Since the launch in April of the new university-wide bike-share program, 260 Yale staff, faculty and students have taken 1,974 spins on bicycles around campus. These program members are also providing feedback on bike-share locations and other aspects of the program to Transportation Options, which implemented the launch.
“Within its’ first nine weeks, we surpassed 1,000 rentals,” says Holly Parker, director of Sustainable Transportation Systems. “Given where we are now, we're hopeful that the numbers will just keep growing.”
Zagster, based in Cambridge, MA, provides 50 shared-use bicycles to those who register online with a Yale e-mail address and credit card ($20). Once a membership has been established, members either reserve bikes online, or by texting from the bike’s location, then return the bike to the same location from which it was picked up, and text the word “end” to close their reservations. Bikes must be returned to their original location because the process of manually redistributing bikes at the end of every day is not feasible at this time.
Members will receive a reimbursement of their membership fee if they take a Bike Safety class offered by Yale Environmental Health and Safety—at which participants also receive a free bike helmet.
The Zagster pilot joins the five-year old departmental Y-Bike program in which bicycles have been provided to Yale departments for anyone in those departments to use. There are now over 40 Y-Bikes on campus and over 8,000 collective miles pedaled. See related article.
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