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May. 10, 2013 9:30 am

Zagster: bike sharing service launches at Hyatt Regency, its 2nd Philly location

Founded in Philadelphia in 2007 by two Drexel University graduates, Zagster already has one local partnership with 1500 Locust Apartments. That partnership launched in early 2012. The Hyatt Regency will have four Zagster bikes for guests to borrow.

Zagster bikes at the Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing. Photo courtesy of Zagster.

Guests at the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing can now reserve bikes for a day through a new partnership with Cambridge, Mass.-based bike sharing startup Zagster.

Founded in Philadelphia in 2007 by two Drexel University graduates, Zagster already has one local partnership with 1500 Locust Apartments. That partnership launched in early 2012. The Hyatt Regency will have four Zagster bikes for guests to borrow.

Zagster, originally CityRyde, left Philadelphia for Cambridge in late 2011 because “other cities like Boston just offered more in terms of support, mentorship and investment,” said cofounder Tim Ericson in an interview with Technically Philly at the time. A TechStars Boston company, it had also made connections with the Boston tech scene.

In late 2011, when Zagster left Philadelphia, Ericson noted that the city did not have any plans for a bikeshare initiative. That has since changed.

Zagster has eight employees, including two that work out of Drexel University’s Baiada Institute. Ericson said Zagster will continue to grow its Philadelphia team.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Technical.ly Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called “It’s Our Money.” She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics. She now lives in West Philly.

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