Capital Region

More than 11,000 used bike-share service

Program will resume April 1
Bicycles at one of the stations earlier this year.
Bicycles at one of the stations earlier this year.

CAPITAL REGION — The first season of the Capital Region’s bike-share program resulted in more than 11,000 bike trips covering nearly 27,000 miles, officials said Wednesday.

The CDPHP Cycle! program, managed by the Capital District Transportation Authority, launched in late July, has wound down for the winter, having gained 2,467 members since its launch. Those riders took 11,418 trips that covered 26,877 miles, officials said.

“The first season of CDPHP Cycle! has far exceeded our expectations,” said Dr. John D. Bennett, president and CEO of Capital District Physicians Health Plan, which is the program’s corporate sponsor. “But more than that, it has given our community a healthier way of commuting while lessening the impact of pollutants on the environment.”

There were rental bike stations in the cities of Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga Springs and Troy. Officials said users in Albany were primarily using the bikes to commute to work, while recreational uses were the main reason people rode in Saratoga Springs. The busiest bike racks were at the Corning Preserve in Albany; Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga; opposite Proctors in Schenectady and adjacent to Prospect Park in Troy.

The program is expected to resume on April 1, with additional bike stations added to the network.

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