Suffolk County’s first-ever bike-sharing program has arrived in Patchogue Village. The racks were being built and stocked this week.
The program, which is called Bethpage Ride, is being funded through the sponsorship of Bethpage Federal Credit Union.
It’s modeled after Citi Bike in New York City.
Locally, users now have the ability to download an app and can either pay per ride or buy a membership.
Click here to download the app.
Riders can 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.
Last May, Suffolk awarded Zagster, a Boston-based micro-mobility implementation company, a contract for its Pace bicycle-share service.
Zagster is responsible for designing, building and operating the program, which is also going to be implemented in Babylon Village.
“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,” Suffolk County Executive Bellone said in a statement.
“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,” he said.
Top photo: Bethpage bikes parked in Patchogue’s Roe Walkway next to Toast Coffeehouse just south of East Main Street.
(Credit: Michael White)