Harrisburg’s bicycle sharing program is coming to an end, a victim of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a news release, Harrisburg Bike Share today said that it received notice that the operating company, Boston-based Zagster, is suspending all operations nationwide, citing the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason.
The Harrisburg program began in 2017, spearheaded by Communities in Schools Pennsylvania, a dropout prevention organization, and sponsored by Highmark Health and several other organizations.
In just three years, Harrisburg Bike Share stated that it gained more than 7,000 members, who paid an annual $25 membership fee to use bikes at 12 stations in the city. Before the pandemic hit, the program had expected to launch an expansion into Cumberland County this summer.
Nationally, Zagster operated about 200 bicycle-sharing programs, including in cities, on college campuses and for corporations.
According to Harrisburg Bike Share, Zagster plans to remove all stations and bikes over the coming weeks and stated that subscribers with questions should contact Zagster directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.