After receiving approval from the state legislature, the Capital District Transportation Committee (“CDTA”) intends to accelerate their plans to implement a bike sharing program in the capital district. Bike sharing has become a popular alternative mode of transportation for many in metropolis areas. The service allows users to rent a bicycle for half hour or hour long increments. When they are finished, they may return the bike 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.
Bicycle hubs to be located throughout Capital Region.
In 2014, the CDTA paid Buffalo BikeShare $50,000 to make 25 bikes available for one week in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga Springs. In that week, more than 250 people rented the bikes and took 711 rides. It was the success of this pilot program that paved the way for future plans to install bike sharing systems in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga Springs.
The CDTA estimated that a program consisting of 260 bikes would have a startup cost between $500,000 and $1.5 million. Last year, they 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. Additionally, the CDTA is looking for businesses in the community to sponsor the bike sharing program. It points out that bike sharing programs in other cities have been sponsored by banks, health care providers, and colleges. These sponsors would be able to place their logo on each bicycle.
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. Although a contractor has yet to be selected, these bike sharing hubs are planned to be installed and ready for use by the summer of 2017.
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.
The personal injury attorneys at LaMarche Safranko Law support the bike sharing initiative.
LaMarche Safranko supports bicycling as an alternative mode of transportation. See our other blogs about Safety of Cycling over Driving and Reducing Accidents and Crashes When Biking to Work. We are also part of the Road Sharing Alliance, a resource created to promote a community effort between drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians to make our roads safer.
For further information on the CDTA’s bike sharing plan, please click here.