Attendance:Martin Daley (Parks & Trails NY),
Rob Leslie (Town of Bethlehem), James Levy (Latham Resident), William
Mackesey (Town of Clifton Park), Raj Malhotra (NYSDOT Region 1), Kelly Mateja
(Town of Colonie), Peter Melewski (Bergmann Associates), Don Odell (ABC), Jeff Olson (Alta Planning), Joshua Poppel (NYBC), Kurt Seitz ( SUNY Albany Graduate
Student), John Stangle (Town of Colonie), Elaine Troy (NYSDOH Healthy
Heart), Jennifer Viggiani (Town of Clifton Park), Mike Alba (CDTC), Teresa LaSalle (CDTC), Chris O’Neill
(CDTC), Jason Purvis (CDTC)
1.0 NEW BUSINESS
1.1Hudson River Crossing Study
study consultant team – Bergmann Associates/Alta Planning.
overview of the bicycle and pedestrian elements of this multimodal study
concerning the Dunn Memorial, Livingston Avenue, PatroonIsland, and MenandsBridges was presented. All
four bridges need bicycle and pedestrian improvements and are non-ADA
compliant.Comments regarding this study
should be submitted to Jason by the end of November for forwarding to the study
1.2 Safe Routes to School (Program Update)—short
presentation by Jason: J. Purvis provided a brief
presentation of the program.A link to
the DOT materials is posted on CDTC’s homepage.For complete information on the program visit NYSDOT’s website
1.3 Scheduling of meetings for January – June 2008:
Due to time constraints this item will be moved to December’s agenda.
1.4 Priority Network—follow up from October
meeting:Due to time constraints this
item will be moved to December’s agenda.
1.5 Other New Business:
J. Purvis requested input on an
upcoming NYSDOT project on NYS Route 5 Central Avenue in the Town and Village of Colonie.The original project limits were from NYS
Route 155 New Karner Road to Fuller Road.NYSDOT has
requested to extend the project from Fuller Road to the Town of Colonie/Albany City Line.The project is a “mill and fill” project
proposed with a 12 foot median, (2) 11 foot inside travel lanes, and (2) 14
foot shared use outside travel lanes.The project is curbed with sidewalks the full length.
is concerned with the 14 foot shared use outside travel lanes and requested
feedback regarding this option in comparison to a striped 3 foot shoulder with
drainage gutters.The Task Force felt
that the speeds are too high on this section of Central Avenue for the shared-use
lane to be effective and safe. The preference
is for a striped shoulder (not marked as a bike lane). Understanding the
substandard width and the potential conflict with the drainage grates, members
still would prefer the shoulder. Members feel it gives both the motorist
and the cyclist a psychological advantage. Drivers would better expect a
bicyclist to be sharing the road and cyclists have a sense of where the traffic
should be. CDTC will formalize this feedback and share it NYSDOT.
3.0 UPCOMING EVENTS
The next CDTC Bicycle and Pedestrian
Task Force meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at the CDTC Offices.