COVINGTON, KY – Six new Red Bike stations opened in Covington today. They are part of Red Bike’s expansion into Northern Kentucky, the first bike sharing program in Kentucky.
The stations are located at Duvenek Square (W. 7th Street & Washington Avenue), Gateway Community and Technical College (E. 6th Street & Scott Blvd.), Roebling Point (E. 3rd Street & Greenup Street), RiverCenter (E. 2nd Street & Madison Avenue), MainStrasse (Main Street & W. 6th Street), and at W. 3rd Street and Bakewell Street.
“Whether you live or work in downtown Cincinnati or Covington, Red Bike is a fun, healthy and economical way of connecting people to the many great attractions, restaurants, and other venues in both communities,” said Covington City Manager Larry Klein.
City staff looked into different options for these sites bases on access, safety, demand and costs. The goal was to have them installed prior to the Major League Baseball All Star game.
In March, Covington Mayor Sherry Carran announced that the City received two large donations to fund several Red Bike stations throughout the City.
Covington businessman and philanthropist John Topits gave $50,000 to the effort. The other major donor provided $150,000, but wants to remain anonymous.
“The City is grateful for the significant financial contributions that have made red bike possible in Covington,” said Mayor Carran. “The good energy created by this project could not have happened at a better time. This adds to the excitement of COV200 and the All Star game.”
Red Bike opened 30 bike share stations in Cincinnati last fall and the usage and demand have far exceeded expectations. To date, 950 people have become members of Red Bike and Cincinnatians have taken over 45,000 rides on Red Bikes.
By the end of next week, Red Bike will have grown to 50 bike share stations throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Red Bike will also open stations in Newport and Bellevue.
For more information on the Red Bike bike sharing program visit www.cincyredbike.org.