What is Bikeshare?
Bikeshare is new and growing way to travel.
For people, it’s a new way to move around town. Subscribers pick up bikes at stations, ride them where they want to go, and drop off bikes at stations near their destinations. For the city, Bikeshare is another transportation choice. The more choices we have, the quicker we move around in a place.
The Baton Rouge Area Foundation, local government, BREC, LSU, Southern University and many private businesses partnered to start BikeShare in the parish. Parish government chose Gotcha Group as the bikeshare provider.
Gotcha started service in July 2019, with stations situated where demand was predicted to be greatest: Downtown, LSU, Southern University and nearby neighborhoods. In a second phase, bikeshare will expand to the Baton Rouge Health District and Mid City.
BikeShare will improve Baton Rouge in multiple ways, but the most notable areas are transportation/mobility, quality of life, economic impact, health and traffic safety.
Learn more about Gotcha’s local network.
How bikeshare works
Bikeshare is best for short distance point-to-point trips. Various membership options are available, from a few dollars for a one-day membership pass to annual memberships that are less than the cost of owning a bike. Under memberships, the first hour is free. After that, subscribers are charged gradually increasing fees to discourage users from holding onto bicycles when they are not being used, ensuring that bikes are available for all subscribers and the system is shared.
Get: Unlock a bike with the Gotcha app used to scan a code on the bike.
Ride: Take trips for up to an hour of accumulated time each day. The timer starts over each time you unlock a bike.
Return: After riding, return the bike to any station. Make sure it is docked securely and go about your day!