Capital District Transportation Committee

Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force

Record of Meeting on September 14, 2010


Attendance: Don Odell (Albany Bicycling Coalition), Jason Purvis (CDTC), Jen Ceponis (CDTC), Todd Fabozzi (CDRPC), Carrie Ward (CDTA), Nelson Ronsvalle (Town of Halfmoon), Elaine Troy (NYSDOH Healthy Heart), Katie Bronson (City of Albany), Jeff Gritsavage (NSYDOT), Rob Leslie (Town of Bethlehem), PC Russell (Town of Colonie Resident), Jason Gallo (Town of Bethlehem), Eric Deyoe (Town of Bethlehem), Jen Ceponis (CDTC), Ed Tremblay (City of Cohoes), Devin Dalpos (Southwest Neighborhood Association)


1.0   New Business

1.1 Presentation by Rob Leslie, Town of Bethlehem Bike/Ped Project Rating Criteria

The development of the rating criteria matrix was an interdepartmental effort with assistance from the Town Pathways Committee and modeled after the CDTC priority network.  They did not address local roads because the Town has an adopted Complete Street Policy which they are already working on retrofitting for bicycle and pedestrian travel.  The matrix will be used primarily to help the Town prioritize grant applications and guide site plan evaluations and review. 


Developing the matrix took 17 months from start to its current draft state.  The draft User Guide can be found at: Contact Rob Leslie ( or 439.4955 x1157) with any questions. 


1.2 Capital Coexist

1.2.1 Website – The site has recently encountered some problems but is back up and running.  If you have any problems finding information or accessing the site contact Jason ( 


1.2.2 Social Media – Weekly bicycling safety tips are being posted to Twitter and Facebook.   


1.2.3 Outreach and displays - Stickers are now available.  If you are interested in obtaining one email  Capital Coexist attended the Shen Trails Expo on August 31 and Bethlehem Bike Expo on September 11.  If you would like to obtain educational materials or have Capital Coexist present or table at an event contact Jason (   


1.3 Shen Trails Expo – Capital Coexist attended the Safe Routes to School program  

educational event.  It included bike helmet fitting and giveaway and was a great success.      


1.4 Helmet Fitting Fundraiser – The City of Albany Police Department is raising funds

for a bike helmet program with the help of McDonalds.  Every Tuesday in September at the McDonalds at 39 Central Ave from 5-8pm, 20% of sales goes towards the bike helmet program. 


1.5 Bethlehem Bike Expo -   Capital Coexist attended this event which focused on safety,

auctioned bikes, and included a bike rodeo (based on Cornell Local Roads how-to on bike rodeos) and bicycle skills course.  Both Friends of the Rail Trail (FORT) and Paths 4 Bethlehem were there.  Over 50 bikes were registered with the Town during the course of the event. 


1.6 Local Project Updates  

1.5.1 Route 50 Southern Gateway Study – CDTC, NYSDOT and the consultant are still working on finalizing the draft.


1.5.2 Albany Education District Enhancement Study – The second public meeting is scheduled for October 6 at 6:30 pm at St. Rose’s Touhey Forum.  Preliminary recommendations include bicycle and pedestrian improvements throughout the study area, amenities such as benches, trash receptacles and pedestrian-scaled lighting, and design guidelines to make the area more vibrant and safe.   


1.6 “They just don’t get it….” – D. Odell got a picture of a bike locked to a

       “No Parking” sign instead of the closeby CDTA-funded bike rack.


1.7 Other New Business

1.7.1 Discussion on Schenectady Road Diet – E. Troy has experienced slower (in terms of calmer) traffic, and an increased feeling of safety.


D. Odell feels safer as a cyclist because the improvements have calmed traffic. 


1.7.2 Discussion on Exit 6 SPUI – it is officially opened with marked bike lanes and sidewalks under construction.     


1.7.3 D. Odell noticed that the CDTA maps show his church’s bike rack 3 properties away from where it is actually located.


1.7.4 C. Ward announced that the bike rack maps are posted at:,-73.701063&spn=0.001821,0.003229&z=18


1.7.5 E. Trembly offered to give CDTA the City of Cohoes inventory of existing bicycle racks and announced that Bridge Avenue is now open, with shared lanes for bicycles.  The City has a trail project going out to bid.


1.7.6 E. Troy announced that the Capital Region Healthy Communities Coalition meeting is scheduled for September 30 from 3-5pm at the Albany County Dept. of Health Auditorium on Green Street in Albany.  RSVP via Amy Kelin ( or 274.8685).


1.7.7 K. Bronson announced that the City of Albany Mayor’s Office of Sustainability has been created and will focus on bike projects.  The Albany 2030 Comprehensive Plan meetings will be held Sept. 30 at 6:30 at Albany High School, Oct. 1 at 10am at the North Albany YMCA and Oct. 2 at 1pm at Hackett Middle School.


1.7.8 D. Dalpos announced that SWNA installed their CDTA-funded bike racks.


1.7.9 N. Ronsvalle announced that the Bike the Byway event got good publicity and lots of people out on their bikes.  Unfortunately, the Tour de Farm had 200+ registrants but about 75 showed up to ride because of wet weather. 


2.0  Upcoming Events – Next Bike-Ped Meeting is scheduled for October 12, 2010 at 9:00 AM (Note: the Task Force is meeting at a new time)