Officials announced the debut of the new Suffolk bike sharing program on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

The Suffolk County bike-sharing program that recently launched in Babylon, Patchogue, and Southampton will soon debut in Riverhead, officials announced Wednesday.

The program operated by bike share company Zagster through a partnership with Suffolk County and sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union is designed to link public transportation with downtown areas and parks while reducing traffic.

“Bike share programs are a popular and easy form of transportation that I am excited to bring to Riverhead,” said Riverhead Town Supervisor Laura 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 smartphones, 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 a sixth will be at the EPCAL bike trail. This initial launch is part of a two-year pilot program with opportunities in the future for additional sponsors and expansion.

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