One of the two bike-share companies that offered Westchester residents the opportunity to rent bicycles in White Plains -- named oFo -- swiftly closed down their operation.
They left over 105 bicycles near the White Plains train station and advised the Cycle Club of Westchester that they would like to donate the bicycles to those who can’t afford a bicycle.
On Friday, July 27 the Town of Greenburgh picked up the bicycles and stored them. The apps on the oFo bicycles have been removed.
Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner said he contacted area schools including the principal of Alexander Hamilton High School in Elmsford.
"We’re going to give Alexander Hamilton 20 requested bicycles which they will distribute to children," Feiner said. "I have written to area religious leaders and other school districts advising them of the donation and offering the bicycles to those who need (them) the most."
Feiner said some of the bicycles may require repairs: "We’re going to work with the Cycle Club of Westchester."
On a related topic, another bike-share company called Limebike continues to serve Yonkers and White Plains.
Feiner said he contacted Limebike and asked if they would consider expanding their service territory to Greenburgh -- since many people pick up their bicycles in White Plains and Yonkers and leave the shared bikes in Greenburgh anyway.
"They were very receptive and sent me a draft agreement -- similar to the ones they have with those cities," Feiner said on Monday, July 30.
The Town Board will arrange a follow-up meeting with representatives of Limebike in September.
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