Salem has relaunched its bike sharing system for another season. The program, which the city operates with Zagster, was expanded this year to 80 bikes and 16 docking stations through increased support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
Begun in 2017, the service provides bikes for the use of Salem residents and visitors at various spots around the city. As of last year the service — offered through a partnership among the city, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Salem State University — had 50 bikes at 10 docks, including at the commuter rail station, Salem State, Salem Willows Park, and the ferry terminal on Blaney Street.
The six new docks have expanded the reach of the system to such locations as Winter Island, Collins Cove, and the new Mayor Anthony Salvo Multiuse Path along Canal Street. In addition to the docking stations, riders also can start or end a ride at any public bike rack.
Officials said the program is particularly popular with Salem State students, who make up the largest group of riders and are benefiting from a new docking station in front of the Ellison Campus Center. The campus has two other stations, on the central and south campuses.
The expansion of the bike share system comes as the city recently cut the ribbon on the first phase of the multi-use path and completed an updated bike master plan.
For information on pricing, go to bike.zagster.com/salem .
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