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.