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Bike Sharing Company Makes Moves in Favor of Two-Wheeled Transportation

By Kelly Church

Albuquerque-based Zagster is making bike sharing easier by being full-service, taking care of planning, building and operating stages of the process. According to Jon Terbush, Zagster's Communication Manager, the company works to benefit both individuals and communities as a whole. Zagster cites biking for transportation is a cost-effective and efficient, as well as a means of promoting an active lifestyle for riders. Additionally, it is environmentally friendly and relieves traffic.

"Our mission is to make the bike the most loved form of transportation," Terbush says. "We do that by planning, building and operating bike shares that are convenient and affordable for the communities we serve and the riders within them." 

Terbush cites a 2015 Urban Land Institute Study saying that two-thirds of Americans want to live in an area where they don't have to drive. Companies like Zagster therefore draw new residents to the area. A separate study held in Minneapolis found that each ride through a bike share program added more than seven dollars to the local economy, driving community fiscal growth as well. 

Zagster runs more than 140 bike share programs across the country, covering university campuses, businesses, real estate properties and cities. In the last year alone, Zagster more than doubled their number of bikes available. The company continues to grow, too, with a recent partnership with Zipcar, offering low-cost bike shares to universities all over the U.S. under a new brand name: Zipbike. 

There are seven bike models that riders can choose from. Their cruisers feature eight ears, automatic lights, a bell and a front basket. The standard cruiser is 30% lighter than the typical bike. Other bikes include tricycles, tandem bikes and handcycles. All materials are kept minimalistic, but heavy-duty, eliminating excessive need for repairs. Through the company's app, riders can easily unlock and return bikes, another way they keep costs down by not needing expensive kiosks. 

Riders can find their nearest Zagster bike sharing location online at zagster.com to start riding efficiently.

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