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Bike-share program to start this summer in Buffalo with 200 bikes

Buffalo will get a new bike-share program this summer.

Reddy Bikeshare will provide 200 rental bikes, thanks to a partnership between Shared Mobility and Independent Health.

“This partnership will add to the growing bike culture and revolution in the Queen City, putting us on the map with cities like Portland and Pittsburgh,” said Michael Galligano, Shared Mobility’s CEO and the former executive director of Buffalo CarShare. He said Social Bicycles (Sobi) will make the bikes using the same technology as those in Portland, Ore., which he called a leading city in the cycling world.

The launch date depends on when the manufacturer delivers the bikes.

The bikes will track calories burned, distance traveled and ride duration. Also tracked will be the estimated reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and amount of money saved by not driving a vehicle, said Dr. Michael W. Cropp, Independent Health’s CEO. Members of the health insurer will get a discount.

The GPS-based bike-share program will feature built-in solar panels located at numerous hubs throughout Buffalo. The smart-bike technology will also make it easy to join as a member and to locate and reserve a bike, Galligano said.

The bikes’ locations, while not yet decided, will include downtown and the waterfront. There will be two pricing plans, one for frequent users and one for occasional users.

Bike-share programs now operate in more than 60 U.S. cities, including Phoenix, Tampa, Fla., and Orlando, Fla.

“Buffalo is a bicycle-friendly city that is committed to expanding its bicycle infrastructure and supporting the growing small business opportunities from the bicycle industry,” said Mayor Byron Brown.

Buffalo will have more than 90 miles of bike lanes and hundreds of racks by the end of the year, Brown said.

Reddy BikeShare grows from Shared Mobility’s pilot of a smaller program using 40 bicycles in partnership with the University at Buffalo.