York's bike share vandalized the weekend it opens

Written by Maddie Crocenzi/The York Daily Record | Jul 4, 2017 5:24 AM

Front tires were stolen from two of the Zagster bikes at the new rack on West King Street in York.(Photo: Maddie Crocenzi - York Daily Record)

(York) -- Two Zagster bikes were vandalized in York after midnight on Saturday. The front tires were taken off the two bikes sitting at the bike share rack on West King Street. 

The city's program launched Friday.

Downtown Inc. CEO Silas Chamberlin said he first learned about the theft through social media, and it was not immediately reported to the York City Police Department. Police are now checking security cameras in the area for any activity.

Community Health Services Supervisor Craig Walt said he was aware of the theft and was communicating with Zagster. "It's something we're able to work with the company with and get resolved and look at some additional protective measures," he said.

Walt said he didn't know how long it would take to fix the bikes. After he submits the report, Zagster will send local mechanics to make the repairs. 

There is a number listed on each bike share rack that allows people to report problems directly to Zagster. 

"The sooner those calls are made the sooner the bikes get fixed," Walt said.

The community is already rallying around the new program. Mandy Arnold, CEO of Gavin, an advertising company, offered to donate $500 to find a solution. 

"This happens in other places as well," Arnold said. "Anytime you bring something new to a community it certainly is going to be faced with some challenges."

Some suggestions to reduce theft were more security cameras around the area or locks on the bike tires. 

"We were really excited to see the bikes put in," Arnold said. "We want to help contribute to ensure that the bikes stay and they stay in use and people get to enjoy them."

The city's bike racks are located at the King Street Bikeway along the Heritage Rail Trail, the Central Market parking garage and the northwest corner of North George Street and North Street. There are 14 bikes that float among the three stations. 

Zagster's app-based system allows users to check out bikes. The free app is available for both Android and iPhone, and those without smart phones can set up a texting program or use the Zagster website. The app allows users to purchase an annual membership for $20, or pay $3 per hour. 

The program is funded through a $36,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Two tires were stolen from Zagster bikes in York after the bike share program began on Friday. Maddie Crocenzi


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