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Red Bike becomes first public bike share in Kentucky



With the official opening of six stations in Covington this week, Cincy Red Bike became the first public bike share in Kentucky. Red Bike recently opened stations in Northside and near Cincinnati State, too, and there are plans to expand soon into Newport and Bellevue.

There are currently 50 stations across the city of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
 
Red Bike opened 30 bike share stations in Cincinnati last fall with funds that totaled $1.7 million. Partners include the city of Cincinnati, UC Health, Interact for Health, Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation, Procter & Gamble, Duke Energy and the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.

Red Bike has 955 members to date, and the bikes have gone on more than 46,000 rides.
 
A Google map of the new Covington stations show the stations:

• W. Rivercenter Blvd. and Madison Avenue near the Northern Kentucky Convention Center
• Greenup and E. Third streets near the Roebling Suspension Bridge
• W. Third and Bakewell streets
• W. Seventh St. and Washington Avenue near Braxton Brewing Company
• E. Fifth and Scott streets near the Kenton County Public Library/Gateway
• MainStrasse Village near Sixth and Main streets
 
Passes are $8 for 24 hours of use, and annual memberships are $80. Each bike has a 60-minute limit and can be returned to any Red Bike station in Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky.
 

Read more articles by Caitlin Koenig.

Caitlin Koenig is a Cincinnati transplant and 2012 grad of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. She's the department editor for Soapbox Media and currently lives in Northside with her husband, Andrew, and their three furry children. Follow Caitlin on Twitter at @caite_13.  
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