Zagster bike share program comes to Aurora
The city of Aurora will team with Zagster Inc. to provide bike's to the city's residents through a bike-share program.
Through the new program, 18 cruiser bikes are now available at three downtown stations for riders to use for on-demand, local trips. The stations are located at RiverEdge Park, 360 Broadway Ave.; Aurora City Hall, 44 E. Downer Place; and Santori Public Library of Aurora, 101 S. River St.
Join the program by signing up for daily, monthly or seasonal passes. All members must be 18 years old or older.
The first hour of riding is free for any members. Subsequent hours cost $1 per hour.
"We are excited about this partnership with Zagster Inc. that will benefit the Aurora community," Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner said. "Aurora aims to be a bicycle-friendly community and we are taking another step - or ride - in that direction through the Zagster Bike-Share Program. This initiative creates new opportunities for residents and visitors to experience our city from a different vantage point and see Aurora in a whole new light."
To find a bike, just download the free Zagster Mobile App - available for iPhone and Android - or visit the Zagster website for Aurora at zagster.com/Aurora-IL.
Each bike has a unique number that riders put into the app, which will then provide a single-use code that opens the lockbox on the back of the bike. Riders can also 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. 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.
The bikes available through this program are the Zagster 8. The bike includes a spacious basket for carrying anything the rider needs. Every bike also includes automatic lights, a bell and full reflectors to provide a safer ride.
"According to the People for Bike's national survey, 53 percent of Americans say they want to ride more, yet 52 percent say they don't have access to a working bike," Tim Ericson, Zagster co-founder and CEO, said. "Thanks to Aurora's investment not only in bike trails but also bike sharing, residents and visitors will now have the ability to get out and ride."