Bike share program to launch in Patchogue
This summer, bicycles will be available for rent in the village
Having trouble getting around the village or parking?
No need to worry. Patchogue will be joining in on Suffolk County’s bike share program this summer.
“There is not a better way to say we’re about healthy lifestyles and young families,” said mayor Paul Ponteiri of the new program launching in his village. “It’s about saying, ‘come to our community, it’s a great place to be.’”
Details of the program were announced on Wednesday, July 10 at the Patchogue Railroad Station. County executive Steve Bellone, Pontieri and officials from Zagster, the bike rental company, joined with sponsor Bethpage Federal Credit Union for the first- of-its-kind program, launching a bike share system this August with 100 bikes and 24 stations throughout four communities, including Patchogue and Babylon. The remaining two communities will be announced sometime in the near future.
“Our bike share program will not only reduce congestion on our roadways, but will help provide the critical first and last-mile connection when using public transit,” said Bellone. “Residents throughout Suffolk will be able to go to a nearby train station, park, or downtown area and, right through an app on their phone, have instant access to a comfortable, user-friendly bike.”
Last May, Suffolk County awarded Zagster, the industry’s leading operations platform for the micro-mobility sharing economy, a contract to implement its bicycle-share service.
Zagster is responsible for designing, building, financing and operating the program at no cost to taxpayers, towns or villages. Bellone said he hopes it will help boost the local economy by increasing tourism, while also decreasing the use of cars as a primary mode of transportation and promoting a healthier, more active lifestyle.
The Regional Bike-Share program complements Bellone’s Connect Long Island Plan — a regional transportation and development initiative that promotes sustainable long-term economic growth.
HOW IT WORKS
Once launched, the program will be accessible through smartphone devices by using a downloadable app that will allow users to pay per ride or buy membership.
Riders can then select rental options by paying $1 per minute, $10 per month or even $60 per year. Monthly and yearly memberships allow for unlimited trips of up to 30 minutes. Bikes can be picked up and dropped off at any of the stations throughout Suffolk County.
WHERE TO RIDE
In Patchogue, according to Pontieri, three stations will be available: at the ferry terminal on West Avenue, the railroad station on South Ocean Avenue, and uptown either behind the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts or the Patchogue-Medford Library.
To complement this program, the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning is currently working to develop a countywide Hike-Bike Network Master Plan for improving hike-bike infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists across the region. The plan will provide Suffolk County with a comprehensive and coordinated vision for a connected network of hiking and biking trails countywide. A completed master plan is expected by the end of this year.
The company was created in 2007 as a micro-mobility revolution promising world-class operations. The company offers turnkey products and services in communities small and large. Currently, they operate more than 250 vehicle shares in 35 states offering scooters, pedal bikes and e-bikes. For more information, visit www.zagster.com or on Twitter @zagster.
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