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Bikesharing program in Rochester deemed "success" after first 8 weeks

Nearly eight weeks after the initial launch, Rochester's first bikesharing program has seen more than 12,500 rides.

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Nearly eight weeks after the initial launch, Rochester's first bikesharing program has seen more than 12,500 rides.

The Zagster bikesharing program launched on July 20 and grew quickly.

“By every metric, this bikeshare has had a phenomenal debut,” said Zagster CEO Timothy Ericson. “We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with the City of Rochester."

More than 6,000 trips were taken on the bicycles in the first four weeks alone.

Most people using the bicycles use them downtown on the weekends. Slightly more men than women ride the bicycles, with most in the 28-29 year old range.

Some of the statistics in these first eight weeks:

  • Riders: 6,000
  • Miles ridden: 12,500+
  • Average ride: 25 minutes
  • New riders per week: 900
  • Calories burned: 1.32 million
  • Incremental spending downtown: $31,000
  • CO2 saved: 1,200 pounds
  • Single-occupancy car trips saved: 4,000

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