Longmont Launches Zagster Bike Share
LONGMONT, CO - The City of Longmont and Zagster, Inc., in partnership with Oskar Blues Brewery & Fooderies, are today launching a bike share program. Made possible by a collaborative funding partnership with the brewery, Visit Longmont, Boulder County and Longmont Hospital, the Zagster bike share will provide residents and visitors with a convenient, affordable and healthy way to get around town.
Beginning today, 50 cruiser bikes are available at 10 stations for members to use for on-demand, local trips. Riders can pay by the hour, or join the program by signing up for monthly or annual memberships. Rides for members who must be 18 or older are free for the first hour, and then three dollars per hour after that.
"Biking is a great way to get around town and explore everything Longmont has to offer, and bike sharing makes that opportunity available to everyone," said Longmont Mayor Dennis Coombs. "This program bolsters our broader transportation network by solving for last-mile trips, and it makes Longmont an even healthier, happier and more bike-friendly place to live and visit."
Longmont's bike share features the Zagster 8, an award-winning bike known for its practical design, comfortable ride and easy handling. The bike includes a spacious basket that's perfect for carrying groceries, takeout, or personal belongings. And because rider safety is a priority, every bike includes automatic lights, a bell, and full reflectors.
Unlike big-city bike shares, in which riders must drop off bikes at designated stations for every stop, the built-in lock on every Zagster bike gives users the freedom to ride as long as they want, wherever they want. Offering connections with other forms of transit, Longmont's bike share promises to ease commutes, but it also unlocks vast recreational opportunities for exercise and fun.
"Oskar Blues has always been focused on all things bikes, so when the City of Longmont reached out about helping to bring Zagster to Longmont, we jumped at the opportunity," said Diana Ralston, Marketing & Sponsorship Director for Oskar Blues. "Longmont is our home and we're committed to improving the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. Having a bike share will help put Longmont on the map with other progressive, bike-friendly destinations and that's a win for everyone."
Riding Longmont's bike share is easy. Bikes can be found via the free Zagster Mobile App available for iPhone and Android or online at zagster.com/longmont. Each bike has a unique number which riders enter into the app to obtain a single-use code to open the lockbox on the back of the bike. (Alternatively, riders can obtain unlock codes via text message.) A key, stored inside and tethered to the lockbox, allows the bike to be locked and unlocked throughout a ride so users can plan their trip around their needs and not around the location of the stations. After the rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy.