Purvis (CDTC), Nelson Ronsvalle (Town of Halfmoon),
Raj Malhotra (NYSDOT Region 1), Elaine Troy (NYSDOH), Jim Levy (WSA/Niskayuna
Resident), Don Odell (Albany Bicycling Coalition), Jen Ceponis (CDTC), Katie
Bronson (City of Albany), Todd Fabozzi (CDRPC), Robert Leslie (Town of
Bethlehem), Fred Mastroianmi (Greenman-Pedersen
Inc.), Marsh Cashman (MHCC/LAB), Jim Gaughan (Village
of Altamont), Ivan Vamos (NYBC), Alan and Marlene Bissell (Champlain Canalway Trail and Hudson Crossings Park)
1.1Bicycle Education – The Planning Committee agreed to
move money in the UPWP for the bike education program.Because of the overwhelming support for
cycling in the City of Albany, the
program will be piloted there. There will be a project initiation meeting in
the next couple of weeks to get the ball rolling.Bike advocates, such as the Governors Traffic
Safety Committee and the New York Bicycling Coalition will likely be brought in
as partners in the project.
1.2Map Update – The CDTC interns and staff have collected
data but some data needs to be confirmed.The trail map needs to be updated and there should be new maps by
I. Vamos informed the Task Force that some changes in the rail use at the
Guilford rail line may allow for an
at-grade crossing instead of a grade-separated crossing as is currently
Safe Routes to School – Dwight Cunningham (NYSDOT) talked about potential
changes in program for next round, including reaching out to different groups
with a range of expertise.
Chapter 17 of the MUTCD – will be released in late 2009/early 2010.
MPO Conference – scheduled for June 4-6 at the CrownePlaza,
Upstate APA Conference – scheduled for September 29 – October 2 at the CrownePlaza,
1.4Local Project Updates
1.4.1 Altamont Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan – The
Village is prioritizing and exploring funding sources for the recommendations
in the final plan.They will continue
their relationship with CDTC and reach out to the Bike/Ped
Task Force in the process of implementing their plan.The Village will be implementing a
bike-friendly policy and the final study document is on CDTC website.
1.4.2 Albany Bicycle Master
Plan – The attendance at the first public workshop was about 200 people, along
with media coverage by a variety of news channels, the Times Union, Metroland and WAMC.Right now the consultants, CDTC, city and SAC is regrouping and moving
forward with the second public workshop and meeting with public officials.Any comments or suggestions can be submitted
by email.All documentation and
information is on the CDTC website.
1.5They just don’t get it… - nothing to report.
1.6 Other New
New Agenda Items or ideas for future meeting discussion/presentation topics
should be forwarded to Jason.
Cashman – The Copake Bike Meet and Swap is scheduled for XXXXXX.
Ceponis – National Trails Day is June
Fabozzi – There will be a presentation on sprawl at Proctor’s Theatre, March 22
Gaughn – The Village of Altamont and the Altamont
Historic Public Library are having their first bike race in September in Altamont.
Vamos – The Legislative Breakfast & Ride is scheduled for March 26.The purpose of the breakfast is to promote
the Complete Street Legislation/Policy and advocate for its implementation.
Troy – May 13 the Glens Falls
area is holding the vent, “Drivers Education for Bicyclists” / “Train the
Trainer” for physical education teachers and recreation coordinators.It will be held at the GreatEscapeWaterPark
Leslie – AlbanyCounty
has contacted the Town of Bethlehem
to begin discussions regarding the rail-trail.A public meeting is scheduled for end of May.
Ronsvale – NYSDOT with working with the town of Halfmoon on Routes 4 & 32 to
cross the canal and accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians.The Mechanicville Rail Yard may be an
opportunity to extend and/or connect the ChamplainCanal.The Hudson River Valley Greenway (HRVG)
recently designated the Champlain trail as a Greenway trail.
Bissell – The HRVG designated Locke 5 as part of the Hudson River Valley Greenway
Trails system therefore giving it a “Legacy Trail” status.The Champlain Canalway
Trail Project is moving along and being worked on by Roger Beard.
The next CDTC
Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force meeting is scheduled for April 21, 2009 @ .