Pace Brings Dockless Bike Sharing To Chicago’s South Side

Chicago Becomes First Major U.S. City to Require Lock-to Technology - A Feature Pioneered by Pace - In Its Dockless Bike Sharing Program

Boston, MA -- May 1 -- Pace, a nationwide dockless bike sharing service for smart cities and colleges, today announced its participation in Chicago’s new dockless bike sharing pilot program, which begins today and runs through November 1. Through the spring, summer and fall, Chicago residents and visitors will be able to rent one of 250 Pace smart bikes available at bike racks throughout South Side neighborhoods. Pace provides this top-three U.S. city with a modern, affordable, equitable new transportation option at no cost to taxpayers.

Notably, with the launch of its dockless pilot, Chicago becomes the first major U.S. city to establish a requirement that participating dockless bike share vendors use technology on each bike to lock it to a fixed object at the end of a rental trip. This “lock-to” technology - which Pace pioneered - helps cities mitigate the bike litter, theft, and obstruction of public rights-of-way that other cities have seen with ‘free floating’ dockless bike sharing programs. Beginning on July 1, dockless bike share providers participating in Chicago’s program must guarantee “lock-to” technology.

Since its launch in December, 2017, Pace has quickly expanded its footprint across the U.S. as more and more cities want the benefits of modern dockless bike sharing programs, but without the drawbacks of ‘free floating’ models. With its Chicago launch, Pace is now live in six markets and coming to dozens more in 2018.

“We’ve long believed that all U.S. cities will move to lock-to dockless bike sharing, which provides the ideal combination of predictability and flexibility for riders while preserving order and safety for communities,” said Tim Ericson, Chief Executive Officer for Pace’s parent, Zagster. “We applaud Chicago’s city leaders for being early adopters of smart regulations that keep the bike share industry moving forward, while preserving public order, ensuring equity, and scaling smartly. Since we launched Pace last fall, we’ve made the conscious choice only to enter markets that share our vision for bike sharing. We are excited to see more and more cities - especially ones as large as Chicago - adopt lock-to requirements and regulations.”

To ride Pace, users simply download the free Pace app available in the App Store and Google Play. One tap automatically unlocks a Pace smart bike, allowing riders to get rolling in seconds. The first trip is free, and riders can choose between affordable usage-based pricing at $1 per 30 minutes or monthly subscription plans. In support of Chicago’s dockless pilot program, Pace will also roll out new pricing and payment options that make the service even more equitable and accessible, including support for cash payments and non-smartphone rentals.

 

About Pace

Pace is a nationwide dockless bike sharing service for cities and universities that offers all the benefits of dockless bike sharing, with none of the drawbacks. Powered by Zagster — the U.S. leader in bike sharing, with more than 250 bike shares across 35 states — Pace features a first-of-its-kind bike sharing model that blends predictability and flexibility for riders while preserving order and safety for communities. Pace’s lock-to technology ensures bikes are always secured to fixed objects when not in use, while a mix of intelligently placed bike share parking, plus the freedom of being able to lock Pace bikes to public racks, enables point-to-point travel while ensuring riders can reliably add bike sharing to their daily transit mix.

More information about Pace can be found at ridepace.com.

 

About Zagster

Founded in 2007, and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster operates more than 200 bike shares across 35 states. Zagster pioneered the smart bike platform that enabled bike sharing to flourish in communities of all types and sizes nationwide. The company’s goal: To make the bike the most loved form of transportation in every community.

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

Media Contact

Danielle Brunache, Pace public relations, press@ridepace.com, 617.945.1915


 


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Rio Metro & Zagster Expand, Re-brand Albuquerque Bike Share Program

Pace ABQ – the city’s new dockless bike share program –featuring 250 Pace smart bikes, 50+ dedicated Pace parking locations, and ability to make point-to-point trips

(Albuquerque – April 19, 2018) – Rio Metro Regional Transit District (Rio Metro) has worked with Zagster, the nation’s leading provider of modern, flexible bike share services, to unveil a new, innovative bike share program on April 19 called Pace ABQ. Pace is Zagster’s new nationwide, dockless bike share service that blends predictability and flexibility for riders while preserving order and safety for communities. Pace ABQ, the fourth Pace city to launch and the largest to date, offers modern, dockless bike sharing to the city’s 600,000+ residents, students and visitors.

“Rio Metro, in partnership with the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, is proud to be on the cutting edge of bike sharing with the launch of Pace ABQ,” said Commissioner and Rio Metro Board Chair, Maggie Hart Stebbins. “This service will support Albuquerque’s existing bike-friendly culture and complement the more than 400 miles of bike lanes and trails for recreational riders and commuters alike.”

“Bike share is an opportunity to enable Albuquerque to become a more multi-modal community,” said City of Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller. “This program is another positive step forward to enabling our residents and visitors another easy transportation option for commuting, exercising, and touring our beautiful city.”

Pace expands and improves upon Albuquerque's pilot bike share program, BICI – which started nearly three years ago. BICI featured 75 bikes and required riders to begin and end their rides at one of 15 fixed bike share station locations. With Pace ABQ, riders can now rent one of 250 bikes from any of Pace’s 50 dedicated bike racks, or from any public bike rack available throughout the city.

“We’re thrilled to bring Pace to Albuquerque – our largest city to date,” said Zagster CEO Tim Ericson. “Pace ABQ offers Albuquerque residents, students and tourists all the benefits of dockless bike sharing -- including the ability to make point-to-point trips -- but also ensures bikes are always locked up properly to maintain security, safety and aesthetics. We look forward to partnering with Rio Metro to continue expanding the number of bikes and parking locations to bring Pace to more and more people and places in the region.”

A news conference and celebration are planned for this Thursday beginning at 10am on Civic Plaza, with presentations from Rio Metro Regional Transit District, the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, and Pace executives.

To use Pace, riders download the free “Pace Bike Share” app, available in the App Store or Google Play. Riders find available bikes and parking locations in the app and can unlock bikes at the touch of a button. Rides cost $1 per 30 minutes, and the first 30-minute ride for every new user is free. 

Media Contacts: Augusta Meyers, MRCOG Communications Manager, (505) 239-8612, ameyers@mrcog-nm.gov

Danielle Brunache, Zagster press contact, (617) 945-1915, press@ridepace.com


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Pace Brings Modern Dockless Bike Sharing to the Streets of Norfolk

Pace bike sharing now live in Tallahassee, Knoxville, Rochester and Norfolk, with dozens of additional cities and colleges launching in 2018

BOSTON, Mass. (April 6, 2018) — Pace, a nationwide dockless bike share service for cities and colleges, launched today in Norfolk, Va., the fourth city in as many months to embrace Pace’s “lock-to” dockless bike share model.

“We are excited to bring Pace to Norfolk. This bike share program will increase mobility and further our commitment to sustainable modes of transportation,” said Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander. “Our partnership with Pace gives residents a convenient opportunity for a healthy commute and provides visitors the chance to enhance their experience while enjoying our city.”

Pace Norfolk will allow residents, students and visitors to make point-to-point trips in and around the city with just a tap on their smartphones. Norfolk riders can start, hold and end rides at any public bike rack, or at any of the dedicated Pace parking racks cited in key locations. This mix of strategically placed bike share parking, plus the freedom of being able to lock Pace bikes to public racks, enables true point-to-point travel while ensuring riders can reliably add bike sharing to their daily transit mix.

Pace mitigates the drawbacks of completely “free-floating” dockless services. Pace ensures shared bikes are properly parked with a unique, lock-to platform that secures bikes to fixed objects — not just to themselves — when not in use. Pace also provides dedicated bike parking to encourage routine use, and makes it easy in the app to find and lock to public bike racks so riders can easily enjoy the convenience of point-to-point travel, too. Sponsors of Pace Norfolk include Downtown Norfolk Council, Visit Norfolk, Sentara Healthcare, TRAFFIX – Service of Hampton Roads Transit, IPConfigure, Inc. and Wells Fargo Center.

“Norfolk is the latest in a set of pioneering cities to recognize how dockless bike sharing can reinvent urban mobility and that the lock-to model is important to maintain order, safety and aesthetics,” said Timothy Ericson, co-founder and CEO of Zagster, Inc., the company that powers Pace. “Bringing Pace to Norfolk is the result of a collaborative partnership uniting stakeholders throughout the community — including lawmakers, bike advocates, local businesses and residents — to make this city a better place to live, work and play.”

To ride Pace, simply download the free Pace bike share app, available in the App Store or Google Play. Riders find available bikes and parking locations in the app, and can unlock bikes at the touch of a button. Pace rides in Norfolk cost $1 per half hour — nearly half the price of a one-way bus trip — and the first 30-minute ride for every new user is free.  For information on Pace Norfolk, visit ridepace.com/norfolk.

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About Pace

Pace is a nationwide dockless bike share service for cities and universities that offers all the benefits of dockless bike sharing with none of the drawbacks. Powered by Zagster — the U.S. leader in bike sharing, with more than 200 bike shares across 35 states — Pace features a first-of-its-kind bike sharing model that blends predictability and flexibility for riders while preserving order and safety for communities. Pace’s lock-to platform ensures bikes are secured to fixed objects when not in use, while a mix of intelligently placed bike share parking, plus the freedom of being able to lock Pace bikes to public racks, enables true point-to-point travel while ensuring riders can reliably add bike sharing to their daily transit mix.

More information about Pace can be found at ridepace.com.

Media Contact

Danielle Brunache, Pace public relations, press@ridepace.com, 617.945.1915

Mary Keough, City of Norfolk Public Relations Manager, mary.keough@norfolk.gov, 757.664.4419


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Rochester Bike Share Rebrands, Relaunches As Pace

CAMBRIDGE, MA, and ROCHESTER, NY, March 29, 2018 – Mayor Lovely A. Warren and Zagster CEO Tim Ericson announced today that bike sharing returns to the streets of Rochester Friday with an expanded coverage area, enhanced features and a new name: Pace.

“I am thrilled to welcome dockless bike sharing back to Rochester for another great season and am looking forward to seeing all the enhancements that come with Zagster’s new Pace service,” said Mayor Warren. “Thanks to the efforts of Zagster, we have been able to demonstrate how a dynamic bikeshare system can be an integral component of our complete-streets transportation network and bolster our efforts to create more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for our citizens.”

“Rochester was an ideal community to pilot our Pace dockless bike sharing service in 2017, and we’re thrilled to bring it back this year with new features and an expanded coverage area,” said Zagster co-founder and CEO Tim Ericson. “With more than 22,000 trips in less than three months in our pilot, Rochester residents embraced our unique lock-to dockless approach, which gives riders predictable and secure parking locations to encourage routine use, but also offers the freedom of point-to-point travel.  With more parking, an enhanced Pace app, and continued strong partnerships with the city and our Pace partners, we look forward to seeing even more robust ridership this year.”

Pace is the new dockless bike sharing service powered by Zagster, the nation’s leading provider of modern, flexible bike share services with more than 200 bike shares across 35 states. With Pace ROC, riders in Rochester can rent, hold and return bikes at any dedicated Pace parking location or from any public bike rack available throughout the city.

The Pace relaunch and rebrand will build upon the momentum from a strong 2017 bike sharing debut, during which Rochester riders logged more than 22,000 trips in just three months. For the 2018 season, Pace ROC features:

  • Increased scope and scale: New Pace bike parking covering more areas of the city to increase the system’s reach, convenience and equity.

  • Fee-free locking at public bike racks: Removal of the $1 fee to lock Pace bikes to public bike racks.

  • Deeper community engagement: To get more Rochester residents riding, and to mitigate parking and traffic issues associated with recurring community activities, Pace will offer promotions including ride credits and free rides.

To use Pace, riders download the free Pace bike sharing app available in the App Store and Google Play. Existing bike share riders in Rochester can sign in to Pace using their Zagster credentials. Riders find available bikes and parking locations in the Pace app, and can unlock bikes with just a few taps. Rides cost $1 per 30 minutes, and the first 30-minute ride for every new user is free. Rochester bikes will be open to riders at 10 a.m. Friday.

Pace is the only dockless bike sharing service that ensures shared bikes are always properly parked and locked with its unique “lock-to” platform. Every Pace bike features a two-point locking system that secures bikes to fixed objects — not just to themselves — when not in use. Pace provides dedicated bike share parking to host cities to keep bikes in predictable locations, but also makes it easy to find public bike racks during a trip to enable point-to-point travel and lock up anywhere.

 

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News Media: For more information, contact Danielle Brunache, Zagster public relations at zagster@launchsquad.com or  617.945.1915; or Rochester Press Officer Jessica Alaimo at 428-7135.

 

 

About Pace

 

Pace is a nationwide dockless bike share service for cities and universities that offers all the benefits of dockless bike sharing with none of the drawbacks. Powered by Zagster — the U.S. leader in bike sharing, with more than 200 bike shares across 35 states — Pace features a first-of-its-kind bike sharing model that blends predictability and flexibility for riders while preserving order and safety for communities. Pace’s lock-to platform ensures bikes are secured to fixed objects when not in use, while a mix of intelligently placed bike share parking, plus the freedom of being able to lock Pace bikes to public racks, enables true point-to-point travel while ensuring riders can reliably add bike sharing to their daily transit mix.

 

More information about Pace can be found at ridepace.com

 

 

Media Contact

 

Danielle Brunache, zagster@launchsquad.com


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Zagster Secures $15M in Growth Funding to Accelerate Rollout of Pace Dockless Bike Share Service

CAMBRIDGE, MA, February 21, 2018 — Zagster, the nation’s leading provider of modern, flexible bike share services, has secured $15M in growth capital, increasing its total funding to $32.2M. The additional funding will be used to accelerate the nationwide rollout of the company’s new dockless bike sharing service, Pace, and to further innovate on the only dockless platform that promotes not only bike sharing, but personal cycling as well. The round was led by Edison Partners, a leading growth equity investment firm.

Also announced today is Pace’s all-new smart bike and parking platform — custom designed and engineered to support Pace’s “lock-to” bike sharing model while also providing cities and colleges with infrastructure to promote an overall bike-friendly culture. Coming to new Pace bike shares beginning this spring, the new bike and parking platform features:

  • The first smart bike with an integrated cable lock designed into the bike frame, enabling riders to easily lock Pace bikes to any fixed object;

  • The first dedicated, bike share parking rack that accommodates both shared and personal bikes; and

  • An enhanced Pace app — the only bike share app that makes it easy to find both shared bike parking and public parking in a single map.

These innovations allow cities and colleges that choose Pace to support dockless bike sharing and personal cycling with a unified service. The new funding accelerates the manufacturing schedule of new Pace bikes and parking racks to meet rising demand from cities that want dockless bike sharing, but require a lock-to model to mitigate the theft, abuse and chaos associated with other dockless bike sharing providers.

“Bikes have always locked to things,” said Tim Ericson, Zagster CEO. “Cities have been willing to experiment with dockless bikes that don’t lock to anything because they lacked sufficient bike parking and, until Pace, lacked a partner willing to install this infrastructure as part of their service.”

“Pioneering cities who choose Pace’s lock-to model enjoy the convenience and freedom of dockless bike sharing without sacrificing safety and order, and maintain the predictability of dedicated bike parking — all while integrating shared and personal cycling,” Ericson said.

Launched in December 2017, Pace is live in Tallahassee, Fla., and Knoxville, Tenn., and coming to dozens of new cities in 2018. With the new financing, Zagster expects to accelerate the launch of Pace to hundreds of cities and colleges across the country by the end of 2019, creating a national Pace network reaching millions of riders across more than 35 states.

"We selected Zagster for a number of reasons, notably their experience in the industry, willingness to design a system to match our needs, support for accessible bikes and equitable access, and their new Pace dockless service, which we believe will foster increased ridership without compromising order or safety in Bloomington," said Bloomington, Indiana, Mayor John Hamilton. "We want as many people on bicycles as we can safely and successfully accommodate, and Pace will help us achieve that goal. We look forward to bringing Pace to Bloomington and expanding the system over time so that it reaches everyone who wants to ride.”

More information about Pace can be found at ridepace.com.

About Zagster
Founded in 2007, and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster operates more than 200 bike shares across 35 states. Zagster pioneered the smart bike platform that enabled bike sharing to flourish in communities of all types and sizes nationwide. The company’s goal: To make the bike the most loved form of transportation in every community.

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

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


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City of Bloomington and Indiana University Select Pace for Bike Share System

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (February 14, 2018) — Mayor John Hamilton announced today that the City and Indiana University have selected Pace as their dockless bike share service, setting the stage to begin operation this spring. Pace in Bloomington will begin with 150 bikes across the City and IU campus, and quickly scale up to match rider demand.

Bike share programs have expanded mobility options in American cities with their proven
ability to complement other transportation services, reduce car usage, increase transit use, lower parking demand, boost retail sales for small businesses and improve public health. Pace will provide IU and Bloomington with the many benefits of dockless bike sharing as this new modern standard replaces first-gen, dock-based models.

“Bike sharing is an increasingly important part of transportation systems nationwide, offering a healthy, accessible and affordable way to reduce traffic and relieve parking demand,” said Kevin Whited, IU's Alternative Traffic Coordinator. “We are thrilled to get rolling with Pace because it offers the latest in dockless bike sharing, a two-point locking system to ensure bike predictability and security, and affordable, usage-based pricing for our residents and students — all backed by a reliable provider with a flexible model to maximize bike sharing’s positive impact throughout our community.”

Pace is a new, modern dockless bike share service for cities and colleges powered by Zagster, one of nine providers considered in IU and the City’s request for bike share proposals. Founded in 2007, Zagster is the U.S. market leader in bike sharing with more than 200 programs across 35 states that put bikes within reach of more than 6.5 million people every day.

"We selected Zagster for a number of reasons, notably their experience in the industry,
willingness to design a system to match our needs, support for accessible bikes and equitable access, and their new Pace dockless service, which we believe will foster increased ridership without compromising order or safety in Bloomington," said Mayor John Hamilton. "We want as many people on bicycles as we can safely and successfully accommodate, and Pace will help us achieve that goal. We look forward to bringing Pace to Bloomington and expanding the system over time so that it reaches everyone who wants to ride.”

Unlike other dockless bike share services, Pace features smart bikes that lock to fixed objects — not just to themselves — to provide predictability and flexibility for riders while preserving order and safety for communities. Riders can rent and return bikes from one of Pace’s dedicated bike parking racks, from any public bike racks, or from other bike securing locations available throughout the city and on campus, enabling true point-to-point travel while ensuring riders can reliably add bike sharing to their daily commute.

“We're excited to partner with Bloomington and Indiana University, and look forward to making Pace thrive here over the coming years,” said Zagster VP of Expansion Ted Bronstein. “We are confident we can deliver a bike share that works best for the Bloomington community.” To ride, users download the free Pace Bike Share app, available in the App Store and Google Play. One tap in the app automatically unlocks the bike, allowing a rider to get rolling in seconds.

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About Zagster
Founded in 2007, and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster operates more than 200 bike shares across 35 states. Zagster powers Pace, a nationwide bike share service for cities and colleges that offers all the benefits of dockless bike sharing with none of the drawbacks. Pace features a first-of-its-kind dockless bike sharing model that blends predictability and flexibility for riders while preserving order and safety for communities. Zagster’s mission: To make the bike the most loved form of transportation in every community.

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

Media Contact:
Jon Terbush, Zagster communications manager, jterbush@zagster.com , (617) 681-4914


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Pace Rolls Into Knoxville, Offering Modern Dockless Bike Sharing To City’s Residents, Students & Tourists

Cambridge, Mass., February 1, 2017 — Pace, the dockless bike share service of choice for America’s smart cities and colleges, launched today in Knoxville, Tenn., making 200 smart bikes available for residents, students and visitors to make on-demand trips with just a tap on their smartphones.

“The City of Knoxville is proud to welcome the Zagster team,” said Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. “Their Pace bike share service will support Knoxville’s existing bike-friendly culture and complement our extensive network of greenways and bike lanes for recreational riders and commuters.”

Knoxville is the second in a wave of cities that recognize the benefits of modern, dockless bike sharing but want to avoid the drawbacks of completely “free-floating” dockless services. Pace achieves this balance by using bikes that lock to fixed objects — not just to themselves — and by providing dedicated Pace parking throughout the city. After debuting in Tallahassee, Fla. in December 2017, Pace will arrive in Albuquerque, N.M. in March, Rochester, N.Y. in April, and dozens of other cities and colleges in 2018.

Pace features a first-of-its-kind dockless bike share model that blends predictability and convenience for riders while preserving order and safety for communities. In Knoxville, riders can rent and return bikes from any of Pace’s 20 dedicated bike parking racks, or from any public bike rack available throughout the city. This mix of intelligently placed bike share hubs, plus the freedom of being able to lock Pace bikes to public racks, enables true point-to-point travel while ensuring riders can reliably add bike sharing to their daily transit mix.

“We could not be more excited about this partnership with Pace,” said Kim Bumpas, President of Visit Knoxville. “This bike sharing service is powered by Zagster, the leading provider of bike share programs. With the love Knoxville has for biking, it’s only natural that we’d want and expect the best — and that’s what we’re getting. Pace will allow visitors and locals alike to enjoy more than 85 miles of greenway throughout Knox County and access many of Knoxville’s most popular spots, including the UT Campus, World's Fair Park, the Tennessee River and Knoxville's Urban Wilderness.”

To ride Pace, riders simply download the free Pace bike share app, available in the App Store or Google Play. Riders find available bikes and parking locations in the app, and can unlock bikes at the touch of a button. Pace rides in Knoxville cost $1.50 per half hour, and the first 30-minute ride for every new user is free.

“Bike sharing works best when the entire community comes together to promote vibrant bike culture —  and that’s exactly what we’re seeing here in Knoxville,” said Timothy Ericson, founder and CEO of Zagster, Inc., the company that powers Pace. “We are delighted to support Knoxville in its commitment to sustainable, flexible transportation, and believe this city will serve as an exemplar for communities nationwide that want all the benefits of modern, dockless bike sharing but none of the drawbacks.”

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About Zagster

Founded in 2007, and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster operates more than 200 bike shares across 35 states. Zagster powers Pace, a nationwide bike share service for cities and colleges that offers all the benefits of dockless bike sharing with none of the drawbacks. Pace features a first-of-its- kind dockless bike sharing model that blends predictability and flexibility for riders while preserving order and safety for communities. Zagster’s mission: To make the bike the most loved form of transportation in every community.

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

Media Contact
Jon Terbush, Zagster Communications Manager, jterbush@zagster.com, 617.681.4914
Erin Donovan, donovan@knoxville.org, (865) 306-4341


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Zagster Unveils Pace, a Better Bike Share for Communities and Riders

Cambridge, MA, November 30, 2017 — Zagster, the nation’s leading provider of modern, flexible bike share services, today announced the launch of Pace, a new nationwide bike share service that offers all the benefits of dockless bike sharing with none of the drawbacks. Powered by Zagster’s proven smart bike platform, Pace features a first-of-its-kind dockless bike sharing model that blends predictability and flexibility for riders while preserving order and safety for communities. 

Tallahassee, Fla., Albuquerque, N.M., Rochester, N.Y., Knoxville, Tenn., and Huntsville, Ala. are the first cities to join Pace, with each launch scheduled before April 1, 2018.

“With Pace, Zagster is ushering in a new era of mobility for American cities and universities, furthering its mission to make the bike the most loved form of transportation,” said Timothy Ericson, founder and CEO of Zagster. “As we bring Pace to new cities like Tallahassee and our existing customers like Albuquerque, Rochester and Huntsville — dramatically increasing the size of each of their fleets in the process — we will become the largest dockless bike share provider in North America with hundreds of thousands of shared bikes.”

Unlike other dockless bike sharing models, Pace:

  • Adapts to each city’s needs, environment and character by intelligently placing dedicated Pace bike racks in key areas to maximize ridership and equity;
  • Features a two-point security system to ensure bikes lock to fixed objects — not just to themselves — to mitigate theft and abuse and preserve public right of way; and
  • Offers the reliability of dedicated bike share parking plus the freedom of point-to-point travel and ‘hold’ capabilities for mid-rental stops. 

With years of experience and knowledge under its belt, Zagster beta tested Pace’s model and features from July through October in Rochester, New York, with outstanding results. When compared to station-based bike shares in similar cities, the Pace model achieved an 800% increase in ridership in the first 90 days of service. Furthermore, rider satisfaction survey results in Rochester showed that the Pace model consistently matched both rider and city needs. 

“With the arrival of Pace, the success we’ve seen by offering our citizens a flexible, modern bike share service can be brought to other cities across the country,” said Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren. “In its first season of operations in Rochester, Zagster has become a vital and integral component of our city’s existing transportation network and shown its willingness to be a true community partner. Thanks to the Zagster’s efforts, we have been able to demonstrate how a dynamic bike-share system can play an important role in our efforts to create more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for our citizens.”
        
People living near Pace cities and colleges simply download the free Pace app, available in the App Store or Google Play. One tap in the app automatically unlocks the bike, allowing a rider to get rolling in seconds. There is no membership fee to join Pace, and rides start at just $1 per half hour.

More information about Pace can be found at ridepace.com.

About Zagster

Founded in 2007, and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster operates more than 200 bike shares across 35 states. Zagster pioneered the smart bike platform that enabled bike sharing to flourish in communities of all types and sizes nationwide. The company’s goal: To make the bike the most loved form of transportation in every community.

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

Media Contact:
Jon Terbush, Zagster communications manager
jterbush@zagster.com
(617) 681-4914
 


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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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