A new entrant into the public bike-sharing space, Zagster, works without the need for inserting credit cards and keys -- it’s totally app driven. Go to station, go to app, get code, unlock bike. Nice. Since the app does the work, we wonder whether that would solve the dock-lock issue, too.
Of course, the systems Zagster has built don’t compare in scale to those of Citi Bike’s operator, Alta.
Zagster has been around in some form or another since 2007. It’s in the news for its installation in Columbus OH. The system was designed and is in use by corporate campuses and universities.