The City of Cincinnati completed a feasibility study in 2012, identifying the best way to implement a successful bike share program in the city. The study recommended 21 station locations in the Downtown/OTR area, and 14 stations in the Uptown area.
The Cincinnati Bike Share Feasibility Study made use of stakeholder outreach, public involvement, research,and lessons learned from existing bike share systems in NorthAmerica. “We went into this study wanting the public to be a big part of the process. They contributed more than 300 suggestions for stations and cast nearly 2,000 votes,” said Michael Moore, Director of Transportation & Engineering. “Thanks to all their input, this study helps ensure bike share is relevant and useful to the residents and commuters in the downtown neighborhoods.”
The study included field review to evaluate the preparedness of Cincinnati for bike share, identify areas in the city most suitable for bike sharing, and highlight obstacles that could impact success. The study identified key system parameters and an initial service area and size for a potential bike share system, as well as a forecast of expected demand, costs, and revenues. Station locations were determined through an analysis of potential demand based on where people live, work, play and shop, and the desire to travel between these places. Public input through a collaborative mapping website also played a significant role in determining the recommended station locations. The study provided potential funding options and operating models.
Cincinnati set up a non-profit bike share business model in 2013 and selected B-Cycle to provide equipment. The Cincy Red Bike Share program launched with 260 bikes in September, 2014, exceeding expectations during its first week of operations. About 1,770 trips were taken during the first week, which surpassed Red Bike’s goal of 1,000 trips.