Capital District Transportation Committee
Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force
Record of Meeting on
Attendance: Don Odell (Albany Bicycling
1.1 Recap of
1.2 Earth Day
Events – As part of local Earth Day events, a “bicycle ride” is planned for
Friday, April 22 at at
Coexist – With Bike Month fast approaching, the campaign has initiated a
number of new outreach strategies and partnerships. These new outreach strategies include
television advertisements and the new online discussion forum at www.capitalcoexist.org. G. Gillooley facilitated a partnership
between Capital Coexist and the Schenectady County DMV, who will be
distributing rack cards in their new driver packets. Capital Coexist is sponsoring the Valley Cats
this summer and Capital Coexist will be funding a bicycle and pedestrian
enforcement training Jan. – May 2012 with Peter Fluke, of WE
1.4 Bike Rack
Program Update – The bike racks have been ordered (applications were due
Feb. 25). CDTA received $35,000 worth of bike rack applications. CDTA will use remaining funds to install bike
lockers at the
1.5 Local Project Updates
Albany Education District Enhancement Study – Draft report is currently being
reviewed by CDTC, City of
1.6 “They just don’t get it….” – CDTC Planning Committee will revisit the issues and appropriateness of the cap on bicycle and pedestrian projects. J. Purvis explained why there was a cap and the options which will be presented at the May Planning Committee meeting. The task force offered feedback:
- I. Vamos pointed out that some specific funding programs have caps (i.e. Transportation Enhancement Program)
- M. Lyons suggested that projects that stay within scope should get more consideration than one that wavers; Does the cap start retroactively? It would be difficult to re-evaluate every project on the TIP and subject to current cap.
-S. Olsen recommended that new NYS Smart Growth legislation and Complete Streets (not yet official legislation) policies be part of the discussion as well as a consideration of “magnitude of cost increase” to make the program more flexible.
-M. Harding suggested CDTC check into what other MPOs are doing.
presented a Wall Street Journal article to the group titled “Dear Urban
Cyclists: Go Play in Traffic.” The article lashes out at cyclists and recent
investments in bicycle infrastructure in
- I. Vamos asserted that NYBC was hesitant to write a rebuttal to the article for two reasons: 1) limited staff and 2) the author, P. J. O’Rourke, is a known satirist and the article didn’t deserve the attention.
1.7 Other New Business
-L. Vonderheyden announced that the
-R. Leslie said the Paths 4 Bethlehem Committee are working with their local police department on a bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign. The campaign hopes to combine the rolling out of the “yield to pedestrian” bollards with education and awareness; The Bethlehem TV 18 will also show advertisements.
-D. Odell announced that May is Bike Month and the Albany Bicycle Coalition is busily preparing for the month’s events.
-T. Fabozzi announced that CDRPC
submitted a regional climate change coordinator grant to NYSERDA and partnered
-I. Vamos announced that the NYBC
annual bike summit is April 28 at
-C. Marshall said a resident was
asking about the status of the Albany County Rail Trail and J. Mearkle offered
that they stay tuned for an announcement from
-P. Russell suggested that CDTA bring a bus with a bike rack to local events to help educate users on how to use load/unload their bikes since it is intimidating to use them for the first time. C. Ward pointed him towards the instructions and video on the CDTA website.
-M. Lyons announced that the Colonie Safe Routes to School project is moving forward and purchasing a needed easement.
-M. Harding said NSYDOT is continuing to work on the bicycle and pedestrian website and the site with have to go live initially without the interactive maps (only state bike routes). The new NSYDOT Commissioner, Joan McDonald, has been confirmed and will be briefed with proposed changes to TEP and SRTS.
-M. Daley announced that PTNY is
soliciting the idea of designating the Canalway Trail as a
-E. Tremblay explained the obstacles
Cohoes is facing in the Black Bridge project on the TIP – City was ready for
final design phase but needed to recreate original “as built plans” for bridge
that were lost in a fire at a
-M. MacKinnon announced that