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University of Maryland & City of College Park Launch Bike Share Program

May 4, 2016
Contacts: 

Kristen Seabolt, University of Maryland, 301-405-4621
Steve Beavers, City of College Park, 240-487-3541
John Williams, Zagster, 206-625-0075

In partnership with Zagster, mBike allows students, faculty, staff and community members to conveniently travel around campus and the City of College Park

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland and City of College Park, in partnership with Zagster, Inc., today launched mBike, a bike-sharing program for students, faculty, staff, visitors and community members. 

mBike is designed to make travel around and off campus easier, healthier and more affordable. More than 120 bikes are available at 14 stations throughout campus and the city, including several adaptive bikes so that people of all abilities are able to ride.  Station locations include the Adele H. Stamp Student Union, McKeldin Mall, City Hall in Downtown College Park and both the College Park and Greenbelt Metro Stations. Each bike comes equipped with safety features such as automatic lights, a bell and reflectors. 

“Biking is a healthy and enjoyable way for students, faculty, staff and community members to travel around campus and throughout the City of College Park,” said Linda Clement, Vice President of Student Affairs at UMD. “mBike will give our community easier access to all areas of campus, as well as local businesses and mass transit, all while improving traffic on campus.”

In a ribbon-cutting ceremony held today at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union on UMD’s campus, officials from UMD, the City of College Park, and Zagster, the bike share provider, formally welcomed mBike to the community. 

“We’re moving College Park forward by providing easy access to biking and its many benefits,” said College Park Mayor Patrick L. Wojahn. “mBike fills gaps in our current transportation system, giving people an easy way to get to and from the Metro, as well as around campus, all without increasing cars on the roads.”

Riders join mBike by signing up for daily, monthly, six-month or annual passes via the free Zagster Mobile App or online through the mBike website. Rides for members are free for the first hour, then three dollars per hour. For more information on how to use mBike, visit http://zagster.com/mbike/

“The partnership between the City of College Park and the University of Maryland is an ideal model for how multiple stakeholders in a local community can come together to fully realize the mutual benefits of bike sharing,” said Tim Ericson, Zagster co-founder and CEO. “They are showing that it’s possible to have big city amenities in a college town.”

mBike was funded in part by a $375,000 state grant from the Maryland Department of Transportation.