Peeking at the bike share station suggestions

bike share suggestion map 2017-04-13

Another quick follow-up on CDTA's upcoming bike share. The online suggestion and voting for bike share stations continues to run through April 30 -- and the results are being mapped.

That's a clip of the map above. The top suggestions in Albany so far are pretty much you'd expect: Washington Park, the ESP, Lark Street, the pedestrian bridge to Corning Riverfront Park, and so on. (One location that doesn't have many votes, yet, but seems like it could be a good idea: Swinburne Park near Clinton Ave, which has a bike lane.)

It looks like the other three cities -- Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga Springs -- could use a few more suggestions and votes for stations.

There are two more upcoming public info/suggestion events for the bike share:

April 25: Saratoga Springs Recreation Center on Vanderbilt Street - 6-7:30 pm

April 26: Albany Public Library, Washington Ave Branch - 6-7:30 pm
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Earlier: A few more details about the upcoming CDTA bike share

CDTA and CDPHP advertise on AOA.

Comments

The Plaza location is an obvious one, but will be difficult during the "winter" months. Conceding that bikes will be used much less in cold, specifically snowy/icy weather, it's a problem because the only access to the surface level is the gated driveway once they barricade the steps. Bleecker Park (or diagonally across the intersection, perhaps?) would be a much better location for year-round access and more convenient to Albany residents in the Mansion District neighborhood.

Why no love from Schenectady?

Tim, Schenectady (And Troy and Saratoga) are covered by the map, linked in the article.

I can't wait to see how the bike share works out. I know I'll use it once in a while - but how often will depend on how frequently the bikes are 'restocked' to convenient locations and how much the service costs. (There hasn't been any info on cost yet, right?)

@Tim, CDTA's whole range of coverage is fair game, if you see no love for Schenectady, sign on in and start voting some locations. I live in Albany, but have placed some votes on locations in Cohoes and Saratoga, where I see some great potential to bus up and grab a bike when I get there.

From, not for. There seems to be less participation from Schenectady contributors, although it seems to have increased since this article was posted.

I am concerned about the size of the bike racks. The ones I have seen in NYC are huge and, repeatedly, have more empty slots than full. Will Albany's rack have a better design so it is less intrusive into the landscape, visually and literally?

WHAT IF BIKE GETS STOLEN WHILE YOU ARE DURING ERRANDS ETC.

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