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New Bike- and Scooter-Share Program Rolling into Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md.- A new bike- and scooter-share program will soon roll into Salisbury. A company called "Gotcha" will operate the program in the city.

Mayor Jake Day said there will be several hundred electric bikes and scooters around Salisbury available for people to check out using a smartphone application.

"I think a lot of bigger cities, they have multiple was of transportation, but Salisbury really just has the bus, so if you're not on that bus schedule you're not likely going to get where you want to go if you don't have a car," said Ryan Mello, of Salisbury.

Like the previous bike share program that was operated by a company called "Spin," this new one will also be dockless. That means the bikes and scooters can be dropped off and picked up anywhere.

"What we have is some signs that will be out there, areas where you'll frequently be able to find or usually be able to find scooters and bikes," said Day.

However, Michael Stanford, also of Salisbury, said the Spin dockless bike-share created clutter in the city, and he thinks the new program will do the same.

"I always seen the bikes in the middle of the sidewalk as I was walking and thought it was just a big inconvenience and thought it could be more paid attention to," said Stanford.

Mello said he understands the concerns but thinks a bike-share program adds value to Salisbury.

"If you see a bike and it's laying on the ground that's not really bothering you, whereas if it's helping someone get somewhere, that's a little bit more of a benefit," said Mello.

Gotcha will be launching the bike share program later this summer. 

Gotcha operates fleets of shared mobility devices that are organized at hubs. Gotcha is working with the City of Salisbury to strategically determine convenient hub locations. Riders can locate hub locations within the Gotcha app.

We encourage riders to end rides at designated parking hub locations. This means our bikes live in safe and predictable areas where they’re easy for riders to find without cluttering the streets or sidewalks.

Riders will be charged an out-of-hub fee if they don’t park in a designated Gotcha mobility hub area.

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