The Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center will be making navigating the campus healthier and more fun with the help a new bike share program.
The Medical Center and College of Medicine in partnership with bike share company Zagster will be making 30 bikes accessible for both employees and students for free. The bikes can be checked out with the use of a smart phone. Each of the bikes bear a unique number that riders can enter into the Zagster app, which then gives them a single-use code that can be used to unlock the bike. Riders can also get unlock codes via text message.
The bikes are distributed in six stations, offering an alternative transportation instead of personal cars of shuttles. The Hershey campus consists of 552 acres of land. With the bikes as an alternative, employees and students will have a way to engage in a physical activity. This is also expected to ease traffic congestion as well as reduce carbon footprint on campus.
Anyone is allowed membership in the bike share program so long as they have a Penn State Health email address. The bikes can be used for free for the first two hours. A charge of $3 will be asked from the bikers for every hour that they exceed the allotted time. Those who do not have a Penn State Health Email address can obtain one with a one-time registration fee of $5. More information is available at zagster.com/hersheybikes.
While other programs will ask riders to drop off bikes at designated stations, this is not the case with this new bike program. The Zagster’s programs give users the extra freedom where they can ride as long as they want, wherever they want. The riders can go to local bike trails and paths that are connected to the medical campus or even ride around Hershey.