Red Bike: More than 17,000 riders in first calendar year

Red Bike: More than 17,000 riders in first calendar year

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - In its first 16 months of operation, more than 17,000 people took a ride on Cincinnati's bike sharing program, Red Bike.

That's just one of the statistics in Red Bike's first annual report released Monday.

The report covers the period from the launch of Red Bike in September 2014 through its first full calendar year of 2015.

According to the report, in the past 16 months, riders burned over 11.6 million calories, equivalent to 3,329 pounds of weight loss. Riders also saved over 18,000 gallons of gasoline and rode more than 290,000 miles.

78 percent of riders said that the bike sharing program made Cincinnati a more enjoyable place to live, according to a user survey of 1,400 riders. 74% of riders said they rode a bike either never or less than once a month before Red Bike opened.

"Red Bike has gotten off to a dream start.  Our community has embraced this new form of transportation," said Leslie Maloney, President of the Red Bike Board of Directors, in a release. "We will work to continue providing the highest quality and most fun transportation option in Cincinnati."

After just nine months Red Bike expanded from 29 to 50 bike stations, and now consists of 385 bikes with 1,200 annual members and 200 semester members.

According to the press release, Red Bike will add seven stations and 50 more bikes later this summer.

If you want to check out the full annual report and the results of the user survey click here.

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