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How to Get Zapped

Simply ride normally past the Zap Station, on the same side of the street that has the solar panel and RFID reading antenna.

Ride past where the antenna is pointing. That is usually the “sweet spot,’ and is usually about 5′-15′ from the actual pole on the bike/hike trail. Do NOT bike directly under the pole or on the opposite side of the street where the antenna is pointing.

You will hear a “beep” if you have been read. Generally trip data will be uploaded to your personal calendar within 15 minutes.

You only need one ZAP per day to get your credit for that day. More than one ZAP per day will not add to your mileage or total trips.

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Where can I get Zapped?

Tags are ‘zapped’ at one of two strategically placed ZAP readers: The first is on University Drive, between the Darland Administration Building and the Lund Heating Plant. The second is on University Drive, near the Stadium:

Tagging your bike

Get your bike(s) tagged in one of three ways:

  1. Contact bike@d.umn.edu to have a tag attached to the front wheel of your bike OR visit the UMD Recreational Sports Outdoor Program Rental Center and a Rental Center employee will tag your bike.

  2. Come to JoyRide Duluth! On the first Friday of every month, Bike-to-Campus staff will be available to tag bikes.

Then just start riding! Roll past a ZAP reader and start getting counted!

Participants can win cool stuff each month, or be entered in the grand prize drawing for a new bike. Staff and faculty can also earn Wellness rewards to reduce health insurance premiums.

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What if I have more than one bike?

No problem, you can have several bikes associated with your account.  Contact bike@d.umn.edu or go to the Rental Center to have another tag installed.