New Rochelle’s Bike Share, the first in Westchester County, officially launched today. 100 bikes, 11 stations throughout the city. Learn more in this press release or join our bike share program at www.bikenewrochelle.com.
We actually had a soft launch back in March, just to test everything out, and already more than 400 people have signed up, taking thousands of trips! That’s way above expectations, especially in light of the iffy spring weather, and a positive sign of public enthusiasm.
This morning, I joined about twenty other cyclists for a maiden ride from City Hall to Anderson Plaza, and (following a three decade break from bicycles — shhh, don’t tell anyone) aim now to be a regular user.
By offering a fun and sustainable way to get around, we help make New Rochelle a healthier, stronger, greener community. It’s also part of our larger effort to compete for the next generation of residents and businesses.
Today, we celebrated the “topping off” of one new downtown project at 587 Main Street and the ground-breaking for another at the site of the the Church-Division garage. This press release has more information.
These are just two of six developments that will dramatically reshape New Rochelle’s skyline during the next few years. With many smaller projects already under construction and still more projects yet to be announced, we are well on track to meeting the goals of our ambitious downtown plan. It’s exciting!
I had the pleasure of unveiling renderings of several of these proposed towers during my recent State of the City Address, and in this post, you can view images of New Rochelle’s near-future.
My remarks confronted head-on the important and timely challenge of youth safety and enrichment, but also offered an expansive and very positive assessment of our community’s dramatic progress on economic, environmental, and social priorities. Despite the pressing concerns of this moment, there has never been better cause for optimism and excitement about New Rochelle’s future.
In a nation-wide competition featuring more than 300 applications, New Rochelle has been named one of just 35 “Champion Cities” by Bloomberg Philanthropies. #mayorschallenge
Bloomberg challenged municipalities across the country to propose innovative ideas with the potential to benefit cities everywhere. New Rochelle’s winning concept involves the use of virtual-reality to visualize development, enhance the quality of urban design, and permit greater public participation in choices about planning and growth. It’s a perfect complement to our ambitious downtown development strategy.
This press release has much more information, or visit Bloomberg’s website to learn about the competition and about the other finalists. Here’s a key excerpt from the release about next steps:
“New Rochelle now advances to the six-month ‘Test, Learn, and Adapt’ phase of the competition. Cities will refine their ideas during this process with up to $100,000 [a grant awarded by Bloomberg], as well as personalized support from innovation experts, to test and begin building support for their urban innovations and submit a new application in August 2018. In October, four cities will receive $1 million awards and one will receive a grand prize of $5 million to bring their ideas to life.”
Congratulations to the team that put together New Rochelle’s outstanding application. I am proud that our community is being recognized nation-wide as a creative leader.