CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati's new bike-sharing system, Red Bike, launched last Monday and exceeded initial projections with 1,768 trips taken in the first week and a subscription of 223 annual members.
Red Bike officials had planned for 1,000 trips in the first week and have budgeted for 921 annual members, both based on industry benchmarks. Saturday, Sept. 20 was the biggest day of activity for the week with 480 trips.
"From the early ridership numbers, people seem excited about this new way to experience Cincinnati," said Mayor John Cranley. "And if you haven't had a chance to ride a Red Bike yet, I encourage you to get out there and go for a ride soon."
The bikes were installed last month in locations around the city including Fountain Square, Great American Ballpark and Horseshoe Casino.
Annual memberships in Red Bike are available for $80. The annual membership provides members unlimited 60-minute bike rides, 24 hours a day. Riders must check the bike back into one of the 30 kiosks every 60 minutes to avoid usage fees. Payment is by credit card only at www.cincyredbike.com.
Riders can also purchase 24-hour passes for $8 and includes rides up to 60 minutes. After 60 minutes an additional $4 fee is added for each extra 30 minutes up to a maximum daily charge of $50. Riders must check the bike in at any station to avoid the usage fees and can check out a bike as many times as they like during the 24-hour access period. There is a $1,200 charge for any unreturned bike.
Red Bike is a convenient, low cost, healthy and green transportation system. It is designed for short, point-to-point trips, and will add to the urban vitality of the city while increasing mobility for residents, workers, students, and visitors.