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Salem May Join Other Oregon Cities In Bike-Share Push


Zagster has bike sharing stations set up around Corvallis, like this one at the Downtown Transit Center Station on NW Monroe Avenue and SW 5th Street. Zagster has more than 140 posts around the United States, according to Jon Terbush, a communications manager for the company. A similar bike sharing service may come to Salem.

Zagster has bike sharing stations set up around Corvallis, like this one at the Downtown Transit Center Station on NW Monroe Avenue and SW 5th Street. Zagster has more than 140 posts around the United States, according to Jon Terbush, a communications manager for the company. A similar bike sharing service may come to Salem.

Molly J. Smith/Statesman Journal

The Oregon state capital may become home to a bike-sharing program next Spring, a move that would allow riders to use bikes they don’t have to house or own.

Evan and Jenna Osborne, of Salem nonprofit Osborne Adventures, are considering linking up with a national company, Zagster, to make bike-sharing available in the city’s downtown and waterfront areas.

Bike-sharing stations allow users to check out a bicycle for an allotted time and then return it. Bike-sharing in Salem would follow a similar operation that launched this year in Portland called Biketown, a joint bike-sharing effort between Nike and the City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation and operated by bike-sharing company Motivate.

The Osbornes, both healthcare workers, encountered bike-sharing programs in both their U.S. and overseas travels. The couple’s plan calls for 50 bikes at 10 spots around Salem, though other Zagster locations in Oregon each have less than 40 bikes.

But they need money to make it happen.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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