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Tiger Moth
03-20-2015, 03:11 PM
This is the thread where we'll post highlights and deals of the BPAC meetings.

Tiger Moth
03-20-2015, 03:15 PM
Alexandria Police Headquarter Tour - Sgt. Seckler

Sgt. Seckler escorted our group through the police headquarters. We visited the emergency call center and were briefed on their new emergency response system. Sgt Seckler also explained to us the layout of the building and some of the services provided by the police: investigations, patrol, laboratory, evidence room etc.

Stop Sign Enforcement Campaign continues.

Alexandria East End Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Campaign

Plans for a Campaign were discussed with possible dates on Thursdays in April. Jerry King is going to lead the effort. To prepare the campaign, we’ll need to make some signs.


Richmond Legislative Updates

Alexandria Police Department did not Support Legislative Safety Agenda of Biking Community

Jim Durham discussed the recent City Council decision on proposed state legislation that would have required vehicle occupants to avoid opening vehicle doors in front of an on-coming vehicle. The City’s Legislative Director recommended opposing this legislation, based on an input from the Alexandria Police Department. BPAC provided Council with an input outlining the safety benefits of this legislation. City Council voted to take no stance. Jim suggested that BPAC should engage the City Council state legislative position process much earlier next season.


Elections:

Scott Anderson led the elections. Nominees were Jim Durham Chair, Jerry King Vice Chair for Pedestrians, Jake Jakubeck Vice Chair for Bicyclists, Bob Trencheny Treasurer, Randy Cole Secretary. Scott asked for any additional nominations from the floor. None were offered. So nominations were closed. The election of the candidates was taken by a voice vote – there were no dissenting votes.


Other Project Updates:
Bike Rodeo Volunteers Needed.

Jim is seeking volunteers to help organize bike rodeos. Bike rodeos consist of setting up 5 – 7 stations in a parking lot or tennis court. Each station teaches the rider a specific topic on safety, proper handling of a bike, signaling or maintenance. If you are interested please contact Randy Cole.

Tiger Moth
03-20-2015, 04:26 PM
Alexandria Police Liaison Report - Sgt. Seckler

Sgt. Seckler advised that the accident at Everybody's Favorite Intersection (King St Metro/Amtrak Bridge) was not the fault of the driver who collided with the woman. The woman was carrying her 14 month old and was trying to cross, I believe, from the south side of King Street to the north side, apparently to catch a bus. She looked to her left, caught the eye of a motorist who waved her on. She then proceeded to cross the street without looking to the right, and was hit by an older gentleman who apparently did not have time to react to a pedestrian suddenly appearing in the street. Sgt Seckler also said the Alexandria Police Department is ready for your meeting next month


Guest Speaker: Stewart Schwartz, Coalition for Smarter Growth.

Mr Schwartz provided a brief overview of the CSG organization and introduced Aimee Custis. As a consultant to cities and governments around the region he shared his experience and gave suggestions on how BPAC could improve outreach to other organizations in the city to help build a broad coalition. Topics discussed included state and regional transpiration issues, how some Virginia lobby groups still advocate for ‘congestion standard’ as a basis for legislators for continued road building and widening. Mr Schwarz suggested the following ways to maintain and get additional support:
Keep up regular meetings with council members
Promote positive stories of bike/ped issues to council and the public
Partner with the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, and business associations and demonstrate the positive effects of bikeonomics
Partner with Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association
Make connections with the city Planning Commission
Aimee offered to update the GW Parade handout so that it’s message is concise and actionable.


Students Walk and Bike Campaign – Jim/Bob/Jake (Active Youth Bike and Walk to School)

Jim Durham provided updates to the plan.
He ported that BPAC objective for the meeting was successful because ACPS’s director of operation is going to provide the results of the parent/student transportation survey to the city. That way the city can fix any infrastructure issues that are impeding the ability of students to bike or walk to school.
Aimee Custis offered to provide help with advertising to parents/ ptas the need for taking leadership roles in AYBWTS programs at their schools.
Mr Schwartz suggested highlighting schools with good SRTS programs in the media.


The Ad Hoc Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Advisory Committee - Scott Anderson

Scott Provided a copy of the letter he sent to Steve Sindiong that contains the 6 locations BPAC recommended for baseline and follow up walkability/bikeability surveys (conducted by BPAC using City survey standards). The locations are: EOS 21 Apartments, Bradlee Shopping Center, Potomac Yard shopping Center, TC Williams High School, Landmark Mall and the Van Dorn Metro Station. No word yet from the Mr Sindiong if he’s accepted the offer


George Washington Parade Feb 2015 – Michael Menchel

Michael is expecting a larger than normal crowd a the parade. The BPAC banner is not very legible because it has small lettering. Bruce Dwyer is going to talk to his brother in law to see if he’s willing to help create new one. BPAC has insufficient funds to buy one as they cost ~$200. The parade flyer/handout was also reviewed and it’s going in for one more edit to make it a ¼ page size – to save $ and simplify the message.

Tiger Moth
04-23-2015, 03:10 PM
Bike Ped Master Plan Update – Steve Sindiong.

Mr Sindiong reviewed the planning process for the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Master plan. He also spoke about the deliverables, and approaches the city and the contractor are taking to cataloging the most hazardous sections of the city for walkers and bikers. He also discussed the timeline for completing the project – projected for the Fall of 2015. Mr Sindiong responded to questions from the public and BPAC members.

Farmer’s Market Food Rescue program.

The city is implementing a food rescue program that recovers damaged food from the Old Town Farmer’s Market and delivers it to nearby shelters. The program needs volunteers willing to show up at the market and deliver via a city bike trailer the discarded food to the Annie B. Rose home about 1 mile away. Contact sara.rhoades@alexndriava.gov for information. This will begin in May.


City Staff updates - Hillary Poole

Complete Streets Project. Hillary presented a proposed an innovative design for a section of Potomac Greens Drive that is due for repaving and striping this year. All in attendance agreed that the new design would be beneficial.
Bike Facility Enforcement. Hillary explained the process Alexandria city uses to ensure and enforce city code regarding bicycle parking and rider changing facilities at employment centers. Melissa McMahon – an employee of Arlington County – provided an explanation of how Arlington enforces the bicycle codes in its’ county. It seems that Arlington’s process is more rigorous as they have a larger staff and have annual recurring bicycle facility inspection process for all buildings, not just those that are in the construction pipeline. Melissa provided all attending copies of the February 2014 ‘Arlington Guide to Effective Bicycle Parking”.


National Bike Summit

Randy and Becky provided the highlights of the national bike summit. The items that were lobbied on Capitol Hill were for implementation of Vision Zero and fully funding the Transpiration Alternative Program. Additional highlights included ideas from other advocacy groups such as organizing a Bike to Shop Day, or Bike on a Date day to help socialize biking. Becky also mentioned that the sections of the summit dedicated to commercial retailing were not as good as in previous years.


Students Walk and Bike Campaign – Jim/Bob/Jake (Active Youth Bike and Walk to School)

Jim Durham reminded all in attendance that the Alexandria City Public School’s Strategic Plan would be presented to the public on Thursday. The plan includes a section on Health and Wellness with an objective for Safe Routes to School. This is the first time that ACPS is incorporating health goals in its plans.


Public Comments

The Coalition for Smarter Growth is going to hosting a Streets Camp – to educate the public how to engage political leaders. The event will be in May.

Tiger Moth
06-05-2015, 04:20 PM
Treasurer’s report – Bob Trencheny

Bob proposed we drop the Meetup account because the annual cost is too much for the BPAC budget and because much of the services are available for free on FaceBook. Jake and others also noted that the best way to recruit people for events is with personal invitations to prospective members. Vote was unanimous to discontinue Meetup, after 30 Jun. That should be sufficient time to announce the closing, and work with Jonathan Krall to transfer people over to FB.


Alexandria Police Liaison Report

Discussion focused on the recent collision of a bicyclist and a car at an intersection on Walter Reed. When the cyclist called the non-emergency clerk at the Alexandria Police Department, he was told there was nothing he could do since he had told the driver he was ok and didn’t get any of the driver’s information. It was only after the driver left that the cyclist realized his bike was damaged. Although no longer a hit and run, the clerk should have told the cyclist to file a damaged property report. Because the Emergency Dispatcher gave the cyclist the wrong guidance, Jim Durham sent a note to the Alexandria PD asking them to explain how to report accidents when property was damaged and it’s a possible hit & run. The Chief of Police responded that in this case, because the driver stopped and the cyclist said he was ok the only choice was for the cyclist to report a property damage report.
Many present discussed other experiences they had with collisions. Jim noted that a neighbor was struck by a car and it was late in the night after the accident that the rider realized there was pain in his leg. The hospital discovered that his leg was broken and it took him many months to heal and get back on his bike.
Jerry said that you should do two things: a. When you are hit, DO NOT say “I’m OK”, say you don’t know as you are likely high on adrenalin and not in a condition to answer b. Get a witness
Jim also suggested that users should always call the 911 number or non emergency number rather than use Twitter.


Robinson Terminal – Scott Anderson

Scott asked members to look a the Robinson South plan and to provide him comments on the proposed bike & ped facilities. Jim asked that if biking is prohibited inside the new plaza, that the builder provide some bike racks a all of the entrances to the plaza so that bikers can lock up rather than take them through the plaza.


Students Walk & Bike Campaign.

Safe Routes to School: The campaign to get the Alexandria City Public School system to adopt a policy and hire a Safe Routes to School Coordinator continues. BPAC was able to get the ACPS’s strategic plan to contain language to encourage biking and walking to school. The Strategic Plan still needs to pass a few more hurdles before it is formally adopted. Then the challenge will be to get funding for a SRTS coordinator. The city of Alexandria over the past 10 years was able to get funding for SRTS activities via VA DOT grants. But the state does not think there will be another opportunity for Alexandria to get money this year as the city has used this grant too many times. However, the ASCPS is planning to hire a Health and Phys Ed. curriculum builder, so this position may take on the SRTS role.


Bike Rodeo.

Mt Vernon elementary wants to have a bike rodeo for their students. BPAC will take the lead for this effort.


Partnerships for a Healthier Alexandria

The PHA share some common ground with BPAC’s goals, especially the committees focused on Childhood Obesity and Healthy Employer. Jim Durham asked BPAC members to decide if BPAC should formally coordinate and start attending PHA meetings. Jim is also seeking a BPAC volunteer willing to attend the PHA meetings and report back to BPAC.
East End Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Campaign
The outreach has been going well. Many drivers and pedestrians thanking BPAC for helping enforce good behavior. The last event will be Thursdays in April 23

City Staff Updates: Hillary Poole

The Draft Bicycle Master Plan was presented and discussed. The Master plan just shows the location of the bicycle facilities, but does not specify the type of facility to be installed. Additionally, the master plan does not attempt to prioritize or schedule which roads will get the bicycle facilities first. So far the City of Alexandria has Zero miles of protected bike lanes – something BPAC wants to change. So BPAC would like to city to provide a limited list of the bike ped facilities it plans to use for implementing the master plan. Without any specifics the city could implement the entire plan by only painting sharrows – the least attractive bike facility that will not entice families, or the ‘interested but concerned’ class.
Paving Schedule: Hillary presented next fiscal year’s paving schedule and discussion of some of the roads that were also included in the Master Plan followed.
First Automated Counter installed. Hillary announced that the city’s first automated counter was installed along the MVT. It still needs to be calibrated and BPAC agreed to place a counter at this location during the May count to provide a counting reference.


Bike Friendly Business – Scott Anderson

Scott announced that Tempo Restaurant was a new member of the BFB. Parking Standards for New Development Advisory Committee – Scott Anderson  Scott reported that the study of new development parking standards was continuing


Bike and Pedestrian Counting Updates: Randy Dingwell

Randy D still needs help for the upcoming count in May. He reported that some in his outreach efforts new people have volunteered, including a boy scout and his parent.


Leadership Engagement - Jim/Jerry

The city’s upcoming vote to approve the budget requires 3 council members votes to bring up debate for making any amendments to the budget, and 4 members to vote to approve any changes to the proposed budget. Councilmember Lovain is lobbying other members to put the funds back in CaBi bikeshare system. Jim asked BPAC members send notes to city council requesting an increase funds for Complete Streets .
Commission on Aging - David Kaplan

David reports that the founder of the City’s Robust walking program is moving to Charlottesville. But we hope his legacy of organizing robust walks ( walks that also work upper body muscles) will continue.

DASH Board - David Kaplan

David reports that the new budget does not require any cuts in bus service. He thanked BPAC’s support with this effort.


Parks and Recreation Commission - Dave Levy with Eliz Wright

There are markings on the Holmes run trail suggesting the trail might get repaved. Hillary said she’d send out the trail repaving schedule to BPAC.


Transportation Commission – Jerry/Jake

Jerry and Jake reported the Commission urged the city to restore funding for Bikeshare operations, DASH bus replacement, Design Funds for Old Cameron Run Trail and Backlick Trail funding.


Alexandria Women and Bicycling Status

SpokesWomen are planning a Bike To Work Day happy hour at TeaIsm.


City Council Elections

BPAC will continue the tradition of non-partisanship and not endorse candidates. Democratic primary candidate debate is scheduled for 23 Apr at McArthur Elementary

CaseyKane50
01-13-2016, 12:29 PM
Minutes for the December 2015 Meeting can be found at https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/2015-12-21-alexandria-bpac-minutes.pdf.

All meeting minutes for 2015 can be found here (https://alexandriabpac.wordpress.com/meetings-3/past-meetings/2015-meeting-minutes/)

lordofthemark
01-13-2016, 12:46 PM
Minutes for the December 2015 Meeting can be found at https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/2015-12-21-alexandria-bpac-minutes.pdf.

All meeting minutes for 2015 can be found here (https://alexandriabpac.wordpress.com/meetings-3/past-meetings/2015-meeting-minutes/)

I do not believe I am a committee member. I was under the impression I had to be formally included, and so I have neither paid dues, nor participated in any votes. I request clarification.

CaseyKane50
01-13-2016, 04:04 PM
I do not believe I am a committee member. I was under the impression I had to be formally included, and so I have neither paid dues, nor participated in any votes. I request clarification.

You are right, an error was made in the minutes. They have been updated. Sorry for the confusion.

CaseyKane50
03-04-2016, 02:25 PM
Minutes for the January 2016 meeting can be found at https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-01-11-alexandria-bpac-minutes-revised.pdf

CaseyKane50
04-25-2016, 02:11 PM
Minutes for the February 2016 meeting (https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-02-16-alexandria-bpac-minutes.pdf)

https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-02-16-alexandria-bpac-minutes.pdf

CaseyKane50
04-25-2016, 02:14 PM
Minutes for the March 2016 meeting

https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-03-21-alexandria-bpac-minutes.pdf

CaseyKane50
06-21-2016, 03:07 PM
Minutes for the May 2016 Meeting can be found here (https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-05-16-alexandria-bpac-minutes.pdf) or https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-05-16-alexandria-bpac-minutes.pdf

sjclaeys
06-22-2016, 01:37 PM
Another way that Alexandria may be passing Arlington, actually posting the links to bike committee meeting minutes.

washcycle
06-23-2016, 12:24 PM
Another way that Alexandria may be passing Arlington, actually posting the links to bike committee meeting minutes.

Or even posting the minutes someplace on line.

CaseyKane50
12-06-2016, 02:53 PM
Meeting minutes for the following 2016 meetings are now available.


June 2016 (https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-06-20-alexandria-bpac-minutes-v3.pdf) or https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-06-20-alexandria-bpac-minutes-v3.pdf

July 2016 (https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-07-18-alexandria-bpac-minutes.pdf) or https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-07-18-alexandria-bpac-minutes.pdf

August 2016 - no meeting

September 2016 (https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-09-19-alexandria-bpac-minutes.pdf) or https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-09-19-alexandria-bpac-minutes.pdf

October 2016 (https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-10-17-alexandria-bpac-minutes.pdf) or https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-10-17-alexandria-bpac-minutes.pdf

All past meeting minutes can be viewed by going to the BPAC Past Meetings page (https://alexandriabpac.wordpress.com/meetings-3/past-meetings/)

sjclaeys
12-07-2016, 10:12 AM
Meeting minutes for the following 2016 meetings are now available.


June 2016 (https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-06-20-alexandria-bpac-minutes-v3.pdf) or https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-06-20-alexandria-bpac-minutes-v3.pdf

July 2016 (https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-07-18-alexandria-bpac-minutes.pdf) or https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-07-18-alexandria-bpac-minutes.pdf

August 2016 - no meeting

September 2016 (https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-09-19-alexandria-bpac-minutes.pdf) or https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-09-19-alexandria-bpac-minutes.pdf

October 2016 (https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-10-17-alexandria-bpac-minutes.pdf) or https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-10-17-alexandria-bpac-minutes.pdf

All past meeting minutes can be viewed by going to the BPAC Past Meetings page (https://alexandriabpac.wordpress.com/meetings-3/past-meetings/)

Yay to Alexandria for the transparency win!

CaseyKane50
12-20-2016, 07:20 AM
Minutes for the November 2016 meeting can be found here (https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-11-21-alexandria-bpac-minutes.pdf) or https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-11-21-alexandria-bpac-minutes.pdf

sjclaeys
12-20-2016, 08:21 AM
Minutes for the November 2016 meeting can be found here (https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-11-21-alexandria-bpac-minutes.pdf) or https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-11-21-alexandria-bpac-minutes.pdf

Alexandria continues to set the region's standard in cycling-related government transparency and outreach to those who cannot attend BPAC meetings!

CaseyKane50
12-20-2016, 08:31 AM
Alexandria continues to set the region's standard in cycling-related government transparency and outreach to those who cannot attend BPAC meetings!

BPAC is not a government entity, nor do we have an affiliation with the City. We are a group of volunteers working to make walking and biking safer and better in Alexandria. We do meet with City staff, attend public meetings, volunteer for City commissions and boards and speak before these commission and boards, including city council.

sjclaeys
12-20-2016, 10:13 AM
BPAC is not a government entity, nor do we have an affiliation with the City. We are a group of volunteers working to make walking and biking safer and better in Alexandria. We do meet with City staff, attend public meetings, volunteer for City commissions and boards and speak before these commission and boards, including city council.

Sorry to not be precise in my comment. Such government/private citizen partnerships are great. Since the committee is acting on behalf of the bicycling community and its actions and priorities potentially have an impact on government policy, it is good for the committee to be proactively transparent. Kuddos!

lordofthemark
12-22-2016, 02:45 PM
Sorry to not be precise in my comment. Such government/private citizen partnerships are great. Since the committee is acting on behalf of the bicycling community and its actions and priorities potentially have an impact on government policy, it is good for the committee to be proactively transparent. Kuddos!

While it is great that Casey puts the links here, I doubt many people actually check the minutes as a result, and certainly anyone concerned about finding out what happens at BPAC meetings has several other easy ways to find out.

Also while I sometimes wish Alexandria had a new source like Arlington Now, at the moment I am thinking maybe it's not always such a great thing ;)

CaseyKane50
02-06-2017, 10:03 AM
Meeting minutes for April 2016 (https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-04-18-alexandria-bpac-minutes.pdf) and December 2016 (https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/2016-12-20-v2-alexandria-bpac-minutes.pdf) are now available.

elbows
02-08-2017, 01:59 PM
Saw the thing on Ryan Brown. Can't see the google doc right now but can federal leave be donated between agencies? How hard is that?

CaseyKane50
03-01-2017, 04:21 PM
Meeting minutes for January 2017 (https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/2017-01-16-bpac-minutes.pdf) are available.

CaseyKane50
03-26-2017, 10:09 AM
Meeting minutes for February 2017 (https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/2017-02-20-final-bpac-minutes.pdf) are available

CaseyKane50
05-11-2017, 12:54 PM
BPAC Meeting Minutes for March 2017 are available (https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/2017-03-20-bpac-minutes.pdf)

CaseyKane50
06-16-2017, 03:17 PM
BPAC Meeting Minutes for April 2017 are available (https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/2017-04-17-bpac-minutes.pdf)

Judd
06-16-2017, 03:36 PM
BPAC Meeting Minutes for April 2017 are available (https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/2017-04-17-bpac-minutes.pdf)

Curious about this one:
NPS has a nearly defunct version for the Mount Vernon Trail
 Would like to revive
 Volunteers would assist users on the trail with directions, reporting safety issues and providing flat kits, etc.

Is this a defunct volunteer trail ranger program or is it a near defunct paid trail ranger program like on the DC trails (that is contracted through WABA)? I know a guy that would interested in being a volunteer trail ranger on the MVT since he might have done some volunteer trimming of some dangerous trail shrubbery last year already anyways.


Also, thanks as always for posting the BPAC minutes. I enjoy reading them each month and keeping in touch with Alexandria bike stuff.

CaseyKane50
06-16-2017, 03:55 PM
Curious about this one:
NPS has a nearly defunct version for the Mount Vernon Trail
 Would like to revive
 Volunteers would assist users on the trail with directions, reporting safety issues and providing flat kits, etc.

Is this a defunct volunteer trail ranger program or is it a near defunct paid trail ranger program like on the DC trails (that is contracted through WABA)? I know a guy that would interested in being a volunteer trail ranger on the MVT since he might have done some volunteer trimming of some dangerous trail shrubbery last year already anyways.


Also, thanks as always for posting the BPAC minutes. I enjoy reading them each month and keeping in touch with Alexandria bike stuff.

Volunteer Trail Program. Not sure when they are going to next schedule a meeting. Suggest sending an email message to NPS staff Aaron LaRocca (aaron_larocca@nps.gov) and Beth Porter (beth_porter@nps.gov)

CaseyKane50
07-16-2017, 03:06 PM
The meeting minutes for the May 2017 BPAC meeting are available (https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/2017-05-15-v2-bpac-minutes.pdf).

CaseyKane50
07-20-2017, 04:07 PM
The meeting minutes for the June 2017 BPAC meeting are available (https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/2017-06-19-bpac-minutes.pdf).

CaseyKane50
09-20-2017, 10:24 AM
The meeting minutes for the July 2017 BPAC meeting are available (https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/2017-07-17-bpac-minutes.pdf).

CaseyKane50
12-11-2017, 08:16 AM
The meeting minutes for the September and October 2017 BPAC meetings are available.

September (https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/2017-09-11-bpac-minutes.pdf)

October (https://alexandriabpac.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/alexandria-bpac-october-9-2017-meeting-minutes.pdf)