Capital District Transportation Committee

Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force

Record of Meeting on May 4, 2004

 

Attendance: Salim Adler (NYPCA), Mark Cashman (MHCC/LAB), Dom De Cecco ( Retired), David Gehrs (CDTA), Andy Labruzzo (Albany County Planning), Bob Speece, (NYSDOT Region 1), Deb Spicer (NYSDOH ), John Stangle (Village of Menands), Elaine Troy (NYSDOH Healthy Heart), Ivan Vamos (NYBC),  Sarah Kurpiel (CDTC), Shelley Lang (CDTC), Teresa La Salle (CDTC),  Jason Purvis (CDTC)

 

1.0 AGENDA AND MEETING NOTES REVIEW

 

The April 2004 meeting minutes were approved with one change noted by J. Stangle. The striping of Broadway is not yet complete; the plans are still being reviewed.

 

2.0 PROJECTS/PROGRAMS AND OTHER UPDATES

 

 

3.0 ONGOING TASKS

 

3.1 Guilderland Pathways Committee: There was no representative present.

 

3.2 Mohawk Hudson Bike Hike Trail Map update: T. La Salle reported that the map is nearing completion.  CDTC staff verified parking, restrooms, and handicapped accessibility of the entire trail.  In the next few weeks the final text will be added to the map.  The map is available for review.  A June print date is expected.  J. Purvis reported that CDTC has $5000 available for printing.  D. Spicer noted that NYSDOH may have money available for printing.

 

3.3 Greenway Linkage—Rensselaer County: J. Purvis reported that several members of the study advisory committee participated in a field site visit with the consultants earlier in the day.  A draft is expected by mid-June. 

 

3.4 Patroon Greenway Linkage: T. La Salle reported that the consultant completed task 1 last week.  A public meeting is planned for the week of June 7th.

 

3.5 Department of Health Walkable Community Workshops: E. Troy and J. Purvis provided members with a schedule of the five workshops planned for May 10th-12th. Members are welcome to attend. 

 

 

4.0 NEW BUSINESS

 

 

4.1 Toolbox Update: J. Purvis noted that he recently completed the analysis of the existing Bike/Ped Priority network.  According to the 1995 criteria CDTC is just under 50% treatment of roads on the network.  With a planning horizon of 1995-2016, we are currently less than halfway to our goal.  Therefore CDTC has met or possibly exceeded its goal!  J. Purvis noted that he expects to have a draft of the Toolbox available for the task force to review in the coming weeks.  The subcommittee will be meeting again soon

 

4.2 Moving of Offices:  J. Purvis reminded members that this will be the last meeting of the task force at 5 Computer Drive West.  As of June 1st CDTC will be in their new office space at One Park Place.  Postcards will be sent to the mailing list.

 

4.3 I-787 Improvements:  J. Purvis reported that NYSOT and Clark Patterson are working on corridor improvements from Dyke Avenue to NY 470 (Ontario St.) in relation to traffic calming and pedestrian improvements.  CDTC has been received a draft expanded project proposal and is currently reviewing it for comments.  Kevin Novak is NYSDOT’s Project Manager.  The draft identifies a boulevard with bike lanes as the preferred alternative.  Proposed changes include adding sidewalks, narrowing lanes, a raised median, trees, street lights, and crosswalk enhancements.  The design speed is 55 mph.  A public meeting will be held in the near future.

 

 4.4 Schedule of Upcoming Events:  J. Purvis requested that members be sure to note any upcoming events.

 

4.5 Email List:  J. Purvis noted that there are a total of 47 people on the task force mailing list and that he is still missing email addresses for five individuals.

 

4.6 Other New Business: 

 

S. Adler reported that NYPCA is working on the preliminary design of an East-West trail connection both on and or off-street.  He will be giving a presentation at the next Canalway Meeting on June 24th at the Waterford Visitor’s Center from 3- 5 p.m.  The study will also have its own public meeting sometime in late May, early June in Cohoes.  The project is expected to be completed by July 1st. 

 

S. Adler also reminded members of the upcoming Cycling the Erie Canal Event which is taking place the third week in July.  There are still openings and weekend rides are available at each end of the trip.  The eastern end ride will be the last weekend from Canajoharie to Albany.

 

S. Adler also noted that there are many events being held locally for National Trails Day.

Please contact S. Adler at sadler@pt.ny.org for additional information on any of these events.

 

I. Vamos noted that the NYS Senate has shown some interest in a Safe Routes to School Legislation that is looking at setting aside federal funds.

 

 

D. Spicer reminded members that the Ste Pedestrian conference will be held June 16th and 17th in Rochester.  For additional information visit the www.beactivenys.org website.

 

E. Troy noted that she attended a public meeting on CDTC’s Linkage study regarding Burdeck Street and Route 7 in Rotterdam.

 

B. Speece noted that CDTC’s I-87 Exit 6 comments were well received by NYSDOT.

 

B. Speece also reported that NYSDOT will be bringing in Dan Burden to do a charette at the end of next week regarding the at-grade crossings at Morris and Cordell Streets.

 

I. Vamos provided information regarding the upcoming Bike Week.

 

J. Purvis noted that the NYS Thruway would be giving additional presentations on May 11th and 12th.

 

M. Cashman reminded members that the Bonton Roulet bike tour will be taking place July 25th-31st.  The ride costs $450 for a seven day tour of the Finger Lakes Region.  More information is available at www.bontonroulet.com

 

J. Purvis referenced an article from the Times Union citing pedestrian fatalities on Central Avenue in the Town of Colonie.

 

 

 

5.0 UPCOMING EVENTS

 

-         The next CDTC Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 22, 4:30 p.m. at the CDTC Offices.