Suffolk County Picks Zagster to Operate Bike-Share Program

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has announced Boston-based Zagste aka Pace will operate the county's dockless bike share program. 

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Zagster is a Boston-based company that has run bike sharing programs for hotels, businesses and universities across North America since 2007. They entered the start-up dockless tech field a few years ago, and currently operate bike share systems in 35 states. Zagster's dockless bike share system is called Pace.

Pace are zippier, smaller bikes than the heavy CitiBikes and have a light commuter-cruiser look. Pace bikes are lock-to dockless bikes, similar to Long Beach's SoBi (Social Bikes - Jump), versus free-floating systems like LimeBike, Ofo, Spin or a dozen others. This could alleviate concerns of bike-shares being tossed around, and will most likely increase bike racks popping up.

The RFP for a bike share program was issued in March (recap here). The rollout date is sooner than later, as County Executive Bellone is anxious to get people peddling through Suffolk this summer. 

 

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$12 million awarded for NY P-SAP local call

Long Island is receiving $12 million in federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds for systemic pedestrian safety projects on local and county roads and streets. This is being administered by the NYSDOT in coordination with NYMTC following a local call for pedestrian safety projects included in the Statewide Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP).

There were five applications received, three in Nassau and two in Suffolk. This 100% reimbursed HSIP opportunity had just closed the application date a month ago - this quick pick of grantee's indicate how efficient, focused and dedicated those tasked with implementing the PSAP are to addressing the epidemic of pedestrian fatalities and injuries statewide. This is just one sliver of the puzzle that seems to be making some progress. 

We were updated on PSAP progress last month while attending Walk-Bike New York (click pic for recap). State roads have completed updates, now local roads will start - we will post specific projects after municipalities get their opportunity to announce. The educational component of PSAP has already begun. 

 

Background on the Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (P-SAP), announced June 2016:

The New York State Departments of Transportation and Department of Health teamed up with the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) on a first-of-its-kind pedestrian safety campaign in New York State. It provides a $110 million, five-year commitment to improving pedestrian safety across Upstate New York and Long Island by utilizing the Three E's - Engineering, Enforcement, and Education.

For more information, visit New York State's pedestrian safety web site at https://www.ny.gov/programs/pedestrian-safety-action-plan

 

Safe Routes to School program & infrastructure upgrades in Hempstead Village

A $510,000 Safe Routes to School federal grant will fund infrastructure improvements and education programming to the David Paterson Elementary School in Hempstead Village. This project proposes to enhance pedestrian safety and encourage students of the David Paterson Elementary School to walk to school in a safe environment. 

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The work will be performed on the adjacent roadways to the school including the widening of existing sidewalks on Fulton Avenue and W. Orchard Street adjacent to the school and the installation of high visibility crosswalks, pedestrian warning signage and ADA compliant handicap ramps at the intersections within the project area.  

Construction to begin this summer, to be completed by the start of school this fall. Two other schools received similar funding, with work to begin next year, Jackson Main School and Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School. 

We will be updating details on the Safe Routes to School program shortly.