Getting Started

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.

Reading zone is 5' to 15' in front of Zap antenna.

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:

Campus map with Zap antenna locations indicated.

Tagging your bike

Get your bike(s) tagged by visiting the UMD Recreational Sports Outdoor Program Rental Center or the Transportation and Parking Services Office and an employee will tag your bike and get instructions for signing up!

  1.  Go to RSOP Rental Center (154 Sports and Health Center) or Transportation and Parking Services (202 Kirby Plaza) to have a free RFID tag installed on your bicycle.

  2. Register your tag with Dero ZAP.

  3. Then just start riding! Ride your bike past a ZAP RFID reader so your ride is counted. 

Already Tagged?

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What if I have more than one bike?

No problem, you can have several bikes associated with your account.  Contact the Rental Center to have another tag installed.