DETROIT (July 15, 2013) DTE Energy has signed on with Zagster, a leading provider of bikes-as-a-service, to give DTE Energy employees access to the Zagster bike sharing network in Detroit. DTE Energy’s team members can now reserve and ride any of the 12 comfortable, city-friendly Zagster cruiser bikes, allowing them a healthy, convenient, sustainable and fun way to run errands, grab lunch, get to meetings or just exercise in Downtown Detroit.
A total of 12 Zagster bikes are located at the main entrance of DTE Energy’s downtown building. Since launching the service a few weeks ago, more than 360 employees have joined and taken more than 850 bike trips.
“DTE Energy is building on the strong start of bike sharing in Detroit,” said Tim Ericson, co-founder and CEO of Zagster. “Since launching bike sharing in Detroit just about a year ago, more than 2,750 Zagster Members in Detroit have taken more than 10,650 rides on a Zagster bike – all without taxpayer subsidies or public funding. Companies like DTE Energy and Quicken Loans are showing leadership in helping to bring new transportation options to the city.”
Riders can join by downloading the Zagster Mobile App, available for iPhone and Android, or online at www.zagster.com. To use the Mobile App, riders simply enter the bike’s unique ID number they wish to use and an access code for the lock box is provided. Riders can use the code throughout the duration of their rental to lock and unlock the bike anywhere along their trip. Once the bike is returned to a Zagster location, the touch of a button ends the rental and releases the bike for the next rider.
Zagster features the Breezer Uptown, an award-winning bike known for its lightweight, yet durable construction, specifically designed for city riding. All bikes come with spacious baskets perfect for groceries, take out, or goodies from various Detroit retailers. With an attached flexible lock, riders can park their bikes wherever they want, allowing the ultimate in convenience.
Zagster is developing a national footprint of bike sharing programs in partnership with real estate/multi-family companies, businesses, hotel chains and universities, all of whom are looking to provide value added services and benefits to residents, guests or area employees.
Founded in Philadelphia in 2007 as CityRyde and now headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is one of the nation’s first bike sharing companies. Zagster is uniquely focused on contracting with property managers, hotels, businesses, and universities across North America to make bike sharing programs available to tenants, employees, guests and students. This highly efficient and unique model allows Zagster to offer services in areas that traditional city-wide bike sharing systems can’t reach. More information about Zagster is available at Zagster.com.
About DTE Energy
DTE Electric generates, transmits and distributes electricity to 2.1 million customers in southeastern Michigan. With an 11,084 megawatt system capacity, the company uses coal, nuclear fuel, natural gas, hydroelectric pumped storage and renewable sources to generate its electrical output. Founded in 1903, DTE Electric is the largest electric utility in Michigan and one of the largest in the nation.
DTE Gas is engaged in the purchase, storage, transmission, distribution and sale of natural gas to approximately 1.2 million customers in Michigan. The company owns and operates 278 storage wells representing approximately 34 percent of the underground working capacity in Michigan. There is more gas storage capacity in Michigan than in any other state. Founded in 1849, DTE Gas is one of the nation's largest natural gas utilities. DTE Energy
John Williams, Scoville PR for Zagster