William Cook has driven back and forth to the Bellmore Train Station for the last 20 years.
"I work as a consultant in Manhattan, the Bellmore resident of 24 years said. "I was so tired of trying to find a parking space every morning."
Well, Cook no longer has to look for places to park his vehicle because he will be riding his bike to the train station. He was one of eight people who won the Town of Hempstead's Bike Locker Lottery on Monday.
Cook won a free bike locker to use at the Bellmore Train Station for one year.
"This is awesome," Cook said.
Town Clerk Mark Bonilla, Councilman Gary Hudes and Councilwoman Angie Cullin randomly picked the names of the winners in front of the Bellmore Train Station on Monday.
Bonilla said that the bike lockers will encourage the use of an environment-friendly type of transportation to those traveling to and from the Bellmore Train Station.
"By offering a safe place for commuters to lock up their bikes, we are encouraging residents to choose cleaner methods to get to and from work," he said.
The Town of Hempstead has been accepting entry forms for the lottery since January and 12 people submitted entries. Those who entered did not have to be Bellmore residents.
The lockers, provided by the New York State Department of Transportation, will be located on the north side of the tracks at the Bellmore Train Station. They will fit a standard bicycle and protect it from damage, theft and bad weather.
The eight winners are:
- David Gallagher
- Dan Loisell
- Michael Freudenberg
- Hayley DiChiara
- William Keller
- Margaret Sarsfield
- Jared Hatcliffe
- William Cook