Hop On A County Bike, Ride Its Trails

A rider cruises the Perkiomen Trail in Oaks PA (above), near a county bike share docking station

OAKS PA – An inexpensive bicycle rental program for residents and tourists who want to ride, rather than walk, dozens of miles of smooth, asphalt-paved trails across Montgomery County is now available at two county trailhead locations.

Initial installments of the county bike share program can be found in the highly popular Lower Perkiomen Valley Park in Oaks PA, easily accessible from four-lane U.S. Route 422; and at the head of the Pennypack Trail, just off Huntingdon Pike in Lower Moreland PA.

Renting one of the Zagster bikes is easy, Montgomery County says: just enter a code, unlike the bicycle, and ride

Renting one of the Zagster bikes is easy, Montgomery County says: just enter a code, unlike the bicycle, and ride. You can register right from your cell phone

The docking station in Oaks is located on the Perkiomen Trail near its intersections with the Schuylkill River Trail and the Chester Valley Trail. The Huntingdon Valley location is in one of the most highly populated sections of the county on the extended Pennypack Trail. Both are operated by Zagster, a company founded in Philadelphia in 2007 as CityRyde and now headquartered in Cambridge, MA.

There are a total of 12 bikes involved in the launch, six at each location. They are available for use by the hour ($5) or the day ($25) through a mobile app or via text with Zagster. Registration is required.

The county’s program features a bicycle branded as the “Breezer Uptown,” known for its lightweight but durable construction and specifically designed for city and paved-trail riding. All bikes come with baskets for carrying personal belongings and a Zagster bike lock, which allows riders to securely park their bikes wherever they want.

The county currently has more than 60 miles of trails, with an additional 10 miles in
design or under construction. Its busiest, the Schuylkill River Trail, annually attracts more than 800,000 people; another 400,000 use the Perkiomen Trail.

During the next two years, the county says, improvements or extensions are planned for the Schuylkill River Trail, Chester Valley Trail, Pennypack Trail, Wissahickon Trail Connector, Cross County Trail, the Norristown Trail Center, and the Sunrise Trail.

Photos by Joe Zlomek for The Post Publications LLC