Apr 222018

Salem, already known as a very walkable city, is gaining prominence as a rideable community as well. For the 2nd year, the Salem Bike Share program is offering an on-demand ride sharing service, with 50 bicycles in 10 different locations to see the city.

Operated and managed by Zagster, Inc., it began this year on March 1st. With the weather beginning to get nicer, you can expect the bikes to begin renting out more quickly.

Mayor Kimberly Driscoll has praised the program: “Not only does it encourage residents, commuters and visitors to get out of their cars and onto bikes, but it is reflective of our nationally recognized complete streets policy.”

Reported figures from last season indicate that 1153 different riders made 2480 cumulative rides.

Salem Bike Share program features the Zagster 8, an award-winning bicycle known for its practical design, comfortable riding, and easy handling. The bike includes a spacious front basket that’s perfect for carrying shopping bags or personal belongings. As rider safety is a priority, every bike includes automatic lights, a bell, and full reflectors. Riders must be 18 years or older and are reminded to obey traffic laws, wear a helmet, and be a safe rider.

The way it works

Bikes are accessible at any station via the Zagster Mobile App that you must sign up for. It is available for iPhone and Android – or online at https://bike.zagster.com/salem/ where you can find information on membership options and fees.

Zagster bikes have a built-in lock which allows users to ride as long as they want and stop wherever they want along the way and lock the bike. Check out the video

Bikes need to return to any Zagster-Salem station at the end of a ride.

  • Appleton Street off North Street
  • Congress Street
  • Federal Street
  • Front Street
  • Hawthorne Boulevard
  • MBTA Commuter Rail Station
  • Salem Ferry Terminal
  • Salem Willows

The Salem Bike Share program is funded in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Salem State University.

May 152014

Bicyclists may outnumber pedestrians and motorists in Salem Ma this Thursday from 6-9pm as the Peabody Essex Museum presents Free Wheeling: Bike Night as the next entry in the PEM/PM monthly evening party series.

Bike at PEMBike enthusiasts will mingle & network as they celebrate the art, design and style of the bicycle with music, art making, food, cocktails and conversation. These are the staples of PEM evening series.

And for this particular night, The Peabody also encourages B.Y.O.B. — bring your own bike!

According to the 2012 National Survey of Pedestrian and Bicyclist Attitudes and Behaviors, 18 percent of the population age 16 or older, rode a bicycle at least once during the summer of 2012. The same survey also reported the average length of a bicycling trip taken on a typical day during the summer was 65.2 minutes.

We bring this up because with temperatures rising, more people will be hitting the road on their own or as part of a bike club. This PEM experience will give them the opportunity to “see decked out art bikes, meet folks from the area’s bike scene, help create an interactive biking map and add a little bling to your own two wheels.”

Featured PEM/PM guests include:

Bikes Not Bombs — Based in Jamaica Plain, this organization shares how to use the bicycle as a vehicle for social change.

SCUL — A bike chopper gang based out of Somerville brings sculpted cycle masterpieces and tall bikes to Salem. The group has appeared on the PBS show Design Squad.

Salem Bike Path Committee — Members share their favorite bike routes and information about Salem Spins, a bike share program.

Forrest James — an American dreamwave recording artist, producer, composer and DJ provides live music.

Local bike shops demonstrate how to fix a flat and provide safety tips.

Cash bar and a special small plates menu from the Hawthorne Hotel will be available for purchase. This month’s PEM/PM is sponsored by MINI of Greater Boston. For more information, visit www.pem.org.