Zipping around the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and downtown streets on two wheels is about to get easier.
The Reddy Bikeshare rental station will soon return to Buffalo’s streets with more bikes and a new station on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
There will be 35 stations with 200 bikes throughout the city, possibly with a few different locations from last summer, when the bike rental program was first launched in July. The bikes have built-in GPS systems that track mileage, calories burned and ride durations.
“Canalside was one of our most successful stations, and one of the bigger demand areas with ridership use,” said Jennifer White, marketing and communications executive with Reddy Bikeshare
The bright red rental stations will include a second station on the Medical Campus that will expand the number of “smart bikes” available to the campus to 11. The exact location of the new station is still being worked out, but in the meantime, the existing Ellicott Street bike station across from the Thomas R. Beecher Jr. Innovation Center will have five bicycles available during the first week of April.
The program is a partnership between Shared Mobility and Independent Health.
“Reddy Bikeshare on campus is an important health and wellness issue for employees to be active during their work day. But it’s also a transportation solution that allows people to get around town without having to use their car,” White said. “With the influx of people working on the Medical Campus, it’s a good thing. This is more important now more than ever.”
About 15,000 people are projected to work on the 120-acre Medical Campus by the end of the year. The nonprofit organization that coordinates activities on the campus, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc., has been working to expand health and wellness initiatives for workers on campus and people who live in nearby neighborhoods.
“We have expansion plans on Niagara Street, as well as on the Medical Campus,” White said. “There may be other expansion plans later this season.”
Bike racks will also be installed throughout the city starting Monday as the new bicycle season begins.
Reddy bike rentals are offered through a yearly $55 membership. Signing up for a membership can be done online at reddybikeshare.com or by installing the app on a smartphone. Membership allows riders to access bicycles any time of the day.
Reddy Bikeshare also offers hourly bike rental rates through the Reddy Bikeshare website or its smartphone app.
“There’s still plenty of room for us to grow,” said White, noting that the program would work with the bike advocacy group GoBike Buffalo.
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