Salem-Zagster Bike Share Relaunches March 1 After Successful First Season

50 bikes at ten stations around the city reopen on Thursday

The City of Salem and Zagster, Inc., with the support of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Salem State University, are proud to announce the relaunch of the Salem-Zagster Bike Share beginning March 1st.

For its second season in Salem the “on-demand” bike share, operated and managed by Zagster, Inc., will continue to provide Salem residents, workers and visitors with an affordable and healthy way to get around the city. Last year, the bike share saw 2,480 total rides from 1,153 different riders.

“I am very excited to begin our second season with the Zagster bike share program,” said Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll. “This initiative has represented a considerable step forward in encouraging mode shift in local transportation and in providing an easily accessible and well managed bicycle riding option that connects multiple points throughout our city. Bike sharing can provide a critical ‘last mile’ connection for transit users and align directly with our ongoing commitment to increase bicycle-friendly infrastructure citywide. Not only does it encourage residents, commuters, and visitors to get out of their cars and onto bikes, but it is reflective of our nationally-recognized complete streets policy.”

The Salem Bike Share will relaunch March 1st with 50 bikes at ten Zagster stations throughout the city. Downtown is served by stations at the MBTA Commuter Rail Station, Federal Street, Front Street, and Hawthorne Boulevard. Additional stations are located at Salem Willows, the Salem Ferry terminal, Congress Street, and Appleton Street off of North Street. Two stations serve South Salem and the Salem State University community at the Salem Bike Path by the Central Campus and in front of the Bates Complex on the South Campus.

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 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 end the ride with the app. The Salem-Zagster webpage also includes instructions for unlocking a bike via SMS text messaging.

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. Bikes only need to return to a Zagster-Salem station at the end of a ride. The City plans to announce new system features throughout the year to increase convenience and flexibility.

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.