Bike share in Baton Rouge should be ready to launch by March

Baton Rouge bike share program expected to be ready by March

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A highly anticipated bike share program in Baton Rouge might finally come to fruition.

The bikes should be expected to be up and ready to ride by March, according to Downtown Development District Executive Director Davis Rhorer at January’s DDD meeting.

Back in late September, East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced that Gotcha was selected to launch the city’s first public bike share program. The launch would be an effort for the city to provide more transportation alternatives to citizens.

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Five hundred GPS-enabled e-bikes will be installed in 50 different locations throughout the city, including ones at the Louisiana State University, Southern University, City Park and the Baton Rouge Lakes.

Rhoer said he hopes the bikes will eventually be set up in residential areas.

Riders will have the ability to locate and reserve the self-pedaling bikes through Gotcha’s app.

Also at the meeting, Rhorer brought up the three Bird electric scooters spotted on a street in Downtown Baton Rouge. He said the scooters were not allowed to be on the site, and that city planning would need to implement regulations in order for the DDD to consider bringing in electric scooters to the city.

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