Zagster Begins Winter ‘Hibernation’ After Successful First Season in Rochester

(Monday, Oct. 30, 2017) — Mayor Lovely A. Warren and Zagster, Rochester’s bike share system owner and operator, announced today that the  program will close its inaugural season Wednesday on a high note. The program attracted more than 8,000 riders and logged more than 22,000 trips since it launched in July.

“We couldn’t be happier with the response from our community and the performance of Zagster in its first season of bike share in Rochester,” said Mayor Warren. “We can now head into the winter hibernation season with a renewed sense of confidence that bike share is here to stay in Rochester and will be even more successful when Zagster returns in the spring. I want to commend Zagster for this tremendous first impression and thank the many sponsors who have contributed to the success of this program. Bike share is an important part of our efforts to create more jobs, safer more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for our citizens.” 

“The strong utilization is the result of not only our convenient model melding dedicated stations with the flexibility to start and end rides at any public bike rack, but also the fact that Zagster worked closely with the City, bike groups and civic leaders to ensure the program took root in the community from day one,” said Zagster Director of Growth Strategy Adrian Albus. “We look forward to further expanding the program next spring.”

Zagster will begin its winter hibernation Wednesday by removing bikes from city streets. In preparation for the return of bike share on April 1, Zagster and the City will engage the community to determine how best to improve and expand bike share and recruit additional sponsors to join one of the most successful bike share programs in the United States. 
The initial positive response will be helpful as Zagster and the City work to expand the system next season. The program launched July 20, with 340 bikes spread across 46 stations. The average ride lasted 21 minutes, and the vast majority of riders rated their experience as overwhelmingly positive.

According to data compiled by Zagster, the first season ridership translates to a total of almost 4 million burned calories; more than $63,000 of incremental spending Downtown; and 9,120 fewer single-occupancy car trips for a diversion of 3,100 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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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 programs in 35 states across North America and specializes in making bike sharing available in areas where traditional 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

News Media:
For more information about the City, contact Press Officer Jessica Alaimo at 428-7135
For more about Zagster, contact Zagster communications manager Jon Terbush at 617-681-4914 or email jterbush@zagster.com
 


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Zagster Expands Senior Management Team to Continue Driving Rapid Growth

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (October 30, 2017) — Zagster, the nation’s leading provider of bike share systems, today announced the addition of two senior team members who bring with them robust experience overseeing core functions for global brands. Paul Martel joins as Vice President of Operations, and Tim Alborg joins as Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, adding depth to a strong leadership team focused on accelerating Zagster’s national expansion.
 
Martel comes to Zagster with over 20 years of operations leadership experience, including the past three years as a Regional Operations Manager for Google Express and, prior to that, seven years in senior leadership roles in fulfillment and operations at Amazon. He also spent a decade in medical products manufacturing and pharmaceutical distribution at Cardinal Health. Martel earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy, went on to become a Harrier pilot and officer in the United States Marine Corps, and later earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Loyola University of Chicago.
 
Alborg was most recently Public Policy Manager for Lyft, where he oversaw political and policy strategy for Lyft markets and developed, organized and managed Lyft’s government affairs network. Prior to Lyft he founded and ran a political consulting firm after years as an executive with both the California and the Georgia Democratic Party organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Georgia State University.

The hirings come on the heels of Zagster launching its 200th bike share program. Zagster operates more programs than any other U.S. bike share provider, putting shared bikes within reach of more than 6.5 million city residents, business employees, and college students across 35 U.S. states.
 
“The addition of Paul and Tim is reflective of our torrid growth this past year and the opportunity we see in front of us,” said Zagster co-founder and CEO Timothy Ericson. “Cities increasingly are turning to Zagster to provide flexible, sustainable and fully-managed programs. Tim’s experience and relationships with city and state governments, and Paul’s experience in bringing complex operations to scale, are a perfect fit for us as we look forward to expanding Zagster to more people in more places.”
 
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 with a focus on making bike riding a truly mass market phenomenon. Zagster’s on-bike locking technology offers riders the freedom and flexibility they want, and cities the security and predictability they need. 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 Surpasses 200 Bike Sharing Programs

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (October 25, 2017) — Zagster, the nation’s leading provider of bike share systems, has surpassed a critical milestone with the launch of its 200th bike sharing program. More than 6.5 million city residents, business employees, and college students across 35 U.S. states are now within reach of a Zagster bike.

All told, Zagster now powers more bike sharing programs in more cities, states and towns than any other U.S. bike share provider. In the last quarter alone, Zagster launched more than a dozen new programs, including Winston-Salem (N.C.), Penn State University and Rochester, N.Y.

Rochester in particular was a landmark launch for the company. With Rochester, Zagster rolled out a number of new features to increase bike sharing adoption, including a revamped mobile app and a low-cost, usage-based pricing model starting at just $1 per 30 minutes (the same price as a bus trip). And after pioneering smart bike technology that for years has enabled point-to-point travel for mid-trip stops, Zagster began allowing riders to start and end rides at either dedicated Zagster racks or at any public bike rack throughout the city. This unique hybrid model offers an ideal blend of predictability and flexibility for riders while preserving order, safety and aesthetics for cities.

“The Zagster bike share program has been an enormous success in the City of Rochester, with over 20,000 rides in the first few months of service,” said Mayor Lovely Warren. “Zagster is reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, while increasing the health of our citizens and making our neighborhoods and Downtown more vibrant.  We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Zagster team to expand and grow the program over the coming years.”

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, bringing its total capital raised to date to $20 million. Zagster’s bike sharing programs have won local and national awards for innovation and impact. 
 


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Zagster CEO Timothy Ericson Named to Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” List

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (October 19, 2017) — Zagster, the nation’s leading provider of public and public/private bike share systems, today announced that its CEO Timothy Ericson is one of the Boston Business Journal’s 2017 40 Under 40 honorees. The annual award list, which spotlights the most successful young leaders in Greater Boston, received nearly 350 nominations this year. It’s the second “40 under 40” award for Ericson this week; two days ago, the Association for Commuter Transportation named Ericson one of the nation’s top 40 transportation leaders under 40 years of age.

“It’s an honor to be sharing the Boston Business Journal  award with the other business and community leaders, but this award reflects as much on me as it does on the team at Zagster and our bold mission to make the bicycle the most loved form of transportation,” said Ericson. “I want to thank my team and the BBJ for this wonderful recognition.”

The award comes amid 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.

"This is the Boston Business Journal's 20th year of recognizing 40-under-40 honorees, so the class this year has special meaning for us here at the BBJ," said Carolyn Jones, the Business Journal's market president and publisher. "We look forward to sharing all of honorees’ extraordinary personal stories and celebrating their achievements along with their coworkers, friends and family in October."

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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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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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