Bicycle & Pedestrian

2016 Capital Coexist Mini-Grant Projects

Saratoga Springs & Bikeatoga

The City of Saratoga Springs worked with Bikeatoga to plan a pop-up event as part of the Henry Street Bike Party. The event included a bicycle parade and story ride for kids, bike decoration contest, bike rodeo, helmet and safety gear giveaways, and safety instruction.

In addition to the pop-up bike safety event, 2 Saratoga Springs residents were sponsored to attend the League of American Bicyclist's Traffic Skills 101 course, as part of a process to becoming a League Certified Instructor.

Albany Public Library & Albany Bicycle Coalition

The Albany Public Library installed public FixIt Stations outside three branches in the City of Albany - Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch, Bach Branch, and Delaware Branch. The Albany Bicycle Coalition assisted the Library and helped plan a celebratory bike ride.

“One of the objectives of CDTC’s Traffic Safety Ambassador grant program is to make bicycling easier and safer in the Capital District. The Albany Public Library’s installation of the bicycle repair stands in three locations in Albany will accomplish this objective, and will help bicyclists make repairs when those unforeseen and sudden needs arise.”

~ Michael Franchini, CDTC Executive Director

Troy Bike Rescue

The Troy Bike Rescue (TBR), in partnership with Capital Roots and Transport Troy, hosted four bicycle safety classes culminating in the sponsorship of one student becoming a League Cycling Instructor and two Cycle the Sam community bike rides.

Participants in the bicycle safety classes received a bike helmet, rechargeable bike light, and $20 Bike Barn gift certificate. The Cycle the Sam Rides traversed Troy and the surrounding communities of Cohoes and Green Island to highlight the Uncle Sam Bikeway as a safe bike route within the City of Troy.

City of Cohoes

The City of Cohoes held a Bike Rodeo in Silliman Park which included safety training, an obstacle course, and helmet giveaways. The City also installed bike path signs and conducted a gropu bicycle ride to highlight bike safety and connections to the bike path and trails.

Watervliet Civic Center

The Watervliet Civic Center worked with the Albany County Traffic Safety Program and the Watervliet Police Department to offer bike inspections, skills training, helmet fitting, and a bike rodeo class during their summer recreation program. The program serves boys and girls ages 4 through 13 for eight weeks during the summer.

Town of Bethlehem

The Town of Bethlehem planned a Bike Expo. The Expo included bicycle safety instruction by the Town's Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee members. The Committee also set up a table and asked parents to sign the ROLL Model Pledge which promotes safe driving, walking, and cycling. The event also featured a group ride and bike gear giveaways. The Bethlehem Police Department handed out free ice cream coupons and helmets, which were properly fitted to each kid.

Schenectady County

The Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council (SCEAC) Transportation Committee coordinated with Electric City Bike Rescue to host a table at the Schenectady Greenmarket as part of an "Education Series." Each week at the market, the SCEAC distributed bike safety materials and fitted children for helmets and volunteers from the Electric City Bike Rescue performed bike repairs.

The SCEAC conducted their first-ever solarize bike tour whose route highlighted areas of the City which could benefit from bike lanes and other facilities. The event helped promote other environmentally-focused activities and projects within the County.

2018 Capital Coexist Mini Grant Solicitation

2018 Traffic Safety Ambassador Program

Since the Capital Coexist Traffic Safety Ambassador Program launched in 2016, over $70,000 in bicycle and pedestrian safety projects and programs have been completed. The program is open to local governments, certified first responders, 501(c)3 non-profits, and for-profit organizations. Proposed projects or programs can request up to $5,000 for Safe Routes to School projects, slow down campaigns, helmet giveaways, pop-up events and demonstration projects, and bicycle skills training.

The mini-grant will cover up to 75% of the proposed project or program costs. CDTC is currently accepting applications by email until January 31, 2018 and all projects must be completed by the end of next year. To learn about the program guidelines and eligibility, see the documents below.

If you're looking for ideas or inspiration, visit the Capital Coexist Mini-Grant Project Gallery.

Bicycle & Pedestrian

Bicycle and pedestrian travel is vital to the region's public health, transportation, and the economy.

CDTC believes that encouraging bicycle and pedestrian travel is a socially, economically, and environmentally responsible and healthy approach to improving the performance of our transportation system. At CDTC, possible bicycle/pedestrian related improvements are considered from the perspective of developing a system - not just based on whether a particular facility is currently used. A system of sidewalks, bike lanes, and trails will encourage safe bicycle and pedestrian use and will increase accessibility for all residents and users of the transportation system in the Capital Region.

Since New Visions was adopted in 1997, there has been a Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, formerly known as the Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force, at CDTC. This Committee has met almost every month to discuss, strategize, and mobilize to accomplish the bicycle and walking goals set in New Visions. This Committee guided the development of CDTC's bicycle and pedestrian planning goals:

1. Improve safety; reduce the number of vehicle crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians

2. Increase the number of bicycle and pedestrian traips (especially commuting trips) in the Capital Region.

3. Reduce obesity rates, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses in the Capital Region.

4. Increase economic activity related to bicycling and walking

5. Increase funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects, partiuclarly on the on-road portions of the bicycle and pedestrian priority network .

For more detail on these goals and how they were developed, please see the CDTC New Visions Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Plan.

Bicycle & Pedestrian Priority Network

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Network consists of two components – pedestrian districts and a linear network.

The pedestrian districts were created to highlight and address the fact that pedestrian movement is more fluid than linear, and that investments in pedestrian infrastructure should be made where there are greater densities of people living or working and in closest proximity to pedestrian generating destinations.

The linear network connects the pedestrian districts via major travel routes and makes connections to activity generators outside of designated districts. The basis for the linear network was that these longer routes are attractive to bicyclists and manageable to travel by bicycle, whereas walking would be less feasible.

Bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvement projects proposed on these networks will be prioritized for funding. A complete description of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Network can be found in CDTC's New Visions Bicycle & Pedestrian Action Plan.


Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Network Interactive Map

Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)

CDTC’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), formerly known as the Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force, was born out of the 1997 New Visions plan. The BPAC continues to be very active, meeting regularly and dealing with issues ranging from public education to facility planning. The members provide technical guidance on Community and Transportation Linkage Program projects and other bicycle and pedestrian related projects throughout the region.

The organizations that are presently represented on the Task Force include: local municipalities, NYS Department of Transportation, NYS Department of Health, Guilderland Pathways Committee, Saratoga County Heritage Trails Committee, CDTA, Hudson River Valley Greenway, the New York Bicycling Coalition and the Mohawk Hudson Cycling Club among others. Other organizations or interested private citizens are encouraged to join the task force to raise their concerns regarding bicycling and walking in the Capital District.

The BPAC generally meets the second Tuesday of the month at the CDTC office. All meetings are open to the public

For further bicycle and pedestrian safety information visit the region's Capital Coexist page at the link below

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Resources

Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Network

Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Plan

Regional Trails Perspective

Tech Valley Trails

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeeting materials may be found by selecting Learn More for the event posted on the calendar below.

 

Bicycle & Pedestrian Resources

Capital Coexist

Capital Coexist is a localized bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign developed in response to feedback received after completing the Albany Bicycle Master Plan. The campaign was launched in the spring of 2010 with a website, graphics and local photography by Zone 5, an Albany-based communications and design firm. The Capital Coexist website should be used as a bicycle and pedestrian safety resource clearinghouse for the Capital Region. It has safety tips for bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers, as well as information about current bicycle and pedestrian-related transportation projects, events and educational materials.

Capital Coexist



2017 Bicycle & Pedestrian Education Series

Capital Coexist Traffic Safety Ambassador Program

The Traffic Safety Ambassador Program a/k/a Capital Coexist "Mini-Grants" was first launched in 2016. The program funds projects that: 1) improve bicycle and pedestrian safety by reducing the number of vehicle crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians, and 2) increase the number of bicycle and pedestrian trips (especially commuting trips) in the Capital Region. Any local government agency, certified first responder, 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, and private for-profit organization within the CDTC-area is eligible to apply.



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ADA Transition Plan Working Group

In June of 2014, NYSDOT and FHWA held an ADA webinar, which discussed municipal requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act, specifically related to sidewalks. A number of CDTC's Planning Committee representatives requested formation of an ADA Working Group to work toward completion of municipal Transition Plans. Some goals of the Working Group are to serve as a clearinghouse of useful information, to encourage a consistent approach among the region's munipalities, to help ensure transition plans are done correctly, and to assist with methods of data collection for pedestrian facility inventories.

For additional resources, including materials from the September 2016 FHWA Transition Plan Training for municipalities, see the ADA Resources page.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Anne Benware at 518-458-2161.

Nondiscrimination

CDTC's Nondiscrimination Program consists of separate Title VI and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) components. Click for more information below.

Title VI

The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, its metropolitan transportation planning process on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or economic status, as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations. For more detailed information regarding Title VI regulations and CDTC's plan to address them please refer to the Title VI Plan.

The Capital District Transportation Committee’s Title VI Coordinator is the Executive Director, Michael V. Franchini. He is responsible for Title VI Nondiscrimination activities, instructions, complaints, and reports.

Persons who believe they have been excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, the Capital District Transportation Committee’s metropolitan transportation planning process on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or economic status, as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations, may file a complaint to the CDTC by sending a written complaint to Executive Director, CDTC, 1 Park Place, Colonie, New York 12205, or by sending an e-mail to ej@cdtcmpo.org.

If information is needed in another language, contact 518-458-2161.

Employee and prospective employee complaints follow CDTC’s Administrative Procedures, provided to all employees and otherwise available from CDTC’s Title VI Coordinator.

The complainant’s identity will only be disclosed with his or her consent. However, we may be unable to investigate allegations without permission to release the complainant’s identity and complaint. After the complainant has authorized the release of his/her name, only those persons directly involved in investigating, processing, or providing pertinent information to establish the facts of a complaint will be made aware of its content or details.

CDTC will reply to all complainants and will investigate all complaints over which CDTC has jurisdiction or control.

In addition to or instead of the CDTC procedure, complaints may also be filed directly with the Federal Highway Administration, at FHWA Office of Civil Rights, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington DC 20590; the Federal Transit Administration, at Federal Transit Administration Office of Civil Rights, Attention Title VI Program Coordinator, East Building, 5th Floor –TCR, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Washington, D.C. 20590; or the New York State Department of Transportation, at Office of Civil Rights, New York State Department of Transportation, 50 Wolf Road, 6th Floor, Albany, New York 12232 or email at OCR-TitleVI@dot.ny.gov.

PROCEDURE

A formal, written complaint must be filed (see step 2 below) within 30 calendar days of the date the incident occurred or within 30 calendar days of the effective date of the action. The time limits may be extended if the complainant has been prevented by circumstances beyond his/her control from submitting the complaint, within the prescribed period or for other reasons considered sufficient by the CDTC Administrative and Financial Standing Subcommittee.

Step 1: (Optional) Informal Resolution

A person can, if desired, seek an informal (oral) resolution directly with the Executive Director, who is the Title VI Coordinator. The complainant should note that an informal meeting does not count toward the 30 calendar day deadline for initiating a complaint. Only submission of a formal written complaint within the 30 calendar day deadline will meet the CDTC deadline for initiation of a complaint.

Step 2: Filing of Complaint

A person formally initiates the complaint procedure by filing in writing a complaint with the Executive Director.

The complaint shall be submitted on the following form and should be as complete as possible, but must include the person’s name and contact information, the date of the incident, the identity of the person, program or service that caused the complaint, the basis of the discrimination, and the signature of the person complaining. Upon request, complaints may be received in alternate formats by persons with disabilities.

All complaints against CDTC will not be investigated by CDTC, but will be forwarded to NYSDOT within 10 business days.

A written finding of the merits of the complaint, and remedial actions will be sent to the complainant within 30 calendar days of the filing of the complaint.

Step 3: Appeal of Finding

The complainant has the right to appeal the finding. The appeal is sent to the chairperson of the CDTC Administrative and Financial Standing Subcommittee (A&F). The appeal should include the original complaint as well as an explanation of why the finding and any recommended remedial actions are unsatisfactory.

The chairperson of the A&F Subcommittee will appoint a committee, composed of at least three (3) A&F members, to investigate the appeal. The committee will report its findings and recommendations to the full A&F Subcommittee within sixty (60) calendar days of receiving the appeal. The A&F Subcommittee will then render its decision.

This decision is the final decision within the CDTC structure. Any further action on the complaint must be through the Federal Highway Administration, at FHWA Office of Civil Rights, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington DC 20590; the Federal Transit Administration, at Federal Transit Administration Office of Civil Rights, Attention Title VI Program Coordinator, East Building, 5th Floor –TCR, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Washington, D.C. 20590; or the New York State Department of Transportation, at Office of Civil Rights, New York State Department of Transportation, 50 Wolf Road, 6th Floor, Albany, New York 12232 or email at OCR-TitleVI@dot.ny.gov.

Americans with Disabilities Act

CDTC's formal ADA program materials are coming soon.