Bikes now available to rent in Patchogue
Suffolk County executive Steve Bellone, Zagster and Bethpage Federal Credit Union have launched Suffolk County’s regional bike share program, Bethpage Ride, the first of its kind on Long Island. Bethpage Ride is now available in the Village of Babylon, the Village of Patchogue, and Hampton Bays in the town of Southampton.
In addition to unveiling the docking stations, Bellone announced a promotion in celebration of Car Free Day on Sept. 20. With the code ridecarfree60, which can be redeemed on the Pace bike share app, users will receive a 60-minute free ride to try the system, which will be available until the end of the year. Car Free Day is an international event celebrated every September, in which people are encouraged to get around without cars and instead ride a train, bus, bicycle, carpool, subway or walk.
“Bike share is here and ready to change the landscape of mobility and transportation in Suffolk,” said Bellone. “We are effectively extending the reach of our existing transit system, and once-out-of-reach locations are now within easy biking distance.”
Riders have several different rental options with Bethpage Ride. They can pay $1 per 15 minutes, but can also choose a monthly plan for $10 per month or a yearly plan for $60 per year. Both plans allow for unlimited trips of up to 30 minutes. College students 18 years or older and EBT recipients have the option to receive half-off pricing. Users can pay through major credit cards, Paypal or by using cash through Paypal CASH at participating locations.
All bike share stations will be displayed on a map in the Pace bike sharing app, with up-to-date bike and parking availability, as well as a link to help with directions to the station.Bike share stations can be found at the following Patchogue locations: Patchogue LIRR, Blue Point Brewery, Patchogue Theatre Alley, Roe Walkway, Davis Park Ferryand Mascot Dock.
In order to participate in Bethpage Ride, users must be 18 years older. Riders have the option of returning a bike to one of the Pace docking stations or, for a $2 charge, they can lock the bike at any public bike rack or safe location. Rider support is available 24/7 through the Pace app, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 888-321-PACE (7223).
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