Bike share program launches in New Bedford

SE Mass
Zagster Bicycle

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — A new bike-share program launched in New Bedford Thursday which will provide residents and visitors with a new way to get around.

Zagster Inc. will be providing cruiser bikes at Fort Tabor Park and State Pier stations for riders to use for on-demand, local trips.

To join the program, riders must be 18 years of age or older and can sign up for an annual membership for $25. There is also an option to pay as you go or sign up for a student membership.

Trips that last under an hour are free and cost $1 for each additional 30 minutes. Trips can cost up to $20 per ride.

The 5-speed bikes each include a basket, automatic lights, a bell and full reflectors. Each Zagster bike also has a built-in lock which gives users the freedom to ride as long as they want, wherever they want.

Riders can view stations and bikes in the free Zagster app, which is available on the App Store and Google Play, or online at

One tap in the app unlocks the ring lock on the rear wheel, allowing the member to use the bike.

After the rider returns the bike to a designated station, the rental ends and the bike is ready for the next cyclist.

“One of the things that makes New Bedford such a great place to live is our access to the water. The bike share program is a great tool for even more people to experience our fantastic shoreline,” Mayor Jon Mitchell said.

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