Zagster, a bike-sharing platform, along with Spin, an electric scooter company, recently started up a new scooter sharing platform in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This new platform is part of a wider push from the city to offer consumers more options for mobility and other ways to move around the city.
This new platform will begin with 250 scooters with around 30 stations places around the city and by July there will be around 750 scooters. This effort is apart of Albuquerque's push to make travel around the city safer and easier. They have already established a bike platform through Zagster and the Rio Metro Regional Transit District.
“Albuquerque is proud to offer multi-modal transportation options in the City,” said Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis, who supported the scooter plats through legislation for new rules and regulations for better e-scooter operations. “The pedal bike program has been an enormous success and we are confident Albuquerque residents and visitors alike will find the scooters to be a convenient, quick, and affordable way to go short distances within the city, supporting local businesses along the way.”
Zagster will oversee the platform's operations and has found success by providing multiple transportation options to cities that operate together. Use of these smaller transport options doubled in 2018 and scooter rides is growing aside other mobility options instead of reducing others. While scooter use increased so did bike mobility use.
“Zagster has had a long-standing presence in the city of Albuquerque and we are thrilled to expand our shared transportation options by offering scooters within the city,” Dan Grossman, CEO, Zagster, said. “The effort is indicative of Albuquerque’s forward thinking on getting people out of cars and using alternative modes of transportation to get around the city, patronizing local businesses and exploring Albuquerque’s amenities. The city is at the forefront of offering multi-modal micro-mobility programs to its residents and we applaud its efforts.”
Said Ben Bear, Chief Business Officer, Spin, “We look forward to launching Albuquerque in partnership with Zagster, whose proven operations will form the backbone of a well-oiled, dockless scooter-share program. New Mexico offers an excellent climate for micro-mobility, and we’re excited to see how consumers take to them, while optimizing for a safe, convenient, and joyful experience.”
Zagster began back in 2007 and was one of the first companies to emphasize mobility options. Currently the company now boasts about running efficient and top tier micro mobility operations and platforms. Currently the company runs over 250 operations throughout 35 different states in the United States.
Spin currently runs electric scooter operations in cities and on college campuses across the United States and is financially backed by Ford.
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