The Capital District Transportation Authority (“CDTA”) has continued their plans for a bike sharing program in the Capital District. The service allows users to rent a bicycle for half hour or hour long increments. When the user is finished, the bike can be returned to any designated bike sharing hub in the city. These bicycles are specialized bikes, which have safety features to prevent tampering, such as covered bike chains and firmly installed pedals, as well as GPS locators to prevent theft.
Last year, CDTA sought bids from contractors to assist with the program. These contractors will help install the bicycles and their operating systems, while also deciding where these bike sharing hubs should be placed within each city.
The CDTA plans to place these bike sharing hubs in major activity centers like colleges and universities, downtowns, and health-care centers. To use them, a user will need to pay for a membership and then the additional fees associated with renting the bike.
Brooklyn Bicycle Company Wins Bid
The CDTA has officially signed a two year contract with Social Bicycles of Brooklyn to establish the bike rental system for the entire capital region. The project is set to be launched by the summer of 2017 and bikes will be rented for as low as $3 or $4 per hour. Presently, the CDTA is still searching for corporations to sponsor the bikes, such as Citibank has done in New York City.
Once implemented it will be crucial for motorists to give bicyclists who are riding on the shoulder of the road plenty of room to help avoid crashes. Bicyclists will need to ride with traffic when riding on roadways and wear reflective or bright colored clothing to be seen.
LaMarche Safranko Law has always supported bicycling as an alternative mode of transportation. The Road Sharing Alliance is a resource created to promote a community effort between drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians to make our roads safer.
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