Capital District Transportation Committee

Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force

Record of Meeting on January 11, 2011


Attendance: Don Odell (Albany Bicycling Coalition), Jason Purvis (CDTC), Todd Fabozzi (CDRPC), Carrie Ward (CDTA), Mike Lyons (Town of Colonie), Susan Olsen (NSYDOT Reg. 1), Rob Leslie (Town of Bethlehem), Elaine Troy (NYSDOH), Mary Harding (NYSDOT), Jim Levy (WSA), Gina Gillooley (NYSDOH), Brian Kehoe (NYBC), Ivan Vamos (NYBC), Omar Peters (CDTC)


1.0   New Business

1.1 MPO Spending –J. Purvis handed out a graphic showing different bike/ped spending levels for MPO’s of similar size.  Some updates were required and will be provided in February.  These figures are for discussion and basic comparisons. 


1.2 New Visions 2035  - CDTC is working on updating the New Visions Plan for the 2035 planning horizon.  J. Purvis would like the Task Force to have discussions on well the 2030 plan was implemented…a ‘how’d we do’ of sorts.  There was a lot of discussion about the priority network.  Several suggestions were made to improve the priority network.  They included having a matrix to help define which projects would fall on the network, a sequence of advice or review capability to make projects better, additional public outreach, and setting a threshold so that X% of funds be spent on the Priority Network.  It was agreed that Jason will put together a summary of the action items from New Visions 2030 and this will be a major topic of discussion for February.


1.3 Capital Coexist

             CDTC is working on the 35mm film for movie theaters.  There was a lot of discussion related to ‘what other web activities’ would be appropriate.  Partnership opportunities were identified as well as several ideas for expanded outreach.  Jason has reached out to the NYSDOT Main Office marketing department and the Sanctuary for Independent Media.


1.4  Bike Rack Program

            The program materials are on the CDTA website. Applications are due on February 25th. 

1.5 Local Project Updates

1.5.1 Albany Education District Enhancement Study – There is still some work to be done and a document should be produced shortly.


1.5.2 New Scotland Hamlet Master Plan – The review committee was in the process of evaluating the consultant proposals.  Once finalized, CDTC will enter into a contract with the chosen consultant.



1.6 “Other New Business

            Don O. indicated that he is looking for standards for bicycle design in roundabouts


            R. Leslie reported that DOT and the RPI Lighting Institute will be conducting a study in the spring at the Bethlehem roundabouts to suggest improvements to the  lighting, glare, shadow spots, etc



It was agreed that the February meeting would be centered around the MPO spending comparisons and the “How’d we do” portion of New Visions 2030



2.0  Upcoming Events – Next Bike-Ped Meeting is scheduled for March 8, 2011 at 9:00 AM