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First bike-share program wheels into Frisco

First bike-share program wheels into Frisco

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Get ready to ride, Frisco. Photo courtesy of Zagster

Frisco is getting on board with bicycling via a new bike-sharing program at the Hall Park office complex. The program provides tenants and visitors of Hall Park with a convenient way to get around the park and its surrounding environs. The program began on May 19.

Developer Hall Group partnered with Zagster, Inc., a Massachusetts-based company and the leading provider of private and public-private bike-sharing systems in the United States.

Zagster works directly with more than 150 communities in more than 30 states to make bike sharing available in areas where traditional bike-share providers can't reach, including universities, commercial campuses, and residential properties.

Zagster manages all aspects of its programs, from bikes and technology to maintenance and marketing.

This is the first bike share implemented in the city of Frisco, and is part of the park-wide enhancements that Hall Park has undertaken over the past year. Hall Park is the 162-acre office development in Frisco, with 17 buildings surrounded by a park, walking trails, fitness center, private preschool, and conference center.

Cruiser bikes are available at eight stations throughout the park for members to use for on-demand, local trips. Riders join the program by downloading and signing up on the Zagster app; the program is complimentary for Hall Park tenants' daily use.

Hall Group leasing director Kim Butler says that the program connects Hall Park employees to the park's amenities, including the fitness center, wine lounge, and retail plaza, and also encourages connectivity between Hall Park and The Star, the magnificent Cowboys complex. We are all satellites around The Star.

"The program will also be an extension of the park’s existing health and wellness initiatives, including the Hall Active Fitness Center and system of walking and running trails," Butler says in a release.

The bike share features the Zagster 8, an award-winning bike known for its practical design, comfortable ride, and easy handling. The bike includes a spacious basket that’s perfect for carrying lunch, gym bags, or other personal belongings; automatic lights; a bell; and full reflectors. These are some souped-up bikes.

Unlike big-city bike shares, in which riders must drop off bikes at designated stations for every stop, the built-in lock on every Zagster bike gives users the freedom to ride as long as they want, wherever they want. This hybrid model, which blends dock-less locking for mid-trip stops with fixed-station locations for beginning and ending rides, allows users to plan their trips around their destinations — and not around station locations.

Bikes can be found via the free Zagster Mobile App — available for iPhone and Android — or online at bike.zagster.com/hallpark.

Each bike has a unique number which riders enter into the app to obtain a single-use code to open the lockbox on the back of the bike. A key, stored inside and tethered to the lockbox, allows the bike to be locked and unlocked throughout a ride.

After a rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next rider.