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'Reddy,' set, go! Bike sharing begins second year

Don't be surprised by the number of red bicycles popping up on Buffalo streets.

Reddy Bikeshare began its second year of operation Monday, with 200 bike rentals coming to 35 locations around the city by Wednesday.

"We're really excited to launch season two," said Jennifer White, marketing and communications executive for Shared Mobility, which is partnering with Independent Health on the bike sharing program.

"We're hoping this season is bigger and better than last year, with an entire year of opportunities for people to ride bikes to all the wonderful places around the city."

Bicycles will be at two locations on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Canalside will have a station, with three on Allen Street, two on Hertel Avenue and five on Elmwood Avenue. Reddy bikes will also be at five locations on the West Side, and four on the East Side, including Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

Reddy Bikeshare is also hoping to add additional stations this season, White said.

Riders check out a bike at any station and return it to any station, or to any public bike rack for an extra $2.

The Reddy bikes, which come with a basket, track distance traveled, ride duration and calories burned.

Yearly membership costs $55. Depending on the plan, riders pay either a penny a minute or six cents a minute. Signing up can be done online at reddybikeshare.com or by installing the app on a smartphone.

Earlier this year, Shared Mobility, Visit Buffalo Niagara and GoBike Buffalo received a $125,000 grant from the Empire State Development Corp. to promote bicycle tourism and to spur its economic impact.

A 2016 survey conducted by Shared Mobility found 65 percent of bike users were from outside the city.

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