Capital District Transportation Committee

Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force

Record of Meeting on May 14, 2002


Attendance: Mark Cashman (MHCC/LAB), Cindy Ferrari (NYSDOH Healthy Heart), Richard Filkins (Vollmer Associates), Andy Labruzzo (Albany Co. EDCP), Don Odell (retired planner), Eric Ophardt (NYSDOT Main Office), Barbara Quint (Guilderland Pathways), Don Robertson (NYSDOT Region 1), John Stangle (Village of Menands), Elaine Troy (NYSDOH Healthy Heart), Jim Utermark (The Louis Berger Group, Inc.), Teresa La Salle (CDTC), Jason Purvis (CDTC)



April 2002 minutes were approved.




3.1 SPOT Improvement Program (Round 2): J. Purvis informed members that packets have gone out to interested parties within local governments and municipalities. An overview of the applications is available on CDTC's website. Applications are due on July 31st, 2002.

3.2 NYBC: On Thursday, May 2nd J. Purvis and T. La Salle attended a NYBC workshop at SUNY Albany. Jeff Olson was the facilitator. There were two sessions. The latter session had less attendees. J. Purvis provided members with a manual of Bike/Ped Improvements obtained at the workshop.



4.1 Greenways Grant for Regional Bike Trail: D. Odell reported that signs are up in both directions on the on-road portions of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike trail in Cohoes, Watervliet, and Green Island. It was noted that there is a long stretch of trail in Watervliet that is lacking signage. A. Labruzzo noted that there are leftover signs and that one should be able to be installed along this section of the trail. J. Purvis stated that the consultant selection process is being finalized. Consultant interviews and selection should be complete within the next few weeks. J. Purvis and A. Labruzzo will be meeting with the Town of Coeymans and Greene County on the 22nd of May.

4.2 Canalway Initiative: D. Odell provided an overview of the May 6th Canalways meeting, as CDTC was unable to attend. Steve Feeney (Sch. Co.) is in the process of creating a new map of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail. The map should be available in PDF format for downloading, when complete. D. Odell noted that the Friends of the Mohawk-Hudson group might be the best route to increase advocacy of the trail. He also noted the importance of focusing on the trail as a whole. A discussion took place on the feasibility of unified, continuous trail maintenance, for the length of the trail. J. Purvis noted that part of The Greenways Grant is to develop a regional maintenance strategy. Trail cleanup will take place on Saturday, June 1st as part of National Trails Day. The next Canalways meeting will be held on Monday, June 10th, from 3-5PM at Plug Power.

4.3 Bethlehem Crosswalk Campaign: J. Purvis noted that the stanchions are in place. There is no stanchion at the Elsmere Elementary School crosswalk due to safety considerations. The May meeting of the BCPS group has been cancelled. The next meeting will be held sometime in either June or July.


5.1 Walk Our Children to School Event (Cohoes): This event will take place the third week of June at the Van Schaick School. The event is being held in light of the recent fatality on 787. E. Ophardt noted that the NSYDOT has sponsored these events for the past five years. Typically these events are held in the fall. E. Ophardt encouraged task force members to volunteer manpower, literature and refreshments to make the event a success. The event will approximately run from 8:00am to noon. There will be different safety zones set up for educational purposes. Please contact Eric ( if you are interested in volunteering in any way.

5.2 Bike/Ped Photos: J. Purvis informed members of a searchable image library for bicycle/pedestrian related photos. The website is

5.3 Meadowbrook Section III Development (Guilderland Pathways): J. Purvis noted that the Guiderland Pathways Committee has sent a letter to the Sheila Fuller, Town of Bethlehem Supervisor, to see if there is interest in working together on developing a trail along the Normanskill. Guilderland Pathways is awaiting a response.

5.4 Saratoga Heritage Trails Committee: J. Purvis reported that the Zim Smith Gap Report is nearing completion. He also noted that the Zim Smith enhancement application ranked #2.

5.5 Other new business: J. Purvis circulated two recent newspaper articles. One describing a recent hit-and-run accident on Central Avenue involving two bicyclists and one highlighting Guilderland's proposal to require that all new residential developments include sidewalks. B. Quint added that the proposal has been submitted to the town board. The Pathways Committee will be meeting with the Guiderland Town Board on Monday, May 20th, to further discuss the proposal. J. Purvis provided follow-up information on the drainage problem on the Scotia portion of the Mohawk-Hudson trail. That particular portion of the trail is the responsibility of the Town of Glenville. J. Purvis will share this information with the citizen who inquired about the problem. Members briefly discussed reprinting the green and white Mohawk-Hudson map. D. Odell noted that the portion of the trail near Scotia with the drainage problem is a difficult area to navigate and should be omitted on the map. J. Purvis noted that a reprint of the map would entail total recreation, since CDTC does not have the files used to create the last version. A. Labruzzo noted that he would look into whether or not Albany County would be able to assist in the recreation of the map. A. Labruzzo provided J. Purvis with documentation on a NYSDOT grant. The Technical Assistance Grant focuses on the transportation aspect of Quality Communities Grant. It is an 80/20 match, reimbursable, and must have the sponsorship of a local government agency or municipality. The application deadline is July31st. To obtain more information, contact Brad Oswald at D. Robertson noted that NYSDOT will be replacing the bridge over the railroad on Broadway in the Village of Menands during the next construction season. The median will be narrowed by 2 feet, with 5-foot shoulders with a bicycle symbol. Lane reductions will temporarily be marked with paint, until construction can began.