This week, Zagster continued its national rollout of bike sharing to great cities across the country. From Albuquerque, New Mexico to Carmel, Indiana, smaller cities are realizing that bike sharing is a great option for exploration, exercise, or just plain fun! Montgomery County is one of the most diverse, historic, beautiful and economically-vibrant counties in America. With its seven county parks, five historic sites and 60 miles of multi-use trails residents and visitors will now have an alternative way to explore the county.
As reported in The Times Herald article, this bike share program consists of 12 bikes: six in Oaks in the Lower Perkiomen Valley Park along the Schuylkill River Trail and six along the Penny Pack Trail in Lower Moreland.
“We couldn’t be more excited to launch this initiative in cooperation with Zagster today. I think we all recognize that a big part of our quality of life in Montgomery County is our parks, our trails, our open spaces,” said Commissioners’ Chairman Josh Shapiro.
Shapiro foresees this program being used by people who do not have bikes of there own, do not want to transport a bike to the trails and trail visitors who may decide in the moment to bike instead of walk.
“Increasingly, cities of all sizes are looking to bike sharing to not only address congestion, but also giving residents and visitors a fun, convenient and healthy way to get around town," said Timothy Ericson, co-founder and CEO of Zagster. “Our turnkey, low-cost model is perfect for these cities that want to increase access to bikes, without the cost and complexity of large, citywide bike sharing systems or managing the system themselves.”
Montgomery County intends on spreading the program beyond the two trails in the future.
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