The Towns of Christiansburg and Blacksburg, Montgomery County and Virginia Tech have teamed up with private mobility company Gotcha and local bike shop Bike Barn to bring the Roam NRV bike share system to the area.
Roam NRV, operated by Gotcha and administered by Blacksburg Transit, will begin with 12 hubs and 75 bikes distributed across the towns, and university campus. The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation is supporting the program with start-up funding of $200,000, along with $50,000 in matching funds from the local participating partners. It is anticipated that ongoing operational costs will come from a combination of grant funds, local funds from the partners, bike share memberships, and sponsorships.
Around the world, the bike sharing phenomenon has received increasing attention as the answer to affordable, accessible, and environmentally conscious public transportation. Bike shares deliver a variety of mobility, economic, health, and safety benefits as well.
How it Works
It’s as easy as finding an orange Roam NRV bike at one of the 12 hubs, deciding how long you’d like to ride, paying by credit card, and hitting the road. Take a quick 15 minute spin for $1; ride an hour for $4; sign up for unlimitedaccess in a 24-hour period for $10 or get really serious and sign up for a $20 monthly or $60 annual membership. Bicycle reservations and rentals can be made via a smartphone app, or online at http://gotchabike.com/roamnrv/.
Gotcha, based in Charleston, South Carolina is the only fully customizable, turnkey bike share system in the U.S., custom tailored for cities, towns, and universities. Their smart bikes are tech-enabled, tracked with GPS technology, equipped with anti-theft devices, and can be locked at any bike rack.
Christiansburg currently has two bike racks - one at the Christiansburg Recreation Center and one near New River Community College's campus at the New River Valley Mall.