Attendance: Mark Cashman (MHCC/LAB), Dom
De Cecco (Retired), Rocky Ferraro (CDRPC), Dave Gehrs (CDTA), William Mackesey
(Town of Clifton Park), Don Odell (Albany Bicycling Coalition), Henrietta
O’Grady (Halfmoon Trails), Eric Ophardt (NYSDOT), Joshua Poppel
(NYBC), Kevin Prickett (PTNY), Deb Spicer (NYSDOH), John Stangle (Town of
Colonie), Elaine Troy (NYSDOH), Ivan Vamos (NYBC), Teresa La Salle
(CDTC), Jason Purvis (CDTC)
1.0 AGENDA AND MEETING NOTES REVIEW
The minutes from May’s meeting were approved without
2.0 NEW BUSINESS
2.1 Regional Greenway
Visioning Workshop:The workshop will be held on Tuesday June 20th
at the Crossings of Colonie and there is still plenty of space available for
2.2 Trail User Survey and Adjoining
Residential Property Owner Survey:The user survey is underway and is being
conducted by CDTC staff, volunteers, and SUNY Albany students.CDTC has begun the data input process.There are still plenty of slots available for
volunteers to help out on the trails.Due to the lack of filled slots, there may be sites that will not be
Residential Surveys were sent out the week of June 5th and continue
to be returned.
2.3 Regional Bike-Hike Map:The 2006 version of CDTC’s Regional Bike-Hike
Trail Map was printed the last week of May and requests have been coming in
2.4 Program Updates (SPOT, TEP, Linkage, etc.):SPOT Improvement solicitation is
expected to go out around July 30th.
applications are due at NYSDOT on June 30th and are expected to be
received at CDTC on July 18th for evaluation.
next round of Linkage Solicitation will begin in August or September.
2.5 Other New Business
Cashman inquired about current work in the area of SchenectadyCountyCommunity College and Washington Avenue in regards to sidewalk
Odell noted that he appeared before the Albany City Common Council regarding
the development of a committee on Bike/Pedissues and relations.
Ophardt noted that the next steps regarding Safe Routes to School at NYSDOT is
to appoint a regional coordinator and an MPO Coordinator. He also noted that
the Enhancement position at NYSDOT needs to be filled.
Poppel reported that NYBC’s Bike Month in May was very successful.NYBC recently held a 9 hour Road 1 Bicycle
Class and is seeking interest in future courses.
Vamos referenced an article concerning the paving of the Mohawk-Hudson trail in
Colonie in the journal of the Mohawk River Community Partners of Colonie.
Stangle confirmed that the Town of Colonie is looking into paving
bids to pave the gravel section referenced in the above mentioned article.
Vamos also mentioned a Canal Corporation meeting on June 14th in
downtown Albany regarding special legislation to separate the
Canal Corp., in which he will be attending.
E. Troy noted that she received an invitation by the Canal Corporation to
participate in the “Canal Splash” on August 12th and 13th.The event includes locally organized events
and activities such as nature and history walks, museum and gallery exhibits,
rowing regattas, kayak and canoe outings, musical performances, boat tours, and
more. To register and event or activity or for complete information, visit
E. Troy also noted that New York Stat Physical Activity Coordinator, with the
NYSDOH will be participating in a Safe Routes to School conference call.
Gehrs noted that the installation of bike racks on CDTA buses is on schedule
and the entire fleet should be equipped by mid-August.
Ferraro discussed transportation issues in SaratogaCounty regarding trails and
trail connections.A related discussion
illuminated concerns with the landscape aesthetics of trails and the negative
impact associated with the lack of landscape design regarding trails.
O’Grady reported that the Zim Smith Trail in SaratogaCounty is experiencing
setbacks.The trail was supposed to have
started construction in the Spring/Summer of 2006 but has been postponed due to
ROW issues on one small section of the trail.Segmented construction is being looked into, but delays may postpone
trail construction to next year.Saratoga Plan is pursuing the supporting the paving of trail segments.
O’Grady also reported that National Trails Day Events in the Town of Halfmoon were very successful.
E. Ophardt mentioned current
legislation regarding Segway’s being treated as bicycles. NYSDOT was asked to
comment and they strongly oppose the legislation.
3.0 UPCOMING EVENTS
The next CDTC Bicycle and Pedestrian
Task Force meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at at the CDTC Offices.