Com meeting: bike lanes San Vicente Beverly Blvd south to Pico. Agendize.
No actions were taken on the items below. 8 member attendance was not sufficient for a quorum.
5. Approval of Minutes / April 3, 2012 - no discussion
6. LADOT Bikeways Report – Michelle Mowery
-AB 2245, would make EIRs for bikeways easier, goes before Inter gov’t relations Com?
It’s Metro’s bill. CBC very involved.
- Bike rack bill: Bonnie Lowenthal obstructing to curry union favor.
»Kent: inquire with Stephan Vance at CBC
-Expo bikeway lawsuit; sued again by neighbors, despite supplementary documentation supplied by LA.
Caltrans needs to move quickly to determine whether they’re going to defend the project or not.
7. LADOT Engineering Report – Paul Meshkin
See Paul’s report emailed to us. 14 miles installed in April and May, 38 miles so far since July 2011.
» Members should check for projects in their districts, support and promote them to NCs, CD office, stakeholders, etc.
8. CD 7 “Yield to Horses/Cyclists” - Tabled until next meeting.
» Bart should follow up with Council Member Alarcon.
BAC Subcommittees, Officer and Member Reports
9. Council District Updates
Larry: Contacted Labonge re Universal’s work next to LAR and possible impact on future bike path; looks like enough room still exists, Lankershim / Cauenga bike connection being explored.
Aubrey: Expo segment National to Washington to open on June 20th. Watts fun ride this weekend.
Brad: will report on recent projects next time
Ron: Blessing of Bikes honored Alex Baum, good turnout
Kent: Rose Ave. bike lanes may not require 12 parking spaces removed; should help get local support.
Bike corral on Rose: Michelle: It is not rejected, it’s in coastal zone so requires Commission approval. Doing Abbot Kinney corral first.
Jonathan: Venice Blvd BLs by Lowes, still need stencil marking. Rodeo Expo intersection: recent improvements of little help, still seems unsafe. Suggests we get cards we can give to merchants who want racks (and corrals?) near them.
There was another successful Palms Bike Rodeo recently.
Wants to set up a task force to focus on educating kids, lots of interest (UCLA, Kaiser, etc). Will be a separate activity.
10. Bikeways – Jacobberger / Linton - No Report
11. Advocacy and Education – Ron Skarin - Not recollected
12. Planning – Kent Strumpell - See Report
13. Member Comments
14. Officer Reports – Jay Slater and Glenn Bailey
15. Public Comment
Next Meeting: August 14, 2012