Bike Sharing will be the newest way to get around town in the Capital Region.

CDTA is bringing the bicycle rental concept to the Capital Region.  Starting this summer, Capital Region residents can take advantage of a new bike sharing program.  The business has had success in NYC so why not try it out here!!

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Here is how it will work.  Bicycle docking stations will be put up throughout the Capital Region, mainly in downtown areas and near colleges.  You can rent the bike by the hour and return it to any docking station when you’re done.  The cost per hour will be $3-$4.

CDTA is working on a payment system similar to the EZ Pass system called the “Navigator” which is a smartcard and mobil app.

The CDTA board approved an initial two-year contract with Social Bicycles to roll out the bike rental system in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties.  This contract will bring 300 bikes to the area. Docking station locations have not been determined yet.

Bike share will start this summer and run through late November or early December depending on weather.

So, what do you think?