City of Syracuse has launched new bike share programme

Posted: 8 July 2019 | | No comments yet

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh and Gotcha have announced the launch of Gotcha’s Syracuse Sync bike share system.

City of Syracuse has launched new bike share programme

As part of the state of New York’s first shared e-bike system, 200 e-bikes are available for immediate use at 35 hubs throughout the City and Syracuse University.  

In partnership with the City of Syracuse and Adapt CNY, Gotcha’s Syracuse Sync bike share system will provide residents, visitors, and students with an affordable and accessible transportation option. All 200 bikes will have electronic pedal-assist technology that is well suited for hilly topography and designed to tackle the year-round elements of Central New York. The planned network of mobility hubs will seamlessly connect users to the City’s existing bike lanes and multiple Centro bus transfer stations.

Mayor Ben WalshCity of Syracuse, said: “Bringing a bike share system to Syracuse is another example of positive partnerships. We wouldn’t have Gotcha’s Syracuse Sync bike share programme without the support of Syracuse Common Council, help from Adapt CNY, Syracuse University, private sector partners, and because of Gotcha’s experience and commitment. This programme makes it easier for people to get around and see the City while reducing congestion and pollution – all while promoting active transportation. The City of Syracuse is pleased to be part of this bike share system.”

Rider safety is a top priority for Gotcha’s Syracuse Sync bike share program. Excellus BlueCross BlueShield provides safety messaging on each Gotcha Sync bike and encourages riders to wear a helmet.

Riders can easily find, unlock, and pick-up a bike via the Gotcha app, which is live in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Standard monthly and annual Mo-Pass subscriptions are available through the Gotcha app, or riders can “pay-as-you-go.” With the support of The Allyn Family Foundation, a reduced rate pass is available for low-to-moderate income residents.

Sean Flood, CEO and founder of Gotcha, said: “Gotcha is excited to partner with the City of Syracuse to launch the state’s first shared e-bike system. We look forward to connecting the City and campus via a safe and sustainable micro-transit option that will help reduce the use of single-occupancy cars.”