The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) and CDPHP announced that during its first month of operation, the CDPHP Cycle! has been used for more than 4,568 trips in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga Springs.
Officials said trips in Albany are primarily being used to commute, while in Saratoga Springs, users are renting the bikes mainly for recreational purposes. As college students return to campus, ridership is expected to increase.
“I’m thrilled that CDPHP Cycle! has had such a positive influence on our community in such a short amount of time,” said President and CEO of CDPHP, Dr. John D. Bennett. “I was particularly encouraged to hear that users are driving less and moving more – and that thus far, over 480,000 calories have been burned as a result!”
“We are excited to see so many people using CDPHP Cycle! in the Capital Region,” said CDTA CEO Carm Basile. “Bringing a deep and wide menu of mobility options to the region, all under one umbrella, is what our vision has been from the beginning. When we set out to make this project a reality, there was certainly excitement surrounding it, but we are encouraged by the number of members, and rides taken so far, and only expect those numbers to increase as we finish out the riding season.”
Riders may purchase a membership or load a pay-as-you-go account by registering online or downloading the CDPHP Cycle! mobile app. People pay for what they cycle, which caomes out to just 8 cents per minute with an hourly pass, according to CDTA.
For more information, including additional rental fees, rack locations, and more, visit www.cdphpcycle.com.
The CDPHP Cycle! season is expected to end on Nov. 30 and resume on April 1, 2018, with 160 more bikes in circulation and additional bike stations.
CDTA was created in 1970 by the State Legislature as a public benefit corporation to provide regional transportation services by rail, bus, water and air. Some 685 people work to deliver a transit system that transports 60,000 customers each weekday.