For one week in August, there will be free bicycles available for community members around the Capital Region to use. Part of BikeShare month, the initiative is a pilot program in the area including Albany, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady and Troy.
From August 9 through 15, 2014, roughly 20 bikes will be dispersed between three locations in the Capital City for use between 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM – in Downtown, the location is Tricentennial Square.
Bikes will be locked to existing racks at the three locations using locks that are attached to the bike. Once registered, participants will receive an ID number allowing them to use the bikes. There is no cost to participate, although a credit card will need to be on file as security for the bikes. In addition, participants will need to sign a waiver and show identification.
Albany is the last area city to host BikeShare, a program which started July 10, 2014 in Schenectady and was announced by the Capital District Transportation Committee.
Bikes can be reserved using the bike keypad interface, the SoBi (social bicycle) mobile app or online; to return them, participants need only lock it to any hub station or public bike rack. The other two hub stations in Albany are Washington Park by the Lakehouse and Lark Street between Washington and Madison Avenues.
For more information, or to register, visit http://capitalmoves.org/capital-region-bikeshare-month/. A registration table will also be in Tricentennial Square during the day from August 12 through 15, 2014.