Planning Subcommittee Meeting Notes May 10 2011
MEETING NOTES: Planning Subcommittee Meeting of the Bicycle Advisory Committee of the City of Los Angeles
1:30 PM, Tuesday, May 10, 2011 LADOT Offices - Caltrans Building 100 S. Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
Attending from BAC: Jay, Jeff, Larry, Jonathan, Kent
From DOT: Nathan, Paul, Chris, and new student intern (forgot name)
2. Review and Adoption of Minutes Minutes approved unanimously
3. LA City Bicycle Plan Implementation Notes from BPIT meeting available at the Bike Blog: http://ladotbikeblog.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/bpit-notes-5411/
Doing initial study for first group of 45 miles, looking for where the projects might cross the threshold of impacts and require environmental review, per CEQA.
CEQA guidelines and thresholds are currently very automobile impact-oriented, thought there are ways to augment.
Need to explore how other cities are handling this. Unclear if City Atty is exploring this.
> Meet with City Atty? Jay and Jon will meet with John Brady re CEQA reform
Defining BAC’s role, in conjunction with BPIT, in Bike Plan implementation. While it is anticipated that BAC members will participate in BPIT, we should avoid duplicating efforts:
a. The Planning Committee can do more technical review of projects than is possible at BPIT meetings.
b. There will be a need for outreach to communities to lay groundwork for projects. This could be a role for Advocacy Committee.
c. Where projects are getting underway, it is important that the local BAC reps talk to and work with the respective Council offices.
There are two projects in CD 12 that are in the works: Winnetka, Plummer
CD 11: Rose Ave. bike lanes (gap closure Lincoln to Main) are 70% designed
Additional projects are ready to go, just awaiting local Council sign-off:
- York eastern segment,
- Reseda Bl.,
- Foothill Bl,
- Main St. in Venice.
4. Exposition Bikeway Between Westwood and Overland, the bike path alignment is now planned to stay on north side of ROW
Recommendation: LA BAC requests that Metro require of all transt rail, BRT and bus-only with bikeway projects:
a. The rail and bikeway elements shall be planned concurrently with the bikeway integrated into the project at the earliest scoping, funding, environmental and design stages,
b. The bikeway element shall be included along the entire length of the project, even if the rail element goes underground or is elevated in segments.
c. A bicycle advisory committee shall be formed prior to the creation of environmental documents and shall have input into design concepts included in the environmental documents as well as input into ongoing alignment and design work as the project progresses.
> Draft recommendation re avoiding problems
5. Westwood Blvd.
Koretz is supportive. The intent is to improve this stretch for cyclists with sharrows or whatever.This will come up at the July BPIT meeting.
> Paul will check with DOT design people and review; it is in the FEIR
6. NBC Universal Project – LA River Bicycle Path
There have been meetings with Labonge and he is supportive of extension of river path by Universal.
We are awaiting the final EIR and response to our input.
Universal has proposed restriping Barham, but bike plan shows it as part of Backbone along with Lankersheim and Cauenga.
pdf of a recent presentation is on LA Bike Blog
> Review Crenshaw LRT at future meetings; invite Tina
BAC should request to Metro that the Crenshaw LRT project include planning and funding for a continuous bikeway along the length of the project, even where the light rail element is underground.
7. Public Comments