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Bike rentals coming to the neighborhood
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Long Beach residents can rent bicycles from multiple solar-powered stations, like the one at Edwards Boulevard and West Walnut Street.

The 930-acre Eisenhower Park was chosen as a good spot for a bike rental facility because it is one of the largest public spaces in the New York metropolitan area — larger than Central Park — and has some 20 miles of paved bike paths.

Cedar Creek Park has a 4.5-mile bike path that runs along the Wantagh State Parkway, and, the county added in as statement, the State Department of Transportation is planning an additional 4.5-mile path to connect Ocean Parkway and Captree State Park in the Town of Babylon.

Companies that respond to the RFP are encouraged to suggest additional locations in Nassau County parks where bike rental stations would be popular.

The Miami-based DecoBike — which opened its bike-sharing program in Long Beach in June — did not return calls seeking comment on whether it has expressed interest in the county’s proposal, but Bonaficio Diaz, DecoBike’s chief operating officer, told the Herald last month that the Long Beach program is a success.

If a rental program in Eisenhower Park were to mimic DecoBike’s in Long Beach, there would be multiple solar-powered bike rental stations throughout the park that would be accessible 24 hours a day. DecoBike users can rent bikes using credit cards, with fees starting at $4 for 30 minutes and ranging up to $24 for eight hours.

The DecoBike program, Diaz added, will also help curb carbon emissions.


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