On July 31, 2015, September 28, 2015 and July 29, 2016, we blogged on cyclists and cars, bicycle lanes and bicycle safety.  Our blog on September 28, 2015 discussed bicycle laws and how Rockland County is increasing bike lanes as well as The City of White Plains.  All agree that bike laws make it safer for cyclists and cars.  Designating a lane for bicycles separate cyclists from cars and result in less accidents.

In an article in The Journal News on October 17, 2016, by Dan Reiner entitled “New Rochelle delay bike share launch”, New Rochelle City officials anticipated a fall launch for New Rochelle.  Bike Share, a program that would allow residents and visitors to rent bicycles from locations around the City just like New York City’s Citi Bike System.  Major Noam Bramson says delays and dropping temperatures have pushed back the project to Spring, 2017.

Chris Hall from Marketing and Social Media Coordinator at the development company that heads the project said the setback in building the bike lanes is largely due to the lack of funding.  The company is seeking local businesses to sponsor the privately financed project.  At present, funding is about half way to the needed total to build the bike lanes.

Users of the Bike Share can access the program on location or through a mobile app.  The bikes will feature “smart locks” that allows the user to secure the bike in place or on any bicycle rack.  The Bike Share program coincides with New Rochelle’s city wide “complete streets” plan which would configure roadways to make them safer for motorists and cyclists.  P3GM is presently in talks with the City’s colleges – Iona, Monroe & College of New Rochelle to partner students and staff members for insight into making the program unique to New Rochelle.  New Rochelle Bike Share team members have engaged with residents to hear feedback and gauge community involvement.  Mr. Hall of P3GM wants to tailor a bike share specifically to what the people of New Rochelle want.  Hopefully, with private funding and research, New Rochelle can initiate the program in the Spring of 2017.  If the program is a success and the roads are made safer with bike lanes, then other cities in Westchester can start similar programs.  The City of White Plains has already increased bike laws and could easily start a bike share program.  Hopefully other cities such as Mount Vernon, Peekskill and Yonkers can institute a similar bike share and bike lane program.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle vs. car accident, contact Dominick J. Robustelli & Associates, PLLC at (914) 288-0800 or visit our web page at White Plains-Injury or at RobustelliPersonal

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