New bike share system coming to The Ohio State University


A new bike share system is being planned for one of the largest universities in the nation, and it offers some interesting new features not found on standard models.

Zagster currently operates bicycle-sharing programs at Yale University, Duke University, Princeton University, Santa Clara University and California State University, East Bay. Now it is in negotiations to operate at The Ohio State University.

The system will start with 115 bicycles and 15 stations, delivering a safe and sustainable alternative transportation option for the university community. Zagster hopes to have the system up and running in time for fall classes. In addition to commuter bicycles, the system will eventually include tandem, hand cycle, electric assist, heavy duty and three-wheeled cargo bikes.


The standard models, built by Breezer, will also have an integrated lock that is controlled by an app so they can be taken off-campus, into town or to a friend’s house and locked safely without a docking setup nearby. In fact, all the electronics that power the system are stored on the bike, so they can only be accessed via smartphone instead of through a kiosk. This helps keep the price down for Zagster’s other bike share clients, namely universities, businesses, hotels and other non-municipal entities.

In conjunction with the bicycle-sharing system, the university plans to expand educational safety programming and implement a helmet program, supported by a grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation. Zagster plans to offer students internships and other employment opportunities along with developing research collaborations with faculty.

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