Zagster bike-sharing company setting up in Normal

Sep 13, 2016

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NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - A pedal-power program is coming to Bloomington-Normal because of the Normal City Council's approval of a contract with a bicycle-sharing company. 

Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Zagster will install nine stations in Bloomington as well as Normal, although Bloomington isn't paying for the program - nor is Illinois Wesleyan University in that city or Illinois State University in Normal. 

Zagster will receive $84,600 a year over three years and 7 percent of rental proceeds. Normal officials believe they can recoup 20 percent of their cost through remaining rental fees. 

BroMenn Medical Center will chip in $10,000 per year and advertise on the bikes and stations. 

Normal City Manager Mark Peterson says the contract can be canceled with 90 days' notice.