Will Private Bike Share Become A College Campus Fixture? - Forbes

On Monday, The Daily Emerald, a University of Oregon student newspaper, reported that there will be a new bikeshare program on campus. The city of Eugene, partnering with the university and the local transit agency, announced a system that will feature 300 bikes across 35 dock stations. The public program is mostly funded by a $1.3 million grant from the state transportation commission, although the school chipped in $197,000.

Ten years ago, this might have seemed like pioneering stuff. But in 2017, the idea that a state government should fund a college bikeshare system is as antiquated as hailing a cab by hand rather than phone. Instead, bikeshare systems have, like other sharing economy trades, exploded in the U.S., becoming both private and self-sustaining. Colleges and universities have not missed out on the trend--and in fact seem perfectly suited for it.

The leader in pedaling the industry forward for higher education, specifically, has been Zagster. The Cambridge-based bikeshare firm was launched in 2007, and its specialty has become managing systems for the campus format, including both corporate and university campuses. In 2016, Zagster partnered with the carsharing company Zipcar to roll out systems at 15 additional universities. The company now operates at 21 colleges and universities in total, according to its website, from gargantuan Ohio State on down to tiny Lehigh. Another company, On Bike Share, specializes in configuring systems for university campuses.

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