Mayor Tom Henry today announced that Fort Wayne Bike Share’s annual membership fees will now be just $30, half of last year’s rate. For a limited time, residents can get an additional $5 off by using the code Gobike365.
The City introduced Fort Wayne Bike Share in April 2016 and received an excellent response. More than 900 people became members, logging approximately 1,700 trips. In order to encourage more membership growth and participation, the City will implement the new rates immediately.
“Fort Wayne is committed to encouraging healthy and active lifestyles,” said Mayor Henry. “Our investment in Bike Share helps us further position Fort Wayne as a point of destination for individuals, families and businesses.”
The City partners with Zagster to operate the Bike Share program, which includes 30 bikes available at five downtown locations and Indiana Tech for riders to check-out for on-demand, local trips. Anyone can ride by purchasing a day pass or joining with a monthly or annual membership. Rides for members are free for up to an hour, then $3 per hour after. An annual membership can be purchased for $30 and a monthly membership for $15. Riders join the system using a simple app or text messages; instructions are found here: http://bike.zagster.com/fortwayne/.
While encouraging new memberships, the City of Fort Wayne will also be reaching out to potential private sponsors. Indiana Tech was Fort Wayne Bike Share’s first sponsor; the university installed a station and five bikes on its campus in August 2016. Sponsors are needed to expand the system with more stations and bikes.
Fort Wayne Bike Share is part of the City’s comprehensive plan to support active transportation, specifically biking. More people using bikes for transportation helps reduce traffic congestion on City streets, improve air quality and keep bike riders healthy. Additionally, studies show that more people are attracted to communities with good bike infrastructure that can be used for commuting as well as recreation. Learn more at www.fwcommunitydevelopment.org/bike.
About Zagster: Founded in Philadelphia in 2007 and now headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the leading provider of bike sharing systems across the United States. Zagster is uniquely focused on working with communities across North America to make bike sharing programs available to residents, employees, students and visitors. A unique and highly efficient model allows Zagster to offer services in areas that traditional metropolitan bike sharing system providers can't reach. More information about Zagster’s programs and impact is available at www.zagster.com.