City to host forum to make Southold more bike-friendly
The Southold Town Council and Southold Transport Commission will hold a cycling discussion on Wednesday in hopes of making the town more bike friendly.
The aim of the event is to start a conversation between community members and city officials on how to make Southold more accessible to cyclists. City officials want to hear the opinions and comments of a wide range of people in deciding how to move forward with this business.
“We want community members to come forward,” said Sarah Nappa, city council member. “People who are avid cyclists or people who just like to go to the beach or whatever.”
According to Ms Nappa, various pedal-sharing companies have approached the city with requests to install pedal-sharing stations through Southold. Until recently, the board did not think this was appropriate due to insurance coverage and other logistical reasons.
However, as other towns in Suffolk County such as Hampton Bays and Southampton have started to successfully adopt pedal-sharing programs, the City Council is now exploring ways to bring it to Southold. According to Ms Nappa, the pedal-sharing company will be showcasing at the city’s next working session on November 16.
“It’s a great fit for North Fork,” said Ms. Nappa, who is also the transportation commission liaison. “It should be a community where people cycle around… Our hamlets are relatively close to each other and there is a lot to do within cycling distance so I think this is a good opportunity for Southold to watch right now. “
City officials hope to get as many views as possible, including local businesses. A concern and priority that will also be discussed at the meeting is making the roads safer for cyclists as well as making traffic easier.
If the event goes well, the transport committee plans to hold similar discussions in the future to continue working out how to address the needs and concerns of the community before committing to the project.
“I think it’s a great opportunity. Mrs. Nappa said. “It’s a good time for that with rising gasoline prices and people looking for alternative modes of transportation. Hope we can extend this to Southold Town.
The discussion will take place at the Southold Town Recreation Center at 970 Peconic Lane on Wednesday, November 10 at 7 p.m.