CAPITAL REGION — The Capital Region’s bike-share program, readying for its second season, is offering early-bird discounts to those who buy season passes. The season is expected to launch by the end of April.
The CDPHP Cycle! passes, which entitle users to one hour of riding per day, are available for $65 through April 19, organizers said. After that, the price will go to $100 for a season pass.
Those who joined last year as founding members already have this season paid for, as part of their package.
CDPHP health plan members are also entitled to a 20 percent discount and can obtain the needed discount code by emailing or calling CDPHP.
The Albany-based health care organization is the corporate sponsor of a bike-share program that is being run by the Capital District Transportation Authority, which in turn contracts with Social Bicycles of Brooklyn to provide the rental bikes and operate the system.
After launching in July in Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga Springs and Troy, the program will add 20 new locations this spring — and 160 more bicycles. There was a public vote on new locations over the winter, but the new sites have yet to be announced.
Last year, the system launched in late July, and its bikes were used more than 11,000 times before it shut down for the winter in November.
Once fully deployed, the network will include 350 bikes at 80 locations.
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