The Opportunity for Bike Sharing in Westchester County

Client: Westchester Department of Transportation
Faculty: Kate Collignon, Kei Hayashi
Team: Luke DePalma, Nicole Kolinsky, Patrick McCandless, David Sabatino, Andrew Steininger
Year: 2010
In 2008, Westchester County launched its Global Warming Action Plan, which acknowledged the importance of promoting alternative modes of transit. Viewing bike sharing as a possible solution to promoting alternative transportation, the Westchester Department of Transportation tasked a Capstone team to examine the opportunity for bike sharing in Westchester County. The first phase of a dual phase report analyzed an array of bike share programs around the world, opinions of experts (stakeholders and non-stakeholders) on bike sharing and the feasibility of implementing a bike share program in the County, and existing relevant conditions in the County. This comprehensive examination informed the selection of four preliminary sites prime for bike sharing in Westchester, including Mount Vernon, White Plains, the Croton Aqueduct, and the Long Island Sound Corridor. With the input of Westchester DOT, the Capstone team chose the municipalities of Mount Vernon and White Plains for further policy, programmatic, infrastructure, and expansion recommendations for bike sharing.