I know, I know. I put out an episode saying Gotcha is coming and they show up for one day before disappearing. Not a lot of comments from anyone about it either. But at last, Gotcha sent out this press release Oct. 11:
ELECTRIFYING DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CAPITAL CITY
Gotcha E-Scooters Hitting the Streets of Raleigh
CHARLESTON, S.C.– Today, Gotcha’s shared electric scooter fleet hits the streets of Raleigh as part of an exclusive partnership with the city. The fleet includes 150 e-scooters and includes the opportunity to add more based on rider demand. The scooters operate throughout the City of Raleigh from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm. It costs $1 to unlock a scooter and 15 cents for each minute of use after that.
Gotcha has been working tirelessly to improve its scooter technology so users will have positive interaction with the system which caused delays with the initial launch. However, to complement this launch, Gotcha has released a new and improved scooter app. Riders can download the “Gotcha Scooters” app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to register, locate, and unlock scooters.
“There’s a high demand for e-scooters in Raleigh,” said Michael Moore, Transportation Director for the City of Raleigh. “We wanted to bring in a high-quality scooter provider to meet that demand and deliver an easy, environmentally friendly way for our residents to commute. We think the little extra time involved to bring Gotcha to Raleigh is well worth it.”
The scooters reach 15 miles per hour and can go 18 to 20 miles per charge. The entire Gotcha fleet is GPS-enabled to make it easy for riders to find, unlock, and pick up a scooter throughout the city.
“Having a formal partnership in place with one exclusive vendor will help the City of Raleigh provide the safest and most reliable scooter-share program for residents and visitors,” said Sean Flood, CEO and founder of Gotcha. “We deeply appreciate the patience of the citizens and our city partner as we improved our scooter technology for a better riding experience. We hope to change the habits of residents to trade short car trips for sustainable shared mobility, and we plan to expand the fleet as interest grows.”
Safety is an important aspect of the scooter-share program. The fleet of e-scooters is equipped with automatic front and backlights for safety. Gotcha and the City of Raleigh advise riders to wear a helmet while using the scooters. Riders should follow all local traffic laws, including an ordinance that bans the use of scooters on sidewalks.
For more information on Gotcha’s e-scooter share program in Raleigh, visit ridegotcha.com/locations/Raleigh.
Gotcha is an e-mobility company dedicated to providing innovative shared mobility products and technologies that get people out of single-occupancy cars and safely onto efficient, sustainable electric mobility products. The company operates e-bikes, e-scooters, and e-trikes as transportation solutions tailored to cities and universities across the US. Gotcha empowers communities to lead happier, more productive lives through the transformative power of affordable, accessible micro-transit. For more information, visit ridegotcha.com.