ATTENDEES:

CSAC Members/ Liaisons: Anastasia Bamberg, Kelly Buchsbaum, Sheila Brogan, Sgt. John Chuck, Charles S. Di Marco, Joyce Docktor, Robert Fuhrman, Barbara Sacks, Councilman Jeffrey Voigt

Others: Jane Remis

OLD BUSINESS:

1)  Franklin Avenue Corridor--Design Drawings underway. No change in Municipal Agreements.

2)  Crosswalk at Van Emburgh Avenue/ Hampshire Road-- No change.

3)  Pedestrian /Bike SRTS Grants-- Meeting with NV5 in March.

4)  CBDAC-- No Report.

5)  North Walnut Street-- AFTER Study within next month.

6)  Union Street-- No change.

7)  SSATF-- GWMS Map underway.

8)  Starbucks Driveway-- No progress to report.

9)  West Glen Avenue Sidewalks-- Paving/ Curb Work Bids expected by March. 

10) Bike Safety/ Educational Efforts/ Sidewalk Riding-- Ms. Buchsbaum reported a scheduled meeting with Dr. Fishbein for February 28th. GWMS and BFMS are planning safety initiatives in Spring.

11) West Glen Avenue/ North Monroe Street-- Proposed Amendment to 2020 Capital Budget being presented to Council.

12) CSAC Appointments-- Councilman Voigt has submitted names for re-appointment and the one vacancy. Awaiting full Council interviews and action.

13) Mr. Di Marco reported contacting Kensington representative, Mr. Rafeedie, and relating CSAC discussion regarding South Broad Street Project. 

14) Long-Term Programs/ Policy Discussions. (On-Going)-- No Items Presented.

NEW BUSINESS:

1)  Glenwood Avenue-- NJDOT is proposing making Glenwood Avenue one-way eastbound at the NJTransit rail crossing in Ho-Ho-Kus. Mr. Di Marco reviewed CSAC discussions regarding this location: January 2015- consensus was for NJTransit to develop an engineered remedy to address the steep grade, narrow roadway and need to improve the existing sidewalk and drainage issues: Mr. Rutishauser requested NJTransit to participate in a solution. His correspondence was acknowledged and after several attempts to follow-up with NJTransit yielded no response, no further discussion occurred after June 2015. CSAC agreed that the existing crossing was a safety hazard since westbound vehicles could be stopped on the crossing due to difficulties for vehicles to rapidly proceed up the hill. Sgt. Chuck indicated that the westbound traffic volumes were lower than eastbound traffic volumes in both peak travel periods and were likely manageable if detoured to alternate routes. He cited traffic count data for peak one-hour periods to be approximately: WESTBOUND-54 vehicles/hr, EASTBOUND- 140 vehicles/hr ( data collected between 7-9 AM); and,  WESTBOUND- 70-90 vehicles/hr, EASTBOUND-120-160 vehicles / hr (data collected between 3-5 PM).

2)  RHS-- Ms. Bamberg expressed concern regarding the safety implications of a Board of Education (BofE) proposal to expand facilities at RHS. Ms. Brogan described the conceptual plans being evaluated by BofE to include a 1,000 seat auditorium, arts and practice rooms, parking, etc. in the vicinity of the East Ridgewood Avenue/ Brookside Avenue side of RHS. Ms. Brogan indicated that the concepts were in discussion and would be, if advanced, presented to CSAC and the public as a referendum.

3)  Messrs. Rutishauser and Di Marco are attending a professional education seminar at Rutgers University sponsored by FHWA and NJDOT on February 21, 2020 entitled, "Traffic and Engineering Studies".

NEXT MEETING: Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 7:30 PM in the Garden Room at Village Hall.

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ATTENDEES:

CSAC Members/Liaisons: Sheila Brogan, Sgt. John Chuck, Charles S. Di Marco, Joyce Docktor, Robert Fuhrman, Christopher J. Rutishauser, PE, Councilman Jeffrey Voigt

Others: Jennifer Cameron, Robin Fisher, Cathy Lin, Rachel McCallister, Jane Remis

OLD BUSINESS: 

1)  Franklin Avenue Corridor-- Mr. Rutishauser said there was no progress in the last month on the design documents. Councilman Voigt will follow-up on the status of municipal agreements needing concurrence by Bergen County prior to final funding and budgeting. 

2)  Crosswalk at Van Emburgh Avenue/ Hampshire Road-- Markings not installed yet.

3)  Pedestrian/Bike SRTS Grants--NV5 contract signed. Notice To Proceed issued. Contract Documents underway ( per Mr. Rutishauser -mostly sidewalk items). Councilman Voigt said he would request copy of SRTS Grant and NV5's Phase 1 Scope of Work from the Village Manager.

4)  CBDAC-- Mr. Rutishauser noted work on removal of tree well brick rings is underway. Locations with elevated tree roots constituting a potential tripping hazard are to be evaluated for additional measures by the Village arborist.

5)  North Walnut Street--  Councilman Voigt reported positive resident  comments on perceived impacts of the speed sign.  Sgt. Chuck will complete an AFTER study subsequent to the completion of on-going utility work in the area. The intent is to have similar weather/ traffic patterns/ school activity, etc. for a valid comparison to conditions found during collection of BEFORE data.

6)  Union Street-- Refurbishment of Markings not completed to date.

7)  SSATF--Ms. Remis reported no response from GWMS to date.

8)  Starbucks Driveway-- Mr. Rutishauser reported Starbucks has not committed to implementing the Village's recommendations for the driveway entry/exit. He indicated the potential for issuing a notice of non-conformance with the approved site plan. 

9)  Traffic Control Measures in The Lawns-- Mr. Rutishauser and Sgt. Chuck reported completing their evaluation of crash history and geometric factors in  the locations of concern and other areas cited by a resident and have concluded no further actions are warranted at this time.

10) West Glen Avenue Sidewalks--Construction in 2020. According to Mr. Rutishauser, first priority in Spring 2020 will be curbs, driveway aprons and ADA-compliant ramps along streets scheduled for re-paving.

11) Bike Safety / Educational Effort/ Sidewalk Riding-- Ms. Brogan has discussed the matter with Dr. Fishbein to re-emphasize  the current bike safety curriculum in the schools. Ms. Sacks (via e-mail) related thoughts on her personal experience with a bike safety program in Maywood, NJ. Her e-mail on the subject was provided to CSAC members and liaisons (copy following in [italics]).

[With respect to the minutes of the November 21, 2019 meeting, the issue of a 6-year old being hurt by an older bicyclist made me recall the safety program we had when I was a kid.  Here is what happened to make things safer in Maywood, NJ.

The Maywood Police Department required that all bicycles be registered and licensed.  They affixed a hard-to-remove small license plate to each bicycle and recorded the information about the owner, operator(s) and serial/registration number.  However, this mandatory registration also required that each kid had to come to the Police Department, learn the written and road requirements for bicycles (which the Maywood Police taught us) and then pass a written or oral test plus a ROAD test to see if the operator knew what they were doing on the road.  Kids who did not comply had their bicycles confiscated by the police. Every school kid learned about this and knew the requirements for having a bicycle in Maywood.  The parents were all on board with this.  Some folks said it was because so many bicycles were being stolen and some said it was because there were too many bicycle accidents.  At that age, I did not question the reason but knew I had to go get my bicycle licensed and had to learn the rules of the road for New Jersey vehicles (my old truck bike included).  So I did.   

The Police taught us everything we needed to know for the license and registration as well as road safety.  I suddenly understood why motor vehicle operators were signaling with their left hands out the window and what it meant.  This predated every motor vehicle having electronic turn signals  Bicyclists learned that we could not ride our bicycles on the sidewalks and had to ride in the road.  We could only walk our bicycles on the sidewalk.  We had to obey all the NJ Motor Vehicle laws and we had to learn to give hand signals for turning and stopping.  We had to have lights and rear reflectors if we planned to ride after dark and the Police Department checked the lights.and the rear reflectors.  They did all the bicycle safety checks but also made sure that we kids knew all the requirements for safe operation of our bicycles.

When we passed the written/verbal test and then passed the road test, the Police Department affixed a special license plate to our bicycles and we were on our way.  The Police knew who we were if we violated the laws and they'd call us in for more education.

The bicycle theft rate in Maywood dropped (thieves had a really hard time removing the little license plate and registration numbers) and the kids using bicycles were safer.

All this was before helmets and other safety devices, but it worked well for everyone in Maywood.  I have no idea if mandatory bicycle registration and licensing would even be legal today, but in those days, it made Maywood a safer community.  The Maywood Police Department did not make this voluntary, by the way.  It was absolutely required for anyone operating a bicycle in Maywood.

With respect to the minutes of the November 21, 2019 meeting, the issue of a 6-year old being hurt by an older bicyclist made me recall the safety program we had when I was a kid.  Here is what happened to make things safer in Maywood, NJ.

The Maywood Police Department required that all bicycles be registered and licensed.  They affixed a hard-to-remove small license plate to each bicycle and recorded the information about the owner, operator(s) and serial/registration number.  However, this mandatory registration also required that each kid had to come to the Police Department, learn the written and road requirements for bicycles (which the Maywood Police taught us) and then pass a written or oral test plus a ROAD test to see if the operator knew what they were doing on the road.  Kids who did not comply had their bicycles confiscated by the police. Every school kid learned about this and knew the requirements for having a bicycle in Maywood.  The parents were all on board with this.  Some folks said it was because so many bicycles were being stolen and some said it was because there were too many bicycle accidents.  At that age, I did not question the reason but knew I had to go get my bicycle licensed and had to learn the rules of the road for New Jersey vehicles (my old truck bike included).  So I did.   

The Police taught us everything we needed to know for the license and registration as well as road safey.  I suddenly understood why motor vehicle operators were signaling with their left hands out the window and what it meant.  This predated every motor vehicle having electronic turn signals  Bicyclists learned that we could not ride our bicycles on the sidewalks and had to ride in the road.  We could only walk our bicycles on the sidewalk.  We had to obey all the NJ Motor Vehicle laws and we had to learn to give hand signals for turning and stopping.  We had to have lights and rear reflectors if we planned to ride after dark and the Police Department checked the lights.and the rear reflectors.  They did all the bicycle safety checks but also made sure that we kids knew all the requirements for safe operation of our bicycles.

When we passed the written/verbal test and then passed the road test, the Police Department affixed a special license plate to our bicycles and we were on our way.  The Police knew who we were if we violated the laws and they'd call us in for more education.

The bicycle theft rate in Maywood dropped (thieves had a really hard time removing the little license plate and registration numbers) and the kids using bicycles were safer.

All this was before helmets and other safety devices, but it worked well for everyone in Maywood.  I have no idea if mandatory bicycle registration and licensing would even be legal today, but in those days, it made Maywood a safer community.  The Maywood Police Department did not make this voluntary, by the way.  It was absolutely required for anyone operating a bicycle in Maywood.

We on the CSAC have focused a lot of needed attention on motor vehicle operators being more considerate and careful of bicyclists, but perhaps we can also focus some attention on making bicyclists (especially young ones) safer through education.  And, who knows, maybe we can also help cut down on bicycle thefts.

Barbara ]

12) Long-Term Programs/Policy Discussions. (On-Going)--- No Items Presented

NEW BUSINESS:

1)  CSAC Appointments-- All current CSAC Member terms end on December 31, 2019. All current Members requesting re-appointment should notify the Village Manager. Residents interested in being considered for appointment to CSAC by the Village Council should complete and submit the  Volunteer Form found on the Village website. 

2) The CSAC meeting schedule for 2020 is the Third Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM in the Garden Room at Village Hall. The 2020 meeting dates are: January 16th, February 20th, March 19th, April 16th, May 21st, June 18th, July 16th, August 20th, September 17th, October 15th, November 19th and December 17th.

3)  Ms. Fisher spoke about the safety concerns both she and the other residents at the meeting have regarding the intersection of North Monroe Street and West Glen Avenue. Ms. Fisher cited a number of issues and suggested several potential measures to address their concerns:  1) a BUS STOP sign has been knocked down (Sgt. Chuck will report the damaged sign to NJ Transit for repair); 2) Some westbound West Glen Avenue vehicles turning right to northbound North Monroe Street are failing to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk. A NO TURN ON RED (NTOR) sign was suggested. It was pointed out that failing to yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk is a traffic violation and an enforcement matter which Sgt. Chuck noted. Mr. Rutishauser said the warrants for installing NTOR sign would need to be satisfied to authorize the installation. He will examine the location to determine if the warrants are satisfied; 3) Due to the skew angle of the intersecting streets, pedestrians may be able to view the signals facing each street and potentially receive conflicting indications. Installation of WALK/DON'T WALK signals was suggested. Mr. Rutishauser noted many practical issues related to modifying the existing signal equipment including possibly requiring a complete modernization of this Village-owned signal as a future, major capital budget item; 4) Existing sight distance restrictions due to landscaping and/or vegetation on the northeast and southeast corners. Mr. Rutishauser will examine the location to determine if the sight triangles conform to the Village Code and if remedial action by the adjacent property owners is required; 5) Street lamp illumination was cited as needing improvement. Mr. Rutishauser will review the lighting levels as needed with PSE&G; 6) Leaf piles in Fall and snow piles in Winter on sidewalk areas can make walking difficult and unsafe for pedestrians. It was suggested to design operational procedures for leaf collection and snow removal to give a high priority to clearing major streets/ pedestrian and school walking routes and corner crosswalks; 7) Some drivers are "running" the red signal. Sgt. Chuck noted a history of 'Right-Angle" crashes-- an indication of traffic violations. According to Sgt. Chuck, the Police have targeted this location and the enforcement effort will continue; 8) The need for adequate sidewalks was noted. The on-going sidewalk program was discussed, including the 2019 installation between Oak Street and Hillcrest Road, the scheduled 2020 construction work between Hillcrest Road and Heights Road, and the concept study planned in early 2020 between Heights Road and North Monroe Street ( a section with a number of geometric and topographic features needing further engineering evaluation.

Councilman Voigt will take the lead in responding to the residents and establishing any schedules for actions to be taken.

Mr. Di Marco acknowledged the attendance of Sgt. Chuck as the Police Department liaison to CSAC. He commented on the importance of the Police attendance as a direct conduit to hear and respond to resident issues and to offer background on specific concerns. The Police participation was noted as a very effective tool to enhance the value of CSAC to the Village and its citizens.

NEXT MEETING: Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 7:30 PM in the Garden Room at Village Hall.

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ATTENDEES:

CSAC Members/ Liaisons: Anastasia Bamberg, Sheila Brogan, Kelly Buchsbaum, Charles S. Di Marco, Joyce Docktor, Robert Fuhrman, Christopher J. Rutishauser, PE, Jane Shinozuka, Councilman Jeffrey Voigt

Others: Nilay Donmez, Richard Miller, Jane Remis

OLD BUSINESS:

1)  Franklin Avenue Corridor-- Design Documents being prepared in part by both Village and County. Review by County needed before final approval-- perhaps in 2020. Municipal agreements will need to be completed, local and County funding, bidding, construction contract award, etc. to follow.

2)  Crosswalk at Van Emburgh Avenue/ Hampshire Road-- Thermoplastic Markings not installed yet. Completion in 2019, weather permitting.

3)  Pedestrian/Bike SRTS Grants-- NV5 contract and Phase 1 scope being prepared. Meeting with NJDOT is needed. 

4)  CBDAC-- Ms. Shinozuka stated nothing new to report. Tree well renovation plan submitted to Engineering by contractor.  

5)  North Walnut Street-- Interactive Speed Sign Installed. Device is able to collect speed data. CSAC requested a BEFORE/AFTER study to be used in evaluating the signs effect on travel speeds and potential use in future applications.

6)  Union Street-- Thermoplastic markings scheduled to be refurbished by contractor in 2019, weather-permitting.

7)  SSATF-- Facebook Page being considered as an educational tool for drivers and walkers regarding safety practices. Further emphasis on education is planned. Map of GWMS pick-up/drop-off areas still in works. 

8)  Starbucks Driveway--Engineering has offered plans for safety measures to Starbucks' traffic engineer. Village will incorporate driveway modifications, etc. in Franklin Avenue Corridor plans.

9)  Traffic Control Measures in The Lawns-- No progress this month.

10) West Glen Avenue Sidewalks-- No update.

11) Long-Term Programs/ Policy Discussions-- No Items Presented.

NEW BUSINESS:

1)  CSAC Appointments- January 2020- December 2022-- Mr. Di Marco reminded CSAC members that appointments expire next December 31st.  Councilman Voigt agreed that current CSAC members should e-mail the Village Manager expressing interest in being re-appointed or not being re-appointed. The Council can fill the seven citizen positions from among current members and/ or new resident volunteer applicants.

2)  Mr. Di Marco noted the great value of having Police Department liaisons regularly at meetings to facilitate handling CSAC and resident safety issues. Councilman Voigt will discuss this matter with the Village Manager and emphasize the need to assign a high priority to Police liaison attendance at CSAC meetings.

3)  Mr. Fuhrman and Councilman Voigt discussed a situation on Brookside Avenue between East Ridgewood Avenue and Hanks Avenue where a construction barrel is located in the center of the street in an area used for RHS student pick-up/ drop-off. Some drivers are diverting to the left of the the barrel resulting in the potential for crashes. A similar situation on Spring Avenue between Circle Avenue and Kenilworth Road was reported. Mr. Rutishauser said both locations (plus a third) involved collapsed manhole supports which are scheduled for repair after leaf collection is completed.  

4)  Ms. Donmez and Mr. Miller discussed an incident involving their 6 year old son who was injured while walking on the sidewalk along Wyndemere Avenue when struck by a 12 year old cyclist also riding on the sidewalk. The consensus was the need to further promote educating students on safe riding practices. The current efforts were reviewed including Bike Rodeo and existing school programs, etc. School Resource Officers were mentioned as a means to promote safety and Ms. Buchsbaum offered to discuss the matter with HSA Safety Chairs.

5)  Mr. Di Marco reported that Mr. Rutishauser and he attended an all-day seminar at Rutgers University sponsored by USDOT's Federal Highway Administration --"STEP: Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian". The program included  in-depth analysis of numerous pedestrian safety issues, effectiveness and applicability of improvement measures, and field exercises. Additional information can be obtained from the program presenter, Mr. Peter Eun, at peter.eun@dot.gov (Phone: 360-328-3044).

6)  Mr. Di Marco noted that Ms.Sacks is recovering from surgery and may miss some upcoming CSAC meetings. She kindly offered to stay abreast of CSAC activities through agendas and minutes.

NEXT MEETING : Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 7:30 PM in the Garden Room at Village Hall.

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ATTENDEES:

CSAC Members/Liaisons: Kelly Buchsbaum, Robert Furhman, Christopher J. Rutishauser, PE

Others: Jane Remis

OLD BUSINESS:

1)  Franklin Avenue Corridor-- Design drawings in works. Village had meeting with Bergen County in week of October 7th.

2)  Crosswalk at Van Emburgh Avenue/ Hampshire Road-- ADA-compliant ramps installed.

3)  Pedestrian/Bike SRTS Grants--Award Resolution From Village Council approved. Engineering preparing grant funding application.

4)  CBDAC--Ms. Shinozuka reported via email that CBDAC is discussing potential measures to upgrade lighting at busy, pedestrian-heavy intersections. Holiday decorations are soon to be installed with attention given to line-of-sight considerations. Bids for renovations to tree wells and removal of tripping hazards were received. Engineering preparing contract documents for Village Council.

5)  North Walnut Street-- Village awaits delivery of Interactive Speed Sign.

6)  Union Street--Village awaiting Striping Contractor.

7)  SSATF-- No Report.

8)  Starbucks Driveway-Proposal made to Starbucks on October 15th to develop a permanent exit modification to enforce "RIGHT TURN ONLY". Village seeking similar treatment for entrance driveway.

9)  Traffic Control Measures in The Lawns-- No progress to report this month. 

10) West Glen Avenue Sidewalks-- Construction not likely to be commenced this construction season due to approaching winter temperatures.

11)  Oak Street Crosswalks/School Bus Locations--Oak/ Robinson Crosswalk is to be striped via work order. Other locations examined were not recommended by Engineering and Police where issues with lighting and parking spaces are concerns.

12) Long-Term Programs/Policy Discussions (On-Going). No Items presented.

NEW BUSINESS:

1)  Other--No Items Presented

NEXT MEETING: Thursday, November  21, 2019 at 7:30 PM in the Garden Room at Village Hall.

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ATTENDEES:

CSAC Members/ Liaisons: Anastasia Bamberg, Sheila Brogan, Kelli Buchsbaum, Charles S. Di Marco, Joyce Docktor, Robert Fuhrman, Jane Shinozuka, Councilman Jeffrey Voigt {Village Engineer, Christopher J. Rutishauser, PE, (CJR) unable to attend but submitted comments via e-mail as noted in BOLD}.

Others: Jane Remis

OLD BUSINESS:

1)  Franklin Avenue Corridor-- (CJR: Municipal Agreements in progress).

2)  Crosswalk at Van Emburgh Avenue/Hampshire Road-- (CJR: Awaiting concrete contractor to arrive).

3)  Pedestrian/Bike SRTS Grants-- (CJR: Resolution to award consultant contract to NV5 at Village Council's September 25 meeting).

4)  CBDAC-- Ms. Shinozuka reported Hudson Street Garage construction has begun, loading zone on Prospect Street to replace rear access to East Ridgewood Avenue businesses closed during construction, sidewalks along Hudson Street and South Broad Street closed. Ms. Brogan reported that the meters bagged for interim permit parking are unavailable to others at all times (and often underutilized during evenings and weekends) She suggested altering the rules to help accommodate diners and shoppers during available times. Also, signage directing pedestrians at closed sidewalks may be fostering improper crossing of streets. Councilman Voigt to review these items with Village Manager.

5)  Kenilworth Road/ Spring Avenue-- STOP logos installed. Agenda Item Complete.

6)  North Walnut Street-- (CJR: Interactive Speed Sign Ordered).

7)  Union Street-- (CJR: Thermoplastic Markings refurbishment on"To-Do" list).

8)  SSATF-- Ms. Remis reported meeting with GWMS Administration scheduled for September 24th.

9)  Starbucks Driveway--(CJR: Village is reaching out to Starbucks to implement recommended changes).

10) Irving Street/ East Ridgewood Avenue-- Ped X-ing Signs installed by Bergen County. Agenda Item Complete.

11) Traffic Control Measures in The Lawns-- (CJR: In Progress)

12) West Glen Avenue Sidewalks-- (CJR: Awaiting Contractor to continue work. Capital Budget Item of $50,000 will be used for construction. Concept Study dealing with areas having site issues will be completed by Engineering in-house during winter).

13) Long-Term Programs/ Policy Discussions-- Councilman Voigt identified sight triangle issues at Alpine Terrace and West Glen Avenue. The broader topic of sight triangle encroachments limiting safety was discussed. CSAC recommended an important task for the Village would be to examine all intersections with primary attention given to SRTS locations. CSAC members were encouraged to report any locations requiring Code Enforcement attention to the Village Manger's office. Councilman Voigt offered to review these issues with the Village Manager.

NEW BUSINESS:

1)  Oak Street Crosswalks/ School Bus Stop Locations-- Ms. Brogan discussed the BOE administrative process for school bus stop locations and the involvement as needed of Engineering and Police. (CJR: Work Order to Signal Division to re-paint crosswalks along Oak Street).

2) Ridgewood Master Plan Visioning Workshops-- Reminder of scheduled workshops on September 21 and 28, 2019.

NEXT MEETING: Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 7:30 PM in the Garden Room at Village Hall.

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