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Red Bike Go makes bike share more equitable

Apr 19, 2018

With the help of a grant from Interact for Health, Cincy Red Bike has launched Red Bike Go, a discounted $5 monthly membership program to ensure that everyone has access to Cincinnati's bike-share system.

Cincy Red Bike has been successful in its four years, logging more than 320,000 rides since 2014. But people with lower income have been less likely than people with higher income to use Red Bike, even though bike sharing is the cheapest mode of transportation after walking.

Now, for only $5 a month, Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky residents who receive food assistance (SNAP) or energy assistance (HEAP and PIPP) will have unlimited 90-minute bike rides for 30 days with a Go Pass. Users can pay with a credit card, debit or bank card, most prepaid cards or cash. Cash payments are accepted in person at the Red Bike Shop in Over-the-Rhine or at Red Bike outreach events.

"The simple act of biking to work or errands is just one way we can take small steps to improve our health," said Megan Folkerth, Program Officer with Interact for Health. "But for some, cost may be a barrier to using use our region's bike share system. Red Bike Go helps eliminate that hurdle, and make healthy choices more accessible to all."

To schedule an appointment to pay by cash and get signed up, contact Red Bike Go Manager Elese Daniel at elese.daniel@cincyredbike.org or 513-621-2453. You can also visit the Red Bike Shop, located at 14 W. 15th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. Card payments can be made online at www.cincyredbike.org/gopass. And look for the Red Bike Street Outreach Team on April 28 at the 15th Annual Health Expo in Washington Park.

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