The fast-growing free ride service Qwik Ride, which has been transporting passengers through Long Island’s downtowns in suped-up golf carts since last year, is coming to Bay Shore.
“We really look for areas that have the busiest downtowns,” said Qwik Ride’s director of sales, Paul Llobell, on the company’s latest expansion.
The service will launch this Friday, Feb. 8, in Bay Shore, with two carts that hold six passengers each. The goal is to add more vehicles for the busier summer months.
Residents may be familiar with the street legal Polaris Gem E6s carts because they made a brief appearance in October, when the Budweiser Clydesdales came to town.
“We feel that we can make a positive impact, especially on the merchants,” said Llobell.
After seeing the benefit of the service in other areas across Long Island, Bay Shore business owners are welcoming Qwik Ride with open arms.
“We have seen how great it works in Patchogue and think it will be a tremendous asset in downtown Bay Shore,” said Mike McElwee, an owner at Local Burger Co., T.J. Finley’s and The Penny Pub. “It allows us to connect the train and marina to Main Street, as well as being a huge help bringing people from hospital to the downtown.”
The Qwik Ride company, owned by longtime friends Dan Cantelmo and John Yancigay, was founded in Patchogue in May and expanded to Huntington in September, soon followed by Northport and Port Jefferson.
The company indicates it has given over 9,000 free rides in those 9 months.
Like Uber and Lyft, the ride can be hailed via an app.
Qwik Ride encourages users to tip their drivers.
where they will take you
Qwik Ride carts will be driving passengers to the following:
North to south: Union Avenue to the Great South Bay (marina and ferries).
East to west: Southside Hospital to Fifth Avenue.
You can see the hours of operation here.
To download the app, click here.
Top: Qwik Ride cart wrapped in Local Burger Co. advertisement. (Courtesy)