Capital Region Bikeshare Month

The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) announces Capital Region Bikeshare Month from July 10th to August 15th 2014.  Bikeshare Month will be one “Bikeshare Week” of short-term bikeshare pilots in each of the Cities of Albany, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, and Troy.  CDTC has selected Buffalo BikeShare to provide the bikes and staff.  There will be 25 bicycles available for use between 10am and 8pm at one or more locations announced by the Cities.  Locations are planned to include Jay Street at State Street in Schenectady, Riverfront Park in Troy, Broadway at Division Street in Saratoga Springs, and Washington Park in Albany.  Once registered, people may use the bikes at the Bikeshare Week in one of the subsequent Cities.  There will be no cost to participants, although a credit card will need to be on file as security for the bikes.  More information and updates will be available here.

The schedule is as follows:

SchenectadyThursday July 10 - Wednesday July 16
TroySunday July 20 - Saturday July 26
Saratoga SpringsWednesday July 30 - Tuesday August 5
AlbanySaturday August 9 - Friday August 15 (+ rain date Saturday August 16)

“The City of Troy is pleased to be a participant in the bikeshare pilot taking place during Capital Region Bikeshare Month. In addition to encouraging individuals to reduce his or her carbon footprint, the program will provide people an opportunity to be outdoors, get some exercise and enjoy Troy’s great scenery.” – Mayor Lou Rosamilia

According to Mayor Joanne Yepsen, “The City of Saratoga Springs is thrilled to be participating in the Capital Region Bikeshare Month with CDTC, and with support from local community groups and individuals. With our continued priorities of sustainability and ensuring our streets serve the needs of all users- whether biking, walking, taking a bus, or driving; this trial bikeshare provides an opportunity for our residents and visitors to try out the concept within our City.”

“This bikeshare pilot program is a great opportunity for people to check out what bikeshare is and see how it can improve their ability to get around the Capital City,” said Kate Lawrence, Sustainability Planner for the City of Albany.

“We are excited to demo this bike sharing system in the Capital Region”, says Anders Gunnersen, Director of Buffalo BikeShare.  “In Buffalo, BikeShare is quickly becoming an integral part of the livening urban scene, with a strong positive response from university students, city residents, and local businesses.”

CDTC is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization carrying out Federal requirements for cooperative transportation planning and programming in the four county Capital District area.  CDTC hopes to gauge interest in bikesharing regionally.  Participants will be asked to complete a short survey, and data on bicycle usage and trip locations will be compiled for each City.  Our Capital Moves program provides information specific to our region to encourage transportation by transit, carpool, vanpool, and of course by bicycle.

Buffalo BikeShare has operated for over 2 years, putting Buffalo on the map as one of the first bikesharing cities to utilize “Social Bicycle” (SOBI) brand bicycles that feature state-of-the-art GPS driven on-board technology.