September 14, 2014
Final Reports
Response

August 25, 2003

 

Honorable Beth Labson Freeman

Judge of the Superior Court

Hall of Justice

400 County Center, 2nd Floor

Redwood City, CA 94063-1655

 

Dear Judge Labson Freeman,

 

The City Council of the Town of Colma acknowledges receipt of the 2003-2004 Grand Jury Report and responds to it as follows.

 

1.                  Crime Lab. A response on this topic was previously sent by letter dated 7/1/03.

 

2.                  Warrants. A response on this topic was previously sent by letter dated 7/1/03.

 

3.                  Bicycle Plans

 

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RESPONSE

Findings

 

There is a lack of bike lanes and connectivity between lanes.

Agree. The Town of Colma General Plan contains a bike plan showing lanes on Hillside Boulevard, El Camino Real and Junipero Serra Boulevard. We have recently included one from the South San Francisco BART station along the BART right-of-way paralleling Mission Road. These are all north-south streets. The only east-west connection is on Lawndale Boulevard between Mission Road and Hillside Boulevard. The bike lanes are constructed along with street improvements included in the Town’s adopted CIP. Only the Lawndale Boulevard improvement has been constructed to date.

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Findings

 


Several major bike corridors consist of wide shoulders where striping has deteriorated.

Disagree. To date Colma has only implemented a bike path on Lawndale Boulevard. The striping is fresh.

The cities of Menlo Park, Redwood City and Foster City have the most extensive network of bike lanes and paths.

Colma has not confirmed this information so we cannot reply.

There is at least one staff person assigned to bike issues. Time spent is less than one hour per week.

Agree. The Colma City Planner is able to respond to bike issues.

Funding for bike projects is minimal compared to road projects.

Agree. The portion of Colma’s estimated budget for road reconstruction includes pavement, lighting and landscaping. These components are much higher cost than the portion required for bike path construction.

Cities are more likely to apply for grants for road projects than to apply for grants for bike path projects.

Agree. Colma would normally apply for an overall grant with the bike path being a plan component.

Less than half the cities in San Mateo County have bicycle advisory committees.

Colma has not confirmed this information. Colma does not have such a committee.

The roles of bicycle advisory committees are to address issues and complaints, recommend improvements, assist with plan development, recommend on projects and provide advice to City Councils.

 

Agree. Colma staff provides this function.

Approximately 50% of the cities have bicycle plans with varying degrees of detail and depth.

Colma has not confirmed this information. Colma has a bicycle plan with information about locations, width and materials.

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Findings

 

Most cities report that they coordinate bike lanes with neighboring cities for the purposes of developing a continuous system and partnering of funding.

Agree. Colma has recently coordinated with South San Francisco regarding the Lawndale Boulevard and BART right-of-way bike lanes.

A bike map was produced in 1996 with recommended bike routes for commuters and recreational riders. It was reproduced in 1999 but has not yet been circulated.

 

Colma has not confirmed this information.

The C/CAG Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee provides general support for bike issues in the County and currently has a $600,000 budget for grants to cities for bike-related projects.

Colma has not confirmed this information.

The Peninsula Congestion Relief Alliance offers to employers a bike safety education program and provides funds for bike racks and lockers at the worksite.

Colma has not confirmed this information.

In 2002 the Peninsula Congestion Relief Alliance conducted safety and education programs for two companies.

Colma has not confirmed this information.

The Alliance uses federal grant money to conduct education and safety programs and to distribute bicycle helmets to low-income bicyclists. This activity utilizes about 10% of the staff time. Except for special projects there are no other outreach programs conducted by the Alliance.

Colma has not confirmed this information.

 

 

 

 


Recommendations

 

Within one year the County and each city will develop a long-term strategic bicycle safety and transportation plan if one does not already exist. The plan should include:

  • The priorities set forth in the County Comprehensive Bicycle Route Plan
  • A bicycle advisory committee
  • At least one city employee to deal with bike issues
  • Coordination of construction projects with surrounding cities

Disagree. The Town of Colma General Plan already contains a bike route plan that has been coordinated with the County Plan. The General Plan will be revised in 2003 to show connections to routes in surrounding cities. The Town Capital Improvement Plan already contains projects that include each of the routes shown in the General Plan. The Town believes that bicycle issues can be managed by city staff without the need for an advisory committee. The CIP is phased over five years.

The County and cities should seek funding to support bicycle projects and programs in their communities.

Agree. The Town of Colma will seek funding to augment its Capital Improvement budget for projects that include bicycle paths. Projects are phased over a five year plan.

C/CAG should increase its efforts to address bicycle issues within the cities:

  • Develop a community outreach program that includes distribution of bike maps and safety tips.
  • Make sure bike safety is addressed in the Congestion management Plan for new construction.

Agree. The Town of Colma will cooperate with C/CAG. The City Planner is the designated contact person.

C/CAG should prioritize and fund projects that demonstrate inter-city coordination of bike projects.

Agree. The Town of Colma will cooperate with C/CAG. The City Planner is the designated contact person.

 

 

Herb Moniz

Herb Moniz

City Manager

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