Capital District Transportation Committee
Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force
Record of Meeting on September 14, 2000
Attendance: Mark Cashman (MHCC/LAB), Craig Church (Vollmer Assoc.), Richard Nussbaum (Interested Citizen), Don Odell (Albany County), Bob Ostiguy (MHCC), Don Robertson (NYSDOT - Region 1), Paul Russell (Town of Colonie), Bert Schou (CDTA), Jannell Shaw (NYBC), Deb Spicer (NYSDOH), Elaine Troy (NYSDOH), Ivan Vamos (NYBC), June Zajaceskowski (Interested Citizen), Katherine Forster (CDTC)
1.0 AGENDA AND MEETING NOTES REVIEW
There were no changes to the July Task Force meeting notes. Quality Communities Task Force was added to the agenda.
2.0 UPDATE ON ACTION ITEMS
(May 11, 2000) CDTC staff will contact Main Office NYSDOT to see what the status is for tracking new sidewalks and bike trails. E. Ophardt of NYSDOT was contacted regarding the Program Support System (PSS) which is NYSDOT's Financial Obligation Schedule Tracker. E. Ophardt had planned to request adding certain items to the PSS to be able to track miles of built sidewalk and trail by the department. However all 700 items on the PSS are under review presently. Unnecessary items will be eliminated before any new ones can be added. There is also one region that is not interested in adding another eight items at all. It may take awhile to resolve this issue. The PSS summary is done at the end of the calendar year so it would be best to add the new items in early/late spring.
CDTC Staff Director confirmed that there was interest to repeat this program in the next fiscal year. More will be know in 2001. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force will be informed of any program announcement.
(July 12, 2000) CDTC staff will do a count on Delaware Ave for bicyclists while Delaware is closed. CDTC staff performed the bicycle count on July 18 from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. Twelve bicyclists were counted bicycling to Albany, with two bicyclists counted bicycling towards Delmar. There were also nine pedestrians observed during those hours. The Task Force suggested that another count be performed now that Delaware Avenue was open to traffic.
R. Nussbalm mentioned that the traffic was flowing nicely already with just one lane open in each direction and wondered if it was possible to restripe Delaware Avenue as a two-lane road with a center turn lane and bicycle lanes on either side. D. Robertson felt that it was possible with the Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT). This type of suggestion should be forwarded to NYSDOT Regional Director, Mr. Tom Werner for consideration.
3.0 PROJECTS/PROGRAMS AND OTHER UPDATES
3.2 "Second Chance" CDTC Enhancement Program: In August, the CDTC Planning Committee decided upon the recipients of the Second Chance grant money. The money was awarded to:
- The Spring Run Trail (construction of trail running from downtown Saratoga Springs to just east of the Northway)
- Ruhle Road Bridge (iron bridge to be installed in the Town of Malta)
- The Downtown Schenectady Connection for the Mohawk-Hudson Trail (from Schenectady Community College to Washington Avenue).
NYSDOT is moving forward with the Spot Improvement Program. The first action will be to confirm that Malta can receive the funding for signs, even though they were mounted before NYSDOT had everything approved.
4.0 ONGOING TASKS
4.2 Regional Bike/Hike Map & the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail Map: There is not much progress to report on the Regional map. The Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail Map was received this week. Ten thousand copies will be distributed around the Capital District - to the counties, municipalities, Chambers of Commerce, Department of Transportation, the Canal Corporation, Visitor's Centers and some of the local bike shops.
5.2 Friends of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail Group: Jeff Edwards and Howard Halstead are forming a new group in the Capital District. The trail group will meet on Wednesday, September 27 in Schenectady to discuss their mandate and goals and to see how many people are interested. If any members of the CDTC Task Force are interested in joining this group please contact Jeff Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org. I.Vamos suggested that the new group come to a meeting at CDTC to discuss their agenda when they are organized.
5.3 CDTC's Web Site: The Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force information was updated on the web site. A new page was added about the reprint of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail Map. It describes the map and lists many of the locations where the map is available. Check it out at the CDTC web site: www.cdtcmpo.org.
5.4 Quality Communities Task Force: This Task Force was established by the Governor last January to inventory key local, state and federal programs, gather public comment and develop recommendations designed to enhance local community development efforts throughout New York State. This is the State's effort to address smart growth issues. E. Troy has been working with this Quality Communities Task Force and suggests that if the CDTC Task Force has any ideas regarding the creation of bicycle and pedestrian friendly communities that they forward them to Commissioner Boardman. B. Schou and D. Robertson has some suggestions regarding the highway law in regards to sidewalks and engineering instructions in regards to maintenance for pedestrians and bicyclists during reconstruction that they will forward to the Quality Communities Task Force.
The final written report detailing the task force's findings and recommendations will be presented to the Governor by January 31, 2001.
- Sept. 26-27, Albany, NYS Agency Partners' Waterfront Rediscovery Conference
- October 27-28, Syracuse, NYPCA's Greenway & Community Trail Conference