SCHENECTADY – CDPHP Cycle! is back for the 2023 season. This year, some new additions are being peddled. Not only will all the bikes have enhanced safety features, but a fleet of electric bikes have been added to the program. The season will kickoff later this month, an official start date is expected soon and will be announced via CDPHP Cycle!’s social media.
Two hundred electric bikes are on order to be dispersed across the Capital Region; these new vehicles add to the already 400 manual bikes available in Schenectady, Albany, Troy, Saratoga Springs, Queensbury, Glens Falls, and Amsterdam.
Amsterdam was added to the program’s roster late last season. This year marks their first full season with the bikes, said Emily DeVito, CDTA communications manager.
The new safety features include better nighttime visibility and easier to use technology that makes accessing the bikes more efficient.
“There’s new controllers on the bikes,” DeVito said. “How people access it and pay for the ride is now an easier, smoother process for our riders.”
The electric vehicles were added following requests from riders.
“Electric bikes have been very popular in past few years,” DeVito said. “It was something we heard from the community and people wanted to explore so it’s something we decided to invest in.”
An added bonus of the e-bikes is their ability to better take on hills and rougher terrain, DeVito noted.
The CDPHP Cycle! bikes are located across 80 stations in the region. For a list of where to get started riding, visit their website.
Contact reporter Ameara Ditsche at [email protected]. Keep up with her on Twitter @amearaisawriter.
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