Capital Region bike-share starts Thursday – New York News

The new CDPHPCycle! bike-share program will debut Thursday morning at 40 locations across the Capital Region.

Sturdy rental bikes were due to be delivered overnight, and the bike share was expected to be in business at all locations following a 10 a.m. news conference in Albany’s Washington Park, officials at the Capital District Transportation Authority said Wednesday.

CDTA will actually be overseeing the regional system, though a Brooklyn company is providing the bikes and running day-to-day operations. Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan Inc. (CDPHP) is providing a corporate sponsorship.

There’s been a lot of public interest in the launch, which was announced last October.

“I don’t know what it is; there’s a different kind of buzz about it,” said Carm Basile, CEO of CDTA, which is best-known for operating the regional bus system.

There will only be about 160 bicycles initially, but that will be increased to 320 in the spring, thanks to a $2 million state grant awarded for the project. A separate $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation is helping get the network off the ground.

The racks where bikes are placed in Schenectady, Albany, Saratoga Springs and Troy will have payment kiosks, where people are generally expected to download an application to pay for and unlock a bike.

“This is a growth opportunity for us, and we are looking forward to much success,” Basile said at a CDTA board meeting Wednesday in Albany.

The basic rate for renting a CDPHPCycle! bicycle will be $5 per hour, with steep discounts for repeated use: A monthly pass allowing 60 minutes of ride time…

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