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Bike share installation begins

Installation is underway for Cincinnati's newest transportation option, bike sharing. The first bike share station is going up on the southeast corner of Fountain Square.

Cincinnati's program, Red Bike, is so named because of the bright red color of all the bikes. The bikes should be available for rental in September. Crews are building 35 stations with 260 bikes in Downtown, Over-the-Rhine and Uptown. A second phase reaching into Northern Kentucky could possibly launch next year.

Bike Share director Jason Barron says bike share stations will be placed in major destinations and are designed to compliment other modes of transportation like the streetcar, bus stops and parking locations so users can get around town easily.

Users can buy day passes or annual memberships. Prices haven't been announced. Red Bike is part of the nationwide B-Cycle network and memberships can be used in any B-Cycle community which offers reciprocity.