Capital District Transportation Committee
Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force
Attendance: Judy Breselor (Hudson River Valley Greenway), Mark Cashman (MHCC/LAB), Dom De Cecco (retired), Andy Labruzzo (Albany County Planning Dept.), Don Odell (retired planner), Ralph Pascale (City of Cohoes), Barbara Quint (Guilderland Pathways), Deb Spicer (NYSDOH), John Stangle (Village of Menands), Elaine Troy (NYSDOH - Healthy Heart), Jim Utermark (The Louis Berger Group, Inc.), Ivan Vamos (NYBC), Teresa La Salle (CDTC), Jason Purvis (CDTC)
1.0 AGENDA AND MEETING NOTES REVIEW
September 2002 minutes were approved.
2.0 PROJECTS/PROGRAMS AND OTHER UPDATES
3.0 ONGOING TASKS
D. Odell provided attendees with a summary of the November 4th
Mohawk Hudson Regional Canalway Trail Group Meeting. John Dimura of the Canal Corp. reviewed and explained the Design,
Maintenance and Management Guidelines for the canal trail. J. Dimura reported that the Champlain Trail
Concept Plan was issued on October 1st. He also noted that the
Robertson noted that a SPOT Improvement project proposed to connect Route 9 to
the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail, has been dropped by the Town of
Delaughter, Town of
3.3 Guilderland Pathways
B. Quint reported several developments.
The Sidewalk law was passed on October 15th and will go into
4.0 NEW BUSINESS
4.2 City of Troy: J. Purvis provided attendees with a status report on the Troy Bike Trail. The city has a program called "Green Bikes" which is a bicycle recycling effort that lends repaired bikes to citizens. The group is looking for volunteers to fix bikes. For more information check out breathingplanet.net.tbr
4.3 Railroad abandonment: J. Purvis noted that the Helderberg Rail line from Voorheesville east to the Port of Albany may be abandoned in the next year. The railroad will be removing the tracks, but there is no sign of land abandonment at this time. Once abandonment occurs, the preferential rights process begins. Municipal agencies from the State down have the first opportunity. Albany County is revisiting the application document that was submitted and approved for ISTEA funding in 1996 regarding a rail trail at this location.
4.4 City of Albany portion of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail - J. Purvis noted that the City has purchased the Bike Trail form NYSDOT between the Dunn Memorial Bridge and the Livingston Bridge. The City eventually plans on purchasing the remaining portion within the City limits.
4.5 General Bike/Ped Info (articles, email, findings) - J. Purvis reported that the new Sidewalk Law requiring motorists to yield to pedestrians in both sides of the crosswalk will take effect on January 19th 2003. D. Spicer inquired whether there was any planned educational initiative. J. Purvis noted that Eric Ophardt at NYSDOT would probably be the best person to contact regarding education pertaining to the new law. E. Troy agreed to look into the issue and forward any information to the task force. D. Spicer noted a safety (accident) study at marked vs. unmarked crosswalks that she will send to Jason. J. Purvis noted an email from D. Robertson and Jim Ercolano ( NYSDOT) regarding exemplary bike/ped web links. J. Purvis noted that the AASHTO Bicycle Facilities Manual is now available on the web at wsdot.wa.gov. J. Purvis referred to a hand out citing the most dangerous and safest cities for pedestrians.
4.6 Other New business: D. Spicer talked about the Active Living by Design funding source. Proposals are due in January 2003 and are available for planning funds only. D. Spicer also mentioned an additional grant available for adults 50 years and over regarding physical activity.
R. Pascale noted that the Open Space Project is proceeding with acquisition of the D&H Railroad Bridge in Cohoes and that the city has applied for a NYS Parks trail grant.
Please note that the date has been changed from January 7th to January 14th.