Capital District Transportation Committee
Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force
Attendance: Mark Cashman (LAB/MHCC),
Terry Conway (PTNY), Molly Gagne (Southwest Neighborhood Assoc. Saratoga
Springs), David Gehrs (CDTA), Scott Lewendon (CHA), William Mackesey (Town of
Clifton Park), Jim Mearkle, (Albany County DPW), Don Odell (Albany Bicycling
Coalition), Henrietta O’Grady (Halfmoon Trails Committee), John Stangle (Town
of Colonie), Deb Spicer (NYSDOH), Erin Thomas (City of Cohoes),
1.0 AGENDA AND MEETING NOTES REVIEW
The minutes from March’s meeting were approved without changes.
2.0 NEW BUSINESS
2.1 Transportation Enhancement Program (Evaluation Criteria): CDTC’s Planning Committee approved the evaluation criteria. Solicitation is expected the week of April 17th and applications will be due on June 30th. Wilson Moore of NYSDOT Region 1 is the contact for questions regarding the application guidebook.
T. LaSalle gave an overview of CDTC’s Regional Bike Hike Map draft print. Task force members reviewed and provided comments. Finishing touches will be put on the map over the next few weeks and printers are expected to be contacted in May. A June print is expected.
T. Conway of Parks and Trails NY noted that Parks and Trails NY is working with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation on developing database of organizations that are involved with managing and/or maintaining trails in New York State.
T. Conway announced that the Canalway Trail Celebration will be occurring on June 3rd which is also National Trails Day.
H. O’Grady reported that the
Towns of Halfmoon and
M. Cashman inquired regarding the time frame for repairs to the bike trail near Lock 8.
M. Gagne reported that the
Saratoga Springs Southwest Neighborhood Association is working on a proposed
off-road multi-use trail along
B. Mackesey noted that there are 2 miles of trails currently under construction in the Town of Clifton Park, with additional mileage expected by the end of the year.
D. Odell noted that the
Albany Bicycling Coalition is working on a map with the City of
S. Lewendon reported that NYSDOT has revised Chapter 18 of their Highway Design Manual to increase the standard recommendations of a shared use path width to 4 meters. This could significantly impact trail projects by increasing costs 30% and causing possible Right of Way issues. This change will only affect projects that are using state or federal funds. NYSDOT’s Highway Design Manual is available online.
E. Thomas noted that the City
J. Purvis reported that Don
Robertson, formerly NYSDOT Region 1 Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, who is
currently with NYSDOT in