Capital District Transportation Committee
Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force
Cashman (MHCC/LAB),Lindsay Childs (Guilderland Pathways), Carol Fraser (NYSDEC), David Gehrs (CDTA),
Scott Lewendon (Clough Harbour), William Mackesey (Town of Clifton Park), Jim Mearkle (Albany Co. DPW), Kevin
McLoughlin (PTNY), Mary McNeill (NYSDOT Region 1), Don Odell (Retired), Henrietta O’Grady
(Halfmoon Trails Committee), Ed Peck (Halfmoon Trails Committee), Joshua Poppel (NYBC), Deb Spicer (NYSDOH),
1.0 AGENDA AND MEETING NOTES REVIEW
The January 2005 meeting minutes were approved.
2.0 PROJECTS/PROGRAMS AND OTHER UPDATES
2.1 Presentation—Guidelines for Accessible Trail Construction
Carol Fraser of the NYS
Department of Environmental Conservation gave a
guidelines for the
3.0 ONGOING TASKS
3.1 Local Trails/Pathways Committees:
3.1.1 Guilderland – L. Childs reported that Jim Donovan of Wilbur Smith Associates had been hired with funding from a Greenway Grant to look at the Pathways master plan. Jim Donovan identified that the Thruway Path was more of a regional idea and would be better presented by a regional agency.
L. Childs noted that the next meeting regarding the reconstruction of
the NYS Thruway between exits 23 and 25 will be held Tuesday, February 15th
at at St. Sophia’s on
Mike Franchini of Albany County Public Works reported to the Mckownville Improvement Association that improvements to bike/ped access in the area would be addressed within the next 5 years.
3.1.2 Halfmoon – H. O’Grady
noted that a public information meeting is being planned for a proposed 2 mile
trail along the
3.2 Greenway Linkage (clean-up site status): I. Vamos noted that the cap will be placed and correspondence has ended.
3.3 2005-06 Linkage Program: J. Purvis noted that CDTC received 14 applications, with two bike/ped specific projects. Planning Committee will decide on funding at their 2/9 meeting. The bike/ped specific projects were submitted by Malta/Ballston and Clifton Park/Halfmoon.
3.4 iHi Symposium-March 18, 2005: For more information visit the SUNY Albany website. The symposium is free and partly funded by NYSDOH Healthy Heart.
3.5 PTNY Trails Conference: K. McLoughlin noted that the conference will be held June 17th and 18th at SUNY New Paltz. Registration is $115 for members and $130 for non-members. Lodging on campus is available at $45-55.
4.0 NEW BUSINESS
4.1 Other New Business:
L. Childs requested verification of a quote he received regarding the cost of sidewalks. Task force members referred him to Eric Ophardt at NYSDOT.
O’dell noted that the
J. Poppel reminded members that May is National Bike month and that NYBC will be sponsoring many events including a River Ride on 5/7, a legislative breakfast/ride, and the bicycle commuter of the year award. NYBC is still in the process of securing funding for the event and are still in search of a primary donor.
E. Peck inquired regarding the status and schedule of the Zim Smith trail project. J. Purvis referred him to Julie Stokes of Saratoga PLAN.
K. McLoughlin noted that the Canalway will hold a celebration again on National Trails Day
J. Purvis requested information on benefit costs for bicycle facilities. S. Lewendon agreed to send Jason relevant information.
D. Spicer noted that due to cuts by President Bush, the Healthy Heart program is in major funding jeopardy.
Mearkle noted that sidewalks and striped shoulders will be added to parts of
4.2 NYSDOT Region 1 Bike/Ped
Coordinator: J. Purvis announced that Mary McNeill is
4.3 TIP Update: J. Purvis noted that
Planning Committee will be meeting on 2/9 to determine funding for TIP
projects. Five projects are bike/ped
specific, including 2 in Guilderland, 1 in the City of
4.5 Albany County Rail Trail: J. Purvis noted that
according to a newspaper article,