On July 17 the City of Salem, in partnership with Zagster, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Salem State University, will launch three new Zagster-Salem bike share stations. The new stations will be located at the intersection of Fort Avenue and Restaurant Row at the Salem Willows, at the intersection of Ward Street and Congress Street in the Point neighborhood, and at Salem State University’s central campus at the intersection of the Salem/Marblehead bike trail and Loring Avenue.
“I am very excited to announce that we are able to expand our bike sharing network,” said Mayor Kim Driscoll. “With new hubs at the Willows, the Point, and South Salem near the bike trail, we’re adding connections to neighborhoods and public parks that can benefit residents and visitors alike. If you’re looking for a way to get around Salem, I hope you’ll consider leaving the car at home and using a Zagster-Salem bike instead!”
The three stations will offer 18 additional bicycles, adding to the City’s existing network with stations at Federal and Washington Streets, Front and Washington Streets, and the Salem Wharf on Blaney Street. The opening of the new stations will coincide with a major technology upgrade to the entire Zagster-Salem system. All bikes and stations will be updated to Zagster’s new Bluetooth ring lock, a pioneering technology that replaces the manual U-lock system with one that unlocks the bicycles directly via the smartphone app. This streamlined system makes borrowing and riding a Zagster-Salem bike easier than ever. For more information, see https://www.zagster.com/platform/locking/.
Offering connections with other forms of transit, including the MBTA multi-modal station and Salem Ferry, the Zagster-Salem Bike Share promises to both ease commutes to work and offer a fun recreational activity for residents and visitors. Unlike big-city bike shares where riders must drop off bikes at designated stations for every stop, Zagster bikes have a built-in bike lock which allows users to ride the bike as long as they want and stop wherever they want along the way and lock the bike. Bikes only need to return to a Zagster-Salem station at the end of a ride.
Using the Zagster-Salem Bike Share is easy. Bikes are accessible at any station via the Zagster Mobile App – available for iPhone and Android – or online at Zagster.com/Salem.
Step 1: Use the Zagster app to unlock a bike at a station.
Step 2: Enjoy your ride!
Step 3: When you are ready to end your trip, bring the bike back to any Zagster station and press the lock button to end the ride.
Ridership is possible through two options:
- Option 1: Hourly Rate ($3.00/hour).
- Option 2: Annual Membership ($25/year or $10 with promotional code BIKESALEM through August 2017). Annual memberships provide unlimited rides with the first hour free. Additional hourly fees apply for longer rides.
Salem’s bike share features the Zagster 8, an award-winning bike known for its practical design, comfortable riding, and easy handling. The bike includes a spacious front basket that’s perfect for carrying shopping bags or personal belongings. As rider safety is a priority, every bike includes automatic lights, a bell, and full reflectors. Riders must be 18 years or older. Please obey traffic laws, wear a helmet, and be a safe rider.