Capital District Transportation Committee
Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force
Record of Meetingon 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)
1.0AGENDA AND MEETING NOTES REVIEW
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.
2.0UPDATE ON ACTION ITEMS
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.
3.0PROJECTS/PROGRAMS AND OTHER UPDATES
3.1Schenectady 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.
3.2Report on CDTA Bike Racks: No update was given.
3.3NYSDOH 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.
4.1Regional 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.
4.2Greenways 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.
4.3New Visions 2030: CDTC staff had nothing new to report.
5.1Walk 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.
5.2Bethlehem 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.
5.3NYSDOT Engineering Instruction: Documents were provided explaining crosswalk design regulations and maintenance and protection of pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
5.4Letter 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.
5.5Zim 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.
5.6SUNY 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.
5.7NYSDOT 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.