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Zagster - Easton bike sharing program

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    geoyui
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    Hmmm, seems like it could expand to become more of a public transportation option. But right now it’s starting as an employee amenity for participating sponsors.

    Hopefully it will open up to more public usage. And it seems like it will coexist outside the cogo network.

    Transportation Insider: Bike-sharing program sets up in Easton

    Cambridge, Mass.-based Zagster has 22 bicycles at six locations in the shopping center. Sixteen of the bikes are reserved for employees of the sponsor organizations: real-estate firm Hines, Huntington National Bank and Thirty-One Gifts.

    Six bikes, though, are available to the public at no charge. They are parked at three docking stations.

    The company charges the sponsor organizations $100 to $150 per bicycle, which includes capital costs and maintenance, Zagster CEO Tim Ericson said. Sponsors then tend to offer the bicycles as an amenity for employees.

    Ericson said Easton could support as many as 100 bicycles in a public bike-share system in which any rider could access any bicycle.

    For now, the Easton bikes are free to the public but require a credit card on file “for security reasons,” he said.

    “Eventually it will be priced similar to the public bikes in Columbus,” he said.

    #1026092

    News
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    Easton Launches Free Bike Share Program
    June 24, 2014 12:56 pm – Walker Evans

    Easton Town Center announced yesterday the launch of a new bike share program for the 1,300 acre area through a partnership with Boston-based bike service provider Zagster. The system includes 22 bikes parked in six locations spread throughout Easton at offices, hotels and shops. The new program quietly launched on May 22nd and has seen approximately 200 rentals since its debut.

    READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/easton-launching-free-bike-share-program

    #1026095
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    now it’s starting as an employee amenity for participating sponsors.

    Hopefully it will open up to more public usage. And it seems like it will coexist outside the cogo network.

    There’s 6 public bikes in the system. Which isn’t a lot, but it will be available for public usage. With the system being free, and locks being provided, it sounds like if someone checks one out, they might hang onto it all day for their own usage, which might be detrimental to maximizing the ridership.

    I’ve heard some people complain about the 30 minute time limit being restrictive for CoGo, but it keeps bikes docked when they’re not used and available for the next rider.

    But yeah, this system is completely separate from CoGo.

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