Bike Your Way Through Downtown York with Zagster

 Riders can rent Zagster bicycles at three stations around Downtown York.

Riders can rent Zagster bicycles at three stations around Downtown York.

The Zagster Bike Share Program has returned to Downtown York in 2018, as part of a larger approach to make the city a more healthy, active and vibrant place to live, work, learn and play.

Thanks to the York County Community Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle, the city is excited to announce it will add at least one new Zagster to a to-be-determined location in 2018. York already features three current stations at the King Street Bikeway at the York County Heritage Rail Trail, the Central Market Parking Garage and across from PeoplesBank Park.

For leisure visitors, the bike share program is a great way to explore Downtown York in a new way or to ride the Rail Trail, which connects the city with York County’s beautiful countryside.

Zagster also complements York’s Complete Streets efforts to make the city a more walkable and bikeable community and to promote active modes of transportation. Because of these initiatives, the League of American Bicyclists designated York as one of eight Bicycle Friendly Communities in Pennsylvania.  

Through the Zagster Bike Share program, the city aims to increase access to bikes and public transportation for commuting purposes and to increase physical activity by making it easier for people to incorporate exercise into their daily routines.

Since the city launched Zagster on June 30, 2017, 247 members joined the program and logged over 600 trips and over 88,000 minutes of riding. Together they burned an estimated 440,000 calories, with the median trip duration of just over an hour. For 2018, the goal is to engage an additional 250 members logging a total of 1,500 rides.   

Riding Zagster Bike Share is easy. Bikes can be found via the free Zagster Mobile App — available for iPhone and Android — or online at zagster.com/yorkcitypa.  While the Zagster Mobile App is the best way to access bike share, users can also check out bikes via text message. Riders join the program by signing up for a membership or participating as an hourly guest.

Annual memberships are just $20. Members receive the first two hours of each ride free, and it’s $2 for each hour afterward. Hourly guests pay $3 an hour. In 2018, a commuter plan will be introduced for $10 per month and provide unlimited rides up to 10 hours per ride at no extra charge. 

All user fees are reinvested into the bike share program and other bike-related amenities. 

Ultimately, York plans to expand the program through community partners by introducing a sponsorship model, in which sponsors receive logo placement on the bikes and stations as well as other special benefits including discounted memberships for employees, customers and clients. 

This article appears in the Spring-Summer 2018 edition of Downtown York Magazine. It was submitted by the City of York's Bureau of Health.