Capital District Transportation Committee

Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force

Record of Meeting on January 11, 2005



Attendance:   Salim Adler (PTNY), Mark Cashman (MHCC/LAB),  Jesse Day (NYBC), David Gehrs (CDTA), Rob Leslie(Clough Harbour),  Scott Lewendon (Clough Harbour), Fred Masrtianni (Laberge Group),  Jim Mearkle (Albany Co. DPW), Don Odell (Retired), Henrietta O’Grady (Halfmoon Trails Committee), Eric Ophardt (NYSDOT), Ed Peck (Halfmoon Trails Committee),  Joshua Poppel (Downtube Bicycle Shop), Deb Spicer (NYSDOH), John Stangle (Village of Menands), Elaine Troy (NYSDOH Healthy Heart), Teresa La Salle (CDTC), Jason Purvis (CDTC)




The December 2004 meeting minutes were approved.




2.1 Presentation—Design of Barriers and Railings for Bicycle Facilities


Scott Lewendon of the Clough Harbour and Associates gave a PowerPoint presentation of different types of barriers and railings used for bicycle facilities and the history behind the standards.





3.1 Guilderland Pathways Committee: No one was present from the Pathways Committee.


3.2 MHBHT: CDTC noted that the map is now available on the website as a PDF.


3.3 Greenway Linkage (clean-up site status): J. Purvis noted that NIMO is willing to spend approximately $100,000 on placing a trail in the middle section of the area; however the trail at both ends of the site will have to be along-side the road.  Ivan Vamos continues to be in contact with NIMO and DEC regarding the clean-up site.




4.1 Other New Business: 


J. Stangle noted that there has been positive response to the new MHBHT maps.


J. Day noted that NYBC is starting to plan for Bike Month which is in May. J. Day also handed out a description of two jobs available at NYBC.  Jesse will be leaving the Executive Director position in April. A part-time position is also available.


 D. Gehrs noted that the last of CDTA’s bicycle surveys should be received by participants this week.


S. Adler noted that PTNY will be holding their second annual Erie Canal Celebration in June of 2005.


D. Spicer announced that applications for the Safe Routes to School program are due on May 1st.  Please visit to receive an application.  D. Spicer also requested that she be informed of any communities that are applying for Quality Community grants.


J. Purvis noted that there are five bike/ped specific proposed projects on the TIP and they will be reviewed at the January 12th Planning Committee meeting.


J. Purvis noted that Saratoga County tried to obtain the Fulton Street Bridge for reuse on the Zim Smith Trail, but the bridge was not long enough for reuse.  Saratoga County continues to make progress on the Zim Smith Trail, although no completion date has been set.  CDTC continues to support their efforts.


4.2 2005-06 Linkage Program:  J. Purvis noted that applications are currently under review and final decisions are expected in April.  A total of $452,000 in funding has been requested, more than double the amount of available fund.  This will be the first time in the history of the program that CDTC will not be able to fund all of the applicants.


4.3 (iHi) Symposium—March 2005: J. Purvis reported that The Institute for Healthy Infrastructure is developing a conference to be held on March 18, 2005. Among the many topics will be the 1997 Bike/Ped Plan Update.


4.4 PTNY Trails Conference: PTNY will be sponsoring at trails conference on June 17-18 at SUNY New Paltz.  J. Purvis and D. Spicer sit on the planning committee for this conference.






-        The next CDTC Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 8, 2005 at 4:30 p.m. at the CDTC Offices.  Presentation by Carol Fraser of NYSDEC