Bike shar­ing to start in Ni­a­gara Falls this sum­mer

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS - – Thomas J. Pro­haska – Keith McShea – Mark Som­mer

Reddy Bike­share, which has of­fered shared bi­cy­cles in Buf­falo since 2016, will ex­pand into Ni­a­gara Falls this sum­mer.

The city will sched­ule meet­ings to hear sug­ges­tions on where bike sta­tions should be lo­cated.

Prices haven’t been de­ter­mined, but Falls res­i­dents will be el­i­gi­ble for dis­counted an­nual mem­ber­ships, White said. Mem­bers from Buf­falo and Ni­a­gara Falls may ac­cess bikes in ei­ther city.

Reddy works in part­ner­ship with In­de­pen­dent Health. The pro­gram will be op­er­ated by Shared Mo­bil­ity, a not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The Ni­a­gara Falls City Coun­cil adopted a bike-friendly streets pol­icy in Jan­uary 2018. Last fall, GObike Buf­falo re­ceived an $82,615 grant from Oath, for­merly Ya­hoo, to im­ple­ment the pol­icy.

Good Sa­mar­i­tans who wit­nessed a car ac­ci­dent in Chau­tauqua County on Wed­nes­day helped au­thor­i­ties make an ar­rest of a 74-yearold Cas­sadaga man ac­cused of driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated and flee­ing the scene, ac­cord­ing to New York State Po­lice.

Troop­ers ar­rested Howard Roberts for DWI and leav­ing the scene of a per­sonal in­jury ac­ci­dent. They said Roberts was driv­ing north on Route 60 in Gerry when he crossed into the south­bound lane. A ve­hi­cle pulling a trailer in that lane at­tempted to evade Roberts’ car but could not avoid a col­li­sion, troop­ers said.

Fol­low­ing the col­li­sion, Roberts turned around, fled the scene and drove south on Route 60, ac­cord­ing to troop­ers. They said he was “fol­lowed by good Sa­mar­i­tans that wit­nessed the ac­ci­dent.” Roberts’ car be­came dis­abled in a park­ing lot and soon after of­fi­cials said that troop­ers, Chau­tauqua County EMS and the Gerry Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment ar­rived.

Roberts was placed un­der ar­rest after it was de­ter­mined that he was in­tox­i­cated, troop­ers said, be­fore be­ing trans­ported to UPMC Hospi­tal in Jamestown. After he was re­leased from the hospi­tal, Roberts was pro­cessed at the Jamestown State Po­lice sta­tion, is­sued tick­ets and is sched­uled to ap­pear in the Town of Gerry Court in April.

The driver of the other ve­hi­cle was also treated at UPMC Hospi­tal for in­juries that were not life-threat­en­ing.

Read­ing and dis­cus­sion group seeks par­tic­i­pants

A Read­ing & Dis­cus­sion Pro­gram on James Bald­win’s Amer­ica will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tues­days from March 19 to April 30.

The goal of the pro­gram is to “make time for think­ing deeply about a sin­gle idea from a va­ri­ety of per­spec­tives, al­low­ing texts to be­come cat­a­lysts for civic en­gage­ment, cul­tural un­der­stand­ing and per­sonal re­flec­tion.” Host­ing are Hall­walls Con­tem­po­rary Art Cen­ter and C.S.1 Cu­ra­to­rial Projects, with Cani­sius phi­los­o­phy pro­fes­sor Heron Sim­mons-Price serv­ing as fa­cil­i­ta­tor.

The pro­gram, which is funded by Hu­man­i­ties New York, emerged from Nick Cave Plenty: A City­wide Cel­e­bra­tion of Buf­falo. Meet­ings will be held in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions that will be an­nounced.

To con­firm par­tic­i­pa­tion, email Elayna Ri­d­ley at nick­cave­[email protected]

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