Ron Carter, president, Carmel City Council
WHAT: Ribbon cutting with remarks for Carmel Market District’s Zagster bike-share station, the first location in Carmel west of U.S. 31
WHEN: 11-11:30 a.m., Friday, May 20
WHERE: Market District
11505 N. Illinois St.
Carmel, IN 46032
WHY: Carmel’s Zagster bike-share program is adding a new station this Friday, May 20 at 11 a.m. at Carmel Market District. Marking the 11th location for the growing program in Carmel, the new Market District station will add six bikes. Carmel declared May as Bike Month, and the ribbon cutting coincides with National Bike to Work Day. Carmel residents and those who work in Carmel are encouraged to bicycle to work.
Carmel launched its bike-share program in April of 2015 as a way to provide active transportation options for local residents, workers and visitors seeking a safe and convenient way to access the City’s vibrant developments, parks and corporate corridors. The program started with two stations and 22 bikes and grew to 10 stations with 80 bikes in one year.
Current locations include The Palladium at City Center, Main Street and the Monon, the Clay Township Government Center, the Monon Community Center, Carmel City Hall, SpringHill Suites and Residence Inn, Visit Hamilton County office, Clay Terrace, Allegion and the City of Westfield. The program is expected to continue to grow as more private companies and business parks consider adding new locations to their campuses.
Zagster is known for developing a system that can be easily operated using cell phone technology. The company is a leader in bike-sharing programs for the real estate industry and college campuses across the country, including Purdue University. Under the bike-sharing program, users establish their own accounts through Zagster and are then able to rent a bike from one rack and return to it any of the other racks. For users, the bikes cost $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 under one hour, with additional hours being charged at $3 an hour to a maximum of $24 for up to a 24-hour period.
To learn more about Carmel Market District, visit www.marketdistrict.com. For more information on Zagster, go to www.zagster.com/Carmel.