Capital District Transportation Committee
Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force
Attendance: Mark Cashman (MHCC/LAB), Henrietta O'Grady (Saratoga County Heritage Trails Committee), Don Robertson (NYSDOT - Region 1), Paul Russell (Town of Colonie), Bert Schou (CDTA), Ivan Vamos (NYBC), Katherine Forster (CDTC)
1.0 AGENDA AND MEETING NOTES REVIEW
There were no changes to the April Task Force meeting notes.
2.0 UPDATE ON ACTION ITEMS
3.0 PROJECTS/PROGRAMS AND OTHER UPDATES
P. Russell was sent a newspaper clipping about the bicycle access over the
B. Schou reported that the Two Guys property
is owned by the private firm MLLC c.o. Vernando Inc.
Improvement Program: The CDTC Planning Committee met on
It has not been determined how the Spot program would proceed next year. It may somehow be tied into the TIP process. I. Vamos mentioned that there were many needs in various communities and they may not be located where TIP construction projects are taking place. It could be that the Spot improvement is on one street but tied into a construction project that is happening in the municipality but down a couple of blocks. These two projects could still be bundled.
3.4 Second Chance CDTC Enhancement Program: The CDTC Enhancement Program process will be discussed at the Planning Committee in June. There was a preliminary discussion at the planning Committee in May with comments regarding whether a resolicitation was necessary.
4.0 ONGOING TASKS
4.2 Regional Bike/Hike Map: Due to a full agenda this item was deferred until June.
5.2 CDTC New Visions 2030 Update: A general discussion was held about the bicycle and pedestrian situation since New Visions was created. While the Task Force felt that the spending levels for bicycle and pedestrian projects has increased there still was a lot to be done. Comments included:
- NYSDOT needs to follow through more at the planning and design level (from policy).
- Policies should relate more to the actual project selection and development by NYSDOT and local municipalities.
- The results since New Visions may be a bit discouraging - there was a huge effort to make New Visions but where are the results, where are the walkable communities?
- Additional cost for bicycle and pedestrian facilities is still seen as a nuisance.
- Communities themselves would like sidewalks but are not willing to have parts of their property taken or to have businesses relocated.
- There is still the assumption from some that nobody wants to walk so why are we building sidewalks?
- Perhaps we should be looking into building multi-use trails rather than sidewalks in the suburbs (would this increase or decrease the cost?).
- Multi-use trails may be just as costly - would need right-of-way, drainage issues
- There is still the issue of the cost of maintenance for sidewalks/trails even if developers are willing to build them.
- A large amount of development is going on in the suburbs (like Halfmoon) - what about the people who want to walk? They are still forgotten.
- It would be interesting to look at the municipalities policies and compare them: Guilderland, Colonie, Niskayuna, etc.
- It would also be great to track the new sidewalks and trails being built (This is actually a proposal from Main Office DOT).
This summer CDTC staff will start looking into the various municipalities' policies and create a summary of the policies in the Capital District. CDTC should contact Main Office DOT and see how the tracking is coming along for new trails and sidewalks. This type of information would be good to know.
- July 9, 2000: NYS Canal Cruise and Trek - Albany to Schenectady