Attendance: Justin Booth (Be Active
NYS), Martin Daley (Parks & Trails NY), Todd Fabozzi (CDRPC), Ross Farrell ( CDTA), Jeff Gritsavage (NYSOPRHP),
Levy (Latham Resident), Scot Lewendon (CHA), Kelly Mateja (Town of
Colonie), Jim Mearkle (Albany County DPW), Don Odell (ABC), Henrietta O’Grady (Halfmoon
Trails), Joshua Poppel (NYBC), John Stangle (Town of Colonie), Fred
Thompson (Friends of Hudson Mohawk Bike Path), Susan Troll (Friends of Hudson
Mohawk Bike Path), Elaine Troy (NYSDOH Healthy Heart), Ivan Vamos (NYBC), Dave Jukins (CDTC),
LaSalle (CDTC), Jason Purvis (CDTC)
1.0 NEW BUSINESS
1.1 Presentation—Erie Blvd. Design:
Scott Lewendon, CHA.
overview of the “Erie Edison Technology Corridor” redesign project for Erie Boulevard from the I-890 ramps
to Union Street in Schenectady was provided.Currently some sections are very wide as this
was the path of the Erie Canal. A major railroad embankment currently prohibits access on the south
side of the street, while the north side contains mixed commercial and
include the possibility of driveway consolidations and/or a possible service road
to increase access. The preferred concept increases bicycle and pedestrian friendliness
in this corridor by constructing a planted median and narrowing the roadway
with a curvilinear alignment with varying widths to slow vehicular
traffic.A roundabout at Erie Blvd. and Ferry Street as well as pedestrian
crossings at key locations will also increase the pedestrian friendliness of
this facility.Bicycle accommodations of
either a shared roadway or bike lane are being looked into. Comments regarding
this study can be submitted to through a link on the City of Schenectady’s website.
1.2 Safe Routes to School Program
Update: J. Purvis noted that there
will be an informational workshop on January 24th at The Crossings
of Colonies at
to discuss the program details. 1.3 Million dollars are available in funding
for the 8 countyDOT
1.3 Scheduling of meetings for January – June 2008:
The meeting schedule for the next six months is:
Tuesday, January 8th
1.4 Priority Network – Pedestrian Emphasis:A
handout was provided regarding the methodology used to create one quarter mile
buffers around regionally significant facilities likely to generate pedestrian
traffic.Using this methodology produces
25 facilities in 5 categories.Roads and
intersections within each buffer will not be added to CDTC’s Bicycle and
Pedestrian Priority Network, but will be inventoried for planning purposes.Neither the buffers or facilities are
finalized at this point and adjustments may be made as the process develops
1.5 Local Project Updates:
1.51 Central Avenue:
J. Purvis reported that despite input
from the task force and CDTC the NYSDOT project on NYS Route 5 Central Avenue
in the Town and Village of Colonie from NYS Route 155 New Karner Road to the
Albany City Line will be a “mill and fill” project with a 12 foot median, (2)
11 foot inside travel lanes, and (2) 14 foot shared use outside travel lanes.The project is curbed with sidewalks the full length. There will also be
a raised landscaped median/pedestrian refuge between the Northway Mall and ColonieCenter.
1.52 Linkage Projects:
Purvis reported a Linkage study is underway in the Exit 26 area of Rotterdam and part of this study
is looking at the bike trail crossing near NYS Route 5S.A public meeting will be held in January.
1.6 “They just don’t get it….”:Jason
distributed a few articles demonstrating anti-bike/ped view points.
1.7 Other New Business:
Booth noted that he is involved with NYBC and GTSC on a grant to work with
communities for Safe Routes to School Training.Also he is looking for information on NYS examples of Safe Routes to
School successes to include in a National Case Study.
Daley noted that Parks and Trails NY has a grant available for the “Healthy
Trails, Healthy People” program to provide technical assistance to
communities.For more information visit www.ptny.org
Purvis noted that the next round of Spot Improvement solicitation will occur in
late winter or early spring of 2008.
3.0 UPCOMING EVENTS
The next CDTC Bicycle and Pedestrian
Task Force meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at the CDTC Offices.