Capital District Transportation Committee
Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force
Attendance: Jennifer Clunie (NYBC), Ed Franks,
David Gehrs (CDTA), Amy Jesaitis (NYSDOH), Rob Leslie (Town of Bethlehem),
1.0 NEW BUSINESS
CDTC is currently looking into purchasing GPS technology to assist in many data collection activities, including trail alignment to increase the accuracy of the trail maps.
1.31 Linkage Studies
Purvis noted that the
J. Purvis and J. Levy reported that the Exit 26 Rotterdam Study is progressing. As part of the project, the trail crossing at Route 5S is being studied for safety improvements. A Public Meeting is expected in February.
Levy noted that the Route 9W project in the Town of
LaSalle noted that the
J. Purvis noted that a Public Meeting will be held for the NY 146/Exit 9 study on January 23rd at in the new Town Hall in Halfmoon. This is the first public meeting for this study.
1.5 Other New Business:
J. Purvis reported that CDTC is currently working on the solicitation process for an upcoming round of CMAQ (Congestion, Mitigation, Air Quality) funds. Most bike/ped projects are eligible for this type of funding. Recreation only projects are not eligible, projects must have a transportation focus. There is a one million dollar set-aside for CDTC’s planning area for bike/ped capital projects, approximately 5 million dollars for Roundabout/Intersection projects, and there will also be some additional set-aside funds for Safety and ITS improvements for local signals. There will be a focus on projects that implement recommendations from Linkage studies and other plans, such as local master plans. As this is a federal funding program, 80/20 march is required. The solicitation will take place in early Spring 2008, but the funds will not be available immediately.
Gehrs noted that all of CDTA’s BRT Buses will be equipped with bicycle racks
and will be hybrid. Twenty stations are
planned along the
D. Gehrs also noted that CDTA has been collecting data on the use of the bicycle racks on their existing fleet. The count is dependant on drivers entering the data. Survey results indicate the following monthly averages for 2008:
Summer = 2500
Fall = 2000
December = 900
J. Purvis reported that the next solicitation of SPOT Improvement projects will occur in May. Total funding available for small scale capital bike/ped projects is $300,000.
O’Grady noted that the Town of
E. Franks stated that he is interested in improvements to the Mohawk – Hudson Bike – Hike Trail pavement conditions for rollerblading.
Leslie noted that a recent press conference was held regarding the Helderberg
Trail Project in
D. Odell noted that advocates have been placing white bicycles in locations where bicyclist have lost their lives to represent “ghost bikes” and draw attention to the frequency of these often preventative tragedies.
J. Poppel noted the occurrence of monthly Safe Routes to School conference calls. Strategic planning is the focus of these calls. If anyone is interested in participating, please contact Josh or Jason for more information.
J. Poppel also noted that Be Active NYS and the NYBC can aid applicants with an Education and Encouragement focus for Safe Routes to Schools funds in the application process.
have been received to hold five Safe Routes to School Training sessions
throughout the state. One will be held
3.0 UPCOMING EVENTS