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More than 116,000 Red Bike Trips Taken, First Annual Report Shows

The first annual report from Red Bike is in - and the numbers show great interest in the regional bike-sharing program.

The report, released Monday, covers the period from the launch of Red Bike in September 2014 through the full calendar year of 2015, which saw its expansion throughout Cincinnati and into Northern Kentucky.

Last month, The River City News profiled Red Bike and the number of trips taken in its first year of operation in Northern Kentucky. Those numbers showed a consistent use of the bikes to access both sides of the Ohio and Licking Rivers.

Notable highlights from the nonprofit bike sharing organization's newly released annual report:

  • 116,739 rides taken on Red Bikes.
  • 293,802 miles ridden – enough to ride around the Earth 12 times.
  • 11,651,944 calories burned – equivalent to 3,329 pounds of weight loss.
  • 18,092 gallons of gas saved – equivalent to 335,000 pounds of CO2 removed from the atmosphere.
  • 17,683 different people rode Red Bike.
  • After 9 months of operation, expanded from 29 stations to 50 stations, a 70 percent increase.
  • System covers 2 states, 4 cities, and many Cincinnati neighborhoods.
  • Conducted a user survey with over 1,400 responses.
  • 74 percent rode a bike either never or less than once a month before Red Bike opened.
  • The top reported heath effect from riding Red Bike was improved mood.
  • 78 percent said that Red Bike made Cincinnati a more enjoyable place to live.
  • Launched a partnership with CityLink to provide discounted memberships to CityLink clients.

Despite impressive usage numbers and a positive perception by users, the program's financials show strong support from government grants and a smaller percentage of revenue from the program itself, though. Government subsidies and foundation grants provided Red Bike with nearly $1 million of its $1.1 million of income in 2015. The program generated just over $75,000.

“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 and Senior Vice President of the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, in a news release. “We will work to continue providing the highest quality and most fun transportation option in Cincinnati.”

The full annual report and the results of the user survey are available on Red Bike’s website: www.cincyredbike.org/report

Red Bike began as a project of Leadership Cincinnati in 2011. In spring of 2014, Red Bike got rolling when Mayor John Cranley and Cincinnati City Council voted to contribute funding to the effort allowing the system to launch 4 months later.

Red Bike is Greater Cincinnati’s bike share system of 50 stations and 385 bikes with 1,200 annual members and 200 semester members.  Later this summer Red Bike will add seven stations and 50 additional bikes.  Red Bike is a non-profit 501c3 dedicated to improving the community by providing a low-cost, healthy, and green transportation option that makes Greater Cincinnati a more vibrant and connected community.

-Staff report