Friday, October 6, 2017

PSAC Agenda October 10, 2017 City Hall, Room 400, 6PM

  1. Call to Order (2 minutes)
  1. Roll Call/Introduction (5 minutes)
  1. Approve Agenda (2 minutes)
  1. Approve Minutes (5 minutes)
  1. General Public Comment (10 minutes)
  1. Police Department Report
    1. Sgt. Embody (10 minutes)
  1. Distracted Walking
    1. San Mateo Supervisor David Canepa (20 minutes)
  1. MTA Report
    1. Victoria Chong (10 minutes)
  1. Safe Routes to School funding resolution - Action Item
    1. Jacquie Zapata and Jon Winston (10 minutes)
  1. Median Resolution - Action Item
    1. Howard Strassner (10 minutes)
  1. Healthy Saturday Resolution - Action Item
    1. Jon Winston (10 minutes)
  1. Robots on Streets Resolution - Action Item
    1. Rick Johnson and Jon Winston (10 minutes)
  1. Van Ness Ave Turns Resolution - Action Item
    1. Howard Strassner (10 minutes)
  1. Members Report (10 minutes)
  1. Chairs Report (10 minutes)
  1. Future Items (5 minutes)

  1. Adjournment

Draft resolution to extend the car-free event on JFK Dr. to a year-long event.


WHEREAS,  A car-free street in Golden Gate Park will expand the opportunities for health, recreation, and fitness in the safety of a traffic free environment; and

WHEREAS,  Healthy Saturdays serve a vital role in providing a safe space for children to enjoy the outdoors on bikes, trikes, skateboards, and roller skates without close supervision from parents: and

WHEREAS, A car-free JFK Drive will enable seniors to access the Park by bicycle or on foot.

WHEREAS, The popularity of  the car-free area in Golden Gate Park over the last fifty years shows the need to be expanded to every weekend; and

WHEREAS, Cities around the world are finding that car-free areas provide urban dwellers with a healthy respite from noisy, busy everyday life; and

WHEREAS, Healthy Saturdays is an opportunity to enhance the park at little or no cost to taxpayers; and

WHEREAS, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency are under a mandate to make Golden Gate Park safer for all travelers from the 1998 Golden Gate Park Master Plan, which prioritizes pedestrians first, bicycles second and motor vehicles third; and

WHEREAS, the area of the closure will stay the same, and will not directly impact access to park institutions like the Cal Academy or the museums;  THEREFORE, BE IT

RESOLVED, That the San Francisco Pedestrian Advisory Committee supports and endorses San Francisco Department and Recreation and Parks' proposal to expand Healthy Saturdays in Golden Gate Park into a year-long event.

PSAC draft resolution to ban the use of autonomous delivery devices on sidewalks


WHEREAS, Vision Zero is San Francisco’s policy to eliminate all traffic deaths in San Francisco by 2024 and to ensure the safety of our public realm for pedestrians, cyclist and vehicle passengers and drivers; and

WHEREAS, Autonomous Delivery Devices (Devices) are a new technology of significant weight and size that have not been proven safe to travel along public sidewalks or right-of-way; and

WHEREAS, These Devices present numerous safety risks and would be an intrusion in the way of life of the city’s most vulnerable populations, including children, seniors, and those with limited vision or mobility; and

WHEREAS, At the May 16, 2017 meeting of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Yee introduced an ordinance (File No. 170599) to protect the  public by amending the Public Works and Police Codes to prohibit the operation of these Devices on public sidewalks and right-of-ways and establishing penalties for their unlawful operation; and

WHEREAS, This ordinance aligns with the Guiding Principles for Management of Emerging Mobility Services and Technologies, as adopted by the Transportation Authority Board at its July 25, 2017 meeting, in terms of safety and congestion; and

WHEREAS,  Allowing  these  Devices  to  roam  the  city’s  sidewalks  would  represent the commercialization of the pedestrian right-of-way which is already narrow and congested; and

WHEREAS, San Francisco has prioritized sidewalks for people and changing that priority is contrary to the goals of Vision Zero; and

WHEREAS, This is a private versus public priority and safety is the number one role of the Vision Zero Committee; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Transportation Authority supports the ordinance and urges the  San Francisco Board of Supervisors to adopt it, in order to further the goals of Vision Zero and protect the safety of the general public.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

PSAC Agenda September 12, 2017

City Hall, Room 400, 6PM

1) Call to Order (2 minutes)

2) Roll Call/Introduction (5 minutes)

3) Approve Agenda (2 minutes)

4) Approve Minutes (5 minutes)

5) General Public Comment (10 minutes)

6) Police Department Report. Sgt. Embody (10 minutes)

7) Overview of the Van Ness Project. Kate McCarthy (15 minutes)

8) Sidewalks are for People not Robots. Erica Maybaum - Supervisor Yee's Aide (15 minutes)

9) MTA Report and welcome to our new staff person Victoria Chong (10 minutes)

10) Median Resolution - Action Item. Howard Strassner (10 minutes)

11) Members Report (10 minutes)

12) Chairs Report (10 minutes)

13) Future Items (5 minutes)

14) Adjournment

Proposed PSAC Resolution Requesting Masonic Avenue Medians at the Intersection with Geary Boulevard and Other Pedestrian Safety Improvements

Whereas construction has started on pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements for Masonic Avenue from the south side of Geary Boulevard to Fell Street including safety medians with traffic calming and tree plantings, and Geary Boulevard is part of the Geary Corridor Bus Rapid Transit Project being designed for transit and pedestrian safety improvements but crossing the north side of the Masonic Avenue and Geary Boulevard intersection currently requires a pedestrian to cross a wide busy street without a median and this intersection is not included for a Near-term pedestrian safety improvement; while Geary Boulevard at Masonic Avenue includes wide medians for pedestrian crossing on the east and west sides, and

Whereas even intersections with well intentioned walking countdown signal lights set for a pedestrian crossing speed of 3.5 feet/sec. per the San Francisco standard, cannot be crossed completely by a growing segment of our elderly population and properly designed medians and adequate traffic signal provisions are essential for these people to cross wide busy streets half way and wait safely, and

Whereas a properly designed safety median should meet minimum pedestrian safety requirements and include a protective “thumbnail” and a supporting hand rail and a bench where practical, and

Whereas Geary Boulevard has frequent Rapid and Local bus service with largest the bus ridership in the Nation, but it also a thoroughfare with high amounts of auto traffic, and the Masonic Avenue bus is an important north south neighborhood connecting transit route, and reliable and fast as practical bus transit is an important component of San Francisco’s Transit First Policy which reduces auto traffic and improves pedestrian safety, and

Whereas many high traffic San Francisco streets have traffic signals designed to move traffic expeditiously and require pedestrians to request a pedestrian crossing countdown signal, timed for a pedestrian crossing speed of 3.5 feet/sec, in order to provide more time for traffic, but they also include a delayed green light crossing light to prevent right turning cars from reducing essential pedestrian crossing time, and

Whereas the San Francisco Bay area is the center of autonomous car design and pedestrian detection devices are included in every autonomous car to stop the car when pedestrians are detected, and this equipment is being tested in the Bay Area, now

Therefore the Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) Resolves that a properly designed median for the north side and south side crossing of Masonic Avenue be included as a near-term pedestrian safety improvement for the Geary Corridor Bus Rapid Transit Project, and

Further Resolves that a pedestrian request crossing countdown signal, timed for a maximum pedestrian crossing speed of 3.5 feet/sec be provided along with a delay for right turning traffic, to allow the complete crossing of Masonic Avenue, north and south of Geary Boulevard, and

Further Resolves that a pedestrian request crossing countdown signal, timed for a maximum pedestrian crossing speed of 3.5 feet/sec be provided along with a delay for right turning traffic, to allow the crossing of each section of Geary Boulevard east and west of Masonic Avenue; along with a pedestrian detection device interlocked with the traffic signal for each half of surface Geary Boulevard to delay the green light for east or west bound traffic until all pedestrians have cleared the crossing section as a way to be sure that even the slowest walking pedestrian can cross safely with minimum impact on transit.

October 8, 2017 Minutes

Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee
Draft Informal Minutes (No Quorum) October 8, 2017

Meeting started at 6:05 PM.

Present: Rick Johnson, D7; Thomas Rogers, D10; Kevin Clark, D1; Jon Winston, SFUSD; Kevin Stull, D6 and Stuart Watts, D3. Excused Absent: Jacquie Chavez, D-11; Becky Hogue, Senior and Disability Org;  Evy Posenentico, D-8; Howard Strassner, Transit or Environmental Advocate; Howard Bloomberg, Walk Advocate; Dan Golub, D-2; Trevor McNeil, D-4 and Meredith Osborn, D-5.

There are currently 14 appointed members.

Vice Chair Kevin Stull presided in Chair Becky Hogue’s absence.

1. Priyoti Ahmed, Transportation Planner at San Francisco County Transportation Authority, reported on Vision Zero Ramp Study.

Addressed developing improvements in five ramped intersections around SOMA in need of signal upgrades, including timing of signals and leading pedestrian intervals. Also new crosswalks and lane restriping. They are gathering feedback to formulate recommendations to implement changes in a five year period, if not sooner.

2. Safe Passage, Tenderloin 2 year Assessment: Kevin Stull Presented.

Streets are very unsafe for kids on their way to school and after school programs. The parents decided to form a volunteer group to “build a culture of safety’ for the 3500 neighborhood children. Volunteers help at intersection. Incidents down 80% along Tenderloin Safe Passage Routes.

3. Senior and Disability Action Network Report: Pi Ra presented.

SADN got money from DPH in 2016 to identify pedestrian concerns. Started a campaign around the top issue, crosing times. Since 1992 crossing times have been 4.5 feet per second. They would like to change the time to 3ft/sec.

4. Informal Discussion Items: A) Rick Johnson reported that Supervisor Yee is trying to prohibit autonomous delivery robots that use the sidewalk. B) Kevin Clark expressed frustration that Outside lands is appropriating roads as well as meadows in Golden Gate Park.

5. Future Items:

  1. Supervisor Yee’s proposed prohibition of delivery robots on the sidewalk
  2. New, updated Severe Injury Network Map.

Meeting adjourned 7:30 PM

Thursday, August 3, 2017

June 16 2017 minutes

Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee
Draft Informal Minutes (No Quorum) June 16, 2017

Meeting started at 6:05 PM.

Present: Jacquie Chavez, D-11; Becky Hogue, Senior and Disability Org; Rick Johnson, D-7; Evy Posenentico, D-8; Thomas Rogers, D-10; Howard Strassner, Transit or Environmental Advocate; Stuart Watts, D-3 and John Winston, SFUSD. Excused: Absent: Howard Bloomberg, Walk Advocate; Kevin Clark, D-1; Dan Golub, D-2; Trevor McNeil, D-4; Kevin Stull, D-6 and Meredith Osborn, D-5. There are currently 14 appointed members. Staff:


1. SFPD Report: Sgt. Embody: A) No new collisions. B) Expect to press charges on last month’s Mission collision. Marijuana was involved. C) SFPD has experts on many drugs. CA has to develop marijuana standards. D) Utah lowered alcohol standard to 0.05.

2. Informal Discussion Items: A) D-6: Adding parking protected lanes and working on more lanes; New mid-block crossing near Bessie Carmichael School, with signs and bulbs; B) Uber and Lift: Fees, impact on Muni and congestion; C) SFPD may not be citing violations that are not “Focus on the Five” D) Ocean Ave: John Winston will meet with Association and Supervisor. E) Using Muni bus cameras to cite violators.

3. Columbus Ave Scramble: Stuart Presented: A) Proposed Resolution: (after the meeting it was determined that a scramble was not feasible because the length of diagonal for this five way intersection was too long.) B) There is an educational video for pedestrians to help limit their self endangerment.

4. Chair’s Report: Becky: A) Members should report on pedestrian items in their neighborhood. B) Many member terms end this month. C) We need a bike member on PSAC and Pedestrian person on BAC. D) Permanent SFMTA liaison may be available soon. E) Ellen not continuing

5. Future Items: Along with name of responsible member: For July by SFMTA Kearney Street For 5/17: Lombard Street. For 6/17 Safe Passage to School. Older: A) Issues from BAC, Howard S; B) Distracted walking, Becky and Speed Cameras. C) Annual Report; D) Chinatown, Stuart; E) Uber and Chariot; F) Mission Zero: G) Have MTA come to discuss lack of progress of Vision Zero; H) Road rage, Evy and I) Lower Stockton Street as a Mall, Howard S.

6. Adjourned 7:30. Next scheduled regular meeting is Tuesday, July 11, 2017, Room 400 at 6:00. Howard S. took notes.