Pictured Above: Bethpage Ride bicycles at Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays

A countywide bike share program is coming to downtown Riverhead and the newly completed Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bike Trail at EPCAL.

This program comes at no cost to the town, and will be operated by bike share company Zagster, through a partnership with Suffolk County, announced Riverhead Town Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith this week.

The program, called Bethpage Ride and sponsored by the Bethpage Federal Credit Union, is already in operation in Patchogue, Hampton Bays, and Babylon. It’s designed to increase alternative transportation options, link public transportation with the downtown and public parks while reducing emissions and vehicular traffic in Riverhead, all while encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle.

“Bike share programs are a popular and easy form of transportation that I am excited to bring to Riverhead,” said Ms. Jens-Smith. “These programs are an important part in the last-mile connection for public transportation, connecting people with Riverhead’s businesses, as well as making it easier for people to enjoy the recently completed Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bike Trail at EPCAL. This bike share program will be an incredible asset for our town, and for our residents.”

Users will be able to rent, locate, and unlock bikes using an app called “Pace” on their smart phones, then paying a fee based on their use of the bike, or they can sign up for a monthly membership. Riders can pause their trip to stop at a local business, park, or other location.

Six bike racks will be placed in Riverhead, with 25 bikes total. Five of the racks will be in Downtown Riverhead and one will be at the EPCAL bike trail.

This initial launch is part of a two-year pilot program sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union with opportunities in the future for additional sponsors and expansion of the system.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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