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Red Bike to Celebrate Birthday with New Beer Named for It & Dollar Rides

Red Bike will soon celebrate its first year in operation and it's offering rides for a buck.

On September 15, the Cincinnati-based bike-sharing program will turn 1-year old, the same day President (and Cincinnati native) William Howard Taft would be 158-years old, so the celebration will take place at Taft's Ale House (1429 Race Street, Cincinnati) in Over-the-Rhine. The party starts at 6 p.m. with Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Dr. Rick Lofgren, President & CEO of UC Health, the presenting sponsor of Red Bike.

At the Birthday Party, Red Bike and Taft’s Ale House will unveil Red Bike Beer, a light, low alcohol zwickelbier, a historic style of German beer, meant to be enjoyed fresh and unfiltered. Taft’s Ale House will also debut a specialty Red Bike glass, perfect for drinking Red Bike Beer. 

As a thank-you to the community, Red Bike is offering $1 day passes (the cost is usually $8) with the promo code 91515 (all other standard charges apply, such as late fees applied to rides longer than 60 minutes without checking in).

And no good birthday is without presents, so at the party, attendees can snap photos with William Howard Taft and a Red Bike, post them on social media with #bigbillysredbike and be eligible to win prizes from Taft’s Ale House and Red Bike, including a Grand Prize of a $100 gift card for Taft’s Ale House and a Red Bike annual membership.

Red Bike will be announcing its ridership statistics on September 15th to reveal the effect that the bike share program has had on the community.  Red Bike launched 30 stations last September and has already grown to 50 stations throughout Downtown Cincinnati, Over-the-Rhine, the West End, Uptown, Northside, Covington, Newport, and Bellevue.

In Northern Kentucky, where Red Bike began operations in June, riders have taken flight thousands of times. There are six stations in Covington, four in Newport, and one in Bellevue with another planned.

-Staff report

Photo: Red Bike station in Covington (RCN file)