Capital District Transportation Committee
Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force
Record of Meeting on
Attendance: Don Odell (Albany Bicycling
Coalition), Elaine Troy (NYSDOH), Jeff Gritsavage (NYSDOT), Raj
Malhotra (NYSDOT Region 1 Planning),
1.0 New Business
Education -- update – CDTC and the City of
1.2 Bicycle Parking w/CDTA – A bike rack vendor has been selected and a process for delivery and distribution is being developed. There is a 50/50 match (up to $500) for private businesses and 100% for public agencies. Installation is not included but can be done through a CDTA-contractor and additional fee. The program will officially be announced in the spring and applications for will be posted on both CDTC and CDTA’s websites. Applicants are responsible for making sure proper permits/variances are obtained before installing. $50,000 will be allocated to the program each year.
J. Gritsavage suggested that when choosing bike racks, safety should be kept in mind. The Lark Street area has had experience with bike racks that have sharp or jagged parts which pose a danger in slippery conditions.
1.3 Bike Map update – The updated Mohawk Hudson Bike Hike Map will be available December 1. Below is a distribution pie chart from the last map printing.
Bike Ped Coordinators Meeting -
Jason discussed outcomes of
the coordinators meeting in
1.5 Local Project Update
T. Fabozzi asked if the Bicycle Master Plan will be adopted by the City Common Council and K. Bronson responded that there is an interest in adopting it and the city hopes it will be integrated into the Comprehensive Plan. T. Fabozzi also commented that other communities should be able to use the elements of the plan which are generic and illustrative of bicycle facility treatments.
NYS Route 50,
J. Gritsavage shared his knowledge of plans and work that were done to connect trails across Route 50, in the study area, while he worked at NYS OPRHP.
1.6 TIP Update Process – CDTC is anticipating about $100 million and trying to develop a program for the anticipated allocation. The Priority Network was brought into question by the Planning Committee in how it may affect project evaluation. There are few stand-alone bike-ped projects and the set-aside is not known at this time. Another issue which will be reviewed by the Planning Committee is the cap on bike-ped projects.
1.7 CDTC Newsletter – This quarterly newsletter can be viewed on the CDTC website.
M. Lyons asked if the newsletter could be sent electronically via email to members or anyone interested. CDTC has tried to in the past but often has problems with other agency email filters and firewalls.
Action Plan Training – Training is scheduled for November 17 and 18 at
NYSDOT Region 1 offices in
1.9 They just don’t get it -- Nothing new was reported.
1.10 Other New Business – J. Gritsavage is looking for feedback on mountable vs. vertical face curbing and other professionals’ experience with these types of sidewalk projects.
2.0 Upcoming Events
The next CDTC
Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force meeting is scheduled for