Capital District Transportation Committee

Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force

Record of Meeting on September 16, 4:00pm



Attendance: Stephen Feeney (Schenectady County), Don Robertson (NYSDOT- Region 1), Katherine Forster (CDTC)


Regrets: Dominick DeCecco (Albany County Legislator), Kevin McLoughlin (HRV Greenway), Don Odell (Albany County Dept. of Economic Development, Conservation and Planning), Ivan Vamos, (New York Bicycle Coalition), Monique Wahba (City of Albany Planning Department)




(August 17, 1999) Interested CDTC Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force members are to submit comments to the project manager of the Albany Shaker Road and Watervliet Shaker Road project.  Submissions were received until September 15, 1999.


(August 17, 1999) CDTC Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force is to review the draft of the Capital District Bike Signage Guidelines.  (See Agenda Item 2.2)


(August 17, 1999) Interested CDTC Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force members can write a letter in support of the City of Albany's proposal for a bike/pedestrian component to the Livingston Bridge rehab.  Staff sent out copies of the support letter to the Task Force.




2.1 Mohawk Hudson Bike/Hike Map

Difficulties have occurred in the reprint of the Bike/Hike Map.  Discussions with the print shop are on-going.



2.2 Draft of Bike Signage Guidelines

Discussions regarding the Capital District Bike Signage Guidelines will be deferred until the October Task Force meeting due to the minimal attendance at September's meeting.  D. Robertson discussed the issues the Lake Champlain Bikeway committee faced in creating a continuous bike route around Lake Champlain.  They had created their own bicycle symbol with logo on it but NYSDOT did not approve it.  However NYSDOT did state that if the Vermont DOT approved the sign, NYSDOT would change its decision.  D. Robertson also noted that he could invite someone from DOT who dealt with signage to come to the next Task Force meeting.

ACTION: D. Robertson


2.3 Bike Trail Maintenance Survey

Responses to the survey, which was mailed out late last month, have been received.  Staff will summarize the results for a future meeting.




-        A Mountain Bike Orienteering event is being organized for all skill levels this fall.  It will be held on Saturday, October 16, 1999 at Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center, 139 Lapland Lake Road, Northville, NY.  For more information call - 518-383-8565.

-        The 15th Annual Albany County Safety Event at Crossgates will be held on the weekend of September 25-26th.  CDTC staff will have a booth at this event and will be distributing reflective armbands and the Bethlehem Citizen's "Walk Left - Ride Right" Magnet.

-        CDTC staff, with the help of NYSDOT, is reviewing the Enhancement Projects to give them a priority ranking.  There are 30 projects to evaluate and the ranked projects will be discussed at the October CDTC Planning Committee meeting.

-        The Champlain Canal Trail Scenic By-way Committee will be holding two evening public workshops in September.  Both meetings will be held at 7:30pm and are on the following dates: September 16th at the Stillwater Community Center and September 21st at the Roger's Island Visitor's Center in Fort Edwards.



Next Meeting

-        Tuesday, October 26, at the CDTC office, 5 Computer Dr. West, at 4:00 p.m.