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CDTA announces bike-share locations

CDTA announces bike-share locations

Locations include Schenectady and Saratoga Springs
CDTA announces bike-share locations

There will be seven bike-sharing stations opening sometime in early August in Schenectady, and four in Saratoga Springs, the Capital District Transportation Authority said on Thursday.

The authority and CDPHP health plan, as corporate sponsors, revealed that bike-sharing stations will be placed at 38 locations in the region's four major cities as the program prepared to get underway.

The Schenectady locations are at the central Schenectady County Public Library on Clinton Street; Riverfront Park; the entrance to Vale Park; Veterans Park; North Jay and Hudson; Proctors; and at Union Street and Nott Terrace.

In Saratoga Springs, the locations will be at Pavilion Row and Caroline Street; Saratoga Spa State Park; the YMCA next to the Railroad Run bike path; and at Broadway and Congress.

There are also 20 bike station locations in Albany, and seven in Troy.

The program will provide 160 bicycles spread among the locations. There are tentative plans for 20 more bike stations next year.

During April, the public was invited to vote for locations where they wanted bike rack stations, and more than 200 locations were suggested. CDTA said the information was considered along with population, access and feasibility in determining locations.

CDTA late last year selected Social Bicycles of Brooklyn to operate the system. A $2 million, five-year U.S. Department of Transportation congestion mitigation grant is paying to get the bike-share program off the ground.

Under a bike-share program, people can rent a bicycle within a network of self-service stations, returning it to the same station or another within the network. Social Bicycles will provide the specialized bicycles and maintain them, and handle day-to-day operation of the network.

CDTA and CDPHP are still finalizing a price structure and when the service will launch. CDTA spokeswoman Jaime Watson said the launch will be around the beginning of August, and activity to install the bike racks will take place a few days before. All the bike locations are expected to open at the same time.

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 395-3086, or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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