Capital District Transportation Committee

Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force

Record of Meeting on November 15, 2005



Attendance:  Mark Cashman (MHCC/LAB), Lindsay Childs (Guilderland Pathways), Mike Lyons (Town of Colonie), Erin Thomas (City of Cohoes), Rich Devlin (Govs. Traffic Safety Commision), Eric Ophardt (NYSDOT), Jack Gordon, Dave Gehrs (CDTA), Don Odell (Albany Bicycling Coalition), Henrietta O’Grady (Halfmoon Trails), Deb Spicer (NYSDOH Healthy Heart), Elaine Troy (NYSDOH Healthy Heart), Michael Alba (CDTC), Teresa La Salle (CDTC), Jason Purvis (CDTC)




The minutes from October’s meeting were approved without changes. 




2.1 Presentation on the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee: R. Devlin began the meeting with a presentation on the GTSC.  The presentation began with a description of the Federal basis for the founding of a Transportation Safety Committee in 1967 which became the GTSC in 1971.  The purpose of the GTSC is to coordinate traffic safety programs throughout the state and provide timely, accurate and useful information about safety and the state’s Highway Safety Program.  R. Devlin explained that the traditional grant program consisted of roughly 100 grant types which has recently grown to 800/900 grants.  The grants are administered through the County Traffic Safety Boards and handled at the local level.  The group was then directed to the grant program’s website at ( to find the information on the grant programs, availability and all the forms needed to apply for the grants.  The grant funding is aimed locally with roughly 55% of the grant funds going to localities and 45% to State Agencies. 




3.1 Purple Path (SUNYA Planning Studio):  M. Alba briefly discussed his involvement in the graduate project at SUNYA.  He mentioned the perceived success of the project and expectations for a presentation to the University President.  He mentioned at presentation to the CDPA on Dec. 5 and invited the task force to the presentation. 


3.2 Priority Network Level of Service and Infrastructure Index:  M. Alba handed out a summary pamphlet of the work finished so far on the priority network.  Discussion followed on how the data was collected and what criteria were used.  The information will be shared fully once all of the counties have been completed.  Status: Albany County (Completed), Saratoga County (Completed), Schenectady County (In-progress), and Rensselaer County (To be started).

3.3 Quality Communities Program – Grant Application:  M. Alba mentioned the availability of funds through a grant from the Quality Communities program of the NY State Department that can be utilized for transportation planning.  Deadline for applications: Dec 5


3.4 Domestic Scanning Tour, Final Document:  J. Purvis reported on the completion of the Domestic Pedestrian Scanning Tour, a document prepared by seven people from across NYS after traveling to six cities around the country that have innovative pedestrian safety projects or programs.  The document is available on the CDTC website at or in hard copy form from Janine Schultz at the Institute for Traffic Safety, Management and Research (ITSMR). 


3.5 Draft Summary of User Survey and Adjoining Landowner Survey:  J. Purvis set the discussion in motion by stating that staff will share the idea with the Planning Committee at their next meeting.  If the suggested amount is approved, $40,000 will be available for consultant assistance with the user and residential land owner surveys.  J. Purvis then mentioned some changes to the document for those who had brought it with them.  The purpose of the surveys is to provide statistical data on the use of the regional trails, the types of users on the different trails and the number of different uses. D. Odell suggested keeping a users/surveyed users ratio be tracked through the project. 


3.6 Other New Business:  D. Spicer alerted the group to the Safe Routes to School Workshop in Goshen NY on Nov 16. 


D. Gehrs wanted to follow up a conversation last meeting concerning the “Bikes on Buses” and the seemingly unpredictable availability of the racks on buses.  A hand-out was provided of the Transit Development Plan, Adopted Policy Principles.  The money is available but the priorities of the agency are not focused on the development of bike racks on the entire fleet.  D. Odell mentioned a plan by the Albany Bicycling Coalition to write letters to the Board of Directors and/or Executive Director regarding the program. 


E. Ophardt reported that a NYS Safe Routes to School Coordinator had not been selected.  The legislation was unclear as to what agency or position is supposed to hold the residing “Safe Routes to School” program. 




-        The next CDTC Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 4:30 p.m. at the CDTC Offices.