South Metro Denver Chamber issued the following announcement on July 11.
Meridian Metro District today announced that its bike-sharing system, known as M-Bike, is doubling in size to become the largest office park bike-sharing system in the country.
With the expansion Meridian’s M-Bike system grows to 21 stations, 200 docks and 100 bicycles. The M-Bike system is dedicated to those who live and work within the 1,685-acre Meridian International Business Center at the crossroads of I-25 and E-470. By acreage, it’s the largest office park in the country to be served by a shared bike system.
Meridian Metro District is pleased to announce that Kaiser Permanente, the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, has committed to a three-year title sponsorship of M-Bike. In addition, HDR Engineering and Windsor at Meridian have signed on as new sponsors for 2018. They join Jacobs (previously CH2M), Toastmasters International, Zenith Apartments and Vela Apartments who are continuing as sponsors in 2018.
“Shared bikes are enhancing the campus atmosphere of the Meridian complex and helping to bring the community together as we had expected,” said Eric Hecox, general manager for the district. “Every trip on an M-Bike reduces the number of short trips in cars and provides an environmentally-friendly way to get around Meridian. We are extremely thankful to Kaiser Permanente for their long-term commitment and to all the corporate sponsors who share our vision for providing an easy way to get around our community.”
The bike sharing system, the first in Douglas County, also makes it easier to commute to and from work using the RTD Light Rail. The Meridian campus is served by the Lincoln Station, including a pedestrian bridge that crosses I-25.
M-Bike usage data in the first eight months shows trips from stations located near residential complexes accounted for 32 percent of the rides and trips from the RTD Lincoln Station accounted for 25 percent of all rides. Riders using the station that serves Jacobs and Toastmasters generated 17 percent of all rides.
The bike-sharing office park installation at Meridian was the first of its kind in Colorado. Various private companies around the country, such as Google and Facebook, have deployed shared bicycle systems to improve mobility around their campuses. However, the launch of the M-Bike system in Meridian marked the first time in Colorado that a shared-bike amenity serves a large office park and residential community.
The 20,000 employees, residents, hotel guests and retail shops in Meridian have access to the M-Bike system if their company participates in the program.
The system is built and operated by Zagster. Riders may view stations and available bikes in the free Zagster app, available on the App Store and Google Play or online: http://bike.zagster.com/meridian/.
One tap in the Zagster app automatically unlocks the ring lock on the rear wheel, allowing a rider to get rolling in seconds. After the rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy.
The 21 M-Bike stations are:
1. Lincoln RTD Station
3. El Diente/Meridian
5. Kingston/Maroon Circle
6. Zenith Apartments
8. Meridian Commons Park
9. Severn Lane
10. Vela Apartments
11. Meridian Office
12. Meridian Exercise Station
13. Apex Apartments
16. Lincoln Center
18. The Pond
19. Forest Lake
20. Meadows at Meridian
21. Kaiser Permanente
Anyone planning to visit Meridian International Business Center may also use the system for an hourly fee by downloading the Zagster app on their iPhone or Android and starting an account.
About Meridian Metro District
The Meridian Metropolitan District is a special district formed for the purpose of providing for the construction and operation of various infrastructure to serve a myriad of large office complexes, small businesses, airports, restaurants, and residential properties within the Meridian International Business Center. Since its inception, the District has undertaken planning, construction, and operation of the area’s principal street, safety and transportation, park and recreational, storm drainage, and water, sewer and irrigation facilities. The District owns and operates an innovative water system, widely considered one of the most efficient in Colorado.
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the largest and fastest-growing bike-share provider in the United States. Zagster operates more than 200 bike share programs in 35 states across North America with a focus on making bike riding a truly mass market phenomenon. Zagster’s on-bike locking technology offers riders the freedom and flexibility they want, and cities the security and predictability they need. Because Zagster manages all aspects of its programs—from bikes and technology, to maintenance and marketing—Zagster partners can create and deploy scalable bike-share systems that best suit their needs and work within their budgets.
More information about Zagster and its programs can be found at www.zagster.com
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Source: South Metro Denver Chamber