Ride Salem will benefit Salem’s vulnerable populations, promote healthy living, reduce vehicle traffic and parking, as well as improve customer mobility to businesses nearby
SALEM, Oregon, June 22, 2019 -- Zagster, the industry’s leading operations platform for the micro-mobility sharing economy, has partnered with the 501(c)3 nonprofit, Osborne Adventures [Ride Salem] to launch a bike sharing program in Oregon’s state capital. The program, which will feature more than 20 bikes spread across six docking sites, will launch on June 22 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Bus Terminal Station on the SW corner of NE Chemeketa & Church Street at 1 pm. Swag, helmets, and one-day promo passes will be handed out while supplies last and the event’s guest speaker will be Mayor Chuck Bennett.
“I am excited to have this public transportation option offered within the Salem community,” Bennett said. “Ride Salem is a program which will benefit all of us living in and visiting the downtown Salem area. I look forward to seeing this cycleshare program grow and reach other regions of the community outside the heart of our City.”
The program is the brainchild of Osborne Adventures, a non-profit founded in 2016, with a focus on community engagement, cultural awareness, travel, and an overall mission to improve the quality of life within the community Osborne Adventures’ serves. The idea was influenced by the founding members, Jenna and Evan Osborne, who discovered and participated in the bike sharing program while visiting Minneapolis, Minnesota, back in 2010. Since committing to the idea of creating a program for Salem, the non-profit has added more than 16 sponsors to their sponsorship roster. Ride Salem administration is currently collaborating with multiple departments within the State of Oregon who are contributing efforts towards getting stations near the Capitol Mall and Salem’s Amtrak station in line for the next expansion phase of the cycleshare program.
“When we saw programs blossoming not just in other cities in the United States but abroad in cities such as Amsterdam, London and Paris, we thought, ‘Why not Salem?’,” Jenna Osborne said. “Evan and I are very excited to see the nonprofit’s cycleshare launch, and believe it will foster healthy living and exercise, benefit low-income areas, increase tourism, and reduce traffic on our roadways.”
Users can sign up for a yearly membership, which costs $25 per year or $15 per year for students or partners. Bikes can also rented hourly for $3. More information is available on the Ride Salem website.
“We love hearing stories of citizens embracing micro-mobility and advocating for programs in their cities, like the Osbornes did in Salem,” Dan Grossman, CEO, Zagster, said. “We’ve seen communities have great success starting small and growing as demand increases. We look forward to working with the Salem community and helping them scale to their future micro-mobility needs.”
Since 2007, Zagster has been at the forefront of the micro-mobility revolution. We know that the promise of micro-mobility is anchored in world-class operations. As such, Zagster offers turnkey operations and support services for any micro-mobility product. We strive to make shared mobility work within communities large and small. We currently operate more than 250 micro-mobility vehicle shares across 35 states. We understand that although the scooters, pedal bikes and e-bikes are swappable, the professional service operations are not. At Zagster, we help communities and partners build and operate best-in-class solutions. Let us be your ride. Visit us at https://www.zagster.com/ and on Twitter @zagster.
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