Bike Share hopes to roll into Cincinnati this summer

Dec 20, 2013

Bike Share, the increasingly popular membership program allowing riders to check out bikes at multiple locations around town, is anticipated to open up in Cincinnati this summer.

New Executive Director of Cincy Bike Share Jason Barron says, "this is not just for bike enthusiasts...going to a meeting, running an errand, or going to lunch will be a lot more accessible from the time standpoint." He's now in the fundraising stage for the first of what could be three phases:

  • Phase I-Downtown and Over the Rhine
  • Phase II-Uptown
  • Phase III-Northern Kentucky

A feasibility study recommends 21 stations in Downtown/OTR Cincinnati and 14 more in the Uptown area.

Here's how it works: You get a year membership or day pass, pick up a bike from a station, ride it for no more than 30 minutes, dock it at another station, do your errand and then pick up another bike.

Green Umbrella put out a fact sheet saying the plan is to have 210 bikes docked at 21 stations Downtown and Over the Rhine.

The number of cities participating in a bike sharing program is increasing.

Here are some of the cities named in a government report on bike sharing:

  • Washington D.C.
  • New York, NY
  • Miami Beach, FL
  • Boulder, CO
  • Denver, CO
  • Boston
  • Minneapolis
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Spartenburg, SC
  • Irvine, CA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Portland, OR
  • Tuscon, AZ
  • Madison, WI
  • San Fransisco, CA
  • Columbus, OH