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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Wichita Joins National Bike Share Trend With Zagster

WICHITA, Kan. (May 4, 2017) — The City of Wichita will have a new transportation system starting May 4. BikeShareICT, sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and the Knight Foundation Fund through the Wichita Community Foundation, will make 100 cruiser bikes available for Wichitans to use for on-demand local trips from 19 stations throughout downtown Wichita.  

BikeShareICT leverages Zagster, a provider of city bike share programs around the country, to supply the bikes, bike stations, and the app that gives users access. Annual memberships are $30. College student annual memberships are $20. Riders can also borrow bikes for $3 per hour.

“We want to ensure everyone has access to safe and active transportation, and we want to revitalize our downtown to better attract and retain young talent. Bike sharing is a powerful tool toward both ends,” said Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell. “Now is the perfect time to begin bike sharing in Wichita, and Zagster is a perfect partner to help us achieve our goals,” said Longwell.

BCBSKS, the state's largest health insurer, is making an initial contribution of $194,000 to provide bikes and marketing support for the first year of the BikeShareICT program, with the intention of helping the program grow. "Throughout our 75 year history, we've made helping Kansans lead healthier lives one of our top priorities," said Andrew C. Corbin, BCBSKS president/CEO. "I commend Mayor Longwell, those at Health ICT and all those involved for making it happen. BCBSKS is proud to serve as primary sponsor for BikeShareICT and we look forward to helping grow the program,” said Corbin.

Becky Tuttle, Project Manager for Health ICT and Chair of the Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita, credits the collaborative funding partnership with making this new program possible.

“Health ICT and the Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita are extremely grateful for the generous contribution from BCBSKS and the Knight Foundation Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation to launch BikeShareICT.  Without this fantastic financial support, and the technical assistance from the City of Wichita, this amazing amenity in our community would not be coming to fruition. BikeShareICT will allow another safe form of active transportation in our community and we are excited to be a part of this opportunity to make our community healthier,” said Tuttle.

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About Zagster
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the leading provider of private and public-private bike-sharing systems in the United States. Zagster works directly with more than 150 communities in more than 30 states to make bike sharing available in areas where traditional bike-share providers can't reach. Its efficient business model allows the company to successfully deploy in multiple markets, including cities, suburbs, universities, commercial campuses and residential properties. Zagster manages all aspects of its programs — from bikes and technology, to maintenance and marketing — enabling Zagster’s partners to create and deploy scalable bike-share systems that best suit their communities. 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
Jon Terbush, Zagster communications manager
617.681.4914, jterbush@zagster.com

 


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