Capital District Transportation Committee

Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force

Record of Meeting on July 13, 2004


Attendance: Judy Breselor  (Rensselaer County), Mark Cashman (MHCC/LAB), Lindsay Childs (Guilderland Pathways), Dom De Cecco (Retired), Andy Labruzzo (Albany County Planning), Scott Lewendon (Clough Harbour),  Don Odell (Retired), Rob Ritter, (Louis Berger), Deb Spicer (NYSDOH), Elaine Troy (NYSDOH Healthy Heart), Ivan Vamos (NYBC), Ernesto Acosta (CDTC), Teresa La Salle (CDTC),  Jason Purvis (CDTC)




The June 2004 meeting minutes were approved.







3.1 Guilderland Pathways Committee: There were no updates to report.


3.2 Mohawk Hudson Bike Hike Trail Map update: T. La Salle reported that the map is complete and that bids have been solicited for printing.  CDTC has a $5000 budget for the printing of the map and is requesting 12,000 copies.  Printing will get underway, once CDTC’s cash is useable.


3.3 Greenway Linkage—Rensselaer County: J. Purvis reported that the final report draft document is currently under review by the study advisory committee and that the SAC will be meeting July 8th.  There will be a final public meeting, which has yet to be scheduled.


3.4 Patroon Greenway Linkage: T. La Salle reported that the consultant is currently working on task 3 (Planning Level Conceptual Designs), with expected completion by October.  There has been one development that will affect the trail crossing near Everett Road; NYSDOT will not be providing a bridge with a trail footing at that location, but rather a culvert.  The consultant is optimistic that this can be worked around.


3.5 Toolbox Update: Members spent the majority of the meeting reviewing and providing comments on the draft of the Toolbox Update. Comments will be accepted until July 23rd.


3.6 Canalway Projects/Events: There was no update.









4.1 Increased Meeting Participation:  J. Purvis noted that he plans on producing a survey in late summer/early fall to poll possible attendees on their likeliness to attend future meetings of the task force.  The idea of rotating meeting locations was not favored.  Members suggested that promoting the toolbox and inviting municipalities and organizations to present bike/ped related projects, may be one way to attract new attendees.


4.2 Other New Business: 


I. Vamos provided a few copies of NYSDOT’s publication “Accessible Sidewalks and Street Crossings”.  Copies can be obtained form NYSDOT.


J. Purvis noted that applications for the Spot Improvement Program are due July 30th and that requests are coming in daily.  The program provides $300,000 in funding over 3 years, $240,000 Federal and $60,000 local match.


I. Vamos noted provided two handouts regarding the recent fatality on River Road and a handout promoting the NY Scenic Byway.





-        The next CDTC Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 10, 4:30 p.m. at the CDTC Offices.