CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – A new addition is coming to the New River Valley’s bike share program.
The RoamNRV program has teamed up with Bolt Mobility, the new owner of Gotcha, to convert the region’s existing pedal bike system to an all-electric-assist fleet of e-bikes.
Approximately 75 e-bikes will be online by this weekend — starting Saturday, June 5 — with plans to grow the system through the summer, including a total of 150 e-bikes and several new hub locations throughout the region.
The program brings many benefits to the NRV, including making transportation within and between towns easier, faster and more enjoyable.
Local residents and visitors will be able to access the e-bikes at one of 12 existing RoamNRV locations to explore the region; ride the Huckleberry Trail throughout Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Montgomery County; or access Virginia Tech’s campus.
Among the many safety precautions, bikes on the Huckleberry Trail will have a reduced maximum speed of 15 mph.
All users, including existing users of the current system, will be required to download the new “Gotcha Powered by Bolt” app which is available for download in the Apple Store and through the Google Play store.
“The New River Valley is building for the future. 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.”Ignacio Tzoumas, Bolt CEO
NC Rides will manage the operation of the new Bolt Mobility bikes.