Roanoke’s New Bikeshare System is Open

From the press release:

“This program extends the benefits of bike sharing – long considered exclusively a big-city amenity – to a smaller community. But unlike big-city systems, 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. This hybrid model, which blends dockless locking for mid-trip stops with fixed station locations for beginning and ending rides, allows users to plan their trips around their destinations – and not around station locations. As a result, the bike share promises to not only ease commutes, but to also unlock vast recreational opportunities for exercise and fun.”

The Roanoke Times elaborates:

“Most of the bike stations are downtown to cater to its estimated 2,000 residents. This includes locations next to the Hampton Inn & Suites, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge near the future Amtrak platform, and Big Lick Brewing Co.’s new building on Salem Avenue. There are also stations in Grandin Village, Fallon Park, and the Wasena, Old Southwest and West End neighborhoods.”

More from WSLS 10:

“Bikes are available to members for $40 per year and offered to students at a discounted rate of $30 per year. Riders can pay by the hour, or join the program by signing up for an annual membership. Rides for members, who must be 18 or older, are free for the first hour, and then $3 per hour after that. Nonmembers may rent them for $3 per hour.”

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