Today’s Headlines

  • Three-Foot Bike Passing Bill Approved by CA Assembly, On to Gov. Brown for Signature (CBC)
  • Assembly Also Approves Bill That Would Provide Some CEQA Exemption for Bike Lanes (LAT)
  • More on Sunday Streets in Chinatown Last Weekend (SFGate)
  • Crescent Heights Neighbors Say Moved 23 Muni Bus Stop “Really Sucks” (Bernalwood)
  • BAYCAT Kids Produce Movie About Muni Riders and Drivers (Muni Diaries)
  • SFMTA Rolls Out Historic Streetcars for E-Line Pilot (LiveSOMA)
  • Cyclelicious Provides a Tutorial on Using Bay Area’s Electronic BikeLink Lockers
  • Wheelchair-Bound Santa Rosa Man Fights for Better Sidewalks (Press Democrat)
  • Oakland Development Proposal Goes Against City’s Complete Streets Vision (Transbay Blog)
  • Dumbarton Bridge to Close for Seismic Work Over Labor Day Weekend (SF Examiner)
  • CA Legislature Passes Bill Regulating Use of Red-Light Cameras (Daily News)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Mario Tanev

    Does anyone know how the CEQA exemption law would affect the Fell/Oak project? Can it be sped up and implemented ASAP? How about the Connecting the City vision? The bike plan was great and necessary, but is grossly inadequate for the 20% goal. Let’s make Rob Anderson happy and truly fulfill that vision.

  • My understanding is that all bike lanes projects will be exempt from CEQA if #1: they are contained within an established bike plan, #2: they conform to the CA MUTCD, and #3: they consist only of a restriping of lanes (no new curbs, no new construction, no road widening).  That means road diets and/or travel lane removal for the purpose of bike lane can gain CEQA exemption.
    The law requires a shadow-CEQA process: The agency must conduct traffic and safety studies and present those studies for comment at public hearings before a political decision can be made for a project.  Notice must be filed with the state and the county clerk seeking CEQA exemption.  The process mirrors CEQA, but takes a fraction of the time and has far fewer reporting and noticing requirements.

    The law wouldn’t apply to projects already in the midst of CEQA review.  It’s unclear if the law would also apply to “experimental” projects not approved in the CA MUTCD.  I’d assume that any project including construction of a curb element meant to separate traffic would still fall under normal CEQA rules.