Attendance: Martin Daley (Parks
&Trails NY), Jim Levy (Latham resident), Sheena Salvino (Hudson River
Valley Greenway), John Stangle (Town of Colonie), Deb Spicer (NYSDOH Healthy
Heart), Elaine Troy (NYSDOH Healthy Heart), 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 New Visions 2030—Discussion
of status: J. Purvis noted that the Planning Committee approved the plan and the
Policy Board approved the plan for Public Review.The Quality Region Task Force will reconvene
as part of the new plan.After the Public
Review period, the plan will go to the Policy Board in September for final
approval.CDTC must be SAFETEA-LU
compliant by October 1st.CDTC will be engaging in extra public involvement activities throughout
the fall.The plan will undergo final
reaffirming in December by the Policy Board.
2.2 Game Plan and Toolbox
Document—How it fits into New Visions: The updated Toolbox will
serve as the bicycle and pedestrian component for New Visions 2030.Most of the Task Force recommendations
identified in the document will be strengthened and become CDTC policy.
2.3 Safe Routes to School Training: CDTC was invited to
participate in a two day training session at NYSDOT Region 1 in early June. T. La Salle attended the training which was the
same course offered last Fall downstate.The content of the course did not focus on how the program will work in
NYS, as NYSDOT is still working out the details of the program.NYSDOT plans on offering training on the
details of the program later this year.
2.4 Priority Network Update:The Bicycle/Pedestrian Priority Network
serves as the main performance measure of Bike/Ped progress. J. Purvis noted
that in regards to pedestrian accommodations, we are ahead of target, but way
behind target for bicycle accommodations. The first step in “updating” the
network will be a review of the purpose of the network and its regional focus,
for those task force members who are not that familiar with the network.Once this is accomplished, the network will
be reviewed to identify any major gaps.The network will not undergo a major modification.
2.5 Other New Business:
Purvis reported that CDTC is working on a joint study with NYSDOT that is
looking at Hudson River Crossing’s.The
study is looking at all the river crossings on the Hudson beginning with the PatroonIslandBridge and emphasizing
bike/ped accommodations on these connections.The consultant team will be presenting this study to the Task Force in
July or August.
J. Purvis noted that the Task
Force will be moving toward a “workplan’ that will set focus areas for each
J. Purvis reported that the
Town’s of Halfmoon and CliftonPark are looking into a bike/ped connection under the Twin
Bridges as part of an existing TIP project.
M. Daley of Parks&TrailsNY noted that he has replaced Terry Conway.He also shared “Stop, Watch, & Walk”
brochures form Parks&TrailsNY with the Task Force.
M. Daley also reported on efforts to make trail connections through GreenIsland, including a handout
illustrating possible connections.He
noted that the D&H Railroad has filed for a second abandonment between the
Town of Colonie and Tibbits
Avenue in GreenIsland.CDTC’s 2003 Crossroads Connections Linkage
Study explored several possible connections in this area.
3.0 UPCOMING EVENTS
The next CDTC Bicycle and Pedestrian
Task Force meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at the CDTC Offices.