BIKE SHARING IN WESTCHESTER

The City of New Rochelle has become the first municipality in the lower Hudson Valley to offer bike sharing.  Mayor Bramson said 50 bikes have been rolled out for a soft opening.  According to an article entitled “County embraces new bike sharing program” by Richard Liebson and Nicholas Tantillo on the front page of The Journal News on March 23, 2018.  By the end of April, 100 bikes will be available at 11 locations in New Rochelle.

The article points out that White Plains adopted a bike sharing law in March.  White Plains expects to hire an operator for a one year pilot program.  Yonkers Mayor, Mike Spano announced that Yonkers had an agreement with Spin & Lime Bike to start a bike sharing program. Mount Vernon

Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas stated they had explored talks with companies and are open to bringing bike sharing to Mount Vernon.

As indicated in previous blogs, bike lanes became more essential as bike sharing has taken hold and so does bike safety and sharing the road with cars. Larchmont created a bike lane on a stretch of Larchmont Avenue between Boston Post Road and Magnolia. A 0.6 mile long bike path opening in Elmsford.  The final segment of a 36.8 mile bike trail from Putnam County to the Bronx.  On  the west side of the County, along the Hudson River, the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow are studying ways to improve pedestrian and bicycling safety along a 9 mile stretch of Route 9.

White Plains has already painted bike and pedestrian lanes and is spending $1.5 million from the State on bike and pedestrian improvement within the new transit district surrounding the train station.  Mamaroneck officials are considering creation of a 20 mile network of bike lanes that would connect the Town to Village of Mamaroneck and Larchmont and include new paths to train stations, schools and retail hubs. In November, Tarrytown, Elmsford, Greenburgh and White Plains received a New York State grant of $25,000 to make Route 119 safer.

New Rochelle has a bike share app that tells riders were the nearest available bike is located. Cyclists chose a credit card option and ride away. The free app “smart lock” lets riders leave the bike at regular racks or in predetermined bike zones throughout New Rochelle. The price is $2 per ½ hr. with weekly and annual options and student discounts.

The company chosen to run White Plains pilot program would be allowed to place up to 300 bikes in White Plains and using the app software will require locations of bikes, parking, membership, trip times and distances along with complaints. The data well help the City to evaluate the effectiveness of the bike sharing program.

As a result of the bike sharing programs and the influx of bike safety lanes, the number of bikes is exponentially growing. Along with more bikes and pedestrian traffic comes more potential for more accidents.  Bike v. automobile safety should be pushed by the County and municipality who are using bike sharing programs.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident with an automobile, contact the law firm of Dominick J. Robustelli & Associates, PLLC at (914) 288-0800 or visit our web page at White Plains-Injury Lawyer.com or at RobustelliPersonal InjuryNY.com.