All-inclusive bike sharing service Zagster now available in Wauwatosa

Posted at 5:14 PM, Jun 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-29 18:14:11-04

A bike sharing program called Zagster is the first of it’s kind in Wisconsin, and it’s all-inclusive.

Zagster, a service that provides bikes for people with special needs, is a new addition to the Wauwatosa neighborhood and city leaders say it was about time.

"We didn't have anything to offer to people with disabilities so it just made sense to explore and come up with a program that would serve all the people in the community," said Alderman John Dubinski.

Four new bikes will be up and running for any and everyone.

"It's just one more reason to make Wauwatosa a destination," Dubinski said.

Zagster isn’t just for people with special needs. Seniors and those with mobility issues can hop on as well.

The plan has been in the works for two years now. While showing off the bikes to constituents, Dubinski says the idea came after noticing everyone couldn't use Bublr bikes, a bike sharing program in the county with only two wheel bikes.

"Everyone should be included. It's a wonderful sport, it makes you happy, it's good to be outdoors," said Ellen Boettcher an avid bike rider.

This is also dear to Dubinski, who has a daughter with special needs.

"We know the struggles and they didn't have this type of thing when we were raising our daughter but it's good to have it now," he said.

All users need to do is download the app and the bike can be rented for hourly or daily rates.

The city is keeping the bikes on a one-year trial basis. Dubinski believes it will expand after one year.

Wauwatosa city leaders say they believe they're the only city in the nation to have both Zagster and Bublr in the same city.