Bike sharing program launches in Rochester
Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Rochester now has a new transportation option: bike sharing.
The Zagster bicycle sharing program launched Thursday and includes 340 bicycles at 46 stations across the City of Rochester.
People who want to ride bicycles across the city can pay $1 for every 30 minutes they rent a bicycle. Riders can return the bikes to any station or public bicycle rack. A map of the bicycle stations can be found here.
For comparison, bike shares in Washington, D.C. cost $2 for 30 minutes. New York City's Citi Bike program offers day passes for $12 a day. Los Angeles charges $3.50 for 30 minutes. Philadelphia charges $4 for 30 minutes. Boston charges a minimum of $8 for a day pass.
"This is a great opportunity for people who may not have other options for transportation," said Dana Miller, Viec President of Rochester City Council. "They're being very innovative in terms of rolling out different kinds of bikes. I just talked with the CEO and they're looking at other kinds of things like three wheel bikes and hand bikes, so there are opportunities for people who may not be able to ride one of the traditional two wheel bikes."
Zagster said it hopes to accommodate people with disabilities who want to ride bicycles in Rochester by early 2018.
More information about the program can be found here.