Capital District Transportation Committee
Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force
Record of Meeting on June 10, 2003
Attendance: Mark Cashman (MHCC/LAB), Scott Lewendon (Clough Harbour), William Mackesey (Town of Clifton Park, SCHTC), Don Odell (Friends of MHBHT), Barbara Quint (Guilderland Pathways), Deb Spicer (NYSDOH Healthy Heart), John Stangle (Village of Menands), Elaine Troy (NYSDOH Healthy Heart), Ivan Vamos (NYBC), Teresa La Salle (CDTC), Jason Purvis (CDTC)
1.0 AGENDA AND MEETING NOTES REVIEW
May 2003 minutes were approved.
2.0 PROJECTS/PROGRAMS AND OTHER UPDATES
3.0 ONGOING TASKS
3.3 Game Plan and Toolbox Update: J. Purvis reported that the Toolbox working group is making progress. Data has been gathered on all 79 municipalities regarding comprehensive master plans. E. Troy has been adding health-related data to the existing text where applicable. The group will meet again on June 18th.
3.5 Guilderland Pathways Committee: B. Quint reported that the County Legislator has approved a project to repair and remodel the French’s Mill Road Bridge. J. Purvis noted that he had received a letter from the NYS Thruway citing that the Pathways proposal to build a Bike Path along the NYS Thruway ROW from Exit 23 to Exit 25 is prohibited under FHWA and NYSDOT regulations. J. Purvis is in the process of contacting both FHWA and NYSDOT to clarify the issue. J. Purvis noted that a public meeting will be held Tuesday, June 17th at the Beltrone Living Center regarding the Thruway’s Exit 23/24 Corridor Study. This study proposes the possible addition of a travel lane between exits 23 and 24. B. Quint noted that there will be a work session at the end of June to start planning the direction of the development of Guilderland’s Master Plan for trails.
3.6 Mohawk Hudson Bike Hike Trail Map update: T. La Salle displayed a PDF file of the North-South section of the new Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail Map for review. T. La Salle will be sending the file to members via email, so that they can print out sections and submit written comments on the printouts regarding any additional features.
4.0 NEW BUSINESS
4.1Other new business: I. Vamos noted that he has been in contact with NYSDOT regarding bikeability issues in regards to the Route 9 & Route 20 projects.
E. Troy announced that International Walk to School Week will be held October 6-10th 2003.
J. Purvis noted that there are only a few hundred copies of the Regional Bike-Hike Map left. CDTC printed 10,000 copies in March of 2002. Due to the limited supply, CDTC is no longer distributing the maps in large quantities. A re-print of the existing map is not practical.
J. Purvis noted that according to an article in the Schenectady Gazette, Saratoga Springs has been awarded a $100,000 grant to add 2500 feet to the existing Railroad Run Biking and Hiking Trail. The grant was awarded through Parks Recreational Trails Program.
J. Stangle reported that the Village of Menands has applied for funds from the Estuary Program to extend the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail south of Schuyler Flatts.