Meeting Minutes (Draft)
Philadelphia Cycling Committee
September 18, 2007
The Meeting Was Called to Order at 6:30
Bike Sharing Update
There will be a planning meeting Thursday September 20, 6:30 PM, at Whole Foods to plan a bike sharing forum scheduled for January 17 at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Day and evening workshops are planned.
Nothing is in the current City RFP contract for street furniture/bus shelters for bike sharing. Per Russell: Tuesday, September 25 is the next City meeting about it. Russell will call his contacts to find out the results of the meeting.
The RFP is being fast tracked as the current bus shelter contract ends in January. We need to be against the RFP as it is for 20 years, with no opportunity for change.
The Clean Air Council is not supporting the RFP, and has probably been discussing the issue with Councilmen Frank Di Cicco (Streets Committee Chair) and/or Darrell Clark (Public Property Chair). Debby Schaff of the Planning Commission says the Clean Air council is concerned about the effect on transit.
We can oppose the contract when it comes before Council—any contract over 4 years must be approved by Council. John will track the issue. A post-card campaign may be in order when the contract comes to Council.
(Follow up) BCGP sent a white paper on the issue on 9-24 to the RFP Selection Committee.
South Street Bridge Update
The Regional citizens Committee of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission voted against the bridge as planned, attaching comments from SOSNA (South of South Neighbors Assn.) and CCRA (Center City Residents Assn.).
The DVRPC is expected to approve the bridge plan (vote of the RCC has no legally binding effect).
ACTION: John needs to get the BCGP's position on the SS Bridge on the BCGP website.
Tabled till next meeting. We will discuss draft of "get off the sidewalk" handout. On the other side will be tips for safe riding on paths.
Pavement Conditions Update
The stripes are now reappearing on the newly paved streets
RECOMMENDATION: That the BCGP push "Sharrows" at the next Bicycle/pedestrian Advisory council Meeting,
The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 pm.
Next BCGP Meeting October 1st 6:30, BCGP Office
Next Philadelphia Cycling Committee meeting 10/16/07, 6:30 PM at the Free Library