The community is being asked to participate in an exercise that will help Independent Health and Shared Mobility to determine the best locations for its bike share stations. At the same time, bike enthusiasts are being given an opportunity to sign up as Founding Members* to the program.
“When you sign up as a Founding Member, you also acknowledge that you are committed to supporting enhanced bike infrastructure, increased transportation options and support biking as a healthy mode of traveling,” said Reddy bikeshare Marketing and Communications Executive, Jennifer White. “Flashing this membership card will also get riders deals and discounts from Reddy’s healthy partners including yoga classes and healthy food options, plus other fun things to do around town.”
The bike share plan will be rolled out this summer with 200 GPS-enabled bikes. Now is the time for individuals to sign up, as well as corporations.
“With May being National Bike Month, it’s a great time to have the community start to participate in this process with us,” said White. “Events like Slow Roll, SkyRide, and ongoing implementation of Buffalo’s new bike master plan, prove to us that Buffalo is 100-percent ‘Reddy’ for bike sharing.”
“We are proud to support another effort that encourages exercise and recreation in our region, while also providing an alternative means of transportation, boosting the local economy and further advancing the revitalization of Buffalo,” said Michael W. Cropp, M.D., president and CEO, Independent Health.
Anyone who has an idea where to place a bike share “Reddy rack” can submit their site at reddybikeshare.com or at Social Cyclist (public planning app developed by Social Bicycles and available for free for Android or iPhone). The way that this works is that users can vote for their favorite locations. They can also include feedback (now through June 15).
*Benefits of being a Founding Member include first access to bikes, a three-year membership for $100, recognition at Reddy bikeshare’s launch event, plus free gifts including a t-shirt, a bike light and an Independent Health water bottle, while supplies last. Founding Members can sign up through mid-June. All other membership options will become available when the program officially launches. All Reddy bikeshare annual members will receive a membership card to access Reddy bikes quickly and easily by simply scanning it on the bikes’ keypad on the back panel.
Once bikes are on the ground, interested riders age 18 and over, will choose from three membership passes:
Annual Pass – Explore the city. Perfect for frequent riding around town for people who live near Reddy bikes
- $55 to sign up, valid for 12 months
- $.01 per minute
Hourly Pass – for people in town for the day or the week, or anyone who wants to try out Reddy bikes
- $8.50 to sign up, valid for 30 days
- $.06 per minute
Group Pass – Get your crew together for a group ride (for up to 4 riders)
- $20 to sign up, valid for 30 days
- $.06 per minute
Independent Health members will receive a 20% percent discount on the annual membership fee.
“Corporate memberships are available for businesses that want to enhance their company’s health and wellness plan, human resources package, green initiatives, or who are simply looking to become a bicycle friendly business,” added White. “Depending on the level of membership, corporate accounts can include an orientation on using Reddy bikes, as well as an introductory riding and safety course and group ride courtesy of Reddy Bikeshare partner, GoBike Buffalo. Corporate packages will also be available for residential complexes.”
Interested parties can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.