Capital District Transportation Committee

Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force

Record of Meeting on October 2, 2001


Attendance: David-Iman Adler (NYPCA), Kevin McLoughlin (Greenways), Richard Nussbaum, Don Odell (Albany County), Don Robertson (NYSDOT, Region 1), Deb Spicer (NYSDOH), John Stangle (Menands), Elaine Troy (NYSDOH-Healthy Heart), Ivan Vamos (NYBC), Teresa La Salle (CDTC), Jason Purvis (CDTC)



There were no changes to the August Task Force meeting notes. Several items were added to the October agenda, due to the cancellation of the September meeting.



Bicycle and pedestrian counts were taken at the Delaware Bridge prior to and after the landslide. CDTC provided attendees with a handout of the data collection results. CDTC will consider doing a recount, as part of the ongoing data collection efforts in Bethlehem.


No update was given on the Aggressive Driver's Campaign on Route 20.



3.1 Schenectady Urban Bike Route Master Plan: CDTC has received the final draft for comment. The first round of CDTC comments were addressed. The final product is expected soon.

3.2 Report on CDTA Bike Racks: No update was given.

3.3 NYSDOH Initiatives: The detailed conference pamphlet is now available for the Creating Walkable Communities Conference to be held November 8th and 9th in Glens Falls. A 30-minute presentation/slideshow is also being developed and is expected to be available within the next few months.


4.1 Regional Bike/Hike Map: The Regional Bike/Hike Map was discussed in detail. Teresa La Salle (CDTC) presented a graphically redesigned map and discussed future enhancements.

4.2 Greenways Grant for Regional Bike Trail: Kevin McLoughlin, Barbara Kendall (Greenways Executive Director), and CDTC staff met to revise the scope. A revised scope should be out soon.

4.3 New Visions 2030: CDTC staff had nothing new to report.



5.1 Walk our Children to School Week: National Walk our Children to School Week is October 1-5, 2001. Several area schools are participating in the event including Albany Public School #16, and Woodlawn School in Schenectady. Four schools are receiving $250 mini-grants from the Healthy Heart program. Schools in Troy, Rotterdam Junction, and Clinton County are also interested in participating.


5.2 Bethlehem Crosswalk Campaign: The official start date of the campaign was September 18th. The campaign will last two months. Seasonal stanchions have been put in place and crosswalks received a fresh coat of paint. Bethlehem Police will be handing out cards with information for pedestrians and bicyclists regarding rules of the road. Data collection efforts will continue.

5.3 NYSDOT Engineering Instruction: Documents were provided explaining crosswalk design regulations and maintenance and protection of pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

5.4 Letter to Katherine Forster: Jason Purvis will draft a thank you letter to Katherine for her commitment to and success with the task force. John Poorman (CDTC Staff Director) will sign the letter.

5.5 Zim Smith Trail: An additional 1.5 mile section of the Zim Smith Trail has been paved from Ruhle Road to the Village of Round Lake.

5.6 SUNY Albany Planning Studio: Professor Thyag's undergraduate planning studio class is looking at the Fuller Road corridor. They may look at bicycle/pedestrian accommodations in the corridor. CDTC staff is working with the class.

5.7 NYSDOT Context Sensitive Design Awards: Ivan Vamos shared a copy of NYSDOT'S Context Sensitive Design Awards publication with task force members.



The next CDTC Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at the CDTC office, 5 Computer Dr. West, at 4:30 p.m.