Zagster CEO Timothy Ericson Named Top Transportation Leader

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (October 18, 2017) — Zagster, the nation’s leading provider of public and public/private bike share systems, today announced that the Association for Commuter Transportation has named Zagster CEO Timothy Ericson to its “40 Under 40” list of top transportation professionals.

The ACT award recognizes “ambitious leaders who are working to find creative solutions to improve quality of life of commuters and the livability of communities.” For Ericson, that means guiding a company that pioneered smart-bike technology — an app-based model that reduces the cost and complexity of bike sharing — which enabled the service to reach new communities and riders. Today, Zagster operates more than 200 programs in 35 states — more than any other provider.

“It’s an honor to be recognized among my peers in transportation, and incredibly invigorating to see so many others dedicated to the same goal — vibrant, sustainable and efficient cities — as we are at Zagster,” said Ericson. “All of us know that the pathway to great cities runs through better transportation, and we’re committed to making Zagster and bike sharing a critical component of urban mobility in cities around the world.”

The selection of Ericson comes in a wave of growth and success for the bike sharing company. Last year, Zagster achieved 300 percent growth in implemented programs; 400 percent growth in deployed bikes; and 300 percent growth in staff. Earlier this year, Zagster closed a $10 Million Series B Round of Funding led by Edison Partners, a leading growth equity capital firm. The company also launched a new mobile app that simplifies and improves the overall user experience for the company’s 100,000 riders nationwide.

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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 operates more than 200 bike share programs in 35 states across North America and specializes in making bike sharing available in areas where traditional bike share providers can't reach. 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.

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

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


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Communities In Schools of PA Launches Harrisburg Bike Share With Zagster

HARRISBURG, Pa. (October 6, 2017) — Harrisburg Bike Share has launched its new program that will provide all Harrisburg residents and visitors with a convenient, affordable and healthy way to get around town.

93% of all proceeds will directly benefit local nonprofit, Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania (CISPA), the Commonwealth’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, serving nearly 50,000 students and their families.

“The Harrisburg Bike Share program is a community-wide effort to create a more cohesive city based on opportunity and growth,” said Ryan Riley, President and State Director of Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania. “Our organization serves students in and out of schools by providing the necessary resources for success. In a sense, we are doing the same for our city, and it will allow us to continue to help those children who are most in need.”

Program sponsors including the Dauphin County Commissioners, Strawberry Square, Harrisburg University, and Harrisburg Young Professionals. and CISPA will unveil the program at a press conference at Strawberry Square on Thursday, October 5 at 11 am. The event will include remarks from Riley, Brad Jones, President and CEO of Harristown Enterprises, the Dauphin County Commissioners, Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse and a representative from the Harrisburg Bike Share title sponsor, Highmark Blue Shield.

“We are very proud to be a part of this initiative. We believe many of our local citizens will enjoy the benefits of the program,” said Kathleen McKenzie, Vice President of Community Affairs for Highmark Blue Shield. “We have a long history of working with the City of Harrisburg, Dauphin County and many others that are here today.”

After the press conference, invited guests will take part in the Harrisburg Bike Share ceremonial ribbon cutting and inaugural bike ride using the Harrisburg Bike Share bicycles.

CISPA will outsource bike share operations through Zagster, a national bike share provider that powers more than 200 programs in 35 states. 55 Zagster cruiser bikes will be available at 11 stations. An annual membership costs $25. Pay as you go memberships cost $2 per hour for up to $20 per ride. Riders will be charged an additional overtime fee for keeping bikes over 24 hours.

Zagster makes it easy to grab a bike and go. Riders can view stations and bikes in the free Zagster app, available on the App Store and Google Play, or online at zagster.com/harrisburg. One tap in the app automatically unlocks the ring lock on the rear wheel, allowing a rider to get rolling in seconds. 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.


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Zagster Boosts Salem Bike Share for Wicked Fun in October

SALEM, Mass. (October 4, 2017) — As more than half a million people flock to Salem for the annual month-long Haunted Happenings Festival, the City of Salem and Zagster are temporarily expanding the bike share program in the city by 50 percent — including the addition of four custom-built “Wicked Bikes” costumed to complement the celebration.

The seasonally apt Wicked Bikes feature a deep black cauldron on the front, the business end of a broomstick on the rear rack, wood grain graphics, decorative spoke covers and motion-activated lights on the wheels. The Wicked Bikes will headline the Haunted Happenings Grand Parade tomorrow night (Thursday, October 5, at 6:30 p.m.) with Mayor Kim Driscoll leading the way.

“What better way to experience all the Haunted Happenings in Salem than on two wheels, zipping from event to event, filling the cauldron with goodies from our great retailers, and grabbing a bite at our awesome bakeries, restaurants and bars,” said Mayor Kim Driscoll. “We know that traffic can be wicked challenging, so adding more bikes to our fleet is one way we hope to make it easier for everyone to get around during the month.”

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Arguably the Halloween Capital of the World, Salem features dozens of events, concerts, parades, tours and other fun experiences throughout the month of October. This year’s festival will be the first since the launch of the Zagster bike share program, and the city and Zagster are boosting the number of bikes in anticipation of increased demand. The expansion raises the total number of bikes in the program to 54 for the month of October.

For those seeking to be speedy and spooky, the Wicked Bikes will make their debut on Thursday, October 5. Throughout the month, riders who use the hashtag #wickedbikes on selfies with the bikes will receive $3 in ride credits – and double credit if they are in costume. In addition, on the last two Saturdays of the month (October 21 and 28) between 1-4 p.m., Zagster representatives will dole out free candy to all trick-or-treaters who stop by the Blaney Street / Salem Ferry station.

“We wanted to not only support the city in its efforts to make it easier to get around, but also to be part of the incredible creativity and atmosphere of Haunted Happenings,” said Timothy Ericson, co-founder and CEO of Zagster. “Our Wicked Bikes will be wicked fun to ride, and we hope they will become part of the pageantry for years to come.”

A map of Zagster stations and more information about the bike share is available at http://bike.zagster.com/salem/

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 operates more than 200 bike share programs in 35 states across North America and specializes in making bike sharing available in areas where traditional bike share providers can't reach. 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.

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

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


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Zagster Bikeshare Program Off to Successful Start in Rochester

(Monday, Sept. 11, 2017) –The City’s first bikesharing program is off to a successful start based on statistics provided by Zagster, the company that operates the program. Launched July 20, the program quickly attracted riders and accommodated more than 6,000 trips in the first four weeks alone.

“It appears that Rochester has adopted the bikeshare concept wholeheartedly,” said Mayor Warren. “Bikesharing is a win for our city and a win for our residents, students, workers and tourists. It reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, while increasing health and making our neighborhoods and Downtown more vibrant.”

“By every metric, this bikeshare has had a phenomenal debut,” said Zagster CEO Timothy Ericson. “We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with the City of Rochester and to further engaging with the broader community over the coming years to expand the program’s size and scope, reduce barriers to entry, attract more riders and build this into an even stronger, more vibrant service.”

To date, Zagster bikes in Rochester have attracted 6,000 riders who’ve logged more than 12,500 rides. The average ride lasts 25 minutes and the average rider takes 1.5 rides. There about 900 new riders per week, and 67% of riders rate their experience a ten out of 10.

Usage is heaviest Downtown, with the weekends being the busiest rental days. Riders are 55.5% male, 44.5% female and ridership is highest among 28-29 year olds.  

According to data compiled by Zagster, these statistics translate to a total of 1.32 million calories burned, $31,000 of incremental spending Downtown, 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide saved and 4,000 fewer single-occupancy car trips.

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News Media: For more information, contact Press Officer Jessica Alaimo at (585) 428-7135 or Zagster Communications Manager Jon Terbush at (617) 681-4914 or jterbush@zagster.com.


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Zagster’s mBike Bike Share for the University of Maryland and The City of College Park wins ACT National Award

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (September 7, 2017) — Zagster, the North American leader in public and public/private bike sharing, today announced that mBike — its bike share program for the University of Maryland and The City of College Park — has won the Association for Commuter Transportation’s National Award for Commuter Options: Bicycling. Bestowed annually, the award recognizes an exemplary program, policy, or service that advances creative commuting options in the biking space and that is “focused on improving the quality of life of commuters, the livability of communities, and economic growth of businesses.”

Launched in May 2016, the mBike program was intended to provide easy access to biking and its many benefits; to fill gaps in the local transportation system; and to give people an easy way to get to and from the Metro, as well as around campus, all without increasing cars on the roads. The program has since proven to be wildly successful, notching more than 24,000 rides in under a year and, due to strong demand, expanding in multiple phases including, most recently, into the neighboring municipality of University Park.

Unlike other programs in which riders must drop off bikes at designated stations for every stop, one of the most popular and distinguishing features about Zagster programs is that the built-in lock on every bike gives users the freedom to ride as long as they want, wherever they want. This hybrid model, which blends dockless locking for mid-trip stops with fixed station locations for beginning and ending rides, allows users to plan their trips around their destinations — and not around station locations.

“This award furthers Zagster’s reputation as a proven provider of bike shares tailored to achieve the unique goals of communities everywhere,” said Zagster CEO Tim Ericson. “We are honored to receive this recognition, and are eager to continue striving toward our mission to make biking the most loved form of transportation — for commuting, for errands and for the fun of it.”

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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 operates more than 160 bike share programs in 35 states across North America and specializes in making bike sharing available in areas where traditional bike share providers can't reach. 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.

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

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


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Zagster Adds Former Wayfair Executive Nicholas Malone as CFO to Drive Continued Growth

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (September 5, 2017) — Zagster, the nation’s leading provider of public and public/private bike share systems, today announced it has strengthened its senior leadership team with the hiring of Nicholas Malone as Chief Financial Officer. 

Malone joins Zagster with more than 20 years of experience in finance, management and leadership roles. Most recently, he served as Chief Administrative Officer and Treasurer of Wayfair, a billion-dollar Boston-based e-commerce company. He was also Wayfair’s CFO for more than 8 years, and in 2013, the Boston Business Journal honored Nick with its CFO of the Year Award.

“As Zagster evolves rapidly from a high-growth startup into a national brand, we’re continuing to make investments in our executive team,” said Zagster CEO Timothy Ericson.  “Over the last two months we launched an average of nearly three new bike share programs every week — including a milestone program in Rochester, New York, which represents our largest bike share to date.  With his proven track record of driving rapid growth as Wayfair’s CFO, Nick is exactly what we wanted in our CFO. I’m confident he’ll prove instrumental in helping us further scale Zagster’s tremendous growth in the coming years.”

Malone joins a leadership team bolstered in recent months by the hiring of several experienced professionals in corporate strategy, marketing, legal, and human resources whose backgrounds include leadership of high-growth companies, publicly-traded enterprises and iconic brands including Zipcar, Spotify and Brightcove. 

The expansion of Zagster’s leadership team comes on the heels of a banner year for the company. In 2016, Zagster achieved 300 percent growth in implemented programs; 400 percent growth in deployed bikes; and 300 percent growth in staff. Earlier this year, Zagster closed a $10 Million Series B Round of Funding led by Edison Partners, a leading growth equity capital firm. The company also launched a new mobile app that simplifies and improves the overall user experience for the company’s 100,000 riders nationwide. 

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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 operates more than 160 bike share programs in 35 states across North America and specializes in making bike sharing available in areas where traditional bike share providers can't reach. 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.

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

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


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Transportation Services and Zagster to bring bike share to Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (August 23, 2017) -- Penn State Transportation Services and Zagster, Inc. have announced the launch of a new bike-share program that will provide Penn State students, faculty, staff, and visitors with a convenient, affordable, and healthy way to get around campus.

The program will launch with 85 bikes across 17 stations for members to use for on-demand, local trips. Student memberships will be available for $25 per year for the first year of the program. Faculty/staff memberships will be $35 per year, while community members and regular campus visitors may purchase an annual membership for $50. Single-use rides for non-members will also be available for $3 per hour. Riders must be 18 or older to use Zagster bike share.

Zagster is the largest and fastest-growing bike-share provider in the United States. Zagster operates more than 190 bike share programs in 35 states across North America and specializes in making bike sharing available in areas traditional bike share providers can't reach.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Zagster, the industry leader in campus bike share programs, to bring another great alternative transportation option to the University Park campus,” says Cecily Zhu, alternative transportation programs coordinator for Transportation Services.

Zagster 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.

Unlike big-city bike shares, in which riders must drop off bikes at designated stations for every stop, the built-in lock on every Zagster bike gives users the freedom to ride as long as they want, wherever they want. This hybrid model, which blends dockless locking for mid-trip stops with fixed station locations for beginning and ending rides, allows users to plan their trips around their destinations — and not around station locations.

Zagster bike share is expected to launch on campus before the end of August.


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Zagster Again Named Best Place to Work by Boston Business Journal

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (June 27, 2017) — Zagster, the nation’s leading provider of public and public/private bike-share systems, has for a second-straight year been named one of the “Best Places to Work” by the Boston Business Journal. For the past 15 years, the BBJ has recognized the city’s best employers based on actual employee feedback about office environment, work-life balance, job satisfaction, advancement opportunities, management, compensation and benefits.

In 2016, Zagster placed seventh overall for a company of its size in the BBJ rankings. Outside magazine also honored Zagster last year on its list of the nation’s “Best Places to Work.”

This latest recognition comes on the heels of a year of exponential growth for Zagster across multiple business metrics, including 300 percent growth in implemented programs; 400 percent growth in deployed bikes; and 300 percent growth in staff. In January, Zagster closed a $10 Million Series B Round of funding led by Edison Partners, a leading growth equity capital firm. Also this year, the company launched new mobile app that simplifies and improves the overall user experience for the company’s 100,000 riders nationwide.   

“We are excited to have built such a great team of people who are passionate about our mission of making the bicycle the most loved form of transportation,” said Zagster CEO Tim Ericson. “We’ve strived to create a dynamic and supportive culture where people can grow both personally and professionally, and this award reflects that commitment.”

Zagster is making significant progress in its mission to spread the joy of bicycling by increasing access to bikes. In a recent survey of 3,500 Zagster riders across the country, two-thirds of respondents said access to bike sharing improved their quality of life, while 62 percent said they feel more connected to their community because of bike sharing. More than half indicated that Zagster was their only access to a bike, and 92 percent said Zagster was a good investment in their communities.

In the first 6 months of 2017, Zagster launched or expanded more than 30 bike share programs across North America serving cities, universities, corporate campuses and real estate properties.

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 operates more than 160 bike share programs in 35 states across North America and specializes in making bike sharing available in areas where traditional bike share providers can't reach. 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.

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

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


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Medical Center and College of Medicine gear up for new Zagster bike share program

HERSHEY, Pa. – A new bike share program is making it easier, healthier and more fun to navigate the campus of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

The Medical Center and College of Medicine partnered with bike share company Zagster to provide employees and students free access to 30 bikes that can be checked out by smart phone. Each bike has a unique number which riders enter into the free Zagster app to obtain a single-use code that unlocks the bike. (Alternatively, riders can obtain unlock codes via text message.)

Distributed among six stations, the bikes offer a transportation alternative to the campus shuttles or personal cars for people travelling the 552-acre Hershey campus. Bike riding can contribute to employee wellness, ease traffic congestion on campus and help reduce the organization’s carbon footprint.

Membership in the bike share program is free for anyone with a Penn State Health email address. The bikes are free to use for up to two hours, with a $3 per hour charge after that. For those without a Penn State Health email address, a one-time, $5 registration fee is charged to sign up. Learn more at zagster.com/hersheybikes.  

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—including the local bike trails and paths connected to the medical campus or even around Hershey. The Hershey Bike Share 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. Each bike is also equipped with automatic lights and other safety features.

“Our hope is that staff and students will use the bikes to get around our sprawling campus and also to access the many wonderful restaurants and shops in the community,” said Dr. A. Craig Hillemeier, dean of Penn State College of Medicine, CEO of Penn State Health, and Penn State’s senior vice president for health affairs. “Research shows that riding a bike is good for our physical and mental wellbeing but quite honestly, I bike because it’s fun.”   

Zagster will manage all aspects of the bike share program, including technology and bike maintenance, in partnership with In Gear Cycling & Fitness in Hummelstown.

The Medical Center provided free helmets to the first 200 staff and students to sign up. Additional helmets are available for $29.99 at the Medical Center’s Penn State Store.

Zagster is the leading provider of private and public-private bike-sharing systems in the United States, operating more than 150 programs in more than 30 states. More information about Zagster and its programs can be found at 

About Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Founded in 1963 through a gift from The Milton S. Hershey Foundation, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a leading university health center located in Hershey, Pa. The 548-bed Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a provider of high-level, patient-focused medical care. Annually the Medical Center admits 29,000 patients, accepts 1 million outpatient visits, receives 72,000 emergency room patients and performs 30,000 surgical procedures. As a Magnet designated hospital since 2007, Hershey Medical Center employs caregivers who are dedicated to excellence and achieving superior patient and community outcomes. The Hershey Medical Center campus includes Penn State College of Medicine (Penn State’s medical school), Penn State Cancer Institute and Penn State Children’s Hospital—the region’s only children’s hospital.


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