Capital District Transportation Committee

Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force

Record of the Meeting on May 8, 2012


Attendance: Ed Tremblay (City of Cohoes), Linda Von der Heide (Rensselaer County), Mary Harding (NSYDOT SRTS), Carrie Ward (CDTA), Susan Olson (NYSDOT RI), , Don Odell (Albany Bicycling Coalition), Brian Kehoe (NYBC), Rob Leslie (T. of Bethlehem), Paul Russell (resident), Ivan Vamos (NYBC), Elaine Troy (NYSDOH), Jim Mearkle (Albany County), Gina Gillooley (NYSDOH), Ryan Flanagan (NYBC), Todd Fabozzi (CDRPC), Jason Purvis (CDTC)


1.0 New Business


1.1 Bike Rack Program


·       Carrie mentioned that the distribution for the 2012 bike racks is complete.  Installation is expected within 2 months of pick-up and applicants should send photos of the installed rack to Carrie.  This was the final year of the bike rack program.  The number of requests have been decreasing each year.

·       Carrie distributed a list of ideas from the Healthy Communities Coalition on additional ideas for TDM projects.  P. Russell suggested focusing on colleges and universities.  E. Troy suggested working with parking authorities to ensure bicycle parking is included in their plans/policies.  R. Leslie asked if providing bike route signs was feasible.  It was agreed that providing physical equipment or material is a good idea.  Additional feedback can be sent to Carrie.  T

·       The Task Force acknowledged Carrie’s hard work in the past 3 years of the program.


1.2 Enforcement Training Recap


·       J. Purvis provided an overview of the enforcement training continuum.  The 2 day in-person endcap was held on April 30th and May 1st at the NYS Police Training Academy on the Harriman Campus.  Twenty one officers from across the Capital Region were fully engaged and participated.  A brief write up and a sample of the slides used can be found on the CDTC homepage.


1.3 Bike Month

            1.3.1 Bike to School Day


·       M. Harding mentioned that there were events scheduled on May 9th at Hamagrael Elementary with AAA and Albany County assisting in an auditorium format presentation.  M. Harding also stated that Shen has upcoming events for grades 3-5.

·       D. Odell indicated the Ride of Silence would take place on May 16th starting at the Corning Preserve boat launch at 6pm.

·       NYBC is participating in a National Bike Challenge.  This tool allows you to log bike mileage and provides friendly, healthy competition.

·       Bethlehem is sponsoring a Saavy Cyclist course led by a League of American Bicyclists instructor.  More information can be found here.


1.4  Livingston Avenue Bridge

·       There was a brief discussion about Senator Schumer supporting the bicycle and pedestrian accommodations along the bridge.


1.5  Safe Routes to School

·       At the time of the meeting, M. Harding was waiting for the official announcement for the Program.  Since the meeting, a solicitation for the next round has been announced.  Federal Aid 101 trainings are happening across the State.  The SRTS program is on the agenda of these trainings  (5/23-Schenectady, 5/31-Long Island, 6/4-White Plains, 6/14-Rochester)  Contact Mary if you are interested in attending.


1.6  Saratoga Complete Streets

·       It was noted that Saratoga Springs had recently passed a Complete Streets Policy.  An article from the Saratogian was passed around.


1.7  Bicycling Magazine Article

·       The Capital Region was recently highlighted in a Bicycling Magazine article that focused on riding to school and the challenges some face.


1.8  Helmet Laws by State

·       J. Purvis shared a link that had the bicycle helmet laws for all 50 states in one place. 


1.9  John Poorman’s retirement

·       J. Purvis announced that May 17th would be John’s last day.  He is fully retiring.  The Administrative and Financial Sub Committee is charged with finding a replacement and they have taken the task very seriously. 

·       The Task Force agreed to send any thoughts to E. Tremblay who would compose a letter on behalf of the Task Force thanking John for his commitment to bicycle and pedestrian projects and funding.

2.0 Upcoming Events

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