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Zagster Bikeshare Stand at The 1st Annua

Bike Share Pilot

think regionally

After 3 years of research and 2 years of piloting a docked bike share, we recommended a regional, dockless bike share for Northwest Indiana. This recommendation was made as the  most equitable option for Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties. NWI is an untapped market waiting to burst upon the bike share scene. The Indiana Dunes National Park attracts 3.6 million people per year and has incredibly limited bike access via the train. When we made our recommendation in 2018, we ideally, thought that the regional bike share should be run via a company, or non-profit that does not do the profit-sharing model, be dockless, offer a non-electronic payment option, allow riders under 18 and be willing to work towards becoming universally designed. We knew we needed a community partner dedicated to equitable, active transportation in emerging markets to take a chance on this opportunity.


Since 2016, we have been gradually building our accessible bike and equipment lending library at our host site, The Paul H. Douglas Environmental Learning Center. (Please contact them for info on checking out any of the equipment there).

2021 brought the first full-time Scooter Share to Gary. We hosted the first E-Scooter Pop Up Shop in 2019 in Gary as part of the Outdoor Adventure Festival with the National Parks Service. This pop up was held in Gary, Porter and Chesterton to showcase the need for regional active transportation partnerships across NW Indiana.  E-Scooters are the first vehicle brought to a community via vehicle share programs. 

We are happy to announce that as of 2024 a community partner has been found to launch NWI's regional, dockless bike share. You can read all about Cycle 219's successful lunch here

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