Capital District Transportation Committee
Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force
Attendance: Lance Ferson (Private Consultant), Kevin McLoughlin (HRV Greenway), Don Odell (Albany County Dept. of Economic Development, Conservation and Planning), Don Robertson (NYSDOT - Region 1), Deb Spicer (NYSDOH), Ivan Vamos, (New York Bicycling Coalition), Katherine Forster (CDTC)
Regrets: Dominick DeCecco (
1.0 AGENDA AND MEETING NOTES REVIEW
There were no changes to the November Task Force meeting notes.
2.0 PROJECTS/PROGRAMS AND OTHER UPDATES
Ivan Vamos has seen accommodations where there is a groove along the side of the stairs so that the bike can be walked down or up easily. He will look for the literature. Another consideration will have to be how to accommodate pedestrian with strollers.
There will have to be some type of fencing to prohibit objects from being thrown off etc. but if the Task Force can identify any other examples of creative fencing it would be appreciated. Ivan Vamos described the bridge in River Bank State Park, which used an inventive fencing approach. He gave Lance Ferson the name of the architect who designed the bridge. The Task Force appreciated being updated and involved in this project and requested to be kept up to date on the details of the project.
3.0 UPDATE ON ACTION ITEMS
(September 16, 1999) Staff to summarize the results of the trail maintenance survey for a future meeting. (See Item 4.2)
(October 26, 1999) P. Russell will bring a map re: proposed Bike Path from Schuyler Flats to the next meeting. P. Russell provided an aerial view map of Schuyler Flats. This item was deferred to January so that there would be sufficient time to discuss the topic.
(November 18, 1999) Write-up for this program and the CDTC's Enhancement Program to be included in the mail-out for the Task Force to review. (See Item 4.3)
(November 18, 1999) CDTA will endeavor to bring some information on the Bikes on Buses program to the next meeting. (See Item 2.2)
4.0 ONGOING TASKS
4.3 Spot Improvement Program: A write-up for this program and the CDTC's Enhancement Program were included in the mail-out for the Task Force to review. In regards to the Spot Improvement Program the Task Force had these suggestions:
- On Pg. 3 where it says that maps would not be required, it was suggested that some kind of map should be required.
- On Pg. 3. (Evaluation) it was suggested that there be a point scale for the overmatch of funds. It was also suggested that the program state that volunteers, donations and other in-kind services would count towards the overmatch.
- Also in regards to the Spot Improvement Program, it was suggested that the selection committee should have the chance to break down the projects and fund partial projects as it is in the CDTC Enhancement program.
- The Task Force agreed that safety was an important element to this program.
NYBC is also working on getting a change in the Federal legislation so that the Federal Enhancement program would fund only bicycle and pedestrian projects. Ivan Vamos noted that the other types of projects (historic, etc.) have other sources in which they can apply for grants while this is the only funding source for bicycle and pedestrians.
The next step is to contact various municipalities and organizations and gather all the trails and routes to be mapped. If they are already mapped and can be transferred directly to CDTC's GIS this will be done.
5.2 Livingston Avenue Bridge: Ivan Vamos reported that there was an article in the paper this month regarding the Livingston Avenue Bridge pedestrian crossing. He would like to put this item on the agenda for the next meeting to discuss how to proceed in regards to this issue. While CDTC, as an MPO, cannot advocate in regards to this, the various organizations represented at the meeting can discuss how they would like to approach this issue individually. Suggestions from the Task Force were to commission a study to counteract specific objections (swing bridge, high speed trains) and to write to the New York State Senators Joseph Bruno and Neil Breslin since this project will be using federal and state funding.
- Two public meetings regarding the draft recommendations for the nomination of the Champlain Canal Byway will be held on Tuesday, January 11th at 7pm, Town offices, Route 4, Fort Ann and Wednesday, January 12th at 7pm, Senior Citizens' Community Center, 178 North Main Street, Mechanicville.