Episode #64: Jason Barron of Red Bike

A Cincy Red Bike stationOn the 64th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, TravisRandy, and John are joined by Jason Barron, the Executive Director of Red Bike.

We discuss how the first two years of Cincinnati’s bike share program have gone, what tweaks have been made during that time, and where the system is going next. We also discuss Red Bike’s challenges in neighborhoods that are hillier and not as bike-friendly as Downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine.

  • Rob T

    Great episode. I love what Red Bike has accomplished already and am excited about where they go in the future. I would love for them to expand in Northside with another 2 or 3 stations. The current station is a great spot to ride to from Cincinnati State or maybe downtown or Uptown. Since it is in the middle of the business district you can’t check a bike out there and then bike to somewhere else in northside like the parks along spring grove, the soccer fields by colerain ave or bars like NSYC or The Comet. Maybe they could add some along the perimeter of the neighborhood with the station at Hoffner park serving as their main Northside station.

  • Paul.E

    I’d love to see an additional stop near Ravine in CUF. Ravine gives direct access to the Central Parkway bike lane, while the other CUF station serves mainly Clifton Ave, which doesn’t really hit Central. The big Ravine/McMillan/Fairview intersection seems like a good choice. Lots of students living nearby, as well as young professionals.

  • Matt Jacob

    I wonder what the best predictor of a successful new station is. Is it the number of residents nearby? Is it the number of jobs nearby? Is it something else?

    Here are a few cool maps that help visualize jobs and population and where they are located, which might help with planning:
    http://demographics.coopercenter.org/DotMap/
    http://www.robertmanduca.com/projects/jobs.html

    In Clifton it seems that (at least back in 2010) the population was more centered towards the west and south of campus, so you’d predict that the W Clifton station and Stratford station would be heavily used if that’s the better indicator. A CUF station would seem like a promising new location based on population, especially when factoring in the ability to connect to the downtown stations. In Northside it looks like the population is more east-west then north-south along Hamilton, so Chase might be the better thoroughfare to orient along. In Kentucky, it looks like Central Ave in Newport and southern Covington might be good.

    The northeastern stations in Clifton are much more jobs reliant and you’d see heavier use there if that’s the better indicator. Downtown stations also seem very job reliant.

  • Brad McLaughlin

    My 2 cents on Bellevue. First a side note, huge fan of Red Bike. I often bike to work downtown on my own bike, but then use Red Bike for lunch etc. Then there are those golden evenings that I shuttled in but want to ride home and enjoy the scenery. They are just so convenient. Back to Bellevue. I use the Crab Shack station often, but never the new one on Ward. For whatever reason, it is not a good endpoint for me. As you know, there is not much sidewalk space for a station on Fairfield between Berry and Ward, but one around Washington Ave would be nice. I think 2 other possible locations in the area would be by the Bellevue Kroger, and by the IGA just across O’Fallon street in Dayton. They are on the same topography as Fairfield and have an endpoint purpose. Hoping Riverfront Commons gets off the ground, riding on Fairfield is not much fun. Anyhow, keep up the great work.