For small communities the large initial investment for a bike share program can be a challenge. Programs like Zagster and Social Bikes offer communities a cost-effective method for introducing a bike share. Typically these programs run by having the government, university, or business operate a portion of the service while private vendors operate the remainder. A private vendor like Zagster owns the bicycles, fixes them, redistributes them between stations, and replaces them every three years. Data is gathered from each bicycle using a GPS device which collects information on bicycle routing and use. Today, this bike share option lowers the bar for entry while providing a flexible mobility tool.
On April 1, 2016 the City of Fort Collins introduced a Zagster based bicycle share program for the downtown and Colorado State University area.
For the complete article in GOVERNING magazine, click here: Bike Share Isn’t Just for Big Cities