Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad held a lottery on April 7, 2014 to determine winners of eight free bike lockers at the Bellmore train station. Murray and Ahmad were joined at the event – held at the Bellmore train station – by Councilwoman Angie Cullin, Councilman Gary Hudes, employees of the newly opened bicycles shop, Merrick Bicycles, and several residents who entered “lottery tickets” for the free bike lockers.
“By providing residents with a safe, weatherproof location at which they can lock up their bicycles, the Town of Hempstead is encouraging more and more people to leave the car at home and bike as part of their daily commute,” stated Murray. “This is also a great opportunity for residents, as the weather gets warmer, to get some exercise before and after work.”
The eight winners of the bike locker lottery, each of whom will receive use of a bike locker for one year, are:
Adele Godfried, of Wantagh
Paul and Krystyna Falbo, of Bellmore
Kenneth Patrey, of Wantagh
Jeffrey Cohen, of Hempstead
Kevin Lonergan, of North Bellmore
Matthew Niklavesh, of North Bellmore
Fara and Seth Augustover, of Bellmore
- Jennifer Jaszczak, of North Bellmore
Now in its third year, the town’s bike locker program provides residents with a safe, weather-proof location to store their bicycles while commuting via the Long Island Rail Road. The bike lockers are part of the town’s clean energy plan, encouraging pollution-free methods of transportation and helping to protect the environment
“The Town of Hempstead is proud to utilize these eight bike lockers as part of a larger environmentally friendly agenda,” said Ahmad. “I would like to thank all the town residents who participated in this bike locker lottery.”
Each of the bike lockers is 4 feet tall, 6 feet long and 3 ¼ feet wide, all conveniently located on the north side of the tracks at the Bellmore train station. Each locker easily fits a standard bicycle, protecting it from damage, theft and bad weather. The town requires a $40 key deposit, which is refunded at the end of the one-year lease. No sub-leasing is permitted.
“Biking instead of driving is great for one’s health and for the environment in the Town of Hempstead,” said Cullin. Added Hudes, “Bike tracks are certainly better than carbon footprints, and we encourage residents to seek greener methods of transportation.”
The town also thanks Merrick Bicycles, which provided free front and rear bike lights to each of the bike locker winners. Merrick Bicycles, located on Merrick Avenue, will be holding its Grand Opening on April 11th.
"Merrick Bicycles is proud to partner with Supervisor Kate Murray, Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad and the Town of Hempstead for this bike locker lottery,” said Dan Yuricic and Michael Hammer, owner of Merrick Bicycles. “As biking enthusiasts, we think it's great that the town is providing a safe place for residents to stow their bicycles, as well as encouraging pedaling over driving."
“I would like to thank Hempstead Town Councilman Gary Hudes, Councilwoman Angie Cullin, Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad, Merrick Bicycles and the lottery applicants for making this bike locker lottery such a popular and successful event,” concluded Murray. “Get on your bikes and ride!”