MANCHESTER, N.H. (June 5, 2017) —Long an amenity seen only in larger cities, a bike sharing system was launched today in New Hampshire’s Queen City. The system, which features six stations and 30 bicycles, will allow city residents, employees, and visitors to affordably rent bicycles to traverse the city.
“We see these bikes being used by downtown and Millyard employees to grab a bite to eat during their lunch breaks, by residents of the growing number of downtown and Millyard apartments and condos to run errands, by visitors staying in our downtown and Millyard hotels, and by city residents who just want to take a leisurely ride along the city’s growing bike path network,” said Bike Share Manchester organizer Carol Gayman and Will Stewart, co-chair of Bike Manchester, the city’s bicycle advocacy organization.
Each Bike Share Manchester station is funded by a local business as a two-year pilot project. No taxpayer dollars were used. Sponsoring businesses include Southern New Hampshire University, McLane Middleton, Puritan Backroom, Granite YMCA, and Martignetti Companies. Plans call for expanding the local bike share system as additional sponsors are secured.
Station locations are Stanton Plaza, the downtown Manchester YMCA, Puritan Backroom, City Hall Plaza, 1230 Elm St. in front of the Southern New Hampshire University offices, and Gateway Park, located at the northeast corner of Granite and Commercial streets
Speakers during the launch event, including Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and Southern New Hampshire University Executive Vice President and Provost Patty Lynott, noted that Bike Share Manchester will bolster the city’s overall transportation network, solve for last-mile trips, and make Manchester a healthier and more bike-friendly community. It was also noted that Bike Share Manchester promises to help ease parking challenges downtown and in the Millyard and unlocks vast recreational opportunities for exercise and fun.
About Bike Manchester:
Founded in 2013 by city bicyclists, Bike Manchester wants more people riding bicycles in Manchester, N.H., more often. We celebrate bicycling in the city and promote it by advocating for better bicycle infrastructure and safe bicycle riding. Visit us online at bikemht.com.
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