Zagster Recognized in OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work 2016

Media Contact:
Jon Terbush
, Zagster communications manager
jterbush@zagster.com, 617-681-4914

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (November 16, 2016) – Zagster, the nation’s leading provider of public and public/private bike-share systems, has been named to OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work of 2016. One of only two honorees from Massachusetts, Zagster earned recognition for promoting active lifestyles — through perks such as reimbursements for fitness expenditures and new bike purchases — that "incentivize Outside’s core ideals of getting out, being active, and having fun.“

The award caps a banner year for Zagster that included impressive growth across multiple business metrics, including 150 percent growth in staff, 200 percent growth in unique customers and programs and 400 percent growth in the number of bikes deployed nationwide. In the past year, Zagster also opened a West Coast field office, in San Francisco; moved into a larger, amenity-rich headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts; debuted a landmark technology platform; and secured a first-of-its-kind national sponsorship deal with Zipcar.

In June, the Boston Business Journal named Zagster to its annual “Best Places to Work” list, placing it seventh overall for a company of its size. Zagster is also a finalist for BostInno's annual "50 on Fire" ranking of metro Boston's top innovators.  

Each year, OUTSIDE recognizes the top 100 companies in the United States that help their employees strike the ideal balance between work and play. These companies encourage employees to lead an active lifestyle, are eco-conscious, and prioritize giving back to the community. The complete list of Best Places to Work winners is published here.

“This year’s list of Best Places to Work highlights employers who go above and beyond for their staff,” said OUTSIDE Online Editor Scott Rosenfield. “Included are organizations that emphasis a healthy work life balance and promote, encourage and reward employees to live active and healthier lives.”

To create the best places to work 2016 list, OUTSIDE started by comparing employers to five core categories, reflecting the magazine’s values and focus: Adventure/Travel, Wellness, Culture, Gear, and Media. OUTSIDE then conducted a rigorous vetting process in partnership with the Best Companies Group to assess the policies, practices, and demographics of hundreds of companies.

Powered by employee workplace reviews and taking into account factors like corporate culture, job satisfaction, work environment and overall employee engagement, the Best Places to Work list represents only the top companies that are not only empowering but also encouraging their employees to live better, healthier and more active lives.

Methodology:
Companies from across the country entered the two-part survey process to determine the Outside’s Best Places to Work. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings.

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About Zagster
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the fastest-growing bike-share provider in the United States. Zagster works directly with more than 135 cities, universities, businesses and properties across North America to make scalable bike-sharing programs available in areas where traditional bike-share providers can't reach. The company’s goal: To make the bike the most loved form of transportation.

More information about Zagster and its programs can be found at  www.zagster.com

About OUTSIDE:
OUTSIDE is America’s leading active lifestyle brand. Since 1977, OUTSIDE has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. The OUTSIDE family includes OUTSIDE magazine, the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, The Outside Buyer’s Guides, Outside Online, the Outside Podcast, Outside Television, Outside Events, Outside+ for the iPad, Outside tablet edition, Outside Books, and Outside GO, a revolutionary, 21st-century adventure-travel company. Connect with OUTSIDE online, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

ABOUT THE BEST COMPANIES GROUP:
Best Companies Group works with national and local partners around the country and internationally to establish and manage “Best Places to Work,” “Best Companies,” and “Best Employers” programs on a national, statewide, regional and industry basis. Through its thorough workplace assessment, utilizing employer questionnaires and employee-satisfaction surveys, BCG identifies and recognizes companies who have been successful in creating and maintaining workplace excellence.


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Zagster Kicks Off Community Sponsorship Outreach Program to Fund Launch of Rochester’s Bike-Sharing System

ROCHESTER, N.Y.  (November 3, 2016) — Zagster, the company selected by the City of Rochester to manage its planned bike-sharing system, is seeking sponsorship and underwriting for the program throughout the greater Rochester area. Corporate, organization and individual sponsorships will support  what is expected to be a 250-bike system debuting in the spring of 2017.

The bike-share program will help Rochester provide healthy and sustainable transportation, and it will drive economic growth by making the City a more attractive place to live, work and visit. And as a unique out-of-home advertising opportunity, it will also provide sponsoring organizations with a visible return on investment in the form of physical (bikes, stations, signage) and digital (website, app) assets while boosting brand reputation through association with a positive community development.

Zagster is accepting sponsorship applications from all interested parties through Friday, December 2. More information about supporting the Rochester bike share can be found at zagster.com/sponsor-rochester.

“Bike-sharing programs are increasingly valuable components of transportation networks in cities of all sizes because of their ability to reduce congestion and parking demand, promote healthier lifestyles and spur economic growth,” said Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren. “We look forward to working with Zagster to engage our community partners to help us build a world-class bike-share network that further enhances our reputation as a bicycle friendly city, which helps us create more jobs, safer, more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities in our schools.”

In anticipation of the program’s scheduled launch, Zagster and the City have begun outreach to interested parties who recognize the civic, community and business value in bike-share sponsorship and who recognize the role a bike-share program plays in developing a vibrant city. The City and Zagster are seeking multiple sponsors for multiple levels of commitment, including a systemwide title sponsor and supplementary station sponsors. The City has already committed to sponsoring a station at City Hall, and encourages visionary organizations to join it in realizing bike sharing for the entire community.

Zagster will manage everything involved in Rochester’s bike sharing program, including hardware, software, maintenance, rider support and local promotion. Zagster bikes feature an app-based interface and the first Bluetooth ring locking technology used in North American bike-sharing to provide a simple, streamlined rider experience.

“Bike-sharing helps build strong communities and strong communities help bike-sharing programs thrive,” said Timothy Ericson, Zagster co-founder and CEO. “Zagster has proven experience building collaborative funding partnerships that unite communities around bike-sharing’s mutual benefits and goals, and we’re excited to begin that process here in Rochester.”

In cities like Rochester, Zagster has secured bike-share sponsorships from a range of sources — including businesses, nonprofits, civic organizations, real estate developers, museums and breweries, among others. That includes a robust sponsorship network of more than 30 local organizations in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

About Zagster 
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the largest and fastest-growing bike-share provider in the United States. Zagster works directly with more than 140 cities, universities, businesses and real estate properties across North America to make scalable bike-sharing programs available in areas where traditional bike-share providers can't reach. The company’s goal: To make the bike the most loved form of transportation.

More information about Zagster and its programs can be found at  www.Zagster.com

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Media Contact
Jon Terbush, Communications Manager
617.681.4914, jterbush@Zagster.com

 


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Evansville, Indiana, Launches Upgrade Bike Share

Evansville officials and representatives from numerous area organizations launched a city-wide bike sharing program today, called Upgrade Bike Share, at a press conference on the University of Evansville campus.

Beginning immediately, 70 cruiser bikes are available at seven stations across Evansville for members to use on demand. Anyone over the age of 18 can ride ad hoc for three dollars per hour, or by enrolling in a monthly or annual membership. Rides for members are free for up to one hour, then three dollars per hour after that.

Locations are as follows: University of Evansville campus, North Main Street, West Franklin Street, Downtown YMCA, Downtown Pagoda at the Evansville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Haynie’s Corner Arts District, and the Deaconess Sports Park on North Green River Road.

Evansville mayor Lloyd Winnecke; University of Evansville president Thomas Kazee; Welborn Baptist CEO and executive director Kevin Bain; and Don Jones, Evansville Area Trails Coalition president and UE’s vice president for marketing  and communications addressed the press conference crowd.

In attendance were members of the Changemaker Challenge teams from the University of Evansville, Memorial High School, and Central High School. The Changemaker Challenge is dedicated to launching the world’s next wave of social entrepreneurs and innovators. The competition, put on by the Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana at UE, began at the college level with UE students and was opened up to area high schools last year. The teams from Central and Memorial High Schools both proposed a bike sharing project separately and have since worked together on the project.

“The installation and launch of this program marks the culmination of a collaborative effort between an impressive network of individuals committed to the progress of Evansville,” said Winnecke. “High school students, college students, and leaders from city organizations large and small are all on the forefront of making ideas happen, and I continue to be inspired by how great Evansville is and can be.”

The Upgrade Bike Share program is fully funded by local sponsors including Deaconess Health System, St. Mary’s Health System, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, City of Evansville Department of Metropolitan Development, Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Welborn Baptist Foundation, and Meritain Health.

This initial network of seven stations and 70 bikes is expected to grow in the coming years. To become a member or for more information including a map of the stations, please visit http://bike.zagster.com/upgrade.

“Studies have shown that Americans want to bike more, but are held back by lack of access to bikes, and concerns about safe places to ride,” said Timothy Ericson, Zagster co-founder and CEO. “Evansville is addressing both of these concerns with Zagster and the investments the city has made in bike trails and other safe riding places. Now, there’s no reason not to get out and ride.”

Unlike other programs in which riders must drop off bikes at designated stations for every stop, Zagster’s programs give users the freedom to ride as long as they want, wherever they want. And because Zagster manages all aspects of its programs — from bikes and technology, to maintenance and marketing — Zagster partners can create and deploy scalable bike-share systems that best suit their communities. 

Riding Upgrade Bike Share is easy. Bikes can be found via the free Zagster Mobile App — available for iPhone and Android — or online at zagster.com/upgrade. Each bike has a unique number which riders enter into the app to obtain a single-use code to open the lockbox on the back of the bike. (Alternatively, riders can obtain unlock codes via text message.) A key, stored inside and tethered to the lockbox, allows the bike to be locked and unlocked throughout a ride. After the rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy.

Media contact for Zagster
Jon Terbush, Zagster communications manager
617.681.4914, jterbush@zagster.com

Media Contact for Evansville
Don Jones
812.488.2573, dj29@evansville.edu


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Zipcar and Zagster Launch Zipbike, the First National, Sponsored Bike-Share Program for Universities

Zipcar and Zagster Launch Zipbike, the First National, Sponsored Bike-Share Program for Universities

Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, and Zagster, the leader in campus bike sharing, today announced their partnership to launch Zipbike, the first national, sponsored bike-share program for universities. Zipbike aims to redefine campus mobility by accelerating access to, and adoption of, bike sharing at colleges and universities across the country.


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Zagster Expands National Footprint of University Bike-Share Programs with Launches this Fall from Texas to Maine

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (September 7, 2016) — As students across the country return to campus this fall, increasingly they are finding that their dorm rooms come with a set of wheels — two wheels, that is. With the launch of Zagster’s bike-share program at Dartmouth College, along with five other new or expanded bike-share programs in the past three weeks, Zagster offers bike-share programs on more campuses than any other provider. 

“Campuses are perfect places for bike sharing, and our fully managed programs enable universities to offer a healthy, convenient and environmentally friendly transportation option,” said Timothy Ericson, Zagster co-founder and CEO. 

The new systems bring Zagster’s collegiate footprint to more than 20 campuses in 14 states and Canada. From small private colleges to massive state schools, and from rural areas to some of the nation’s biggest cities, Zagster works collaboratively with universities to precision-build programs that best suit each campus’ setting, size and budget.

The latest round of Zagster partners includes West Chester University, in Pennsylvania; the University of New England, in Maine; Tarleton State University and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, in Texas; the University of Windsor, in Ontario, Canada; and Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire. In August, Zagster also expanded its program at Purdue University into the surrounding towns of Lafayette and West Lafayette, Indiana, due to robust ridership and popular demand.

Zagster’s university programs reduce congestion and parking demand, and alleviate transit strain. In addition, they provide a cost-effective alternative to other transit infrastructure, such as parking spaces — which cost, on average, between $20,000 - $40,000 per space — while serving far more users per day.

For students, Zagster offers a convenient, affordable alternative to car or bike ownership. Students have a 53 percent chance of losing personal bikes to theft, while bringing a car to college costs on average $20,000 over four years, according to Forbes. And as an app-based, on-demand service, Zagster is a perfect fit for today’s mobile-first, on-the-go students.


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Zagster Brings Bike Sharing to Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas. (August 26, 2016) — The City of Corpus Christi and Zagster, Inc. today launched an expansive new bike-share program that will provide all Corpus Christi’s residents and visitors with a convenient, affordable and healthy way to get around town.

Starting today, 40 cruiser bikes will be available at seven stations for members to use for on-demand, local trips. Riders — who must be 18 or older to join the program — can sign up for hourly, monthly or annual passes. Rides for monthly and annual members are free for the first two hours, and then three dollars per hour after that.

“We are very excited to launch the Bike Corpus Christi bike-share program, which will provide another convenient means to move customers around our downtown and provide an additional quality of life amenity to our residents,” said Terry Sweeney, executive director of the Corpus Christi Downtown Management District. “It’s great to be partnering with Zagster in this endeavor.”

Corpus Christi Downtown Management District (DMD), City of Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (CCRTA) will unveil the program at a kickoff ceremony on the Corpus Christi Marina Peoples Street T-Head at 9:30 a.m., Friday, August 26. The event will include a ceremonial ribbon-cutting with remarks from DMD Executive Director Terry Sweeney, Mayor Nelda Martinez and City Councilor Carolyn Vaughn.  Following the remarks, there will be a ceremonial ride on Zagster bikes around the T-Head.

The City of Corpus Christi, CCRTA and DMD provided funding to launch the bike share. Partnering with Zagster will allow the city to spearhead community outreach, connect with sponsors and bring on more partners to broaden the initial scope of the bike-share program.

“The joint effort to launch this program exemplifies the best of bike sharing in which multiple stakeholders come together to reach a common goal,” said Timothy Ericson, Zagster co-founder and CEO. “We’re thrilled to help Corpus Christi realize its goal of delivering a successful, impactful bike-share program to the entire community.”

Unlike other programs in which riders must drop off bikes at designated stations for every stop, Zagster’s programs gives users the freedom to ride as long as they want, wherever they want. And because Zagster manages all aspects of its programs — from bikes and technology, to maintenance and marketing — Zagster partners can create and deploy scalable bike-share systems that best suit their communities.

Riding Corpus Christi’s bike share is easy. Bikes can be found via the free Zagster Mobile App — available for iPhone and Android — or online at zagster.com/corpuschristi. Each bike has a unique number which riders enter into the app to obtain a single-use code to open the lockbox on the back of the bike. (Alternatively, riders can obtain unlock codes via text message.) A key, stored inside and tethered to the lockbox, allows the bike to be locked and unlocked throughout a ride. After the rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy.

Corpus Christi’s bike share features the Zagster 8, an award-winning bike known for its practical design, comfortable ride and easy handling. The bike includes a spacious basket that’s perfect for carrying groceries, takeout, or personal belongings. And because rider safety is a priority, every bike includes automatic lights, a bell and full reflectors.

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About Zagster
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the fastest-growing bike-share provider in the United States. Zagster works directly with over 130 communities across North America to make scalable bike-sharing programs available in areas where traditional bike-share providers can't reach. The company’s goal: To make the bike the most loved form of transportation.

More information about Zagster and its programs can be found at  www.zagster.com

About Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi is a coastal city located in South Texas on the Gulf of Mexico. It has a population of approximately 320,000, making it the eighth largest city in Texas. It is home to Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi Army Depot. The Port of Corpus Christi is the 5th largest port in the U.S. There are numerous projects underway transforming Corpus Christi, including $35 billion of port projects, a $1 billion new Harbor Bridge and more than $600 million of downtown projects.

Media contact for Zagster
Jon Terbush, Zagster Communications Manager Terry Sweeney
617-681-4914, jterbush@zagster.com

Media Contact for Corpus Christi
Terry Sweeney, Executive Director Corpus Christi Downtown Management District
361-882-2363, terry@cctexasdmd.com


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Zagster Begins Nationwide Technology Upgrade to Bike-Sharing Systems

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (August 15, 2016) — Zagster is setting a new standard for convenience and security in the bike-sharing industry with the rollout of an upgraded technology platform that features the first Bluetooth ring lock for a bike-share system in North America. The new platform simplifies the overall process for checking out, locking and riding a bike, making Zagster’s bike-share programs easier and more convenient for riders. Zagster partnered with AXA Bike Security, a subsidiary of Allegion, the largest lock manufacturer in the world, to develop the technology.

The Bluetooth-enabled ring lock is mounted to the bike frame and encircles the rear wheel. When engaged, the lock prevents the rear wheel from spinning or being removed. Two sturdy cables — one securely attached to each station dock, and one retracted inside each bike — connect to the ring lock, allowing riders to tether bikes to Zagster stations at the end of their trips, or to public bike racks for mid-ride stops.

By directly integrating the Bluetooth lock with the rider’s phone, Zagster bikes will be available at the touch of a button, a key benefit for today’s mobile-first riders. Because there are no detachable pieces that could be misplaced or misused, the new user experience is versatile, convenient and hassle-free. 

“We’re deploying this new technology platform across the entire Zagster fleet as part of our ongoing commitment to making our bike-sharing systems the easiest, most flexible and most convenient,” said Timothy Ericson, Zagster co-founder and CEO. “With our business model, customers get continuously new and updated technology — whether it is bikes, racks, apps or locking systems — ensuring that they always have the best systems.”

In addition to the new locking system, the new platform includes upgrades to the Zagster mobile app. A sleek new interface simplifies the rider experience, while an enhanced backend bolsters Zagster’s data analytics to optimize how the company tracks and measures bike-share use, helping its customers adapt and grow their bike-share programs.

“Our design challenge was to create a system that balanced the need for simplicity and usability with iron-clad security,” said Harmen Treep, director AXA Bike Security. “This new implementation of the ring lock technology meets both imperatives, and we’re looking forward to setting a new standard for bike shares in North America.”

Zagster is deploying the new technology onto 500 bikes across multiple markets this quarter for testing and feedback before a fleet-wide rollout in Spring 2017. When fully deployed, this will result in transformative upgrades that will improve the accessibility and usability of bike sharing for all of Zagster’s more than 50,000 members nationwide.

About Zagster

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is one of the oldest and fastest-growing bike-share providers in North America. 

Zagster powers more than 130 unique bike-sharing programs in areas where traditional bike-share providers can't reach, including college and corporate campuses, small cities and towns, and commercial and residential real estate developments. The company’s goal: To make the bike the most loved form of transportation in every community.

More information about Zagster and its programs can be found at www.zagster.com.

Media contacts for Zagster
John Williams, Scoville PR for Zagster
206-625-0075, jwilliams@scovillepr.com

Jon Terbush, Zagster Communications Manager
617-681-4914, jterbush@zagster.com


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Westminster and Zagster Introduce Inclusive Bike Share Program

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WESTMINSTER Colo. (June 30, 2016) — Already recognized as one of America’s best places to live, Westminster, Colorado just got even better with today’s launch of a bike-share program designed to provide the entire Westminster community with equitable access to a convenient, affordable and healthy way to experience the city’s renowned network of open space trails. “We’re proud of Westminster’s status as an award-winning community dedicated to sustainable living, and this bike share program, presented by St. Anthony North Health Campus, reinforces that sterling reputation,” said Recreation Services Manager Justin Cutler. “While users are free to use the bikes for a variety of purposes, the primary goal of this particular program is to encourage users to explore our celebrated parks and open spaces.”

Built in partnership between the City of Westminster and Zagster Inc., the nation’s leading provider of next-generation bike shares, the new system includes 32 cruiser bikes available at five stations. And because Zagster is one of the only bike-share providers capable of implementing accessible bikes, the system also features eight alternative bikes — three hand bikes and five trikes — to ensure a more equitable bike share for all.

“Just as we believe all communities can enjoy the benefits of bike sharing, we believe everyone within those communities can enjoy the benefits of bike sharing,” said Timothy Ericson, Zagster co-founder and CEO. “Westminster is a testament to both those ideals. We are thrilled to help make bike sharing a reality in this great city.”

Riders — who must be 18 or older — join the program by signing up for hourly, monthly or annual passes. Rides for hourly members are three dollars per hour; rides for monthly and annual members are free for the first hour and then three dollars per hour after that.

"St. Anthony North Health Campus is excited about our partnership with the City of Westminster and Zagster that helps us engage our community in providing resources to encourage healthy activities and active living,” said St. Anthony North Health Campus CEO Carole Peet. “Activities like riding a bike have been shown to improve overall cardiovascular health, joint motility and disease prevention."

Unlike other programs in which riders must drop off bikes at designated stations for every stop, Zagster’s programs gives users the freedom to ride as long as they want, wherever they want. Bikes can be found via the free Zagster Mobile App — available for iPhone and Android — or online at zagster.com/westminster. Each bike has a unique number which riders enter into the app to obtain a single-use code to open the lockbox on the back of the bike. (Alternatively, riders can obtain unlock codes via text message.) A key, stored inside and tethered to the lockbox, allows the bike to be locked and unlocked throughout a ride. After the rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy.

Westminster’s bike share features the Zagster 8, an award-winning bike known for its practical design, comfortable ride and easy handling. The bike includes a spacious basket that’s perfect for carrying groceries, takeout or personal belongings. And because rider safety is a priority, every bike includes automatic lights, a bell and full reflectors.


About Zagster Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the largest and fastest-growing bike-share provider in the United States. Zagster works directly with over 130 communities across North America to make scalable bike-sharing programs available in areas where traditional bike-share providers can't reach. The company’s goal: To make the bike the most loved form of transportation.

More information about Zagster and its programs can be found at  www.zagster.com

About Westminster Westminster, Colorado, population 113,130, is located in the northwest quadrant of the Denver metro area, halfway between Denver and Boulder. A full-service, award-winning city, Westminster is renowned for excellence in its development, parks, open space, and high quality of life.

Media contact for Westminster’s Bike Share Program Justin Cutler, Recreation Services Manager303-658-2211, jcutler@cityofwestminster.us

Media contact for Zagster John Williams, Scoville PR for Zagster206-625-0075, jwilliams@scovillepr.com


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Zagster Brings Bike Sharing to Corvallis, OR

CORVALLIS, Ore. (June 30, 2016) — Already one of the nation’s best cities for cycling, Corvallis, Oregon, just got even better with the debut today of a new bike-share program, Pedal Corvallis. Launched in partnership between the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments (OCWCOG), the InterCommunity Health Network Community Care Organization, and the nation’s leading bike-share provider, Zagster Inc., Pedal Corvallis provides all of Corvallis’ residents and visitors with a convenient, affordable and healthy way to get around town. “I’m delighted to welcome bike share to Corvallis,” said Corvallis Mayor Biff Taber. “In a community that already values biking, this will only enhance our community’s commitment to a healthy lifestyle and environment for everyone.”

Starting today, 33 cruiser bikes and two trikes will be available at six stations for members to use for on-demand, local trips. Riders join the program by signing up for annual, monthly or three-day memberships. Rides for members — who must be 18 or older — are free for the first two hours, and then three dollars per hour after that.

Corvallis Mayor Biff Traber will unveil the program at a kickoff ceremony at 2 p.m. today at the Downtown Transit Center. The event will include a ceremonial ribbon-cutting with remarks from Mayor Traber and Dr. Larry Mullins, chief executive officer of Samaritan Health Services, followed by an inaugural ride around Central Park.

“With bike lanes on 98 percent of its arterial roads and a community in which one-quarter of residents regularly commute by bike, Corvallis is a perfect place for a municipal bike-share program,” said Timothy Ericson, Zagster co-founder and CEO. “We hope riders embrace Pedal Corvallis and reinforce the city’s reputation as one of the most bike-friendly places in America.”

Partnering with Zagster has allowed OCWCOG to spearhead community outreach, connect with sponsors and bring on partners to broaden the initial launch of Pedal Corvallis. OCWCOG and IHN-CCO will continue local outreach and engagement to expand the program.

“We are excited to partner with the IHN-CCO and the city to bring bike share to Corvallis,” said Fred Abousleman, executive director, OCWCOG. “Pedal Corvallis is a healthy and affordable way to meet the transportation needs of our Medicaid members and community in general. We thank our partners for their vision and for making this program a reality and we look forward to expanding bike share across the region.”

Unlike other programs in which riders must drop off bikes at designated stations for every stop, Zagster’s programs gives users the freedom to ride as long as they want, wherever they want. And because Zagster manages all aspects of its programs — from bikes and technology, to maintenance and marketing — Zagster partners can create and deploy scalable bike-share systems that best suit their communities.

Riding Pedal Corvallis is easy. Bikes can be found via the free Zagster Mobile App — available for iPhone and Android — or online at zagster.com/pedalcorvallis. Each bike has a unique number which riders enter into the app to obtain a single-use code to open the lockbox on the back of the bike. (Alternatively, riders can obtain unlock codes via text message.) A key, stored inside and tethered to the lockbox, allows the bike to be locked and unlocked throughout a ride. After the rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy.

Pedal Corvallis features the Zagster 8, an award-winning bike known for its practical design, comfortable ride and easy handling. The bike includes a spacious basket that’s perfect for carrying groceries, takeout, or personal belongings. And because rider safety is a priority, every bike includes automatic lights, a bell and full reflectors.

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About Zagster Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the largest and fastest-growing bike-share provider in the United States. Zagster works directly with over 130 communities across North America to make scalable bike-sharing programs available in areas where traditional bike-share providers can't reach. The company’s goal: To make the bike the most loved form of transportation.

More information about Zagster and its programs can be found at  www.zagster.com

About Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments The Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments (OCWCOG), on behalf of the member governments, carries out a variety of local, state and federal programs. The majority of funding is provided by way of contracts to administer specific services. As an Oregon intergovernmental entity, OCWCOG can provide for, or on behalf of, its member governments any service that they are authorized to provide. Whether it is helping a business find appropriate capital, helping seniors and persons with disabilities plan for independent living, or coordinating local roads improvement priorities, OCWCOG offers these and many other innovative services to the local governments and residents of Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties. For more information about OCWCOG and its programs, visit www.OCWCOG.org; for more information about Pedal Corvallis, visit www.OCWCOG.org/pedal

Media Contact for Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments Fred Abousleman, Executive Director, Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments 541-924-8465, abousle@ocwcog.org

Media contact for Zagster John Williams, Scoville PR for Zagster 206-625-0075, jwilliams@scovillepr.com


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Zagster Brings Bike Sharing to Aurora, Illinois

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AURORA, IL. (June 29, 2016) — The City of Aurora and Zagster, Inc. today launched a bike-share program that will provide Aurora’s residents and visitors with a convenient, affordable and healthy way to get around town. The launch comes one month after the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the newly built protected bike lanes in Aurora that closed the last major gap in the 38-mile-long Fox River Trail — a trail now perfectly suited to users of the new bike share. Starting today, 18 cruiser bikes will be available at three stations for riders to use for on-demand, local trips. All three stations are located just off the Fox River Trail, making it easier than ever for everyone to explore the scenic route and see Aurora from a picturesque perspective.

Riders join the program by signing up for daily, monthly or seasonal passes. Rides for members — who must be 18 or older — are free for the first hour, and then just one dollar per hour after that.

“We are excited about this partnership with Zagster, Inc. that will benefit the Aurora community,” said Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner. “Aurora aims to be a bicycle friendly community and we take another step — or ride — in that direction through this Bike Share Program. Bike sharing will create new opportunities for bicyclists, families and every resident to experience Aurora from a different vantage point and see Aurora in a whole new light.”

Zagster’s model ensured a swift program launch, with the system going live one month after Aurora and Zagster finalized a contract. Zagster’s unique approach to public-private partnerships will also enable the City of Aurora to add local sponsors to grow the program in a scalable and cost-effective way to meet increased demand and expand service.

“According to the People for Bike’s national survey, 53 percent of Americans say they want to ride more, yet 48 percent say they don’t have access to a working bike,” said Tim Ericson, Zagster co-founder and CEO. “Thanks to Aurora’s investment not only in bike trails but also bike sharing, residents and visitors will now have the ability to get out and ride.”

Unlike other programs in which riders must drop off bikes at designated stations for every stop, Zagster’s programs gives users the freedom to ride as long as they want, wherever they want. And because Zagster manages all aspects of its programs — from bikes and technology, to maintenance and marketing — Zagster partners can create and deploy scalable bike-share systems that best suit their communities.

Riding Aurora’s bike share is easy. Bikes can be found via the free Zagster Mobile App — available for iPhone and Android — or online at zagster.com/Aurora-IL. Each bike has a unique number which riders enter into the app to obtain a single-use code to open the lockbox on the back of the bike. (Alternatively, riders can obtain unlock codes via text message.) A key, stored inside and tethered to the lockbox, allows the bike to be locked and unlocked throughout a ride. After the rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy.

Aurora’s bike share features the Zagster 8, an award-winning bike known for its practical design, comfortable ride and easy handling. The bike includes a spacious basket that’s perfect for carrying groceries, takeout or personal belongings. And because rider safety is a priority, every bike includes automatic lights, a bell and full reflectors. All Spoked Up, a bike shop in downtown Aurora, will perform routine maintenance and repairs on all the system’s bikes.

About Zagster Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the largest and fastest-growing bike-share provider in the United States. Zagster works directly with over 130 communities across North America to make scalable bike-sharing programs available in areas where traditional bike-share providers can't reach. The company’s goal: To make the bike the most loved form of transportation.

More information about Zagster and its programs can be found at  www.zagster.com

About the City of Aurora Located 35 miles west of Chicago, Aurora is the second largest city in Illinois with a population of 200,456. Aurora is known as the "City of Lights" because it was one of the first in the nation to illuminate its streets with electric lights. Situated along the Fox River and the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway (Interstate 88), the city extends 46 square miles encompassing Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will counties. Aurora also is home to six public school districts and seven townships. For the latest news, access to an archive of past news releases or to follow the city on Facebook or Twitter, visit the city's website at www.aurora-il.org

Media contact for Zagster John Williams, Scoville PR for Zagster 206-625-0075, jwilliams@scovillepr.com

Media contact for City of Aurora Clayton Muhammad Director Community Relations and Public Information 630-256-3360, cmuhammad@aurora-il.org


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Zagster Named Top 10 Best Place to Work by Boston Business Journal

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(June 24, 2016) CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Zagster, the nation’s leading provider of public and public/private bike-share systems, has been named a Best Place to Work by the Boston Business Journal in its 14th Annual ranking. The company placed seventh overall for a company of its size. Boston Business Journal each year recognizes the city’s best employers based on actual employee feedback and ratings on work environment, work-life balance, job satisfaction, advancement opportunities, management, compensation and benefits. This recognition comes on the heels of a year of exponential growth for Zagster across multiple business metrics, including: 300 percent growth in staff; 300 percent growth in unique customers and programs; and 400 percent growth in the number of bikes deployed nationwide. To meet the growing demands of bike sharing, and to accommodate for the surge in hiring, Zagster also in the last year opened a West Coast field office in San Francisco and moved into a new Cambridge headquarters.

“As our growth continues, we strive to make the workplace a dynamic environment that will keep our employees happy, passionate and energized,” said Tim Ericson, CEO of Zagster. “We’re honored to be recognized by Boston Business Journal for our efforts to create a great and vibrant workplace.”

Unlike other programs in which riders must drop off bikes at designated stations for every stop, Zagster’s programs give users the freedom to ride as long as they want, wherever they want. And because Zagster manages all aspects of its programs — from bikes and technology, to maintenance and marketing — Zagster partners can create and deploy scalable bike-share systems that best suit their needs and work within their budgets.

In the first five months of 2016, Zagster launched or expanded programs in eight cities, on three campuses, and at dozens of commercial and residential properties. All told, Zagster has more than 45,000 active riders utilizing thousands of bikes deployed to more than 130 bike shares nationwide. Zagster users have taken more than 217,000 rides — and counting.

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About Zagster 

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the largest and fastest-growing bike share provider in the United States. Zagster works directly with over 130 communities across North America to make scalable bike-sharing programs available in areas where traditional bike share providers can't reach. The company’s goal: To make the bike the most loved form of transportation. More information about Zagster and its programs can be found at  www.zagster.com.

Media contact for Zagster 

John Williams, Scoville PR for Zagster  206-625-0075, jwilliams@scovillepr.com


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Zagster Brings Bike Sharing to Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (May 6, 2016) — The City of Gainesville and Zagster, Inc. today launched Go Gainesville, an innovative bike-sharing program designed to give the city’s residents and visitors an easy, accessible and fun way to get around Gatorville. The program includes 16 cruiser bikes available at two locations for Zagster members to check out for on-demand, local trips. Riders join the program by signing up for annual or monthly passes. Rides for pass holders are free for the first hour, and then three dollars per hour after that.

Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe and other city officials will officially debut the program at a special ribbon cutting ceremony to be held at 5 p.m. in Bo Diddley Plaza during the city’s first “Free Fridays” concert of the season. The event is part of Gainesville’s broader kickoff for National Bike Month.

Unlike other programs in which riders must drop off bikes at designated stations for every stop, Zagster’s programs give users the freedom to ride as long as they want, wherever they want. And because Zagster manages all aspects of its programs — from bikes and technology, to maintenance and marketing — Zagster partners can create and deploy scalable bike-share systems that best suit their communities.

“Go Gainesville is further proof that bike sharing is a practical and powerful tool for cities of all sizes,” said Timothy Ericson, Zagster co-founder and CEO. “With Bike Month getting underway, now is the perfect time to get this program rolling — and to get more people riding bikes.”

Riding Gainesville’s bike share is easy. Bikes can be found via the free Zagster Mobile App — available for iPhone and Android — or online at zagster.com/gainesville. Each bike has a unique number which riders enter into the app to obtain a single-use code to open the lockbox on the back of the bike. (Alternatively, riders can obtain unlock codes via text message.) A key, stored inside and tethered to the lockbox, allows the bike to be locked and unlocked throughout a ride. After the rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy.

Go Gainesville features the Zagster 8, an award-winning bike known for its practical design, comfortable ride, and easy handling. The bike includes a spacious basket that’s perfect for carrying groceries, takeout or personal belongings. And because rider safety is a priority, every bike includes automatic lights, a bell and full reflectors.


About Zagster Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the largest and fastest-growing bike share provider in the United States. Zagster works directly with over 130 communities across North America to make scalable bike-sharing programs available in areas where traditional bike share providers can't reach. The company’s goal: To make the bike the most loved form of transportation.

More information about Zagster and its programs can be found at  www.zagster.com

About Gainesville Gainesville was incorporated in 1869. Gainesville is the largest city and county seat of Alachua County. It serves as the cultural, educational and commercial center for the north central Florida region. Gainesville is home to Florida's largest and oldest university, and is one of the state's centers of education, medicine, cultural events and athletics. Known for its preservation of historic buildings and the beauty of its natural surroundings, Gainesville's numerous parks, museums and lakes provide entertainment to thousands of visitors.

Media Contact for Gainesville Bob Woods, Communications Manager 352-393-8627, woodsrl@cityofgainesville.org

Media contact for Zagster John Williams, Scoville PR for Zagster 206-625-0075, jwilliams@scovillepr.com


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Zagster Says Bike AT Work During National Bike To Work Week

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (May 16, 2016) — Not everyone can bike to work — but everyone can at least have the opportunity to bike at work, especially if you work at one of the more than 100 buildings, corporate and college campuses, office parks and cities in which Zagster offers service. So to recognize and encourage ridership during National Bike to Work Week, Zagster is celebrating Bike At Work Week. Throughout the week of May 16-20, Zagster is asking its riders to say how they use Zagster bikes during the workday — to reach meetings, grab lunch, grocery shop or just take mental breaks and recharge. Users will caption pictures with their reasons for riding, and then either post the images directly on social media with the hashtag #bikeatwork, or email them to riders@zagster.com for Zagster to post. After reviewing all the submissions, the company will award shirts and special Bike At Work Week mugs to their favorite entrants.

Then on National Bike to Work Day, on May 20, Zagster will host local events with some of its top commercial partners, including General Motors, Quicken Loans and PNM Resources. At these events, Zagster partners will distribute swag, recruit new riders, and present users with whiteboards to record their reasons for biking while at work. Images of riders proudly displaying their whiteboard submissions will also be entered in the running for prizes along with other submissions gathered throughout the week.

Zagster is the nation’s leading provider of bike shares for businesses and commercial properties, with partners ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small local businesses, including Samsung, Workday, Intuitive Surgical, Irvine Company and JLL. Giving employees access to bikes on-site during the workday increases employee mobility and efficiency; improves workforce health and wellness; increases productivity; and reduces costs for other forms of transportation.

“We want to make the bike the most loved form of transportation, and our commercial partnerships are a great way to do that by getting more people riding during the workday,” said Zagster CEO and co-founder Tim Ericson. “Our programs promote happier, healthier and more engaged workplaces, which is a win for employers and their employees, too.”

Unlike other programs in which riders must drop off bikes at designated stations for every stop, Zagster’s programs give users the freedom to ride as long as they want, wherever they want. And because Zagster manages all aspects of its programs — from bikes and technology, to maintenance and marketing — Zagster partners can create and deploy scalable bike-share systems that best suit their workforces.

Riding Zagster’s bike shares is easy. Bikes can be found via the free Zagster Mobile App — available for iPhone and Android — or online at zagster.com. Each bike has a unique number which riders enter into the app to obtain a single-use code to open the lockbox on the back of the bike. (Alternatively, riders can obtain unlock codes via text message.) A key, stored inside and tethered to the lockbox, allows the bike to be locked and unlocked throughout a ride. After the rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy.

Zagster’s latest programs feature the Zagster 8, an award-winning bike known for its practical design, comfortable ride, and easy handling. The bike includes a spacious basket that’s perfect for carrying groceries, takeout or personal belongings. And because rider safety is a priority, every bike includes automatic lights, a bell and full reflectors.


About Zagster

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the largest and fastest-growing bike share provider in the United States. Zagster works directly with over 130 communities across North America to make scalable bike-sharing programs available in areas where traditional bike share providers can't reach. The company’s goal: To make the bike the most loved form of transportation.

More information about Zagster and its programs can be found at  www.zagster.com.

Media contact for Zagster

John Williams, Scoville PR for Zagster

206-625-0075, jwilliams@scovillepr.com


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Zagster Brings Bike Sharing to University of Maryland and College Park

College Park's mBike bike share

College Park's mBike bike share

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (May 4, 2016) — College Park, the University of Maryland and Zagster, Inc. today launched mBike, a bike-share program for students, faculty, staff, residents and visitors. With 120 cruiser bikes and five accessible bikes at 14 stations, including both Metro stations, mBike offers a convenient, affordable and healthy way for people to get on, off and around campus and the city.

Riders join the program by signing up for daily, monthly, six-month, or annual passes. Rides for members are free for the first hour, and then three dollars per hour after that. Though the plan originally called for installing 100 bikes, the initial launch was increased due to increased demand, and the city hopes to ultimately grow the program into a regional network.

“We’re moving College Park forward by providing easy access to biking and its many benefits,” said College Park Mayor Patrick L. Wojahn. “mBike fills gaps in our current transportation system, giving people an easy way to get to and from the Metro, as well as around campus, all without increasing cars on the roads.”

College Park Mayor Patrick L. Wojahn, University of Maryland Vice President of Student Affairs Linda Clement and Zagster CEO Tim Ericson will formally debut the program at a special ribbon cutting ceremony to be held at 3 p.m. at the Adele Stamp Student Union building. An inaugural ride with the mayor will follow the event.

The program was funded in part by a $375,000 state grant and through a unique partnership between the City of College Park and the University of Maryland.

“Biking is a healthy and enjoyable way for students, faculty, staff and community members to travel around campus and throughout the City of College Park,” said Linda Clement, Vice President of Student Affairs at UMD. “mBike will give our community easier access to all areas of campus, as well as local businesses and mass transit, all while improving traffic on campus.”

Unlike other programs in which riders must drop off bikes at designated stations for every stop, Zagster’s programs give users the freedom to ride as long as they want, wherever they want. And because Zagster manages all aspects of its programs — from bikes and technology, to maintenance and marketing — the city and the University are free to focus on their other priorities.

“The partnership between College Park and the University of Maryland is an ideal model for how multiple stakeholders in a local community can come together to fully realize the mutual benefits of bike sharing,” said Tim Ericson, Zagster co-founder and CEO. “They are showing that it’s possible to have big city amenities in a college town.”

Riding mBike is easy. Bikes can be found via the free Zagster Mobile App — available for iPhone and Android — or online at zagster.com/mbike. Each bike has a unique number which riders enter into the app to obtain a single-use code to open the lockbox on the back of the bike. (Alternatively, riders can obtain unlock codes via text message.) A key, stored inside and tethered to the lockbox, allows the bike to be locked and unlocked throughout a ride. After the rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy.

The mBike program features the Zagster 8, an award-winning bike known for its practical design, comfortable ride and easy handling. The bike includes a spacious basket that’s perfect for carrying groceries, takeout or personal belongings. And because rider safety is a priority, every bike includes automatic lights, a bell and full reflectors.


About Zagster Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the largest and fastest-growing bike share provider in the United States. Zagster works directly with over 130 communities across North America to make scalable bike-sharing programs available in areas where traditional bike share providers can't reach. The company’s goal: To make the bike the most loved form of transportation.

More information about Zagster and its programs can be found at  www.zagster.com.

About College Park Situated just minutes from the nation’s capital, the City of College Park is home to the University of Maryland and a wide variety of shops, restaurants, attractions and recreational opportunities. The City is comprised of over 30,000 residents that reside in diverse settings from quaint neighborhoods to luxury student housing complexes. With abundant transit options, beautiful parks and historic homes, College Park is certainly “A Smart Place to Live.” Media contacts Zagster John Williams, Scoville PR for Zagster 206-625-0075, jwilliams@scovillepr.com

City of College Park Steve Beavers, Community Development Coordinator 240-487-3541, sbeavers@collegeparkmd.gov

University of Maryland Kristen Seabolt, Communications Coordinator 301-405-4621, kseabolt@umd.edu


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