DecoBike Rolls Out Two-Wheelers in Long Beach

Bicycles start to appear at kiosk stations across the city.

Come Thursday, Long Beach will have about 265 more bicycles on its streets, each of them bearing the brand name DecoBike.

The Miami-based bike sharing-rental company on Wednesday started to install its two-wheelers at various kiosk stations throughout the city and beyond, from Shore Road at Pacific Boulevard to West Beech Street at Buffalo Avenue in East Atlantic Beach.

“Hopefully we’ll have all the bikes installed in all the locations by tomorrow," said Miles Mule, a Long Beach resident and DecoBike employee who manned the Edwards Boulevard boardwalk kiosk on Wednesday. "And this weekend we’ll have our grand opening."

While DeckoBike’s directory, featured on the credit card-only meters at each kiosk station, shows 16 stations dotting the city, the company plans to subtract one location but add others. “We’re looking to have 17 to 18 kiosk stations in all,” said David Silverman, a manager at DecoBike.

A kiosk that was originally planned for in the Canals neighborhood was nixed, since the facility's 7 p.m. closing time doesn’t comport with the company’s 24-hour service.

A few more kiosks still need to be built, including one on Riverside Boulevard at the and others along West Beech Street. When the program is fully operational by July 4, though, there will be 400 bikes in all, Silverman said.

The rental rates range from $4 for 30 minutes to $24 for eight hours. Long Beach residents can purchase a $20 monthly bike pass for unlimited 30-minute rides. Renters can pay only by credit card at the solar-powered meters.

Although the program was originally slated to start on Memorial Day weekend, it could extend into fall, depending on its success or lack of it this summer. “Weather permitting and depending on the response, the program could go into October and possibly November,” Silverman said.

Richard Chiemienti, a Long Beach resident, will manage the program, operating out of a mobile office located on Edwards Boulevard boardwalk. Bikes will be stored at a warehouse in Baldwin.

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Last summer, the to start and operate the citywide program. The contract includes corporate sponsorship and advertising, and the city will receive 10 percent of the company’s gross revenue and advertising incomes.

The original plan included 40 kiosks spread throughout the city, but in April the city and DecoBike agreed to amend the contract to reduce their number and relocate some from certain residential areas. This decision followed a slew of complaints from residents to city officials as DecoBike started to. Now just four kiosks are located in residential areas: Shore-Pacific, Grand Boulevard at West Park Avenue, Magnolia Boulevard at West Bay Drive, and Edwards Boulevard and Walnut Street.

Residents and city officials have also expressed safety concerns with the location of bike lanes that DeckoBike was contracted to install on city streets.

Bonifacio Diaz, DecoBike’s chief operating officer, said there are two types of lanes, which have already been installed based on what city officials believe are the safest locations: Oceanview, Grand, Magnolia, Edwards and Riverside boulevards, and the boardwalk, he told the Long Beach Herald:

“There are dedicated bike lanes and sharrow bike lanes, which you share the road with the cars. It all depends [on] the width of the street — which one do you accommodate if you have cars parked on one side if they open the door? So the city picked what streets they wanted the markings on, and we completely offered to pay and do the markings for them.”

* This story was updated and corrected at 4:53 p.m. on 6.28.12.

Gary June 29, 2012 at 09:30 PM
According to the NYS Health website, the helmet law is for those under 14 years of age. And I am pretty sure the Decobike signage states that you have to be 18 to rent.
mosco June 29, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Agreed. I can already imagine the drunks stumbling out of Blue Point renting bikes and then swerving through the roads drunk as a doorknob. Good for Decobikes though cause the drunks will probably abandon the bike somewhere and end up being charged who knows how much.
mosco June 29, 2012 at 09:49 PM
If it doesn't work, it doesn't work? Why is it a 5 year trial program?
mosco June 29, 2012 at 09:54 PM
I thought it was pretty damn funny "awesome"
mosco June 29, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Local cycles is kind of sleazy. That tattoo covered dude with pebbles for teeth who chain smokes was a real pleasure to deal with when I brought my bike in for a quick fix.
Lloyd June 30, 2012 at 09:53 AM
We were out bike riding on the east end of the boardwalk last night when a group of NINE, yes, count 'em, 9, Deco Bike riders passed us by with their lights on. We were shocked to see so many and all in one place. Maybe its a trend or just an abberation. Also we saw a large religious group having dinner on the boardwalk, complete wth tables, chairs, and waitress service all set up. They nearly blocked the entire width of the boardwalk and provided walkers and riders just a narrow path to get past them. It didnt bother me one bit as I assume they had a permit and paid Schnirman a few Sheckels for it. It did really annoy my far left, radical girlfriend who believes that granting a religious group a permit somehow violates the doctrine of Separation of Church/temple and State.
delete me June 30, 2012 at 10:07 AM
Reminder: Long Beach is a dense city. You can't slow it down. You can, however, smarten it up.
delete me June 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM
Blue Point agreed to the kiosk on their property. As far as the bikes staying within city limits, it turns out that the Long Beach police have no agreement to watch them, that its not in their interest to go chasing this property down at Marvel or wherever. That's not their jurisdiction. Not sure why DecoBikes volunteered our police to work for them.
delete me June 30, 2012 at 10:26 AM
This wasn't the current administrations doing and the push for it did not come from the West End bars nor any business in town. The backdoor was open from a former city employee.
LBLover June 30, 2012 at 10:52 AM
Who in LB wears a helmet?? It's looked at as uncool
Leonard Bauman July 01, 2012 at 01:42 AM
The religious group was CHABAD LUBAVITCH ultra orthodox jewish. No, they did not have a permit, nor did they have permission to have a party on the boardwalk and block passage on the boardwalk. You should have called the police to investigate.
Love This City July 01, 2012 at 01:52 AM
I passed by last night and saw the same thing. I assumed the police barriers weren't stolen and they must have had a permi for the dinner. Curiously, how do you know that they did not have a permit?
mosco July 01, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Wow. Using the term shekels because they are Jews. American Jews do not use shekels you ignoramus. They use dollars like you. American Jews are not from Israel or born there. Israelis use shekels. Not Americans. You also are insinuating they bribed Schnirman for a permit with their shekels. Your girlfriend should get her head examined as I cannot see how a group of Jews eating dinner on the boardwalk constitutes a violation of the doctrine of temple and state. They were eating dinner not praying. What if they were all atheists? Would that bother your girlfriend? Or what if they were vegan hipsters eating tofu? As long as they had the proper permit, whats wrong? Seems you and your girlfriend are anti Semitic. Perfect match.
mosco July 01, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Ah a self hating, anti religious Jew. Nothing better. How do you know they did not have a permit? The Long Beach Police patrol the boardwalk by car and motorcycle (yes I saw an LBPD motorcycle ride on the boardwalk one evening)throughout the night. I highly doubt they would have missed a bunch of table's with CHABAD LUBAVITCH ultra orthodox Jews eating dinner. There was a passage to pass on the boardwalk, albeit maybe not large enough but it was only temporary. What about the art festival's and other functions that take place on the boardwalk and are usually a whole day affair? Does that bother you as much? This was for a few hours and in the evening.
Jack July 02, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Would you prefer that no one owns or rides a bicycle in Long Beach? Or do you just need something, anything to complain about?
Jack July 02, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Would you prefer that the city get no revenue from people from out of town? I bet you do. People like you just like to complain. What else do you want to complain about?
Jack July 02, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Why should you possibly care? Or perhaps you have nothing else to do in your poor pitiful so called life but complain and complain?
Jack July 02, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Another Patch complainer. You can't complain about the revenue the city will get, so you complain about the length of the contract.
Jack July 02, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Another complainer - this time about revenue. Can't any of you have anything positive to say? Hey Mr. or Ms. open minded....can you find one thing positive to say?
Jack July 02, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Hey Time on our side.... You are without a doubt the biggest jerk and pompous fool writing comments here. Hey jerk, WHO CARES WHAT DECO BIKE'S FINANCIAL MODEL IS? Do you have an investment in that company or a competitor? Why should you possibly care how much or how little Deco make on bike rentals, unless of course you just want to prove how superior you are to everyone, while providing you with another reason to complain about something. I really wish you would shut your trap for a change. We have a positive addition to our city and don't need a pompous know-it-all jerk to find some reason to complain.
Jack July 02, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Hey V.P.R....what difference does it make "who in their right mind" would spend 4.00 for 30 minutes of bike rental. You would think that it was coming out of your pocket. Why should you care if someone buys a bike, or spends 10 million on rentals - it's not your money and none of your business. Or perhaps you have nothing better to do in your poor pitiful excuse of a life than to complain about something?
Jack July 02, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Why the label? Because you think those are yuppie bikes? Who made you the standard bearer of all things bicycle related? And did it ever occur to your stuff for brains that Buddy's does not have the capital or resources to operate a city-wide bicycle program? I don't know if they rent, but I can assure you that I have never seen them anywhere in the middle of town or in the East End. Or are you one of those working class hero jerks that think they are somehow morally superior to someone, just because they happen to do nothing more than rent a bicycle that you do not approve of?
Jack July 02, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Tell us Ralph, exactly what do you ride that makes you superior to anyone that rents a Deco Bike. I think most would agree that you are the pompous A'Hole, you lowlife jerk,
V. P. R. July 02, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Hey Jack your a CLOWN ! Get off the Patch and go rent a Deco -bike :-)
Jack July 02, 2012 at 10:31 PM
I have said this to everyone, and I will say it to you. Who cares how many bicycles people own? Who cares how much the rentals are? And you must be just like that lowlife Ralph to call people you do not know "yuppie a-holes" because they happen to rent a bicycle. Did it ever occur to your stuff for brains that maybe, just maybe, a family want to come to Long Beach and do nothing more than have some fun riding bicycles? And tell us exactly how you determined that these people are yuppies? I think you, just like Ralph, are the true a-holes here.
Jack July 02, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Thank you CharlieC, for finally, an intelligent and positive comment. But then comes mosco with another complaint. What is wrong with you people? Do you all just like to complain?
Jack July 02, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Why should you possibly care who will or will not rent a bike? Afraid of more cars? They are coming here anyway. Or perhaps you are just another in a long line of Patch complainers that needs to justify your existence somehow?
Jack July 02, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I guess you have to respond that way. I call it as I see it and you have no defense, and no rational response. Go ahead and complain some more, chump. I am sure we will all love to hear what you hate next.
LB Swimmer July 03, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Finally! A comment from someone that actually rented a bike and reviewed it. Thanks for a comment based upon actual experience instead of the negativity you see in these comments by chronic complainers.
brendan clancy July 04, 2012 at 04:40 PM
While walking the boardwalk the other night I also observed The religious group CHABAD LUBAVITCH eating dinner and the group of nine Decobike riders. I thought it was great that everybody was outside enjoying themselves on a beautiful summer night. I noticed the lights on the bikes very bright and could be seen from distance. I also noticed that all the people eating and riding the bikes were enjoying themselves, they will all have great memories. When I passed through the religious group eating on the boardwalk, I said to my friend this looks like so much fun I want to sit and join in. PS. Instead wasting time writing negative comments why don't you go rent a Decobike for an hour to see if you smile like the group of nine riders. Also, I am a Catholic, a persons religion is sacred to them.... if you have nothing kind to say about somebody else's religion then say NOTHING! and if you feel like you have to voice unkind words, then talk to yourself. Brendan 07/04/12


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