Baton Rouge launches first bike share program

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Anyone wanting to get out and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Baton Rouge while getting some exercise can do so with bikes you can rent.

‘Gotcha’ bike share program officially launching its program today in the Capital City.

500 electric pedal-assist bikes are available at 50 mobility hubs throughout downtown and on the campuses of LSU and Southern.

East Baton Rouge Parish secured a five-year contract with the South Carolina-based company for around $800,000.

The bikes are equipped with GPS tracking to prevent theft and automatic lights if you’re riding at night.

Officials say this new system can get more people out the house and do something fun.

“Having a bike share system in Baton Rouge is going to promote an active lifestyle, get more people on the street and viewing the different sights. With that pedal assist, it will give you an extra boost so you’re not working as hard on a traditional bike,” says Communication Manager Cokie Reed.

Riders can download the Gotcha app on their phone to rent a bike.

Costs start at $2 to unlock a bike and pay 10 cents per minute of use.

Monthly and annual subscriptions are available: $6.99 for students and $9.99 monthly and/or $59.99 for students and $79.99 annually.

Plans are in place to expand to 80 hubs throughout the city and eventually have up to 850 bikes available over the next year.

For more information about Gotcha, you can visit their website here.

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