Covington Scores Funding for 5, Maybe 6 Red Bike Stations
The City of Covington will soon have five, maybe six Red Bike stations, Mayor Sherry Carran told The River City News on Saturday.
A meeting will be held Monday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall for the public to learn more.
Jason Barron, executive director of the non-profit bike sharing program that has more than 30 stations in Cincinnati and aims to launch in Northern Kentucky before July's Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Great American Ballpark, will be in Covington on Monday to discuss the program.
Calling the donations "generous", Carran did not specify from whom the money came but more details would be available at the beginning of next week. With an estimated cost of between $40,000 and $50,000 per station, the donations must be in the ballpark of $200,000 or more in order to place 5 or 6 stations in the city.
In January, when The River City News was first to show a map of where Red Bike is hoping to place locations in Northern Kentucky, ten spots in Covington were identified: Riverside Drive, RiverCenter Boulevard, Third & Greenup Streets in Roebling Point, Fifth Street & Scott Boulevard near Gateway College's Urban Center, near Pike Street & Madison Avenue, two locations on Martin Luther King Boulevard with one near the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption and another near the 12th Street Bridge to Newport, one on Third Street near the former Waterfront Restaurant site, one in Mainstrasse Village, and another near the intersection of Pike & Main Streets.
Which half dozen spots would be chosen first was not immediately known. Covington City Engineer Mike Yeager has been working with Red Bike to iron out details.
Since Red Bike's Northern Kentucky desires were made public last November, the River Cities have been actively planning how to implement the program. All of the cities received $20,000 for their efforts from Southbank Partners and Newport has raised enough money for two and nearly enough for three but wants four stations in the city. Bellevue changed its zoning regulations in preparation of cashing in during the All-Star game on food trucks, short-term leases, and Red Bike opportunities. A lead fundraiser has taken control of the efforts but the city is struggling to find matching funds in its budget.