Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone left the car at home Monday morning and opted for his bicycle and the bus to promote Car Free Day Long Island.
The result: a two-hour trip from Babylon to Hauppauge. Along the way, Bellone got in his exercise, dodged some traffic and met a fan on a Suffolk County Transit bus.
Bellone said he wanted to remind people that there are alternatives to cars.
"We want to encourage people to think beyond cars, where possible," he said.
Wearing khakis, a blue button-down shirt and a blue and black helmet, Bellone set off on his 21-speed Trek mountain bike about 7:15 a.m. at a brisk pace, with his spokesman Justin Meyers and a reporter trailing...| read more ››