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Zagster donates bikes to Philadelphia YMCA

Fifty-nine bikes were donated to the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA Tuesday at the Y’s Spring Valley branch by Zagster. Shown here from left to right are: Karen Bliss, vice president of marketing at ASI; Jon Agnew, COO of Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA; Meghan Cagliola, district office manager to state Rep. Tom Quigley; and Timothy Ericson, CEO of Zagster. submitted photo

Fifty-nine bikes were donated to the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA Tuesday at the Y’s Spring Valley branch by Zagster. Shown here from left to right are: Karen Bliss, vice president of marketing at ASI; Jon Agnew, COO of Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA; Meghan Cagliola, district office manager to state Rep. Tom Quigley; and Timothy Ericson, CEO of Zagster. submitted photo

Philadelphia >> Zagster and the YMCA of Philadelphia Freedom Valley have partnered to expand access to shiny, comfortable, city-friendly cruiser bikes.

The Spring Valley YMCA in Royersford accepted a donation last week of 59 bikes that are being phased out from Zagster’s bike share program. The bikes, which have been fully refurbished and checked for safety and comfort, will be used by teen members at local YMCAs, with the goal to improve health and wellness as well as provide transportation. This is the continuation of a nationwide donation partnership between Zagster and the YMCA, which began earlier this year with a donation to the YMCA of Greater Boston.

Of the 59 bikes being donated, 20 will go to Camp Speers, which provides programs for kids from 7 to 17 years old to develop healthy minds, bodies and spirits. Bikes will also be given to inner-city locations for their teen members. The remaining bikes will be split between Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA’s biggest branches, for members to use on the trails around the YMCA.

Delegates from the offices of state Representatives Tom Quigley (R-146th Dist.) and Madeleine Dean (D-153rd Dist.), along with delegates from ASI, Zagster’s bicycle manufacturing partner, joined members of Zagster and the YMCA at the Y’s Spring Valley branch to celebrate and announce the second donation in a national partnership that will see Zagster deliver thousands of bikes to YMCAs across the country.

The bikes, just three years old, are being phased out of service as the result of Zagster expanding its programs. With each new contract and contract renewal, Zagster delivers brand new bikes to its sharing programs. As Zagster reaches the end of its first set of contracts over the next 12 months, hundreds of bikes are scheduled to become available for donation to YMCAs.

Founded in Philadelphia in 2007 and now headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the leading provider of bike sharing systems across the U.S. For more information about Zagster’s programs visit www.zagster.com.

For more information about the Y, visit www.ymca.net.

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