A first-of-its-kind bike sharing program in Suffolk County is getting set to launch in Babylon and Patchogue, and two other areas to be named later, county officials announced on Wednesday.
The program, which is called Bethpage Ride, is being funded through the sponsorship of Bethpage Federal Credit Union.
The bikes will be hitting the streets next month, when 100 will be available at 24 share stations.
In Babylon, the stations will be located at the Park Avenue Playground, at the Southards Pond entrance and the village pool, village officials said.
“What a tremendous asset for village residents and visitors to travel through our village and experience our greenway from Argyle Lake to Belmont park,” said Babylon Mayor Ralph Scordino.
In Patchogue, the stations will be set up at the train station, possibly at the Davis Park Ferry terminal, and one in the downtown — likely in the walkway by the theater or behind the library, said Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri.
Bethpage Ride is being modeled after Citi Bike in NYC.
Once launched, users will have the ability to download an app and will either be able to pay per ride or buy a membership. Riders will be able to bike at a rate of $1 per 15 minutes, or opt for a monthly plan for $10 or a yearly plan for $60 per year.
Both of those plans allow for unlimited trips of up to 30 minutes.
“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 Suffolk County Executive Bellone. “Thanks to our official sponsor Bethpage Federal Credit Union, this summer, 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, the county awarded Zagster, a Boston-based micro-mobility implementation company, a contract to establish its Pace bicycle-share service in Suffolk County. Zagster is responsible for designing, building and operating the program.
“Bethpage is providing the residents of Suffolk Country with a tremendous bike sharing service by providing a last-mile solution that, at the same time, encourages a healthy, active lifestyle,” said the company’s CEO, Dan Grossman. “We look forward to continuing to work with Suffolk County to address all of its micro-mobility needs.”