Bikes and e-scooters will be available in Salem throughout the winter months, in a more limited network. This is the first winter that these year-round micro-mobility options will be available to riders in the City of Salem and at Salem State University. The system will remain in operation in winter mode from December 23rd until the middle of March, with 35 bikes docked at seven stations and 50 e-scooters. The seven stations are the busiest in the system and are located in downtown Salem and on Salem State’s south, central and north campuses (see map below). During winter operations, riders will be required to end rides at the seven stations, and e-scooters will not be available in high winds or below-freezing temperatures.
“The City of Salem is thrilled to offer residents and visitors additional mobility options year-round," said Mayor Kim Driscoll. "Our micro-mobility partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Salem State University, and Zagster is helping us reign in traffic and congestion… Salem is committed to a multi-modal future and these measures are an important step toward that goal."
Riders are enthusiastic about having these transportation options available year-round. Salem State University junior Xander Viera commented, “I think that extending the program into the winter is going to take the pressure off of commuter students who live in Salem. From living on campus my first two years, and now commuting from an apartment, Zagsters have been absolute life savers when it comes to my daily commute.”
Salem State University offers free membership and the first two hours of every ride are free to students, faculty and staff who sign up using their school email address. Zagster bikes have been popular with the Salem State community, with on-campus bike hubs accounting for 38 percent of the Zagster system’s activity. With over 900 Salem State Zagster members, riders across the entire system have taken more than 22,500 trips to commute, exercise, or enjoy themselves since the program began in 2017.
Tara Gallagher, Salem State University's Sustainability and EH&S Coordinator notes, “I am thrilled that Zagster bikers will now be able to enjoy an inexpensive, healthy, and environmentally-friendly commute all year round,” said Tara Gallagher, Sustainability and EH&S Coordinator at Salem State University.
Bike Share Winter Operations Locations
- Federal Street and Washington Street
- Front Street and Washington Street
- Mayor Salvo Multi-Use Path at Mill Street (behind Domino’s)
- Congress Street at Peabody Street
Salem State University Campus
- Ellison Center (North Campus)
- Bike Path (Central Campus)
- Bates Hall (South Campus)
Tips for Safe Winter Riding
As we head into the winter season, Salem State encourages riders to stay safe by following these tips:
- Wear reflective material at night to ensure optimal visibility
- Wear a helmet
- Use gloves to keep your hands warm
- Be aware of icy conditions and give yourself longer to stop and remember that it may take others longer to stop as well
- Pedal smoothly If you find yourself riding across a stretch of icy road or try braking gently if you need to stop
Tara A Gallagher