Capital District Transportation Committee

Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force

Record of Meeting on April 13, 2004

 

Attendance: Mark Cashman (MHCC/LAB), Scott Lewendon (Clough Harbour Associates),  Kevin McLoughlin (NYPCA), Don Odell (Retired Planner) Barbara Quint (Guilderland Pathways), John Stangle (Village of Menands), Elaine Troy (NYSDOH Healthy Heart), Ivan Vamos (NYBC),  Sarah Kurpiel (CDTC), Teresa La Salle (CDTC),  Jason Purvis (CDTC)

 

1.0 AGENDA AND MEETING NOTES REVIEW

 

The March 2004 meeting minutes were approved.

 

2.0 PROJECTS/PROGRAMS AND OTHER UPDATES

 

 

3.0 ONGOING TASKS

 

3.1 Guilderland Pathways Committee: B. Quint reported that the Pathways Committee received a grant from the Hudson River Valley Greenway to hire an engineer to set priorities for the Town’s path system.  B. Quint noted that the Fort Hunter Study has been completed.  The Pathways Committee is looking into a rail trail at the Fuller Station Road Rail bed.  The Trail Master Plan has been revised to include trails, sidewalks, multi-use paths, schools, parks, the Pine Bush Preserve, Town Hall, the Town golf course, neighborhood shopping areas, employment centers, universities, and recreational paths.  B. Quint requested a list of roads within the Town that are currently on CDTC’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Priority Network.

 

3.2 Mohawk Hudson Bike Hike Trail Map update: T. La Salle provided a draft of the East-West section of the trail. Field work will be done to verify parking, restrooms, and trail access points and handicapped accessible parking/trail areas.  T. La Salle noted that additional text and a photo of the bike trail for the cover still need to be added to the map.   A June print date is expected.

 

3.3 Greenway Linkage—Rensselaer County: I. Vamos noted that the first public meeting went well, although there were few participants.  The consultants had a good discussion with DEC staff regarding the Brownfield clan-up site.  The study advisory committee will meet again on April 22nd

 

3.4 Patroon Greenway Linkage: T. La Salle reported that completion of task 1 is expected by May 1st.  Initial field and existing inventory work is currently underway.  J. Purvis note that he was informed by Bob Speece of NYSDOT Region 1 that as part of DOT’s I-90 Project Phase 2, DOT would be installing footings for a possible bridge over the railroad in the West Albany area.

 

3.5 Department of Health Walkable Community Workshops: E. Troy provided members with a schedule of the five workshops planned for May 10th-12th. Members are welcome to attend. 

 

 

4.0 NEW BUSINESS

 

 

4.1 Toolbox Update: J. Purvis noted that he recently completed the analysis of the existing Bike/Ped Priority network.  According to the 1995 criteria CDTC is just under 50% treatment of roads on the network.  With a planning horizon of 1995-2016, we are currently less than halfway to our goal.  Therefore CDTC has met or possibly exceeded its goal!  J. Purvis noted that he expects to have a draft of the Toolbox available for the task force to review in June.

 

4.2 Albany County Trail Improvements:  J. Purvis reported that a public hearing was held to give an overview of the County’s plans.  A brochure is also available.  Greenman-Pederson is the consultant for the project.

 

4.3 Zim Smith Trail Project:  J. Purvis reported that a meeting was held last week to discuss the implementation of the enhancement project.  At this point there are about three days of cleanup left, and volunteers are needed.  A few issues that remain to be solved are the need for a bridge and land encroachment issues in Clifton Park

 

 4.4 Email List:  J. Purvis requested that members review the list that was sent in the mail out and provide him with email addresses of anyone on the list.  The intent is to keep an updated and accurate list so that public meetings and public comment periods information can be distributed by email in the future.

 

4.5 Other New Business: 

 

J. Purvis circulated a document describing the 3rd round of the Spot Improvement program.  The task force approved the document and it can know go to planning committee for approval at the May meeting.

 

J. Purvis reminded members that the May meeting will be the last meeting at 5 Computer Drive West.  As of June1st CDTC will be located at One Park Place.

 

J. Purvis noted that the bike rack at the Rensselaer Amtrak station has been installed.

 

J. Purvis and E. Troy noted that the Statewide Walkable Community Workshop/Conference will be held June 16th and 17th in Rochester.  Please visit www.beactivenys.org for more information.

 

J. Purvis noted that there is a June 1st deadline for applications to the Kodak Greenway Program Grant.  Only online applications will be accepted.

 

I. Vamos and J. Purvis noted various events that will be taking place as part of Bike Week, which take place the week of May 3rd.

 

J. Purvis noted that the Fort Hunter Road/Carman Road Linkage Study was presented to the planning committee in March.

 

K. McLoughlin noted that the NYS Canalway has asked NYPCA to look at an east-west connection from the Waterford Visitors’ Center to the existing Mohawk Hudson Bike Hike Trail.  David Adler is working on the project.  A public meeting is expected in May.

 

K. McLoughlin reported on the 6th Annual Cycling the Erie Canal Event.  About 500 participants have signed on to bike the entire distance from Buffalo to Albany. Registration fees are $495 for adults for the entire eight day ride. This fee includes lodging, food, and sag support. There are some volunteer spots left. Please visit NYPCA’s website for more information.  www.nypca.org

 

I. Vamos noted that he would be a guest with Martha Mooney of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Club on an upcoming community access program.

 

J. Stangle reported that Route 32 has been striped for lane reductions and that the Village is currently working with NYSDOT’s striping department to provide bike lane access in the corridor.

 

M. Cashman noted that the Bonton Roulet bike tour will be taking place July 25th-31st.  The ride costs $450 for a seven day tour of the Finger Lakes Region.  More information is available at www.bontonroulet.com

 

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5.0 UPCOMING EVENTS

 

-         The next CDTC Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 4, 4:30 p.m. at the CDTC Offices.