The city of Huntsville launches bike-share program

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Looking for an affordable healthy way to get around? If you live in Huntsville, you're in luck.  Starting March 1, 2017, 40 bikes will be available for members to use for local trips.

It's part of Downtown Blue Bikes, a bike-share program launched by the city of Huntsville, Downtown Huntsville, Inc., Zagster, Inc., and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.

“We are consistently looking for ways to help improve the health and wellness of Alabamians, and sponsoring Downtown Blue Bikes is a perfect opportunity to do just that,” said Terry Kellogg, President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.  “Huntsville’s new bike share program encourages healthy lifestyles and economic growth - a win-win for downtown workers, residents and visitors to the city.”

One of the unique elements of this program is that users have the freedom to ride as long as they want, no matter the time of day. You can find available bikes on the free Zagster mobile app, available for iPhone and Android users. You can also check online at www.zagster.com/downtownhuntsville.

Each bike has a unique number that riders enter into the app. When you do that, it will unlock the bike. Each bike is equipped with a retractable cable, which allows the bike to be secured to any fixed object throughout your trip. When you're finished riding, you just return the bike to a designated Zagster bike station for the next person to enjoy.

“Bicycles are an important piece of our transportation ecosystem, and we are delighted to help provide this new bike-share option for citizens,” said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. “Cycling is great for physical health, low-impact on the environment, and is highly affordable – all things a City values for its residents.”