Cornell Announces New Bike Share Program by Zagster

Cornell Announces New Bike Share Program by Zagster

ITHACA, NY - Already recognized for having one of the most bike-friendly campuses in the nation, Cornell University just became even better for bikes by partnering with Zagster to launch an updated and expanded bike share program: Big Red Bikes Bike Share.

The program kicks off with an inaugural ribbon cutting ceremony to be held on Friday, April 14, 2017 at the Kennedy Hall station at 3:15 p.m. (EST), followed by a launch festival on the Arts Quad.

Built in partnership with Zagster, the nation's leader in campus and community bike sharing, the new program builds off the success of Cornell's previous student-run bike share. The new program features 32 cruiser bikes available at five locations around campus for riders to check out for on-demand, local trips. Anyone 18 or older can join the program by purchasing a weekly or annual pass, or simply pay as they ride for $3 per hour. The first hour of every ride is free for pass-holders, with longer rides costing just $3 per hour.

"We are excited to combine the ease and convenience of an automated bike share system with local staffing from Cornell University," said Susan Powell, Active Transportation Coordinator for Transportation Services. "This unique model will increase the accessibility of both bicycling and public transit, while further strengthening the Cornell University bicycle culture."

The program is supported by funding from the student-run organization Big Red Bikes and from Cornell University's Department of Transportation and Mail Services. Big Red Bikes participated in the research and planning that led to the reboot of the preexisting student-run bike share program under the Zagster brand.

"Big Red Bikes planted the flag for bike sharing on campus and proved that if you provide access to bikes, students will ride them," said Venus Dulani and Erin Tau, of Big Red Bikes. "Zagster's turnkey bike share service allows us to revamp, expand and improve our bike share, and it frees Big Red Bikes to focus on program optimization instead of day-to-day operations."

Zagster's unique business model lowers the cost and complexity of bike sharing to Cornell University while providing the entire campus community with a complete, convenient and modular system. Zagster manages all aspects of the bike sharing program from bikes and technology, to maintenance and marketing ensuring that Cornell University always has the latest software and hardware.

Unlike other programs in which riders must drop off bikes at designated stations for every stop during a reservation, Zagster's program at Cornell University gives users the freedom to ride as long as they want, wherever they want.