The City contracted with Zagster because of the unique way the program is designed, allowing for other organizations to contract directly with Zagster and establish their own connection points. From the City’s initial investment, entities such as Carmel Clay Parks, local hotels, shopping districts, corporate office parks, neighborhood associations and individual businesses will be able to establish their own connection points for what will become a city-wide active transportation network, funded by users and both public and private sectors.
We are aware of negotiations between Zagster and several local entities already including Hamilton County Tourism, Carmel Clay Parks, and the Clay Township Trustee. The City also hopes adjacent communities will participate, providing connectivity throughout the north side of Indianapolis and Hamilton County.
“Carmel is proud to be recognized as a bicycle-friendly community and with our 90-plus roundabouts and more than 170 miles of multi-use paths, we have always placed a high value on transportation alternatives for both residents and visitors,” said Mayor Jim Brainard. “Zagster was one of the first companies to establish a bike-sharing program in the U.S. and the company has been successful in developing individually-tailored systems for mixed-use developments and universities such as Duke and Yale. It’s also a nice connection that Carmel-based Allegion is a provider of the automated locks used by Zagster.”
Under Carmel Bike Share, users will establish their own accounts through Zagster’s mobile app on online at Zagster.com and then be able to rent a bike from one rack and return to it any Zagster operated bike share rack in the city. Carmel Bike Share fees are $3 an hour to rent with a cap of $24 for up to a 24-hour period. A $15 monthly or $75 annual fee would include unlimited rides lasting less than one hour, with additional hours being charged at $3 an hour to a maximum of $24 for up to a 24-hour period. As the system expands in Carmel and beyond, each individual entity that provides bikes and docks will have the ability to set its own rates.
The City will pay Zagster $1,320 per year per bike, plus a one-time set-up fee of $8,600, which includes two bike docks with automated locking systems, 16 adult bikes, six adult 3-wheeled bikes, the maintenance and repositioning of the bikes and customer services. The agreement also calls for the City to receive 93 percent of the net usage fees from the fare box revenues.
Zagster is a leader in bike sharing programs for the real estate industry and universities across the country. For more information on Zagster, go to www.zagster.com