If you’ve been in an urban area or prominent city recently, you’ve probably seen brightly colored shareable bikes littered in and around the streets and sidewalks. While bike shares offer a great solution to last-mile connectivity, amongst other benefits, they do have their challenges. Many companies have brought their bikes into an area unannounced, forcing various municipalities to take action retroactively. The process for suburban areas, however, has looked a little different.
In January 2015, I had just taken on the role of executive director of the Town Center CID. In meeting with the then-chairman of our board of directors, Mason Zimmerman, we discussed the relatively new concept of a bike share program, and before we knew it, we were on the path to implementing one. We feverishly began a hunt for the best bike share company for our community. As the first CID in Georgia to launch a bike share program, we wanted to be confident that we were making the best selection for our district. That is what led us to the lock-to bike share model, which led us to Zagster.