Cincy Red Bike

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Labor Day marks the start of the final push before November's midterm elections, so expect to see and hear far more ads from candidates in the Ohio gubernatorial and congressional races. Tracking and maintaining more than 800 properties poses a challenge for the Hamilton County Land Reutilization Corporation, commonly known as the Land Bank, resulting in yards that are neighborhood eyesores. And as more transportation options, in the form of scooters and bicycles, become available for locals, Cincinnati tries to balance convenience with public safety.

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Red Bike officially got rolling in 2014 as a way to provide a low-cost, healthy and green transportation option for Greater Cincinnati.  

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Cincy Red Bike, a bike share system of 50 stations and 385 bikes, is out with its first annual report, calling 2015 a "dream start."

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Cincinnati's bike sharing group is partnering with CityLink to provide low cost memberships.

Under a pilot program, Red Bike is offering $5 memberships to twenty CityLink members. CityLink will pay Red Bike $20 for the memberships. Regular memberships cost $80 per year. The partnership is funded by a grant from Interact for Health.

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With the opening of six stations in Covington last Tuesday, Red Bike is now available on both sides of the Ohio River and now has 50 stations in Greater Cincinnati. Since its launch last September, more than 46,000 rides have been logged on Red Bike.

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Dayton's bike sharing program is officially open for business. "Link" launched Tuesday at noon. There are 225 green bicycles spread across 24 stations throughout downtown Dayton.

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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.

City of Dayton

Following in Cincinnati's trail, Dayton is getting a bike share program.

City Commissioners Wednesday approved the final piece of a financial agreement to support the program.

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. The bikes will be "RTA-green."

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Cincinnati's bike sharing program, Red Bike, is open for business. People may now rent bikes at any of 30 stations located throughout downtown, Over-the-Rhine and Uptown.

Rather than renting a bike for an entire day, people who want to use a bicycle to get from place to place can check one out for an hour at a time.

Red Bike is part of the B-cycle network so memberships can be used in other cities with similar bike sharing programs.

Users can either set up yearly or daily memberships.