Bike share service now available in Baton Rouge

Bike share service now available in Baton Rouge
Gotcha rideshare bikes are now available in several locations throughout Baton Rouge, La., including LSU and Southern University. (Source: Nick Gremillion)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A bike share service is now available in several locations throughout Baton Rouge.

Gotcha, the bike share vendor, city leaders, and sponsors, held a ribbon cutting for the new service downtown on July 18.

Sean Flood, the CEO of the company, acknowledge that the roll out of the service was delayed. He said the company made sure the technology, particularly in the bikes’ locking system, was working properly.

Flood said despite the delays, he’s excited to bring his company’s service to Baton Rouge.

“You’ve got a really bought in mayor and city council for this type of program. You’ve got two major universities with Southern and LSU both committed to this program. And then you have corporate sponsors like Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Baton Rouge General who care about this type of program and who want to be vested and invested in the city. And to me that’s a perfect recipe for success.” Flood said.

A total of 500 Gotcha bikes will be available to rent throughout the city.

The cost to rent a bike includes a $2 unlocking fee and then a charge of $.10 (cents) per minute.

There are 17 bike share stations downtown with 12-20 docks at each station.

Gotcha stations have also been installed on LSU and SU campuses, as well as, near the LSU lakes and the Perkins Road overpass.

You can rent a Gotcha bike from any docking station in the city, bike around, and return it to any other docking station.

“I really want people to realize this is a mode of transportation. It’s a great way to see the city, but even better it’s even a great way to get to work and get to class. And really replace the need and reliance on an automobile,” Flood said.

LIST OF BIKE SHARE LOCATIONS

• Louisiana Art and Science Museum

• North Blvd & N 5th St

• Shaw Center for the Arts

• St Charles St & Spain St

• Florida St & N 3rd St

• N 3rd St & Laurel St

• Lafayette St & North St

• State Capitol Dr & N 6th St

• Main St & 5th St.

• Louisiana State Library

• Mayflower St. & St. Joseph St.

• N. 8th St & Main St

• Zeeland Ave & Perkins Rd

• Christian St & Perkins Rd

• River Rd S at Water

• Institute of the Gulf

• Napoleon St at Carver Branch Library

• Dr Leo S Butler Community Center

• Chimes St & Nicholson Dr

• E. Boyd Dr at Southgate Towers

• BREC Convention St Park

• BREC Expressway Park

• BREC Alaska St Park

• BREC May St Park

• BREC Milford Wampold Memorial Park

• BREC City Park

• LSU Campus

• Southern University Campus

Click here for a map of the installation locations and for more information, visit RideGotcha.com.

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