Get on a new set of wheels
SAYVILLE—The Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce is looking to create a bike share program for the hamlet. Chamber president Eileen Tyznar said the local business community is working with Jonathan Keyes, the director of Suffolk County’s downtown and transit-oriented development, on the project.
Tyznar said possible locations include Main Street, the train station and somewhere in close proximity to the Sayville ferries. Another location somewhere in West Sayville is planned to help draw in additional businesses and attractions from the area as well.
There will be about five or six stations and approximately 20 bicycles, she said, adding that “late fall is the goal” when it comes to a launch date. Users can either buy a membership or pay $1 for 30 minutes.
The news comes shortly after county officials announced a bike share program of their own, which is also the first on Long Island. Officials hope to launch the program sometime next month, with 24 stations and 100 bikes in four communities across Suffolk, including Patchogue and Babylon.
“[The Sayville project] is in the very early stages, as we want to open up public meetings with municipalities, community members and businesses for all parties to give input and discussion,” Tyznar said, adding that the chamber has had a project like this on their agenda since February of this year, prior to the announcement about Patchogue, Babylon and the other communities.
Tyznar said the bicycles will provide a “new, innovative way to have more people shop, wine and dine in Sayville and West Sayville, and enjoy our community.”
“The bikes will also bring our West Sayville stores and restaurants together with Main Street, providing more commerce opportunities,” she said, adding that “it’s important to always keep evolving and improving our town with innovative concepts that will bring exposure to our many attractions,” like the Long Island Maritime Museum, Loughlin Vineyard and Sayville Marine Park.
Tyznar said this will “bring the foot traffic” that storefronts and restaurants require.
Debi Wickcliffe, owner of the Catbird Seat on Main Street, said she’s “thrilled about the [bike share’s] prospect.”
“[The community] has a lot of people going back and forth between Fire Island, but they have no way of getting around,” Wickcliffe said, adding the hope that now, with the program, pedestrians might be more willing to “kill some time” and stop at more shops within the downtown area.
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