Bike Share For Properties: The Significant Upside of a Distinctive Amenity

For cities, bike shares are transportation infrasturure. For real estate properties, however, bike shares are more than that — they’re unique amenities that add enormous value and entice great tenants.

That’s because with transportation preferences shifting nationally toward shared and on-demand modes of transit — a majority of all Americans, and two-thirds of millennials, prefer to live and work where they don’t often need personal cars — bike shares are increasingly desirable add-ons for commercial and residential properties alike.

So what do property-based bike shares look like? And how can interested real estate owners and managers bring these alluring amenities to their properties?

For the answers to those questions and more, check out Zagster’s recent webinar on the subject. You’ll hear from Bradley Ericson, Zagster’s sales manager for real estate, as he walks through all the basics of bike sharing for properties and how Zagster designs and operates impactful programs for properties nationwide.

You can access a recording of the webinar, as well as supplemental informational materials, by using the form embedded below.

Introducing the New and Improved Zagster Mobile App

The best part of bike sharing is riding a bike; we just made that easier.

We’re constantly upgrading our products and services to ensure our customers have the best possible bike shares. And today, we’re affirming that commitment with the launch of the Zagster mobile app version 2.0.

With additional features and a redesigned interface, the new version of the app improves the entire experience of riding with Zagster. Enhanced instructions simplify the processes of enrolling in Zagster programs and borrowing bikes, while a slick new skin streamlines navigation to make the app more intuitive and user-friendly than ever.

Users can join Zagster in seconds:

Search for and join a bike share system: 


A fast interface makes checkout a breeze:

This is the first significant overhaul of the Zagster mobile app — but it won’t be the last. And that’s a good thing!

At Zagster, we treat bike sharing as a service — not a product. We're always making iterative improvements based on user feedback and delivering regular upgrades to all our customers at no additional cost.

These updates are something that no other bike share provider does, and they are one of the main reasons why Zagster is the nationwide leader in bike sharing.

So head here to download the new app, and then get out there and ride!

Zagster Brings Accessible Bike Share to Westminster, Colorado

Accessible bike share, powered by Zagster

What does an accessible bike share look like? It looks a lot like what Zagster is launching today in, Westminster, Colorado.

Though our standard cruiser bikes work well for most of the people in the communities we serve, there are still some would-be bike-share users who are physically unable to ride them. So in addition to the 32 cruisers we’ve deployed to Westminster, the Westminster bike share also features eight accessible bikes — three handcycles and five cargo trikes — to ensure a more equitable, accessible bike share for all.

Zagster is one of the only bike-share providers even capable of offering this kind of accessible bike share. Thanks to our nimble and flexible hardware, we can deploy trikes, handcycles, and tandems to our stations to meet our partners’ unique demands. As a result, we boast accessible bikes and accessible bike shares all over the country.

Most recently, we earned high praise for bringing an accessible bike share to College Park, Maryland. In the words of one satisfied user of that bike share: “To suddenly have access to a new technology that so many others take for granted is akin to being granted a door to another world.”

The process for borrowing these accessible bikes is no different from how riders check out any other bikes in our fleet. In terms of utilization, however, the accessible bikes offer a wider range of uses for a wider pool of users.

“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.”

The goal of all bike shares is to make cycling accessible. At Zagster, our goal is to make bike sharing itself more accessible. The launch of an accessible bike share is Westminster is just one more example of how we’re working to realize that goal of bike sharing for all.

To learn more about Westminster's accessible bike share, head here.

To read the full press release about Westminster's accessible bike share, head here.

Zagster Launches Pedal Corvallis Bike Share


Want to pedal Corvallis, Oregon, but don’t have a bike? Then you’re in luck, because starting today, Zagster is making 33 cruiser bikes and two trikes available for everyone in the Corvallis community to ride wherever they want, as long as they want. The new bike share — aptly named Pedal Corvallis — is a joint partnership between the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments (OCWCOG), the InterCommunity Health Network Community Care Organization, and Zagster. And though Pedal Corvallis is just getting rolling, OCWCOG is already exploring ways to expand the system through collaborative sponsorships to build it into an even bigger, better bike share to meet the anticipated demand.

“In a community that already values biking, this will only enhance our community’s commitment to a healthy lifestyle and environment for everyone,” said Corvallis Mayor Biff Taber.

Indeed, Corvallis is a truly bike-friendly city, which makes it a perfect place for a bike share like Pedal Corvallis. The city boasts a rare Gold-level ranking with the League of American Bicyclists, and it features 46 miles of bike lanes that cover 98 percent of its arterial roads. It’s no surprise then that a recent survey found that roughly one-quarter of residents regularly commute by bike — the highest percentage in the nation.

We envision Pedal Corvallis boosting ridership even higher by making it easy, affordable, and convenient for everyone in Corvallis to get on a bike and, well, pedal Corvallis. Life’s better on a bike. And with Pedal Corvallis, the City of Corvallis — already a great cycling city — is now even better, too.

For more information about Pedal Corvallis, head here.

To read the full Pedal Corvallis press release, head here.

Successful Local Bike Sharing: A Q&A With Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard

Small-scale, local bike sharing works — and our system in Carmel, Indiana, is a perfect example of how to do it right.

Read the case study: Successful local bike sharing in Carmel

Which is why we were proud to participate in this year’s annual Conference of Mayors, held June 24-26 in Indianapolis, with an opening night ceremony in Carmel. Hundreds of mayors from across the country had the opportunity to see local bike sharing in action as we staffed a special bike-share station at that kickoff gala. The station offered up free rides to interested attendees, and served as a tangible indicator of the positive impact local bike sharing can have in any community.

But don’t just take our word for it: Here’s what Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard had to say about local bike sharing in Carmel when we spoke with him earlier this year.

This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity and length

Zagster: You personally use Zagster a lot. What do you think of it?

Mayor Brainard: I love Zagster. We need to expand, work harder on getting the business community to install stations, but we've got a good base and it's been a great product for us. The bikes are well-built, the technology works well and the public loves it.

Z: Why did you decide to partner with Zagster?

MB: We looked at many providers of bicycles and bicycle-share programs. What is unique about Zagster is the fact that the city doesn't have to have the huge capital investment with your system. We can work to install stations and grow the system in a partnership with community partners and not have the entire burden be on taxpayers.

Z: Did that make it more appealing than other bike-sharing options?

MB: Yes. Not only you can grow it incrementally, but you can grow it incrementally with partners. Emphasis on the partners — community partners, businesses, churches, neighborhood associations. Any institution in the city could add bike stations.

Z: What has been the program's biggest success to date?

MB: The amount of usage. We've had a lot of usage, a lot a bike riding. It's worked out very well for us. Z: How has Zagster improved the lives of Carmel's residents?

MB: We all need to get more active in this country. We have designed cities over the last 60 - 70 years where people aren't required to walk or get any exercise on a daily basis. We're trying to change that in this city by going back to the way we designed cities for centuries before the car came along. A bike share is one of many components to make a city like ours work well.

Z: How has local bike sharing impacted Carmel’s economy?

MB: Zagster has helped our economy in many ways. It’s made it a more fun place to visit, made it a better place for millennials that don't want to necessarily own a car and want to be able to have alternative transportation options. It's just made it more fun for our residents.

Everything we do to raise the quality of life, including creating a bike share with a great company like Zagster, helps make this a more competitive place. A better place.
— Mayor Jim Brainard

Z: And how has it impacted community health?

MB: You don't know how many 70- and 80-year-olds I've talked to who say, 'You know, I was overweight, and I'm getting out everyday now on the trail either walking or riding the bike, riding Zagster.' It really has made the community healthier.

Z: What’s the reception been like?

MB: People were excited about it. People move here because they like our bike programs. I was talking to one man on the trail not too long ago and he said, 'We lived in another suburb about 30 miles away, but found ourselves here every weekend for a variety of reasons, the bike share and trail systems being one of them.' Finally he said, 'Let's just move to Carmel.'

Z: Carmel consistently pops up on "best cities in America" lists. Did you see Zagster or local bike sharing in general as a way to stay ahead of the competition?

MB: Absolutely. It's all about competition. It's about city design. It's about what we do with what we have — and Zagster is a part of that puzzle.

Z: How so?

MB: Everything we do to raise the quality of life, including creating a bike share with a great company like Zagster, helps make this a more competitive place. A better place. It's not just always about getting jobs, it's about making sure it's a good place for the people who have chosen to spend their lives here.

Z: What would you say to other cities that are considering local bike sharing for themselves?

MB: I would encourage them to get bike-share programs. For all the reasons we've discussed: it's healthy for the community, it creates a sense of community, it’s alternative transportation, it saves money on building roads, it’s healthier and it’s just fun.

Z: What would you say to convince the skeptics out there that think that these types of programs are a waste of money?

MB:  Number one, I’d say the city spends very little on it because of the structure that Zagster has provided.

Z: So what's next?

MB: We're going to continue to redevelop our center core into a very walk-able city, built at five levels basically with bicycle facilities in every building and bike lanes seen basically everywhere in the community.

Zagster Brings Bicycle Sharing to Conference of Mayors

The future of bicycle sharing is headed to the U.S. Conference of Mayors. In fact, in a sense, it’s already there. That’s because the annual meeting takes place June 24-27 in Indianapolis this year, with opening night festivities in neighboring Carmel — one of Zagster’s many municipal bicycle sharing partners.

Read the case study on bicycle sharing in Carmel

Carmel’s thriving bike share already has 80 bikes and 10 stations. But to serve the influx of attendees, and to tout a key aspect of award-winning Carmel’s progressive transportation planning, Zagster is partnering with the USCM and the city to host a temporary bike-share station at Friday night’s kickoff gala at Carmel’s Palladium and Center Green.

All attendees will have the opportunity to take Zagster bikes for a free spin around the event. Our team members will be on site to answer any questions and to help get people rolling. And because bicycle sharing is becoming an expected amenity in cities of all sizes, we’ll have some succinct informational materials to distribute to everyone interested in bringing bicycle sharing to their communities.

We’re ecstatic about the opportunity to serve mayors from across the country and to show off Carmel’s lauded bike share. But don’t just take our word for it that bicycle sharing is going great in Carmel.

Our local partners hail the Carmel Bike Share as “very successful” and a “great program for the community.” And The Indianapolis Star, noting that we quadrupled our Carmel fleet in just one year while also expanding into the neighboring town Westfield, recently wrote that the program is “off to fast start.” It’s no surprise, then, that we’re already seeing interest in expanding the system yet again to the rest of the county.

“Everything we do to raise the quality of life, including creating a bike share with a great company like Zagster, helps make this a more competitive place,” says Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard. “A better place.”

We agree, and we hope everyone in attendance at the USCM’s annual meeting gets a chance to take a spin, see why bicycle sharing is all the rage in Carmel, and learn what bicycle sharing can do for their communities, too.

Collaborative Sponsorship: Local Bike Sharing's Funding Solution

Local bike sharing works for cities of all types and sizes — so long as they first have proper funding. And until recently, that financial roadblock prevented many municipalities from even considering local bike sharing as a feasible transportation option. Zagster is solving that problem. Through a public-private model of collaborative sponsorship, Zagster makes local bike sharing a reality for small- and mid-sized communities nationwide.

Watch the webcast: How to Secure Bike Share Sponsorship

So what is collaborative sponsorship? How does it enable local bike sharing? And how can it bring local bike sharing to your community?

The short answer is that collaborative sponsorship brings communities together to share the costs and benefits of local bike sharing. Anyone in a community — businesses, non-profits, property developers — can sponsor a bike share in return for branding opportunities. It’s a win-win for everyone: Sponsors see a visible return on investment, and communities get better for all their members — including those same sponsors.

For the longer answer, though, and for a complete guide to safe and scalable local bike sharing, check out our free webcast on collaborative sponsorships. (It’s pre-recorded, so you can watch any time.) In just a few minutes, you’ll learn everything you need to begin building or expanding a great bike share of your own. Plus, the webcast comes with handy reference sheets to walk you through the process.

Life’s better on a bike. And through collaborative sponsorship, we make local bike sharing possible so anyone, anywhere can experience that quality of life.

How Collaborative Sponsorship Solves Bike Sharing’s Funding Conundrum

Collaborative sponsorship lowers the costs and risks of bike sharing to make it viable for cities of all sizes to implement bike shares of their own. Though bike share was once prohibitively expensive for smaller cities, this model of private-public sponsorship enables these municipalities to harness community support to fund strong, successful, and cost-effective bike shares of their own.

But how does collaborative sponsorship work in theory? How does collaborative sponsorship work in practice? And why is collaborative sponsorship an ideal solution for cities with budgets insufficient to alone support bike sharing?

Join Zagster on Thursday, June 9th at 2 pm (EDT) for a free online workshop to learn more about this pioneering model and how cities of any size can benefit from it. This webinar is designed to guide participants through the various sponsorship opportunities and the challenges involved in building a collaborative network of bike-share sponsors.

How to Secure Sponsorship for Your Bike Share Thursday, June 9th at 2 PM ET

In this hour-long webcast, Zagster Head of Marketing Nate Taber will discuss:

● The benefits of collaborative sponsorship

● How to secure sponsors for a bike-share program

● Case studies of successful bikes shares utilizing this model

This webinar is intended for anyone actively exploring funding options for a municipal bike share, as well as anyone who would like to learn more about bike-share funding and collaborative sponsorship in general. We’ll discuss the bike-sharing industry’s move toward collaborative sponsorship, and how that model can work for any system — including yours.

Strong Communities Build Strong Bike Shares

Bike shares should be for everyone — not just big cities. Yet when bike shares first cropped up in the United States more than a decade ago, technological, financial and logistical demands confined them primarily to large metropolitan areas. We’re changing that paradigm.

“Zagster is focusing on bringing a solution that works for the rest of the country.” says CEO & Co-Founder Tim Ericson. “New York and Boston have a subway, but that doesn't mean Albuquerque or Fort Wayne need to put in that sort of infrastructure. That's where we fit in.”

Smaller cities don’t build mass transit like big cities, so why would they do the same when it comes to bike shares? Zagster's model enables these smaller communities to build bike shares tailored to their needs and, crucially, built within their means.

Watch the Webcast: How to Bring Bike Sharing to Your Community

One way we reduce bike sharing’s cost to cities — and taxpayers — is through a unique private-public funding structure in which local and far-flung entities sponsor systems. In exchange for their support, sponsors get to be associated with a positive community development and — through branding on bikes and stations — enjoy the exposure of their brand riding around town.

It’s not just bike-loving organizations backing these programs either. Zagster’s sponsors range from Fortune 500 corporations to local mom and pops. So while Zagster’s partners have brought on board cycling advocacy organizations, health care nonprofits and universities, we've also signed up museums, breweries, and even, in Lakeland, Florida, a church.

“Zagster allows mid-sized cities like Fort Wayne the opportunity to have the amenities of major metropolitan areas without the cost and complexity of bigger systems like those in Chicago and New York,” says Kathryn Gentz, a member of Leadership Fort Wayne.

Zagster believes that strong communities build strong bike shares. And to that end, the sponsorship model exemplifies civic engagement by allowing anyone and everyone in the community to be a stakeholder in the bike-share system.

Register below to watch a recording of our recent webcast: How to Bring Bike Sharing to Your Community

Zagster Celebrates Bike To Work Week By Recognizing Riders Who Bike At Work

Not everyone has the chance to bike to work — but with Zagster, everyone has the opportunity to bike at work. So to celebrate National Bike to Work Week, Zagster is spotlighting all the riders who use our systems during the workday to get out of the office and get around town.Zagster operates bike shares for leading companies such as Quicken Loans, General Motors, Samsung and Salesforce. These programs increase workforce health, happiness and mobility, all while saving businesses time and money.

Since this type of usage often goes unnoticed, though, all week Zagster encouraged riders to submit the reasons why they bike at work. Whether it's to grab lunch, reach meetings, or simply take mental breaks, there are myriad reasons to bike at work, and the submissions we received bear that out.

It's #BayStateBikeWk @ #cambridgediscoverypark!

— TheBulfinchCompanies (@BulfinchCos) May 19, 2016

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 Biking at Work at General Motors

Biking at Work at General Motors

 Biking at Work at Cambridge Discovery Park

Biking at Work at Cambridge Discovery Park

Introducing mBike: College Park’s bike share solution for the present — and future

College Park’s Terrapins can now move faster than ever.

That’s because today, the City of College Park and the University of Maryland debuted their expansive and highly anticipated bike-share program, mBike. With 120 cruiser bikes and five accessible bikes stationed around town — including at both Metro stops — mBike enables the entire community to move more efficiently around College Park and the region.

With mBike, Zagster affords College Park all the benefits of bike sharing at a fraction of the cost of other bike-share providers. And with the program already proving successful — initial plans called for 100 bikes, though that number increased prior to launch due to increased demand — College Park hopes to ultimately expand mBike into an integral piece of the region’s broader transportation 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.”

mBike exemplifies bike sharing’s ideal notions of reciprocal responsibility, benefit, and opportunity. Built in partnership between College Park, the University of Maryland, and Zagster, mBike brings together each party’s unique resources to reach a mutual end: Making it easier for everyone in the College Park community to get on a bike and ride.

“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.”

In other words, mBike is a win-win for everyone.

Read the full mBike press release here.

Successful Community Bike Sharing: A Case Study With Carmel, Indiana

Bike sharing has come a long way in the last decade, with the number of programs worldwide soaring from a few dozen to more than 1,000. Yet despite that monumental growth, bike sharing has for the most part been confined to major cities due to the burdensome logistical and financial demands of traditional bike-share models. We’re changing that paradigm. With tailored programs and unique public-private partnerships, we’ve brought bike sharing and all its benefits to smaller municipalities — communities like Carmel, Indiana.

Carmel is a perfect case study in how Zagster empowers communities of all sizes to implement bike shares of their own. In fact, it’s such a perfect case study we’ve produced a literal case study outlining how Zagster brought bike sharing to Carmel, and how the program continues to thrive.

Read the free case study: The successful community bike share

While other bike-share options proved too unwieldy or expensive, Zagster enabled Carmel to implement a smart, flexible, and cost-effective system that made the city a better place to live and visit. But don’t just take our word for it.

“I love Zagster,” says Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard. “It’s been a great product for us.”

So head over here to read the case study and learn how Zagster brought bike sharing to Carmel — and how it can help other cities get rolling with their own programs, too.

Study: Bike Sharing is the Safest Way to Ride

Here’s another reason to love bike sharing: It’s incredibly safe. That’s not just our stance either, but rather the conclusion of a new study that determined bike-share systems have seen exactly zero fatalities in the United States. What’s more, the study found that bike sharing nationwide has a lower accident rate compared to traditional urban cycling. That is, riding a bike share is actually safer than riding a personal bike.

The study, from the Mineta Transportation Institute, examined three large bike-share programs in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Minneapolis. In each system, the number of collisions per ride was lower than the regional collision rate. In the most remarkable case, D.C.'s Capital Bikeshare collision rate was 35 percent lower than the collision rate for traditional cycling.

Given the comparative experience of hardcore cyclists versus casual bike-share riders, that may come as a big surprise. So what’s going on here? The study proposed a few theories.

For one, bike shares typically operate in the densest urban areas where traffic is slowest, both de facto (traffic congestion) and by design (reduced speed limits.) The study specifically noted traffic speeds of 20-30 mph were reliably safe for cyclists. Moreover, drivers are at their most attentive in denser areas because of the higher rates of pedestrian activity. Understandably, more attentive drivers means safer spaces for cyclists.

Bike design also plays a role. Bike-share bikes are sturdier than average roadie wheels, with additional heft and wider tires making them exceptionally stable in urban environments where bumps and potholes are a constant threat. The beefier bike design also means slower speeds, while automatic, built-in lights — a typical feature of modern models — heightens visibility.

Then there’s a counterintuitive conclusion: Bike-share riders, despite their inexperience, are actually pretty good at riding bikes. That’s because they’re liable to know their limits and bike with extra caution compared to their more confident cycling peers, the study concludes.

Finally, there’s some evidence to suggest a “safety in numbers” phenomenon. That is, by increasing the number of bikes on the road, bike shares make biking safer for everyone. The study concludes the evidence on that front remains inconclusive, though it does not rule it out.

So there you have it. Would-be riders need not shy away from bike sharing simply because they think its dangerous. In fact, bike sharing is the safest way to ride.

How One Student Brought Bike Sharing to Duke — And Made a More Sustainable Campus

College students can save around $20,000 over the course of a four-year enrollment simply by ditching their cars in favor of alternative transportation, according to Forbes. Or to put it in terms the average college student will understand, those savings translate to roughly 154,000 packages of instant ramen noodles. Of course, subsidizing cheap calories isn’t the prime reason students should consider alternative means of travel. Rather, it's because alternative transportation offers a far more sustainable way for everyone in a college community to get on, off and around campus. Bike sharing, the newest entrant into the campus transportation landscape, is the most sustainable option of all.

That’s the point Zagster CEO and Co-Founder Timothy Ericson made in his keynote address to this year’s Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference Student Summit. Using Duke University as a case study, Ericson outlined how one student there — Duke Student Government President Lavanya Sunder — built from scratch a successful, effective program with Zagster’s help. Today, Duke’s bike share has 800 active members and is an integral part of the university’s transit network.

Zagster's experienced team is adept at launching and growing campus bike shares. We just expanded our Princeton program sixfold, and are preparing to roll out, in College Park, Maryland, our biggest campus network yet.

So if you’re passionate about campus sustainability, and want to learn more about bringing bike sharing to your college, get in touch. We’ll get you rolling.

For more information on planning a university bike share, read our Free step-by-step guide, available below


Zagster's Fort Collins Bike Share Builds on City's Sterling Cycling Culture

  Promotional poster for Zagster's Fort Collins Bike Share

Promotional poster for Zagster's Fort Collins Bike Share

As one of just five cities to hold a Platinum ranking from the League of American Bicyclists, Fort Collins was already one of the best cycling cities in the nation. Zagster just made it even better.

It's no joke. On April 1, Zagster, the City of Fort Collins, and Bike Fort Collins rolled out a highly anticipated new bike-share program featuring 79 bikes docked at 13 stations around the city. The program builds off the success of Fort Collins' existing bike library by extending the benefits and opportunities of cycling to an even wider community.

At Zagster, we couldn't be more excited to bring bike sharing to a community with such a deep passion for cycling. That passion is evident in the crucial support lent to the program by local businesses — Kaiser Permanente, New Belgium Brewing Company, Associates in Family Medicine, Odell Brewing Company and University of Colorado Health all came on board to get this bike share rolling. Kaiser Permanente in particular played an outsize role, as a grant from Kaiser Permanente Northern Colorado funded the research that led to the development of the Fort Collins Bike Share.

“Kaiser Permanente has a long-standing tradition of investment in the communities that we serve related to healthy eating, active living, education and community enrichment,” said Jason Tacha, executive director of operations for Kaiser Permanente Northern Colorado. “We are thrilled to continue our sponsorship of this successful project.”

That's not to downplay the importance of our other partners who, in addition to lending financial support, allowed us to slap some slick signage on our bikes.

New bike, meet @newbelgium. New Belgium, meet new bike. The Fort Collins Bike Share goes live tomorrow! #FCBikeShare

— Zagster (@zagster) March 31, 2016

Zagster now operates in more than 130 communities nationwide — and that number keeps on growing. So cheers, Fort Collins, on your brand new bike share. Now get on your bikes and ride.

More information about the Fort Collins Bike Share can be found in the official press release, or at

Webinar Recap: How to Bring Bike Sharing to College Campuses

 Bike share station placement on campus

Bike share station placement on campus

Building a first-rate campus bike share doesn't have to be difficult. Rather, it can be as easy as watching this short video about, well, building a first-rate campus bike share. Ok, so it's a little more involved than that. But in the video below — a recording of Zagster's webinar on planning, launching, and sustaining bike-sharing programs for colleges of any type and size — you'll learn all the basics you need to get started on your own program.

In the video, Zagster Head of Marketing Nate Taber explains how and why bike shares make for ideal transportation amenities on college campuses. For instance, did you know that installing a single new parking space can cost between $20,000 and $30,000? A complete campus bike-sharing program can get running for less than that while also servicing far more people on a daily basis.

Using Purdue University as a case study, Nate then outlines how Zagster implements flourishing bike shares for our college partners. To give you a sense of what we mean by "flourishing," since Zagster's Purdue program went live last August, students have offset 15,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions just by riding our bikes.

But enough about Zagster. On to the video.

Register below to watch our webinar on-demand. You'll also have access a handy checklist to success and a bike share FAQ. And if you have any further questions, our expert consultants are always available to chat.

Princeton University Expands Zagster Bike-Share Program Sixfold

 Bikes on Princeton's campus

Bikes on Princeton's campus

As of this week, Princeton University's bike-share program is bigger and better than ever.

Members of the Princeton community now have access to 60 bikes stationed across nine convenient locations around campus. The expansion represents a sixfold increase from the initial launch, in November of 2014, that brought 10 bikes and one station to the campus.

That kind of targeted growth exemplifies the scalable service Zagster offers to our partners. While traditional bike-share providers typically require large capital investments up front for blanket launches, Zagster allowed Princeton to start small and build out in a smart, sustainable manner.

"The significant expansion of bikes and locations is a reflection of the strong utilization of the existing program and of the demand for an even larger one," said Timothy Ericson, Zagster's CEO. "We've really just scratched the surface of what’s possible on campus and in the town."

Ericson is right. We are just beginning to see how widespread bike sharing can be not just on campus, but in the town of Princeton as well. And to that end, we're delighted that Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert announced last week the town's intent to bring bike sharing to the wider community later this year.

@PrincetonPacket @Princeton @WalkPrinceton Love that @zagster bike share is expanding and more to come!

— Liz Lempert (@lizlemp) March 16, 2016

@WalkPrinceton @christinphillip @zagster Princeton (the town) got grant to set up bike share. Look 4 expansion in late summer/fall! — Liz Lempert (@lizlemp) March 17, 2016

Stay tuned for more exciting news out of Princeton in the near future. And if you're at Princeton and want to get rolling with Zagster, head over here and sign up today.

You can read the full press release announcing Zagster's expansion at Princeton University here.

Become a Campus Bike Share Expert With This Easy Online Workshop


Building a college bike share may sound like a daunting task. Yet while roadblocks to that goal exist, they can easily be surmounted with the right preparation, planning, and persistence. So whether you’re a bike-savvy genius with a dream program in mind, or a budding eco-activist brand new to bikes, we’ve got you covered with our upcoming online workshop: How to Build a Bike Share On Campus.

When: Thursday, March 24, 2016 Time: 2 pm EST / 11 am PST

So what’s this about? And why should you care? Good questions!

Presented by Zagster’s Head of Marketing Nate Taber, the workshop will cover all the basics of bike-sharing programs: What they are, how they work, and what models work best in a campus environment. Digging a bit deeper, we will also explore why bike sharing fits perfectly into the campus ecosystem.

We will also discuss where Zagster fits within the broader bike-sharing landscape and explain how other colleges can launch successful, sustainable programs of their own. This includes an overview of the timeline for implementing a bike share — including key benchmarks before, during, and after launch — as well as a rundown of common challenges you may face — and how Zagster can help you overcome those obstacles.

A live Q&A session will follow the presentation.

You’ll leave this workshop with all the knowledge and confidence necessary to begin bringing a bike share to your campus.

From Anarchy to Order: The Evolution of Bike-Sharing

  A bike-sharing station in Beijing. China's bike share fleet is the largest in the world.    (Image: Daniel Case, via Wikimedia Commons )

A bike-sharing station in Beijing. China's bike share fleet is the largest in the world. (Image: Daniel Case, via Wikimedia Commons)

In the summer of 1965, a group of Amsterdam anarchists deposited 50 bicycles, all painted white, around the city for free public use. Known as the “White Bicycle Plan,” the scheme was bold, innovative, and creative; it was also a huge failure.

Scofflaws soon stole and vandalized the unlocked bikes. Police, unamused with the playful attempt at subversion, seized others for alleged violations. With its fleet decimated, the program collapsed, taking along with it the idea of bike-sharing.

The notion those Dutch radicals conceived lay dormant for three decades until a smattering of bike shares began to pop up, mainly in Europe, from the mid-1990s into the early 2000s. Yet growth was minimal and sporadic, with barely a handful of programs existing at the turn of the century.

Then, in 2007, the version of bike-sharing as we know it emerged.

While the Dutch were the innovators in bike-sharing, the French were the game-changers. Vélib’, Paris’ wildly successful program — it now has over 1,200 stations and averages more than 100,000 rides per day — launched in 2007 and immediately kick-started a wave of modern bike-sharing programs across the globe. China’s Hangzhou Public Bicycle, launched one year later, remains the world’s largest bike-sharing system, with more than 75,000 bikes in its fleet.

As for the U.S., Washington, D.C., in 2010, debuted what’s considered the nation’s first bike share. Other major American cities like New York City, Chicago, and Boston, soon followed suit. Between Vélib’s launch in 2007 and the end of 2012, there was a 700 percent global increase in bike-sharing services.

Yet despite that explosive growth, some still consider bike-sharing a fad. They’re wrong.

Bike-sharing isn’t growing in a vacuum, but rather alongside a shift in the way cities — and the people who live in them — view transportation. In today’s digital age, people want convenience and connectivity. Whether it’s the person who wants to take a leisurely ride, or the person who just wants to get to work on time, bike-sharing has been successful around the world at getting people from point A to point B. As a result, what began as a quirky, progressive amenity has quickly become a crucial component of multimodal transportation systems on every continent except, not surprisingly, Antarctica.

It’s no longer just progressive urbanites who use and love bike shares either. Bike-sharing has become so successful that smaller municipalities, corporate complexes, and university campuses are all now clamoring to launch their own systems. It’s a whole new wave of bike-sharing, one that’s extending the opportunities and benefits of such programs to a far wider range of communities.

That’s where Zagster comes in.

Zagster has helped hundreds of businesses, properties, and universities implement the kind of sustainable, all-inclusive bike-sharing programs that are increasingly central to the way we travel in the 21st century. And despite robust expansion, there’s still room to grow. In 2015, Zagster added nearly 2,000 bikes to the streets, and the company is set to roll out even more this year.

Many customers are already reaping the benefits of having a Zagster program, too. For instance, only a few weeks ago, the League of American Bicyclists awarded one of our customers, St. Louis-based MTM, Inc., with a Gold Bicycle Friendly Business designation.

Adding to the rosy outlook for bike-sharing, Congress is considering a bill, the Bikeshare Transit Act, that would create a federal funding source for bike shares in the U.S. Though the legislation faces long odds in Washington, it's a step in the right direction — and one Zagster wholeheartedly supports.

These are exciting times for the global bike-sharing movement. So as bike-sharing continues to grow, thrive, and evolve, Zagster will be along for the ride.

Contributed by Nick Ford