FREE DOWNTOWN SHUTTLE SERVICE NAMED; MEDIA INVITED TO PREVIEW MARCH 28

 

For Immediate Release: March 24, 2017

Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL:  i-Ride Sarasota is here! Media representatives are invited to experience Sarasota’s new free downtown shuttle service, i-Ride Sarasota operated by Gotcha Ride, during a special preview on Tuesday, March 28 at 2 p.m. at City Hall, 1565 First Street.

Media: Please meet on First Street in front of the City Hall steps.

A Gotcha Ride shuttle service vehicle on display at City Hall in February.

 i-Ride Sarasota electric vehicles will be available for the media to enjoy a ride around downtown Sarasota and learn about this new service.

“This is the official unveiling of i-Ride Sarasota, along with the accompanying logo,” said Parking General Mark Lyons. “In a simple manner, both the name and logo convey the purpose of this pilot program: to connect people with places. We’re excited to offer the media a sneak peek and the opportunity to experience a ride prior to the public launch of the service the following day on March 29.”

The following individuals will be on site and will talk about i-Ride Sarasota:

  • Mayor Willie Shaw
  • Tom Barwin – City Manager
  • Mark Lyons – Parking General Manager
  • Sean Flood – CEO, Gotcha Ride LLC

 Starting the following day, Wednesday, March 29, i-Ride Sarasota will be available to the public.

A free ride with i-Ride Sarasota can be secured three ways:

  • Free mobile app – Gotcha Ride
  • Telephone: 941-444-2585
  • Hail a vehicle on the street

Hours of operation will be 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily.

The service area will include the downtown area and Rosemary District with boundaries being: 14th Street to the north; Mound Street to the south; School Avenue to the east; and, the Bayfront to the west.

“We are excited to bring our transportation solutions to a beautiful city like Sarasota,” said Gotcha Media Holdings CEO Sean Flood, a Tampa native. “Our experience in other densely-populated communities with parking and transportation challenges is a perfect fit. We look forward to making a positive impact on residents, businesses and visitors.”

Gotcha (Green Operated Transit Carrying Humanity Around) focuses on sustainability and will operate seven low speed electric vehicles to shuttle people, and reduce the number of cars on the roads.

In February, the City Commission unanimously approved funding for a 2-year pilot program with Gotcha. The goal is for the program to pay for itself through advertising displayed on the vehicles.

The first local i-Ride Sarasota sponsor is CitySide, a new 228-unit apartment community in the Rosemary District. Advertisements for the new apartment community will be wrapped on the exterior of the i-Ride Sarasota vehicles.

“We could not pass up the opportunity to support an eco-friendly initiative that will help alleviate traffic in the city we call home,” said Bruce Weiner, CitySide developer/owner. “Our residents are very excited about the i-Ride Sarasota service”.

For more information, contact Mark Lyons, Parking General Manager: 941-365-2200 ext. 4059.

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 About Gotcha Ride and GotchaMedia Holdings: Gotcha Ride is a division of Gotcha Media Holdings, a bi-coastal company focused on collegiate, event and community-based marketing. Gotcha Media brings integrated, targeted opportunities to brands and the communities they want to reach. In addition to branded Gotcha Ride and Bike solutions, they offer owned media on campuses nationwide, plus large-scale product sampling, youth and family engagement, and more.

About the City of Sarasota: Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 53,000 year round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles. Learn more about us at www.SarasotaGov.com