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Community discusses bike share program coming later this summer

Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz introduced an example of the bikes to be used in the bike share (WNWO).

You will soon be able to rent a bike in Toledo, using your phone.

It's a bike for the future, a future Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz wants to be a part of.

"You know, we have smart technology in our cars and our phones, so, if we're going to do something, let's do it right. It will help us more wisely deploy our resources if we know where these bikes are and how much they're being used."

Earlier this year, The Gotcha Group received nearly $300,000 from Metroparks Toledo for a local bike share program.

The company's already done more than 30 of these across the country, personalizing each fleet to its respective city or university.

"Our goal, along with the city is to have bikes on the ground late July or early August, so we've got a lot of work to do in a short amount of time. Once we navigate this, we're going to get to work building bikes in Charleston," said CEO Sean Flood.

Gotcha Group CEO Sean Flood took part in a community conversation, answering questions from Toledoans.

While the overall look and cost of the bikes are still up in the air, he did say the smart bikes will have GPS tracking, be used with an app and be available year round.

Avid biker, Keith Webb had a lot of questions.

"I'm just excited to see the physical bike. It's really going to happen. There's been talk about bike share and other types of things for the city of Toledo, in the past, but now you can actually see a tangible bike and you know it's going to happen. We're really looking forward to that."

The first phase will feature 100 bikes in 18 different locations.

The company will look at where the bikes are being used most before adding more.

"They call them smart bikes for a reason. You get good data from them," said Webb.

As far as bike security, the company has seen one bike stolen in three years.

Each bike has puncture-resistant tires and an extremely secure lock.

If a bike goes off the grid, they will know based on their GPS.

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