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More commuters, visitors used Reddy bikeshare last season

The number of riders using Reddy bikeshare nearly tripled last year, according Shared Mobility Inc., the parent corporation of the Buffalo bikesharing service, and its partner, Independent Health.

“While the numbers from 2016 don’t reflect a full season, we are still incredibly excited about the interest and participation during the past year,” said Jennifer White, marketing and communications executive for Reddy bikeshare. “We are especially happy to see an increasing number of annual members signed up for Reddy bikes, accounting for 25 percent of our total membership base.”

Data also shows an increased number of trips during peak commute times. This shows that “the system is being used as an extension of public transit and to replace trips in a personal vehicle,” White said this week in a news release.

Reddy bike also reported significant increases in the number of trips taken, miles traveled and calories burned:

– 26,514 trips in 2017, up from 11,986 in 2016 (a 121 percent increase)

– 47,386 miles traveled, compared to 17,614 in 2016 (a 169 percent increase)

– More than 1.8 million calories burned in 2017, compared to 766,080 the previous year (a 135 percent increase)

Milestones reached included 38,500 trips, 65,000 miles traveled and 2.6 million calories burned. Research showed 68 percent of riders last year were from Buffalo and the surrounding region. The remainder were from college students and staff, as well as visitors to the city.

White said Reddy bikeshare’s partnerships with the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, M&T Bank, SUNY Buffalo State, Canisius College and the University at Buffalo contributed to the growing annual member and commuter population. “In 2018 our goal is to continue to increase annual membership by working with partners to engage with students and employees going to school and working in the city,” she said.

“Over the next few months, we will look to add several expansion locations for 2018, which will be announced at the beginning of the season,” White said. D’Youville College will be among them.

The red-and-white Reddy bikes will hit racks and the street sometime in April, depending on weather conditions, and be available into November as conditions allow.

For information on membership and rates, visit reddybikeshare.com.

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