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Red Bike expanding into Northern Kentucky

The popular bike sharing program, Red Bike, operational in Cincinnati for four months, now has its sights on Covington, Newport and Bellevue.

Executive Director Jason Barron says Northern Kentucky residents are excited about the possibility and are trying to find the funding.

Barron has been busy scouting sites. He says, "We're hoping to be able to pull this off this summer sometime. And it's all going to depend on a couple of different factors: us raising the money; finding the stations; and the third piece is getting in the production schedule for the folks that actually make the stations."

In Cincinnati, Barron says the numbers are impressive:

  • An average 75-100 riders per day
  • 1,800 rides in January
  • 17,000 rides in four months (mostly winter)

Dayton is getting a bike share program this spring. The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority will operate and maintain the system. Plans call for about 225 bikes and 22 stations located within a two-mile radius of downtown.

Ann Thompson has years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology