ALBANY, N.Y. >> About the only thing that stood in the way of the Capital District Transportation Authority developing and launching a new bike-sharing program in four Capital region cities appears to have been Mother Nature.
Local officials gathered in the rain Thursday morning in Washington Park to formally kick off CDPHP Cycle!, a new initiative that will allow people in Albany, Schenectady, Troy and Saratoga Springs to rent bicycles from any of 41 stations as what the authority is billing as “a healthy, affordable and fun mode of transportation.” The start to the new service comes just eight months after CDTA officials decided to add such a service to its growing portfolio of transit initiatives.
“CDTA has come a long way,” CDTA Executive Director Carm Basile said during a news conference. “This is a very proud day for us as we continue to expand the mobility options that we provide to the people of the Capital Region.”
Basile joked that putting the program in place had been smooth sailing until Thursday, when the bad weather kept officials, including Basile, Dr. John Bennett, president and CEO of title sponsor CDPHP, and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan from actually demonstrating the new service. He said the program is another piece added to the region’s transit puzzle as CDTA works to continue expanding beyond its traditional bus service.
“This is more than about bikes; it’s about giving people another way to travel. Think of a day when you might ride your bike to a bus, take a bus to your destination and take Uber…
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