August 23, 2016
Beginning this semester, students, faculty, and staff at West Chester University will be able to cycle swiftly across campus thanks to a bike sharing program called Zagster. Not only will these riders ease some traffic and parking congestion, they'll help WCU reduce its greenhouse gas emissions as well.
At an Aug. 31 ceremony, some WCU constituents will pedal around campus to promote the use of these bicycles as a convenient, affordable, healthy way to traverse campus, meet friends for lunch, or run errands.
The kick-off celebration takes place at WCU's central Zagster bike station on the north side of Allegheny Hall facing Hollinger Field House and D lot.
Jessica Schedlbauer, co-chair of WCU's Sustainability Advisory Council's Transportation Committee and professor of biology, opens the 2 p.m. ceremony, followed by brief remarks from WCU's Interim President Chris Fiorentino and others. The ribbon-cutting is next and the event concludes by 3 p.m. with informational handouts and give-a-ways for students, faculty, and staff that include sunglasses, water bottles, reusable grocery totes, and other swag.
Initially, there will be 15 Zagster cruiser bikes available across three campus stations for members to use for local trips. The other two stations are on East Campus at the southeast corner of Swope Music Building and the Performing Arts Center; and on South Campus at the top of the hill on the Sturzebecker side of South New Street.
Riders (age 18 or older) who sign up for $30 annual memberships have the freedom to ride for up to three hours, and then for $2 per hour after that. The rental ends when the rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station.
Users can locate bikes via the free Zagster mobile app — available for iPhone and Android — or online at zagster.com/WCUPA. Each bike has a unique number that riders enter into the app to obtain a single-use code to open the lockbox on the back of the bike. (Alternatively, riders can 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.
The program is supported by the West Chester University Foundation Parents Fund and by the University through the Strategic Plan's Sustainability Theme Team.
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the largest and fastest-growing bike-share provider in the United States.