Capital District Transportation Committee
Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force
Attendance: David-Iman Adler (NYPCA), Mark Cashman (MHCC/LAB), Lindsay Childs (Guilderland Pathways), Dom De Cecco, Angelika Harrington (CDTC), Kenneth Kovalchik (Hudson River Valley Greenway), Andy Labruzzo (Albany Co. EDCP), Shaun Logue (CDTC), Kevin McLoughlin (Hudson River Valley Greenway), Sreekumaar Nampoothiri, (CDTC), Don Odell (retired planner), Barbara Quint (Guilderland Pathways), Deb Spicer (NYSDOH), Jim Utermark (The Louis Berger Group, Inc.), Ivan Vamos (NYBC), Teresa La Salle (CDTC), Jason Purvis (CDTC)
1.0 AGENDA AND MEETING NOTES REVIEW
May 2002 minutes were approved.
2.0 PROJECTS/PROGRAMS AND OTHER UPDATES
trail possibilities: L. Childs of the Guilderland Pathways Committee noted that he had
received a phone call from Dan Odell of
3.0 ONGOING TASKS
3.2 Canalway Initiative: D. Adler gave a brief summary of the statewide meeting. Documents to be completed include bylaws, draft design, and a trail maintenance draft. A. Labruzzo requested a copy of the trail maintenance draft.
4.0 NEW BUSINESS
Trail Events/Opening of
4.4 PICARD: J. Purvis and I. Vamos gave a summary of the PICARD software. Members of CDTC and NYBC recently met with Batelle researchers regarding possible use of the software. The software is not geared toward the MPO level of analysis.
4.5 Saratoga Heritage Trails Committee: J. Purvis noted that the Zim Smith Gap Report is complete. Please contact CDTC if you would like to review a copy.
J. Purvis announced that a public meeting will be held on Thursday July 11th
at at the
J. Purvis provided members with copies of L. Child's letter and the NYS Thruway's response regarding the planned Thruway flyover at exit 24. J. Purvis noted that the enhancement projects have been selected and announcements will be made by the Governor throughout the summer and fall.
J. Purvis informed members that CDTC interns are currently gather data for CDTC's Pedestrian Friendliness Inventory. CDTC is also taking pictures of the bike trails for the Greenway grant. J. Purvis noted that Don Robertson had appeared on television to discuss bicycle commuting to work. Jason will try to obtain a copy of the tape for viewing at the next meeting.
D. Spicer noted that yield to pedestrian at unsignalized crosswalks bill has passed the Assembly. D. Spicer also noted the availability of Bike/Ped Road Show grants for MPO's. D. Spicer mentioned she had attended a meeting regarding a grant from the Hartford Foundation for transportation for seniors. She noted that the meeting was transit focused.
B. Quint discussed the Guilderland Pathways current issue regarding the placement of sidewalks over buried utilities. Members discussed design standards and alternatives.
I. Vamos noted bicycle/pedestrian linkage concerns regarding plans for the State Campus and SUNY Albany's high tech center.
D. De Cecco noted seeing the corning trail features on the news, with plans to widen the trail.
D. Odell noted the Governor's May 9th press release regarding funding to complete the Erie Canalway trail.
D. Adler praised the Scenic Byways Committee masterplan proposal.
J. Purvis noted that the next meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 13th, not Monday, August 12th, as mistakenly noted on the agenda.