Attendance:Patrick Carroll (Safety Central Inc.), Denise
Cashmere (Safety Central/Schenectady County Traffic Safety),Terry Conway (PTNY),
David Gehrs (CDTA), Gina Gillooley (NYSDOH Bureau of Injury Prevention), Jennifer Hogan (GTSC), William Mackesey (Saratoga
PLAN/ Clifton Park Open Space), Jim Mearkle, (Albany County DPW), Don Odell (Albany
Bicycling Coalition), Henrietta O’Grady (Halfmoon Trails Committee), John
Stangle (Town of Colonie), Erin Thomas (City of Cohoes), Elaine Troy (NYSDOH), Michael Alba
(CDTC), Shelley Lang (CDTC),Teresa La Salle (CDTC), Jason Purvis (CDTC)
1.0 AGENDA AND MEETING NOTES REVIEW
The minutes from February’s meeting were approved without
2.0 NEW BUSINESS
2.1 Presentation – Safety Central:Patrick
Carroll gave a presentation on Safety
Central; a proposed educational project aimed at reducing traffic related
injuries and fatalities among children.The project will expand on the model of “SafetyCity” in NYC a full-scale street with intersections, real
traffic and pedestrian signals, street signs, pavement markings, and street
furniture.The facility and programs
will be available to elementary schools in seven counties in the region for age
appropriate education in Bicycle/Pedestrian safety, in-line and non motorized
scooter safety, school bus and school zone safety, railroad crossing safety and
stranger awareness.Additionally, a
permanent child safety seat fitting station will be available to educate adults
regarding the proper installation and use of child safety seats.For further information visit
2.2 Survey materials:J. Purvis distributed
the trail user and adjoining residential property owner surveys.He also provided a copy of the REI that is
expected to be advertised sometime after April 3rd on CDTC’s website
and in the NYS Contract Reporter.Those
that received the draft REI are not eligible
for the survey contract.
2.3 Regional Greenway Concept:J. Purvis
reminded task force members of the planned upcoming workshop including a
facilitated discussion by Jeff Olson on the Regional Greenway Concept.The date and time is yet to be
determined.Invitations are expected to
go out after April 1st.
2.4 Updated Regional Bike-Hike Map—Status
Report:T. LaSalle noted that the new map will
feature detailed views of major trails as well as an overview of the four
county planning area.The new design is
moving along and at this time a spring or summer print is expected.
2.5 Other New Business
SPOT Improvement Program – J.
Purvis noted that solicitation for projects will occur in May and be due in
late June.It is anticipated that once again 3 years will be funded at a time; $100,000 a year
($240,000 Federal).The program is
reimbursable and municipalities must front the money.Funds are to be used for small scale bicycle
and pedestrian capital improvements, not for planning.There will be minor administrative changes to
the process.The focus will be on
filling gaps and implementing plans form other planning efforts.
Committee will decide on solicitation options at its April 5, 2006
meeting.To avoid overlap with the TEP,
the Spot solicitation may be delayed until the summer.
Program (TEP) – J. Purvis reported that CDTC has received the draft schedule
for the next round of enhancements.Solicitation
is expected in April 2006. Minimum project cost is $100,000 and maximum project
cost including local match is $2.5 Million.
T. Conway of Parks and Trails
NY noted that they are currently accepting UTAP Applications.Parks and Trails NY is also working with the
NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation on developing database of organizations that are involved with
managing and/or maintaining trails in New York State.
H. O’Grady reported that the
Halfmoon Trails Master Plan has been approved.
D. Gehrs noted that CDTC’s
entire bus fleet will be equipped with bicycle racks by mid-August 2006.
3.0 UPCOMING EVENTS
The next CDTC Bicycle and Pedestrian
Task Force meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 11, 2005 at at the CDTC Offices.