All three local Bike Shops talk about DecoBike (And they all seem pissed)

I don’t know if I read it somewhere or if somebody told me, but I had the belief that our three local Long Beach bike shops (Buddy’s Bikes, Long Beach Bicycle, Local Cycles) were all involved with DecoBike for maintenance and repair. Well, I just called them and asked if they did indeed have any involvement whatsoever. Here is what they had to say:

Local Cycles‎
307 West Park Avenue
Long Beach, NY 11561
(516) 390-7085

Nick over at Local Cycles: “I asked, but haven’t heard from them [DecoBike] in a while.” Nick then questioned whether or not it would work in Long Beach by the amount of bicycles that will be used. “Boston is a city of around 500,000 [617,594 according to the 2010 census] and they have 500 bikes in their bike rental system. Long Beach has 50,000 people tops in the summer and they [DecoBikes] are going to have 400 Bikes here? Those numbers just don’t add up.”  

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Long Beach Bicycle‎
755 East Park Avenue
Long Beach, NY 11561
(516) 432-9632

Rick over at Long Beach Bicycle: “Nobody ever contacted us. We don’t know how it will effect us.” 

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Buddy’s Bikes‎
907 West Beech Street
Long Beach, NY 11561
(516) 431-0804

Buddy over at Buddy’s Bikes: “I was never contacted. I would love to be on the boardwalk. I’ve been renting bikes for 35 years. I charge $15 for three hours. That’s peanuts. I had no idea about this deal. A friend of mine told me about it. I wish they gave me a chance. All three of us [bike shops] could have set up shop on the boardwalk, but they didn’t give us a chance at all.”

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So there you go. At this point, nobody knows what kind of impact this five year DecoBike deal will have on our local shops, so make sure we still support them for purchase, repair and parts.

 

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9 thoughts on “All three local Bike Shops talk about DecoBike (And they all seem pissed)”

  1. I have been a loyal customer of Buddy’s Bikes for years. Every bike I ever owned came from there and same for mother as well. The fact that the city did not approach a business for such a venture that has been here serving the Long Beach community for generations is just wrong. At least offer it to your local businesses first. They are the businesses who pay the rent, taxes, water fees, and sanitation fees. They employ people as well. Bike rentals on the boardwalk are a great idea however the local businesses should have the first chance at operating it.

  2. You have to wonder if the powers that be really have the best interests of Long Beach in mind when they push an initiative like this. It would appear to me that local government would partner with local merchants in order to promote commerce that creates a win-win outcome for all. Just the fact that an entity outside of Long Beach would be considered for such an endeavor, when there are 3 local Bike Shops in town speaks volumes of their true intentions.
    I have been a loyal Buddies customer for over a decade, sure I could go out of town and save a few bucks, but whatever happened to supporting local merchants. This is a disgrace. Buy/Rent Local, these folks are our neighbors and deserve our support.

  3. The person setting up DecoBikes in Long Beach is LIam Murphy, son in law of Noreen Costello.

    He said he contacted all three bike shops and offered to work with them.

    Someones lying and it ain’t our local bike shop owners.

  4. And I agree with them, this whole idea is stupid! If people want to rent a bike there are plenty of places to do so, as there has been for years.
    Whats next? Selling Vitamins on street corners? Is this why we put in a new administration?

  5. I remember last year that someone from the previous administration is a cousin or otherwise related somehow to Decobikes. That’s how it got started….. By the same so called officials who destroyed the Quiksilver event. The cement pouring, kiosks, bikes, etc. supposedly come with no cost to the city and the city will be paid 10% of the rental income. That being said, it still is a bad idea. Defacing our grassy medians, taking business from our long established bike shops, encouraging more out of town cars to park in residential areas (locals won’t be renting these bikes) are just a few negatives. Aside from making 10% on each rental, are there any positives?

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