Fresh capital supports debut of only dockless platform to support bike sharing and personal cycling
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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.
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.
Jon Terbush, Zagster communications manager, 617.681.4914, email@example.com