PHOTOS: Cincy Red Bike Quickly Taking Shape Throughout City Center

Last week’s press conference on Fountain Square revealed a number of new details regarding Cincinnati’s new bike share system. In addition to unveiling the design of the bikes, stations and membership cards, officials also finally shared the system’s name – Cincy Red Bike.

Jason Barron, executive director of Cincy Red Bike, said that dozens of volunteers quickly assembled 260 of the bikes that will populate the initial 35-station system. Barron further clarified a point discussed in our analysis from just before the conference, and stated that each station will have between 13 and 19 docks, thus giving the system an initial docking capacity of 520 bikes. This would easily exceed the ideal 50% space contingency.

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The press was also informed that the station at Union Terminal, which would have been a far off island from the rest of the initial system, has since been scratched for that very reason.

“Research indicated that having an island station like that is difficult for system balancing and that it typically does not get much use,” Barron told UrbanCincy. “An exception may be a park or someplace where people check out the bike ride it around the park and them check it back in.”

In terms of handling the balancing for such a large initial system, Cincy Red Bike will be utilizing a small van at first, but may add a trailer or a bike trailer to the balancing fleet at a later date depending on the system’s needs.

The process of getting a system like this operational so quickly comes with some challenges. While installing two to three new stations a day, officials are also still trying to work out the final membership and daily rates for users. Barron also says that the system map has changed some since initial releases, and that a new map will be released soon.

Those who want to stay up-to-date on the rapidly evolving system can do so now by following Cincy Red Bike on Facebook and on Twitter @CincyRedBike.

EDITORIAL NOTE: All 24 photos were taken by Breanna Tracy for UrbanCincy on August 16, 2014.

  • Jasomm

    I was just thinking that my next trip to cincy would be great for using these, riding around the Banks and OTR, and could actually ride over to Union Terminal. Guess not.. Well, we could but couldn’t deposit the bike there and start a new rental on the way out, so I guess you need to pay the whole time it is locked up outside?

    • dpeters11

      This would be a scenario to rent a bike from the Bike Center at Smale Riverfront Park downtown. You can rent a bike for an entire day from them.

      http://bikeandpark.com/city/cincinnati/ride-for-fun

    • Jasomm

      Good call!
      thanks!

    • dpeters11

      It would be the best option anyway. Bike Share units are by design heavy 3 speed step through utility bikes.

  • http://www.cincymap.org/ Nate Wessel

    I won’t stop saying this until one gets added:
    A union terminal bike share station would be an absolutely critical link to Amtrak. To a large degree, I don’t care how hard it would be to balance. Those middle of the night trips to the train and back are extremely dificult or impossible to make by another mode.

    Anyway, since it is so far out, perhaps people would pretty consistently use bike share both ways.