Based on what I am reading all over Facebook, last nights City Council meeting was a bit of a letdown for Local Cycles, who apparently tried to convince the city on letting them win the bid on bike-sharing in Long Beach. That prize is going to a NYC-based company Social Bicycles (see REPORT: SOCIAL BICYCLES, A NEW BIKE SHARING PROGRAM TO COME TO LONG BEACH). There are reports on how Social Bicycles will work with Local Cycles, but details on that are not set in stone yet, if any.
In the meantime, I just want to send a shout-out to our three local bicycle shops. Spring is just around the corner and NOW is the perfect time to buy a new bike, or tune-up your existing one.
- Buddy’s Bikes Etc 907 W. Beech St, Long Beach, NY 11561
- Local Cycles (Facebook website) 307 W. Park Ave, Long Beach, NY, United States 11561
- Long Beach Bicycle (website) 755 East Park Ave., Long Beach, NY 11561
Support our local businesses. Sure, you can buy a really cheap and crappy bike at Walmart, but it’s going to be heavy, junky and will break down faster than you think. Plus, what about service? I bought my bicycle at Long Beach Bicycle over 5 years ago and the owner still recognizes me when I go there. Enough said.