Capital District Transportation Committee

Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force

Record of Meeting on April 10, 2007



Attendance: Audrey Ball (Town of Malta), Rich Craig (City of Troy), Jim Levy (Latham resident), William Mackesey (Town of Clifton Park), Raj Malhotra (NYSDOT Region One Planning), Don Odell (Albany Bicycling Coalition), Henrietta O’Grady (Halfmoon Trails), Kevin Prickett (Parks and Trails NY), John Stangle (Town of Colonie), Ed Tremblay (City of Cohoes), Linda Trombley (City of Troy), Elaine Troy (NYSDOH Healthy Heart), Jennifer Viggiani (Town of Clifton Park), Jared Wells (Niskayuna Safe Routes), Teresa LaSalle (CDTC), Jason Purvis (CDTC)




The minutes from March’s meeting were approved without changes.




2.1 Presentation of Preliminary Trail Survey Methodology/Findings:  

Jason Purvis, CDTC


2.2 Toolbox Document:  The document is on schedule for approval at the May Planning Committee meeting. An additional opportunity to comment will be available during the 60 day public review period, which is expected to begin after Policy Board approval in early June. The full document is available on CDTC’s website (, on the Bike/Ped Task Force page. 


2.3 Priority Network-Possible revisions to Schenectady/Saratoga Counties:  CDTC received a comment from NYSDOT Region One regarding a portion of the existing Bicycle/Pedestrian Priority Network, as part of the review of the Toolbox document.  NYSDOT has a current project along Glenridge Rd.  The suggestion is to add the portion of NY146 Balltown Road in Saratoga County from the Saratoga/Schenectady County Line to the intersection of Glenridge Rd.  The task force agreed to add this segment and also plans on reviewing the entire Bike/Ped Priority Network in the coming months to address any additions and/or deletions that may be sensible.


2.4 New Visions 2030—status and update:  CDTC is in the process of meeting several federal requirements of SAFETEA-LU.  As progress is made, elements of the New Visions plan will be available for public review.  Currently the TIP and Public Participation Document are available for public review.  Please visit for more information. 


2.5 Creating Walkable Communities Conference-Corning, NY:  Next week!  Jason will be presenting the Preliminary Trail Survey Methodology/Findings.


2.6 Other New Business: 


Safe Routes to Schools – E. Troy provided the following announcement


The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is pleased to announce a Request for Applications for organizations in nine key states including New York State, to implement the State Network Project.


Successful applicants in each state will receive $12,000 per year to hire a part-time local State Network Organizer to build and manage the state network.


The State Network Organizer will link existing leaders associated with health, bicycle, pedestrian, youth, education, disadvantaged communities, and smart growth organizations. The state network will help the federal SRTS program to succeed, work to leverage additional resources for Safe Routes to School and to remove barriers to walking and bicycling to schools.  A low-income community or school in each of these ten states will also be assisted in their efforts to apply for and implement SRTS funds.


E. Troy noted that Justin Booth of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo has applied for the position.



The next CDTC Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 8, 2007 4:30 p.m. at the CDTC Offices.