Capital District Transportation Committee
Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force
Record of Meeting on
Attendance: Don Odell (Albany Bicycling
Coalition), Jeff Gritsavage (NYSDOT),
1.0 New Business
1.1 TIP Update Status – The bike-ped project evaluation summary was passed out to the attendees in the January 2010 meeting. A copy can be found at: http://www.cdtcmpo.org/planning/jan10/bikeped.pdf. Programming is taking place in two rounds. The first round of programming includes three categories – Highway Rehabilitation ($66M), Highway and Bridge Maintenance ($4.2M), and Goods Movement ($0.6M). The Spot Improvement Set-Aside was approved and solicitations will go out end of summer 2010 ($100k available). The Policy Committee approved the projects programmed in Round 1. Round 2 of programming was expected to take place April 7 but was postponed. All projects are still on the table.
1.2 Capital Coexist – It’s Here!
1.2.1 Website – J. Purvis presented the website. The website went live April 1 and got 10,000 hits within the first 5 days. Capital Coexist (CC) has also created a Facebook page where they have 130 friends.
1.2.2 Printed Media – Posters (24” x 36”) and rack cards are available for distribution. Please contact J. Purvis if you are interested.
J. Gristsavage suggested CC look into hanging posters in vacant storefronts in BID areas.
W. Mackesey will take brochures for
Upcoming Events – There is an events calendar on the website. Bethlehem Bike Summit May ; Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Bike Walk Conference June 5
1.2.4 Next Steps – New promotional giveaways, such as stickers, are being explored. If anyone has any ideas or would like to add an event to the calendar contact J. Purvis.
Parking w/CDTA – Applications were due
M. Daley recommended CC campaign printed media be distributed with bike racks.
1.4 2010 GTSC Walk/Bike Conference – June 5 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Hauppague, NY http://www.itsmr.org/Walk-Bike%20NY%20Symposium.htm. Capital Coexist is on the agenda.
1.7 Bike Month – If any Task Force members have information on local events related to bike month please contact Jason.
1.8 Local Project Updates
1.8.1 Route 50 Southern Gateway Study – CDTC and consultant are in discussions with NYSDOT regarding the feasibility of recommended concepts. A public meeting will be held in May.
1.9 “They just don’t get it….” – A local school displayed a sign at their construction site reading: “No smoking, no pets, no bicycles.” According to the school, they do not have a no bike policy but while doing construction would like to prevent trespassing and using the site for cyclecross-/motocross- like events.
1.10 Other New Business
E. Troy announced the Capital Region Healthy Communities Coalition is having a
summit event at
M. Daley distributed Bike Tour brochures, announced the Canalway
Trail Celebration will be the first weekend of June in conjunction with
National Trails Day. The new Bicycles
Bring Business brochure was distributed to the group and is available on PTNY’s website (www.ptny.org). PTNY is currently working on a guidebook for
cycling in the
N. Ronsvalle – a Tour de Farm tour is being organized in
1.10.4 J. Mearkle – a new ASHE chapter is forming in hopes of bringing more complete streets-minded people into the group. Membership fees are $35.
1.10.5 D. Odell shared two stories about local bicyclists. One cyclist was doored, called police and the motorist was ticketed. A veteran ABC member was ticketed for running red light. The Ride of Silence is scheduled for May 19.
R. Maholtra – The first Safe Routes to School project
(Shen) is anticipated to begin construction and
J. Ceponis announced that AARP has organized a Complete Streets Week with two
events locally – 4/22 at Lark/Madison in
J. Gritsavage shared a story about a community on
2.0 Upcoming Events – Next Bike-Ped Meeting is scheduled for May 11 at .