It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon. You’re having coffee at Starbucks in Wykagyl and are suddenly inspired to take a bike ride down to the waterfront. Or maybe you’re an Iona student in a hurry to catch a train to Manhattan, but you don’t own a car. Or maybe you live on Pelham Road and would like to take in a movie at New Roc, but don’t want to fuss with parking.
Well, later this year (probably in the Fall), you’ll be in luck, because New Rochelle is about to launch Westchester’s first bike share program. Using a convenient mobile app, it will be easy to locate a bike at about a dozen stations around the city, and then even easier to return it just about anywhere when you’re done.
New Rochelle is creating this program with our partners at P3 Global Management and E3Think who have already founded successful bike share programs in places like Hoboken, NJ. Our local program will be funded through private sponsorships, at no cost to taxpayers.
We announced the initiative this morning at a Bike to Work event, and I’m really excited about it. Cycling is good for our health, it helps remove congestion from our roads, and it cuts down on harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Plus it’s fun.
And let’s face it, if New Rochelle is going to compete for the next generation of residents and businesses, we have to make sure our community embraces the lifestyle preferences of the future – biking included. That’s why initiatives like bike share and our forthcoming complete streets plan are important complements to New Rochelle’s ambitious downtown development efforts.
There will be much more information later this year, when the program is ready to roll. For now, you can keep up with our progress at a new website: www.newrochelle.bike. (Keep in mind that everything on the site, like station locations, is still evolving.)