A new bike sharing program in Utica has officially kicked off.

Mayor Robert Palmieri says Zagster will provide residents and visitors with a convenient, affordable and healthy way to travel throughout the City.

“It is exciting to announce the City of Utica is launching its first ever bike share program with Zagster,” Mayor Palmieri said. “Providing our residents with all the quality of life amenities you would find in larger cities is a top priority as it attracts everyone from young professionals to empty-nesters alike.”

Riders can join Zagster by signing up for an annual membership, student membership or hourly plan.

It's $20 for an annual membership, $10 for students and $2 an hour for non-members.

Starting today, 25 cruiser bikes and one tandem tricycle will be available at five stations for members to use.

The five stations for Utica’s bike share are:

Downtown Utica Station (corner of Columbia Street and Genesee Street)

Culver Avenue Station (at Buckley Pool)

Addison Miller Station (at Addison Miller Park)

Erie Canal Station (at Aqua Vino Restaurant)

Parkway Station (at Parkway Recreation Center)

photo courtesy of City of Utica