Many joyful outdoor fitness pursuits fly out the window in Buffalo come the start of fall. Reddy bikeshare, which rolled out 200 GPS-bolstered bicycles this summer at 35 docking racks across the city, aims to keep going – within reason.
“The bikes are not going to be available in the winter,” said Jennifer White, marketing and communications executive with the nonprofit venture. “Weather permitting, we’re going to bring them off the streets in mid-November. Weather permitting, we’ll bring them back out in March. We’ll keep that schedule as long as we don’t have crazy snowstorms.”
Reddy bikeshare is a joint venture of Independent Health and Shared Mobility. The latter started the Buffalo CarShare program before selling that to Zipcars and shifting gears, said White, a Cheektowaga native who has lived in the city for about a decade. Monthly individual ($8.50) and group ($20) memberships charge an additional 6 cents a minute to ride. An annual $55 plan costs a penny a minute. Learn more at reddybikeshare.socialbicycles.com.
Q. How many rental sites are around and which have been the busiest?
There’s 35 locations where you can pick up a bike. ... The most popular ones are at Canalside, Bidwell Parkway, Allen Street. Buffalo State has been really popular since the start of the semester.
Q. How many folks have used the bikes so far?
We have had about 1,200 people sign up to use the bikes in just the last nine weeks. ... Average trips are usually about 40 minutes. We’ve had a couple of really crazy trips. One person took a bike to Canada and back. We had a couple of students ride to Niagara Falls and back. Collectively, our riders have traveled about 12,000 miles. Over 7,200 trips have been taken. And collectively, we just passed the half-million calorie threshold. We have GPS-based bikes that can track your distance, duration, calories burned. Our smartphone app (available on the website) can give you that information and tell you where the nearest bikes are located.
– Scott Scanlon
On the Web: Learn more and see a video about how Reddy bikeshare works at refresh.buffalonews.com