Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - Accessing a bike in Buffalo is now even easier. The Reddy Bikeshare Team, partnered with Independent Health, have now installed 13 new locations in Buffalo for Reddy Bikeshare's seventh season.
Now with over 100 locations in the Buffalo-Niagara area, these newly-installed bike stations were funded in part of a federal grant secured by GO Buffalo Niagara.
“Demand to explore Buffalo and Niagara Falls by bike is growing at a fast pace and so too is our network of stations,” said Simon Husted, Communications and Marketing Coordinator for Reddy Bikeshare. “Every week, someone is asking our Team how a station can be added closer to their business, work or home.”
Reddy Bikeshare launched on July 21, 2016 and has steadily grown in usage and membership ever since. Over those six years, users have pedaled 434,300 miles across the region, averaging 72,300 miles every season. This season’s use is on pace to record the most miles thus far, thanks in part to an investment in new, quicker unlocking technology installed in April and maintaining some of the lowest rates for bike sharing in the nation.
Bike station number #108 was installed Thursday morning outside of Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House near the Buffalo Zoo. Suzanne Badgley, Director of Marketing for the Martin House, couldn't be happier to see a bike location installed outside their historical landmark and the parks.
"Part of the story is about the neighborhood we live in and it's about the history of Buffalo. It's about the Olmstead parks, people are very surprised when they get out of the car, they see the extensive site and then we say two blocks down is the crown jewel of the Olmstead Park system and so we are really excited that they can leave a car here, they can jump on a bike, and they can hit one of the most beautiful places in the city," says Badgley.
"Our goal is to constantly think of ways to remove barriers for people who want to come and spend time on the site. Our grounds are always open, you don't have to take a tour, we have free community events. We have two employees that ride their bikes to work every day. Our bike rack is hidden right now behind the Visitor Center. So we are going to be adding some pavers and having a permanent location in front of our administrative offices for both the Reddy Bike rack and a larger bike rack so that we can continue to welcome people who use different modes of transportation," Badgley adds.
Here's a list of the new bike locations installed or currently in progress of being installed:
- EM Tea Coffee Cup Café, 80 Oakgrove Ave - Hamlin Park
- Nash House Museum, 36 Nash St - Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor
- Niagara and Breckenridge Streets, 1242 Niagara St – Niagara Street Cycle Track Corridor
- 500 Seneca, 500 Seneca St - Larkinville
- Delavan Grider Community Center, 877 E Delavan Ave - Delavan-Grider
- Erie Basin Marina, 20 Wilkeson Way - Waterfront
- 201 Ellicott, 201 Ellicott St, - Downtown
- Seneca One Plaza, 1 Seneca St - Downtown
- The Foundry, 298 Northampton St - Masten Park
- Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House, 125 Jewett Pkwy - Parkside
- Ohio Street across from Conway Park, near 405 Ohio St - Old First Ward
- 313 Broadway - Willert Park
- East Side Bike Club Community Workshop and E-Bike Library, 1057 Kensington Ave – Bailey-Kensington
In addition to adding more locations, Reddy Bikeshare is also looking into installing electric pedal-assist bikes to their lineup, assisted in part thanks to Reddy Bikeshare's facilitators, Shared Mobility Inc.
“Pedal assist e-bikes provide a gentle assist that helps riders go farther and make biking more accessible, especially for folks who haven’t ridden a bike in a while,” said Mitch LaRosa, Shared Mobility’s Chief Development Officer. “We hope to learn from our members’ experiences using e-bikes during this pilot as we continue to bring innovative transportation options to Western New York.