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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Zagster Brings Bike Sharing to Carrollton, Georgia

CARROLLTON, Ga.  (February 3, 2017) — The City of Carrollton and Zagster, Inc. are today launching a bike share program that will provide the city’s residents and visitors with a convenient, affordable and healthy way to get around town.

Through a network of 10 stations located across the town, a total of 50 cruiser bikes will be available in the Zagster bike share program, providing members with access to bicycles for on-demand, local trips. Starting today, riders can pay per ride, or join the program by signing up for monthly or annual passes. Bike share members — who must be 18 or older — can check the bikes out for free for the first hour, and then pay three dollars per each additional hour of use.

Made possible by the partnership between the City, Tanner Health System, Southwire Company, the University of West Georgia, and Friends of Carrollton GreenBelt, the wide-reaching bike share program makes Carrollton a healthier and more bike-friendly community. With several stations located at the Carrollton GreenBelt’s trailheads, the bike share provides easier access to the 18-mile shared-use path — the largest paved loop trail in all of Georgia.

“With miles of greenspace to enjoy, Carrollton is a perfect place for bike sharing to thrive,” said Carrollton Community Development Director, Erica Studdard. “This bike-share program is a tremendous tool toward promoting active lifestyles in our community, so we’re pleased to partner with Zagster and these great local organizations to improve the quality of life for all our residents.”

Representatives of the City of Carrollton, Tanner Health System, Southwire Company and University of West Georgia will unveil the program at a kickoff ceremony at Laura’s Park at Hays Mill Trailhead, on Friday, February 3rd, at 1:30pm. The event will include a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and an inaugural bike ride, with remarks from the Community Development Director, Erica Studdard, and sponsors.

While Zagster’s centralized operations team will run the program, Carrollton’s own Perpetual Motion Bicycles, Inc., was contracted to perform the regular maintenance and repairs necessary to keep the program running smoothly.

Riding Carrollton’s bike share is easy. Bikes can be found via the free Zagster Mobile App or online at zagster.com/carrollton. Each bike has a unique number which is entered into the app to obtain a single-use code that in turn opens the lockbox with a key. (Alternatively, riders can obtain codes via text message.) The key and an included lock allow users to plan their trip around their needs — and not around the location of the stations.

With the on-bike lock, it is easy to secure the bicycle while running errands – picking up lunch, stepping into the office, dropping off a library book. 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. 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 communities.

Carrollton’s 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.

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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 works directly with over 140 communities across North America to make scalable bike-sharing programs available in areas where traditional bike-share providers can't reach. 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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Zagster Closes $10 Million Series B Round of Funding Led by Edison Partners

  • Zagster expands board of directors with Jonathan Seelig and Chris Randles, veteran tech execs & investors and Tom Vander Schaff, a partner at Edison Partners
  • Funds will be used to fuel continued growth and technology development

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (January 5, 2017) — Zagster, Inc., the leading provider of private and public-private bike sharing systems, today announced it has raised $10 million in a Series B round of funding led by Edison Partners, a leading growth equity capital firm. In addition, Zagster expanded its board of directors by appointing: Tom Vander Schaaff, a partner at Edison Partners; Jonathan Seelig, co-founder of Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM), former Chairman of the Board of Zipcar and former managing director of Globespan Capital Partners; and Chris Randles, former  CEO of SpaceClaim Corp as well as MathSoft and a current venture partner at Borealis Ventures.

“With 300 percent growth in riders and programs over the past year, we’ve proven that our ‘Bike Share as a Service’ model is scalable, financially sustainable and ideally suited to meet the needs of customers across multiple markets in North America,” said Timothy Ericson, co-founder and CEO of Zagster. “This growth capital along with the expansion of our board sets the table for Zagster to enhance our product roadmap, expand our staff, and grow the organization to reach our goal of becoming the national standard in bikeshare.”

Zagster operates more than 140 fully hosted bike-sharing programs in 30 states across the U.S. and Canada. Zagster’s flexible business model and flexible technology platform has allowed it to successfully implement bike sharing programs in multiple of markets — including cities, universities, corporate campuses and residential properties.

“By focusing on building a flexible and scalable model for bike share, Zagster has quietly become the market leader across multiple segments,” said Vander Schaaff, a partner at Edison Partners. “We are extremely impressed with their ability to simultaneously execute and innovate and look forward to partnering with them to accelerate growth.”

The Series B round caps a banner year for Zagster. The company achieved 300 percent growth in implemented programs; 400 percent growth in deployed bikes; and 300 percent growth in staff, opening a satellite office in San Francisco and moving its headquarters to a larger space in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In September, the company partnered with car sharing leader Zipcar to create Zipbike, the first nationally-sponsored bike share program for colleges and universities.

“I believe Zagster can become one of the next iconic Boston-based high-growth, disruptive companies,” said Jonathan Seelig. “The company is well-positioned to grow the bike sharing market by delivering programs in hundreds of communities where others can’t -- or won’t -- enabling them to continue to grow rapidly in the coming years.”

About Zagster
Zagster is the leading provider of private and public-private bike-sharing systems in the United States, operating more than 140 programs in more than 30 states. Its highly efficient business model allows the company to successfully deploy in multiple markets, including cities, suburbs, universities, commercial campuses and residential properties. Zagster investors include Edison Partners, LaunchCapital; Fontinalis Partners; Clean Energy Venture Group; LaunchPad Venture Group; Otter Consulting and several leading Boston-area angel investors. Zagster aims to make biking the most loved form of transportation for people across the country. Learn more at www.zagster.com.

About Edison Partners
For 30 years, Edison Partners has been helping CEOs and their executive teams navigate the entrepreneurial journey and build successful companies. Through the unique combination of growth capital and the Edison Edge platform, consisting of operating leverage, the Edison Director Network, and executive education, Edison employs a holistic approach to accelerating growth and creating value for businesses ($5 to $20 million in revenue) in financial, healthcare, enterprise and marketing technology sectors. Edison investment objectives also include: buyouts, recapitalizations, spinouts and secondary stock purchases.
Edison’s active portfolio has created aggregate market value exceeding $10 billion. Its long-tenured team based in Princeton, NJ manages more than $1 billion in assets throughout the eastern United States.

Media contact
John Williams, Scoville PR for Zagster
206-625-0075, jwilliams@scovillepr.com

 


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