Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilwoman Angie Cullin, Councilman Gary Hudes and Town Clerk Mark Bonilla held a lottery drawing on April 2, 2012 to determine the individual winners of eight no-cost bike lockers at the Bellmore train station. Unveiled in time for spring, the bike lockers will encourage the use of a clean method of transportation for those traveling to and from the train station.
“These eight bike lockers will give our residents added incentive to use two wheels instead of four, providing a pollution-free method of getting to work and a great way to get your heart pumping,” said Murray. “Whether you work nearby or take the train to Manhattan, you can rest assured that your bicycle will be safe and sound in one of these new bike lockers.”
The lockers – each of them 4 feet tall, 6 feet long and 3 ¼ feet wide – were provided to the town by the New York State Department of Transportation. They are located along Pettit Avenue, just west of Bedford Avenue in Bellmore. 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.
“I am proud to partner with Supervisor Kate Murray to provide these bike lockers for public use,” said Bonilla. “By offering a safe place for commuters to lock up their bikes, we are encouraging residents to choose cleaner methods of getting to and from work.”
The Town of Hempstead has been accepting entry forms for the lottery since January, with all residents given an opportunity to win one of eight no-cost bike lockers for a one-year period. The lottery was administered by the Town Clerk’s Office.
“The new bike lockers are part of our town’s endorsement of healthy lifestyle choices for our residents,” stated Cullin. Councilman Hudes added, “Aside from the health benefits of bike riding, the new bike lockers will encourage neighbors to leave their cars at home, reducing air pollution and traffic congestion.”
“Bicycling is healthy and a ‘planet-friendly’ alternative to driving a car,” concluded Murray. “We’re excited to be offering the free use of new bike lockers at the Bellmore Train Station for our commuters.”