In the past year, major strides have been achieved in making the Capital District more congenial to bicycle riders.
In July 2015, the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) sought proposals to create a permanent bicycle sharing program that would make 260 bicycles available for use in the cities of Albany, Schenectady and Saratoga Springs.
The bike-sharing concept has gained traction across the country, notably in New York City with NYC Bike Share’s Citi Bike. These simple blue bikes with GPS trackers and docking stations throughout New York City started in 2013. Rates are based on frequency of use, with 24-hour passes, one-week passes and an annual subscription. In the first two years of operation, it grew to more than 330 docking stations with more than 19 million rides. New York is just one example where cities have implemented a bike-share program, other programs exist in Washington D.C., London and Paris.
Submitted proposals indicate starting up a bike-sharing program could cost between $500,000 and $1.5 million, with five-year operating costs ranging from $1 million to $3.4 million. Ultimately, a Capital District bike-sharing program could be operated in a number of different ways. Utilizing a docking system similar to Washington D.C. and New York City, the bikes would be rented and returned to strategically placed docking stations throughout the cities. Another option includes designating pick-up and drop-off areas, but not necessarily setting up docking stations. These bikes would be located using GPS and fees would be applied to those who leave rented bicycles outside the designated areas.
A bicycle-sharing program within Albany fits squarely within “Albany 2030,” which indicates a significant goal to support alternative modes of transportation. As increased bicycle usage on city roadways is a natural result of implementing a bicycle-sharing program, it makes it even more essential for all users of the road to be cognizant of one another. Bicyclists in New York State are awarded the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles, but bicyclists are far more susceptible to injury in a collision with a motor vehicle. We recognize this imbalance at LaMarche Safranko Law and maintain a focused practice area of advocating for bicyclists who have been injured by a motor vehicle.
LaMarche Safranko Law Can Help
If you are are injured in a car accident while walking, jogging or riding a bicycle, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and other losses. Skilled legal representation can help make sure you are compensated to the fullest extent possible, whether you choose to pursue a personal injury lawsuit or settle out-of-court. If you are injured in the Capital Region – in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Clifton Park, Saratoga or elsewhere in the Capital District – please call the personal injury lawyers of Lamarche Safranko Law PLLC for a free consultation.