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Record red bike use in Cincinnati

Cincinnati is seeing record use of the new red bicycle program. (Provided by Cincy Red Bikes) Cincinnati is seeing record use of the new red bicycle program. (Provided by Cincy Red Bikes)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

By Sara Celi

Just about six months into the first year for Cincy Red Bikes, the initiative has already seen record usage.

More than 19,000 rides were taken on the bikes since September, far exceeding expectations even with the rough winter, said spokesman Jason Barron.

A study estimated a total of 52,000 annual rides.

Annual memberships have also been surprisingly high with two-thirds of the expected annual memberships already been sold, Barron said.

This all comes as Red Bike works to expand in Covington, Bellevue, and Newport by the July 14 All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park in Downtown Cincinnati.

Officials envision six stations in Covington, four in Newport four and two in Bellevue.

All three city governments are looking at fundraising options and private donations.

Each individual Red Bike station costs about $50,000.

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