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Jul 5, 2019 12:01 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Bike Share In Southampton Village Looks To Expand Into Westhampton Beach

Patrick O'Donoghue and Chris Dimon at the Pedalshare station at Agawam Park in Southampton Village.    DANA SHAW
Jul 9, 2019 12:32 PM

A bike share company that was established in Southampton Village last summer may soon roll out in Westhampton Beach.

The owners of PedalShare, lifelong Southampton residents Chris Dimon and Patrick O’Donoghue, are exploring other areas of the South Fork where they want to set up their bikes.

PedalShare is the East End’s first and only bike share company that has five stations throughout Southampton Village and 20 available bikes. A similar model to Citi Bike, a bike share in New York City and Jersey City, riders can unlock a bicycle from an app on their phone, use it for as long as they wish and return it to any station.

The bike share has attracted more than 300 users in its one year of operation.

“We want to create mobility. That’s the whole idea,” Mr. Dimon said. “It’s something that, I think, personally, is a good mode of transportation for those first-mile, last-mile trips.”

Mr. Dimon pitched the idea of bringing PedalShare to Westhampton Beach at the Village Board’s June 19 work session, and village officials were in favor of the proposal. Mayor Maria Moore and board member Brian Tymann were absent from the meeting, but Deputy Mayor Ralph Urban said the two of them were supportive of the concept as well.

Officials said that PedalShare needed approval from the Village Board to use village property for the stations and possibly a formal agreement. Owners need to discuss logistics with the village, like the location of stations and any restricted streets. They said they are open to any ideas, but hope they can mimic the model they have in Southampton Village.

Mr. Dimon said at the meeting that they have spoken with Ari Goodman, president of the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce, to come up with suitable locations in the village to put stations. They suggested Lashley Beach, Rogers Beach, the Westhampton train station, the Village Green and the Chamber of Commerce building off Main Street on Glovers Lane.

“I think the idea is great,” board member Stephen Frano said at the meeting. Board member Rob Rubio suggested that the owners submit an application for a use of village property.

Mr. Dimon said that it would take them between four to six weeks to start up a new network in Westhampton Beach. In Southampton, it took about three months to roll it out because of necessary approvals and meetings.

The two men also began exploring the idea with Southampton Town officials, and have received some interest from other local municipalities as well, they said. Mr. Dimon and Mr. O’Donoghue operate the business on their own, keeping track of their bikes daily and making sure they are evenly allocated between stations. They said they may look into hiring other employees if substantial expansion happens.

For the owners, PedalShare is a second job. Mr. Dimon owns Safe Hampton Childproofing, a Southampton-based pool fencing company that he started 10 years ago, and is a partner in Hamptons Circuit, an electric shuttle company formerly called Hamptons Free Ride. Mr. O’Donoghue is a bartender at Le Chef in Southampton Village.

They began seeing other bike shares throughout the country and thought it was a good idea to introduce it locally, especially because the beach is near many downtown areas.

“Austin has a similar program, a couple of places in Florida have it, and it just makes sense,” Mr. O’Donoghue said. “Parking-wise, you know, beach permits are expensive. A lot of people can’t even get them because they’re not from here.”

They are currently seeking sponsors to support PedalShare’s expansion into Westhampton Beach.

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No way should this company use the area of dune rd in Hampton Bays to promote this crazy idea..stay in Westhampton and s village.
By watchdog1 (542), Southampton on Jul 8, 19 5:18 PM
New York has Citibike. Paris has Velibe.The East End has PedalShare!

This is a great idea, hatched by locals, that will allow more visitors to come by train and bike to the beach. No added vehicle traffic. In the long run, this business will most likely provide summer employment-as Chris's other businesses do.

Bravo, Chris & Patrick!
By Draggerman (941), Southampton on Jul 9, 19 10:15 AM
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