Capital District Transportation Committee

Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force

Record of Meeting

June 10, 4:00pm


Attendance: Don Robertson (NYSDOT- Region 1), Dominick DeCecco (Albany County Legislator), Don Odell (Albany County Department of Economic Development, Conservation and Planning), Monique Wahba (City of Albany Planning Department), Steve Allocco (CDTC), Katherine Forster (CDTC)


Regrets: Henrietta O'Grady (Saratoga County Heritage Trails Committee)


Bike/Hike Map

Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway map reprint work is progressing.  CDTC staff has decided to do the editing so that any new additions in the future can be done in-house.  Staff acquired Photo Shop to aid in the map editing and for use in other CDTC projects.  Estimated schedule: To the printer - end of month, To be distributed - mid-July.




Bike Accident Data

Vehicle accident data that includes bicycle and pedestrian details is available for state roads from DOT.  CDTC staff produced maps and a summary of pedestrian accidents for the County of Albany.  Summaries for the other three counties will be done in the future.  Staff will present the accident information, as it becomes available.




Prioritized List of CDTC Activities

The Task Force discussed activity list and agreed that it seemed to be appropriate vis-a-vis staff availability and goals of the Task Force.  It was suggested that two additional items be added.  One was that guidelines be developed for bicycle sign standards used in the Capital District.  This would be a logical offshoot from other activities that are occurring presently: the work the Waterfront Committee is doing, the trail maintenance guidelines and other bike trail enhancement projects that are being proposed.  Don Robertson will look into the status of bike signs at present with DOT.  Another idea for the Task Force might be to have guest speakers come in and discuss other bike trails that are being built or are already built in the Capital Region.  This could help the Task Force identify the missing links needed to join up trails and other bike routes.




Other Items


-        As of three weeks prior to the meeting, 750 bicyclists had signed up for GEAR 99 (Saratoga Springs, June 18-21) - they are expecting close to a thousand to attend.

-        The Bethlehem Pedestrian Safety group is looking at revisiting their signed bike routes that led to the Town Park.  Some of the signs are missing, and directions are confusing.  New routes are to be identified and other destinations may be considered.

-        Albany County Traffic Safety Awareness Committee is holding a Pedestrian Safety Day on July 14 at the Colonie Center (Sears end) from 3:00 - 7:00 pm.  CDTC staff will be there to talk with the public about pedestrian safety and the CDTC Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force.  Members of the Task Force are welcome to join the staff at this event.

-        Katherine Forster will be taking on the responsibility of the Bike and Pedestrian contact for CDTC and the Task Force.  Steve Allocco will still be working behind the scenes with Katherine on CDTC bicycle and pedestrian activities.

-        The City of Albany's Transportation Committee is starting to work on creating a bicycle network for the City.  Monique Wahba discussed the importance of having an identified network so that it can be consulted when new construction projects come up in the City of Albany.


Next Meeting


Please Note that the meeting will be held on a different day than usual - Wednesday July 7, at the CDTC office, 5 Computer Dr. West, 4:00 pm.