E-Scooter Campaign

Long Island Streets has launched a campaign to insert electric scooters and e-bikes into the daily options of transportation choices on Long Island. Elected leaders are more responsive when given an opportunity to give these small transportation modes a whirl when with their constituents. We know when the opportunity to officially bring these options in comes across their plate, they’ll be more likely to bite. You know what? We barely even have to ask elected leaders and decision makers to give this a whirl - they’re asking us!!!

In the Village of Valley Stream, Deputy Mayor Vincent Grasso all but drove away with the scooter. Grasso was beaming at the potential for commuters in Valley Stream who might otherwise take their car to the LIRR or other destinations. The affordability and ease of use is a perk.

 Village of valley stream deputy mayor vincent grasso

Village of valley stream deputy mayor vincent grasso

 TOH Councilman D’esposito

TOH Councilman D’esposito

Town of Hempstead Councilman Anthony D’Esposito recently posted this video and commentary on social media:

“Always interested in reading about and learning more about transportation options/alternatives here in America's largest Township. Studies show that non-vehicular traffic actually increases success of local business. Bike/scooter sharing has aided in the growth of some downtowns and makes them more environmentally friendly! The technology involved with many of the options is pretty cool. All application based, making it easy and efficient to use. Spent some time with Allison Blanchette from Long Island Streets taking a spin on her scooter and chatting about improving #SafeSidewalks here in the Town of Hempstead!”

 NYS Assemblywoman missy miller

NYS Assemblywoman missy miller

NYS Assemblywoman Melissa “Missy” Miller tried the scooter at a recent function and requested we return to her headquarters so she can spend more time hearing about scooters as a transportation mode.

Bird Scooters have been making the rounds in New York, with rumors of pilot potential in the Town of Hempstead. We are all for micro-mobility options on Long Island but to be clear here - we are lobbying for the ability to use electric scooters as part of both a share mode and for private ownership. We want people to invest in a person electric scooter like we want people to invest in their own bike - it gives you more skin the game and the likelihood you’ll demand safer infrastructure, programs and outreach. At least we think so.

E-Scooters would make sense on the Long Beach barrier island, which has the largest number of commuters accessing the LIRR via bicycle on Long Island. From Point Lookout to Atlantic Beach, residents are known for walking, skating and biking to their destinations, often because parking is difficult plus bars are plenty. During rush hour, the buses are packed with city workers. One of those commuters is City of Long Beach City Coucilman John Bendo, who jumped on our e-scooter after a recent City Council meeting. Imagine not having to wait for a bus and getting to the station quicker during rush hour in the evening? Yes, a scooter has been timed to beat the bus and don’t you know about the “parking crisis”?

 City of long beach city councilman john bendo, outside the lirr and bus station

City of long beach city councilman john bendo, outside the lirr and bus station

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Atlantic Beach Mayor George Pappas has been incredibly receptive to taking part in our e-scooter campaign, photo’s will be added to our social media when we get to make that connection, but in the meantime here is an Atlantic Beach bike lane:

The scooter we are using is a Xiaomi Mi, same model as several e-scooter share systems. Thoughts? Email: contact@longislandstreets.org

For more info on current programs around the country, Smart Cities Dive’s “Mapping the impact of dockless vehicles” is a comprehensive update on who’s who and where in the dockless industry…although they’ve left Long Island bike share off the map (of course we sent an email). We have had Social Bikes (bought by JUMP, then Uber) for over 3 years in the City of Long Beach and Suffolk has brought in Zagster, though not fully operational yet.