The popular Salem-Zagster Bike Share has undergone a major system improvement, allowing riders to check in and check out a bike using any one of dozens of city bike racks, rather than just the ten official Zagster stations. The bike share offers residents, visitors, and workers an affordable, healthy, and on-demand way to get around Salem without needing a car.
“This change will make our bike share program even more convenient for Salem riders,” said Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll. “By making Zagster bikes available in more locations, both to check out and to return, we’re taking a major step forward in encouraging mode shift in local transportation. Bike sharing can provide a critical ‘last mile’ connection for transit users and reflects our ongoing commitment to increase bicycle-friendly infrastructure citywide.”
“After a great first year, we are excited to be back and building on Salem’s bike share, expanding the program for a bigger and better second season,” said Zagster's Elana Boehm, VP, Market Management. “With more bikes on the ground, a larger coverage area, and the ability for residents to use both Zagster racks and public bike racks, we look forward to continuing our community partnership and seeing even more growth in ridership throughout 2018.”
Riders can now pick up or return their Zagster bike at any public bike rack in the City. The system will continue to offer the ten official Zagster stations, but riders now have significantly more flexibility and convenience in getting a bike and returning it at far more locations throughout the city. Bikes parked at public bike racks will show up in the Zagster app and can be locked and unlocked by riders just like bikes parked at Zagster stations.
This year, the Zagster-Salem Bike Share has also expanded the number of available bikes, from 18 last year to 50 this year. Since the season began on March 1, there have already been over 700 rides, more than 25% of all the rides from last year altogether.
Salem-Zagster Bike Share is made possible through the support of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Salem State University. For more information about Zagster in Salem, go to http://bike.zagster.com/salem/.