The one-year pilot programme will introduce 500 GPS-enabled Gotcha e-bikes this summer in the coastal communities of Encinitas, Solana Beach and Del Mar.
North San Diego County in California is rolling out an electric bike-share programme from mobility-as-a-service provider, Gotcha, in the coastal communities of Encinitas, Solana Beach, and Del Mar.
Through a partnership with the North County Transit District (NCTD), the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), and the three municipalities, this one-year pilot programme will introduce 500 GPS-enabled e-bikes this summer, with the opportunity for expansion.
Riders will be able to access the bikes at hubs throughout each city by using the Gotcha smart phone app. People will be able to pre-pay for monthly and annual memberships or pay as they go on a daily basis.
SANDAG has supported the North San Diego County coastal cities with bike-share programme planning and deployment over the last 18 months. The cities, NCTD, SANDAG, and Gotcha will continue to collaborate on pilot data analysis and public outreach.
"We are increasingly aware of the need to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions to limit the effects of climate change by offering a viable transportation alternative to driving alone," said Crystal Najera, climate action plan programme administrator for the City of Encinitas. “While this pilot programme is focused on e-bikes, we appreciate that Gotcha offers multiple e-mobility products."
"We are increasingly aware of the need to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions to limit the effects of climate change by offering a viable transportation alternative to driving alone"
Gotcha is working on expanding partnerships throughout California and is committed to being an affordable and convenient transportation resource for the state. In preparation for this tri-city bike-share system launch, Gotcha is determining hub locations, working with local organisations, hiring local staff, and providing public outreach.
"We’re excited to develop a regional bike share partnership in North San Diego County and look forward to expanding further," said Sean Flood, CEO and founder of Gotcha. "We’re proud to provide a micro-transit solution that will help reduce reliance on single occupancy, gas-powered vehicles while reducing carbon dioxide emissions."
Gotcha currently operates more than 50 shared e-mobility systems in cities and universities across the US.
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