Capital District Transportation Committee
Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force
Record of Meeting on
Attendance: Don Odell (Albany Bicycling
Coalition), Jeff Gritsavage (NYSDOT),
1.1 TIP Update Status – Jason shared the status of the TIP projects prioritized for funding by the Planning Committee. At the time of the Task Force meeting, the Planning Committee had programmed $75M in highway type projects. The remaining $75M (round 2) was to be programmed on February 10th. All remaining projects that were not programmed in Round 1 were eligible for Round 2 regardless of initial scoring/ranking. Round 2 will address balance in project type, geographic balance, and extenuating circumstances.
The Task Force
drafted comments to be shared with the Planning Committee urging the
selection/prioritization of bicycle and pedestrian projects. The exact language is below:
The Bike-Ped Task Force unanimously requested that they would like the CDTC to take leadership in promoting bicycle and pedestrian facility development and use by, in this round of funding, proportioning the amount dedicated to specific bike-ped projects and bike-ped elements of highway projects at a considerably higher level than that of past practices and those typical of other MPOs.
These meeting notes were drafted after the February 10th Planning Committee meeting. At that meeting, there were lengthy discussions about how to proceed in programming. The Planning Committee addressed existing and proposed set-asides before adjourning which covered about $20+/- M of the remaining $75. Planning Committee will resume the programming at their April meeting. All projects (including all of the bike/ped projects) that have not been programmed are still on the table for consideration. The comments drafted by the Task Force (above) were copied and handed out at the Planning Committee meeting.
1.2 Bicycle Education – update – The final designs have been completed and printing quotes have been requested for the palm cards and the posters. The website, www.capitalcoexist.org is in the process of being developed and should be online around the same time the bus advertisements go out in early April.
1.3 Bicycle Parking w/CDTA –There is a 50/50 match (up to $500) for bike racks for private businesses and 100% for public agencies. Installation is not included but can be done through a CDTA-contractor and additional fee. Applicants are responsible for making sure proper permits/variances are obtained before installing. Applications and additional information can be found on the CDTA website at: http://cdta.org/riding_bike%20rack%20program.php. Applications are due by March 12.
1.4 2010 Bicycle/Pedestrian Benchmarking Report – Jason shared the report funded by the Center for Disease Control. The report ranks states and large metropolitan areas in terms of bicycle and pedestrian safety. The Task Force recognizes the report as a reference but cautions using the data without further research on how the statistics were generated. The full report can be found on the web at http://www.peoplepoweredmovement.org/site/index.php/site/memberservices/C529
1.6 NYSHEPA Built Environment Task Force – Jason reported that the Built Environment Task Force has had their final meeting and final document/report should be released soon. The goal of this group was to identify priorities and ways to improve policy to increase physical activity and nutrition. There was a balance of agency representatives (those that can’t lobby) and not-for-profits (those that can lobby) to determine a course of action.
1.7 2010 GTSC Walk/Bike Conference The GTSC’s Walk Bike Conference is
scheduled for Monday June 7th at the Hyatt Regency in
1.8 Local Project Updates
Route 50 Southern Gateway Study – Approximately 35 people attended the first
public workshop in
1.9 “They just don’t get it….” –Nothing to report
1.9 Other New Business
If you have any ideas or suggestions for agenda items please contact
J. Clunie – NYBC is expanding their annual Legislative Breakfast into a
statewide summit. This year’s
J. Clunie is also looking for bicycle/pedestrian projects to be highlighted in the NYBC newsletter. Information should be sent to Jennifer@nybc.net
1.9.3 D. Dalpos – The final survey is being done for the Geyser Road Trail
The Task Force briefly discussed Michele Obama’s press conference “Let’s Move”
where the First Lady addressed ways to curb the growing obesity rate in the
R Leslie –
It was discussed that public comments are being accepted related to the
The Downtown Albany
Events – Next Bike-Ped Meeting is scheduled for