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RFP Issued for Bicycle Concession at Cedar Creek Park

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano pursues bicycle rental facility at Seaford park.

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) Wednesday seeking the establishment of a bicycle rental concession at in Seaford.

The county is requesting proposals from all individuals and firms that have interest in managing and operating rental stations to provide bicycles as well as the repair and sale of bike equipment accessories at the park, which is located off Merrick Road. The RFP also seeks a bicycle rental concession at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, which has roughly 20 miles of paved bike paths.

“Recreational cycling has become increasingly more popular as it provides everyone with an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while taking part in a healthy activity,” said Mangano in a statement. “We are committed to providing residents and visitors with a wide range of recreational activities in our parks, and biking along Nassau County’s paths and trailways is a great way to enhance the experience.”

Mangano said prospective vendors must have a history of community involvement as well as extensive experience in the bicycle rental business. The successful bidder may also suggest additional locations in the Nassau County parks system for bicycle rental concessions, Mangano stated.

Cedar Creek Park is adjacent to a 4.5 mile paved bike path that runs along the Wantagh State Parkway before ending at Ocean Parkway. The New York State Department of Transportation has planned an additional 4.5-mile bike path to connect Ocean Parkway between the Wantagh Parkways and Captree State Park in the Town of Babylon.

Would a bike rental facility be a positive addition to Cedar Creek Park? Tell us in the comments. 

chelsea July 27, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Many signs state that there is no bike riding on the road in Cedar Creek Park but the rule is totally ignored and never enforced. Who will be at fault in accidents between a car and a rented bicycle on the road where bikes are not allowed? Can Nassau County be held liable for not enforcing their own rules? This could get interesting. IMO the rental agreement biker renters sign should include a provision stating that they are not allowed to ride on the road in the park.
Chris Wendt July 27, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Bicycle rentals are big business in Manhattan. You can rent in any number of places and drop off your bike miles away, and head home. For example, rent a bike in Battery Park, take a nice ride up along the Hudsonall the way to the GW Bridge, then down into Central Park, drop off the bike at Columbus Cirlce and take the subway to Penn Station and the LIRR. Helmets are mandatory for kids, including actually wearing them before hopping on their bikes. The bikes are equipped with bells, as well.
Kristine July 28, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Great idea! As a girl who rode to jones beach every day and an adult who doesn't have a bike, I hope to be a frequent customer!

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