Gotcha Bike Launches Holy Spokes, Nation’s Newest Bike Share, In One of Its Most Historic Cities

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Gotcha Bike launches Charleston's first official city bike share program, Holy Spokes, with Title Partner MUSC Health to encourage exercise and relieve traffic pressures.

People can now easily access bikes for use during their lunch break, getting to and from work, or just exploring the beautiful sights the Charleston peninsula offers.

Charleston residents and visitors now have access to 250 of the nation’s smartest bikes at 27 corrals strategically placed throughout the peninsula. The service is expected to inspire healthy exercise and relieve some of the city’s parking and traffic pressures.

“This is a great day for the residents and visitors who explore or work on our historic downtown peninsula,” said Sean Flood, CEO of The Gotcha Group, which is headquartered in Charleston. “People can now easily access bikes for use during their lunch break, getting to and from work, or just exploring the beautiful sights the Charleston peninsula offers.”

“We are enthusiastic about this partnership to bring Holy Spokes to Charleston,” said Patrick J. Cawley, MD, MHM, FACHE, CEO of MUSC Health and Vice President for Health Affairs, University. “Promoting health is something we take seriously, and now our entire community will have 24/7 access to these bikes, encouraging exercise while alleviating some of the congestion around the campus.”

Today’s ceremony at the MUSC Urban Farm featured remarks by Mayor John Tecklenburg, and a ribbon cutting in which scores of bikes fanned out to dedicated corrals around town.

The 250 locally assembled Holy Spokes bikes are the nation’s smartest, thanks to Gotcha Bike partner, Social Bicycles, and its proprietary GPS technology that allows users to locate and activate the bikes through a smartphone or computer.

The integrated technology and flashing safety lights are powered through a built-in solar panel and dynamo hub, giving riders real-time data from each bike ride, such as calories burned, CO2 emissions reduced and money saved versus driving.

Since 2015, riders in the 22 Gotcha Bike programs across the U.S. have biked off more than 4 million calories, reduced CO2 emissions by more than 88,000 pounds (3,520 gallons of gas), and saved more than $58,000 spent on car maintenance, gas and repairs.

Pricing plans for locals, visitors and students allow customers to pay as they go, or secure monthly and annual memberships. Each plan includes an allotment of daily free ride time; bikes are available 24/7.

●    Pay-As-You-Go: $8/hour
●    Monthly Membership: $15/month with 30 minutes of free ride time daily
●    Annual Membership: $69/year with one hour of free ride time daily

For more information on the Holy Spokes Bike Share please visit http://charlestonbikeshare.com.

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ABOUT GOTCHA BIKE
Gotcha Bike provides bike share programs at 22 college, residential and corporate campuses across the U.S. In many markets, the bike share unites riders with national brands that underwrite the service. Durability features of the specially made bikes include a lightweight and rustproof aluminum frame, waterproof Kevlar seats and puncture-resistant tires, which offer a maintenance-free smart bike.

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