Capital District Transportation Committee

Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force

Record of Meeting on October 17, 2006



Attendance: Terry Conway (Parks & Trails NY), Dom De Cecco (Retired), Jim Mearkle (Albany County), Henrietta O’Grady (Halfmoon Trails), John Stangle (Town of Colonie), Elaine Troy (NYSDOH Healthy Heart), Teresa La Salle (CDTC), Jason Purvis (CDTC)




Minutes were not taken of the September meeting due to very low attendance. 




2.1 Transportation Enhancement Program:  It is expected that the statewide review committee will make their selections for funding on October 30, 2006.  The exact date of public announcements is unknown.


2.2 Status of Trail User Survey and Adjoining Residential Property Owner Survey:  J. Purvis reported that the data collection effort is complete.  CDTC and CDRPC will meet to discuss the format of the final product.  Early 2007 is the expected date for completion.  All materials will be available on the CDTC website up completion.


2.3 Spot Improvement Program:  CDTC received 8 applications.  Recommendations will be made to the Planning Committee which will take action at the November 1, 2006 meeting.  The Task Force showed interest in increasing the amount of funds available for the next round scheduled for Summer 2008.



2.4 Other New Business: 


Discussions took place related to the Mohawk River Community Partners meeting in which SUNY Albany graduate students presented recommendations for the area.  Bike trail connections recommended included crossing Route 7 to Albany Shaker Road and other connections to the river. 


J. Purvis noted that the Regional Greenway concept has been reviewed by CDTC.  Jeff Olson is incorporating the comments into the final document.  Jeff will be making presentations to the Bike/Ped Task Force, Planning Committee and Quality Region Task Force.  The final product will be available on the CDTC website.


J. Purvis reported that the NYSMPO Association currently has a Shared Cost Initiative to develop a statewide bicycle LOS or suitability.  This project has been put on hold until all of the MPO bike/ped coordinators can meet to discuss how the product will be used.

J. Stangle reported that there was a public meeting to present the extension of the bike path in Menands at Schuyler Flatts.


E. Troy discussed the Pedestrian Flag project on US 4 in Hudson Falls.  This project was funded by the Healthy Heart Program and has been running for approximately two years.  The flags are still in use and there has been a limited need for flag replacement.




The next CDTC Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14, 2006 4:30 p.m. at the CDTC Offices.