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To Celebrate Third Birthday, Red Bike Unveils Art Bikes

Red Bike - the bike-sharing program in Cincinnati, Covington, Newport, and Bellevue - is now three years old and to celebrate the milestone, the organization is releasing four special edition ART BIKES.

The new artsy rides will hit the streets on Wednesday morning.

Red Bike commissioned three local artists to re-imagine a Red Bike as a surprise gift to the community, in a project funded by ArtsWave.

The initial run of ART BIKES is the first of future creative collaborations between Red Bike, ArtsWave, and area artists to enhance community connection to art and transportation, a news release said. The three artists who contributed to this project are Amy Watson, Jessi Jumanji, Christian Schmit, through their mix of perspective and talent as a painter, sculptor, and fabric artist.

The bikes are being deployed to stations on Wednesday morning. Red Bike riders are encouraged to find the ART BIKES "in the wild" and to take pictures and videos riding the ART BIKES and to share them on social media using: #RedBikeArtBikes.

RED BIKE STATS (provided by Red Bike)

There have been 293,532 rides on Red Bike by 44,488 different riders.  Red Bike has grown to network of 57 stations and 442 bikes covering two states and four cities: Cincinnati, Covington, Newport, and Bellevue.

  • 7,773,246 minutes of ride time, or 5,398 days of riding, or 14.8 years of Red Bike riding.
  • Annual members average 13 minutes per ride, Day Pass riders average 44 minutes per ride.
  • 862,671 miles ridden, or 3.6 long bike rides to the Moon.
  • 814,506 pounds of carbon offset, or enough gas to drive around the world 38 times, or to drive to Columbus 8,982 times
  • 34,241,912 calories burned, or 9,783 pounds of weight loss, or 355 gold bars, which is worth $188,637,559.65… or the weight of 337 Baby Fionas.

Red Bike was launched in September of 2014 with 29 stations and 263 bikes.  Initial funding support came from Mayor John Cranley and Cincinnati City Council, Interact for Health, The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, UC Health, P&G, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Duke Energy, and the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.  Additional funders over the years include Capital Investment Group, Southbank Partners, the Cities of Bellevue, Covington, and Newport, John & Sue Topits, Chuck & Julie Scheper, and countless individuals and businesses who have all helped make Red Bike a success.

UC Health is the Presenting Sponsor of Red Bike.

-Staff report

Slideshow Images & Captions: 
Birthday Bash by Amy Watson