Capital District Transportation Committee

Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force

Record of Meeting on June 12, 2001

 

Attendance: Mark Cashman (MHCC/LAB), Dom DeCecco, Richard Nussbalm, Don Odell (Albany County), Jaime Reppert (Albany County), Don Robertson (NYSDOT - Region 1), Paul Russell (Town of Colonie), Deb Spicer (NYSDOH), John Stangle (Menands), Ivan Vamos (NYBC), Katherine Forster (CDTC)

Regrets: Bert Schou

1.0 AGENDA AND MEETING NOTES REVIEW

There were no changes to the May Task Force meeting notes. There were no additions to the June agenda.

2.0 UPDATE ON ACTION ITEMS

(September 14, 2000) The Task Force requested that another bicycle count be done now that Delaware Avenue was open to traffic. No action as of yet.

(April 10, 2001) B. Schou will approach the police department with some suggestions for their Aggressive Driver's Campaign. No update at the June meeting.

3.0 PROJECTS/PROGRAMS AND OTHER UPDATES

3.1 Greenways Grant for Regional Bike Trail: Albany County and CDTC have drafted a scope for the project. Some suggestions from the Task Force were:

The Greenways project will be scoped out further and tasks assigned to staff of either Albany County or CDTC. A contract will be negotiated with Greenways when the scope is finalized.

3.2 Schenectady Urban Bike Route Master Plan: The second public meeting for this project was held on Thursday, June 7, 2001. Over thirty people attended and there was some news coverage (with camera crew) by Channel 6 News. Rocky Ferraro of Edwards and Kelcey presented the recommended City Bicycle Loops and Jeff Olson described the Bicycle Design Guidelines. Again, the discussion centered on how to route the trail through the Stockade. The consultant's recommended route was to use the Union Street entrance to North Church, while some of the members of the public voiced their interest in seeing the trail go down Nott Street onto Front Street. The project will be wrapping up in the next month or so with one more Steering Committee meeting in July and then the draft final report to be reviewed by the City and CDTC.

4.0 ONGOING TASKS

4.1 Regional Bike/Hike Map: The map has been reprinted and some text will be added next. It was suggested that the front part of the map be enlarged to include Coeymans. It was also noted that some of the parks were not labeled. More streets will be labeled and the lakes will be labeled. A new reprint should be ready for August.

4.2 NYSDOH Initiatives: The Pedestrian Safety Conference preparations are continuing. A "Save the Date" postcard will be sent out soon and a newsletter description will be prepared. I. Vamos can put the information in the NYBC newsletter. If anyone else can add it to a newsletter it would be greatly appreciated. The Glens Falls MPO is involved and will be helping by sending out the postcard to its municipalities.

The NYSDOH Injury Control Division is working with focus groups of pedestrians and drivers to develop a communications campaign.

The Schenectady Pedestrian Roadshow is scheduled for tomorrow, June 13 at the YWCA. Those who are planning to attend please arrive promptly and bring walking shoes!

4.3 New Visions 2030: Some research will be done to further explore the issues of maintenance, education and promoting walkable communities. Under "Maintenance" the focus will be on winter and summer maintenance for sidewalks, trails and shared lanes. Under "Promoting Walkable Communities" the economic, environment, health, and travel benefits will be explored. And under "Education" both the education of the motorist and the unprotected traveler (pedestrian, rollar blader, bicyclists, jogger) will be researched. The goal would be come up with some solutions for this area that can be identified in the new long-range plan and hopefully pursued when funding is identified.

5.0 NEW ITEMS

5.1 Troy's Waterfront Trail Project: This was deferred until the next month.

6.0 UPCOMING EVENTS