The Towns of Christiansburg and Blacksburg, Montgomery County and Virginia Tech have recently teamed up with Bolt Mobility, powered by Gotcha, to expand ride sharing in the New River Valley. In June 2021 the region’s existing pedal bike system was converted to an electric-assist bike system. There are currently 75 e-bikes available at 13 hubs. Bicycle reservations and rentals can be made with a smartphone through the Apple App Store or Google Play for Android. For more information and pricing check out: https://ridegotcha.com/locations/roamnrv/.
The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation is supporting the program with start-up funding of $200,000, along with $50,000 in matching funds from the local participating partners. It is anticipated that ongoing operational costs will come from a combination of grant funds, local funds from the partners, bike share memberships, and sponsorships.
Around the world, the bike sharing phenomenon has received increasing attention as the answer to affordable, accessible, and environmentally conscious public transportation. Bike shares deliver a variety of mobility, economic, health, and safety benefits as well.
How it Works
About Bolt Mobility
Bolt is a micro mobility startup, co-founded by Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt. Bolt Mobility is the new owner of private mobility company Gotcha, and NC Rides, who manages operations.
“The New River Valley is building for the future,” said Bolt CEO Ignacio Tzoumas. “Through our partnership with local governments and stakeholders, we can leverage Bolt’s technology to help reduce pollution, improve congestion, provide transportation to the underserved, and shorten commute times.” This is a unique model in the industry, with Bolt providing the technology, operations managed locally, and input being provided by local governments and other stakeholders.
Christiansburg currently has two bike racks - one at the Christiansburg Recreation Center and one near New River Community College's campus at the New River Valley Mall with plans to install more bike racks at outside the Town Hall (downtown), the Aquatic Center, and the Food Lion (just down from the Rec Center).
To get started with a bike, visit https://ridegotcha.com/location/roamnrv/.