Red Bike Press Release
For Immediate Release May 31, 2023
Red Bike & Queen City Bike Roll Out 44 New Bike Routes
Community Bike Routes Make Biking Even Easier this Summer
CINCINNATI, OH – In partnership with Queen City Bike, Red Bike is excited to share 44 fun and safe urban bike routes for the public to enjoy. Whether riders are looking for a leisurely afternoon ride or a challenging workout, Community Bike Routes cater to cyclists of all skill levels, ensuring an enjoyable experience for everyone.
The routes span several Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky neighborhoods, including three of Red Bike’s expansion neighborhoods: Walnut Hills, Evanston, and Avondale. The routes include bike trails, on-street bike lanes, and low-stress roadways.
“I hope this helps folks get around with comfort and confidence,” says Red Bike Engagement Manager Elese Daniel, “I hope someone takes their crush for a bike ride, or the youth group they work with out on the trails, or someone challenges themselves to bike a little further than they normally would.”
Community Bike Routes will be easily accessible online through the Red Bike website. Users will be able access printable maps or send the routes to their phones for turn-by-turn directions. Later this summer, the routes will be available as booklets at community centers, libraries, and bike shops.
Red Bike also worked with Cincinnati Music Accelerator to create several playlists, so riders can soundtrack their bike rides with a curated selection of songs in a variety of moods.
Route maps were designed by Nate Weyand-Geise, Red Bike System Technician and University of Cincinnati Urban Planning Graduate, and the routes were ridden and created by Kathy Cunningham and Vincent Wilson of Queen City Bike, Cincinnati’s local bike advocacy organization.
“We’ve developed a deep base of city and roadway knowledge over many years and many miles, it’s been a delight to bring all that into this program and partnership Red Bike,” says Queen City Bike President Kathy Cunningham, “This has been a great way for us to build on our shared goals of removing barriers to cycling and supporting riders as they develop their skills and knowledge. We’re glad to share these great connections and routes with more people and to see more people out biking.”
Community Bike Routes is an ambitious project that builds on Red Bike’s community engagement efforts, providing not only access to bikes, but also essential information on where to ride them.
By partnering with Queen City Bike, Red Bike seeks cross-collaboration and to enhance the biking experience for both enthusiasts and newcomers, to encourage more people to embrace bicycling as a means of transportation and recreation.
Through this partnership with Queen City Bike, Red Bike aims to strengthen its commitment to sustainable transportation and community engagement. The Community Routes program aligns with both organizations’ shared vision of creating a bike-friendly city that promotes active living, environmental consciousness, and equitable access to resources.
“We are thrilled to introduce the Community Routes program in collaboration with Queen City Bike,” said Red Bike Executive Director Doug McClintock. “By providing comprehensive bike ride routes, we hope to empower Cincinnati residents to not only enjoy the benefits of biking but also explore the hidden gems and diverse neighborhoods that make our city so special.”
Riders looking to bike with a few friends first can join Red Bike on Sunday, June 4, for a group bike ride to Krohn Conservatory for their annual Bagels & Butterflies ride. The ride will start and end at the Washington Park Red Bike station. Visit the links in our bio for more information about Community Bike Routes and the Bagels & Butterflies bike ride.
For more information about Community Bike Routes, please visit www.cincyredbike.org/community-routes.
About Red Bike
Red Bike is Cincinnati’s non-profit station-based bike share system. We are a small local team connecting people to places and each other by providing a reliable, low-cost, and green transportation option. We partner with communities to improve lives through bikes. We are working toward a more just and joyful transportation network by changing how people move. www.cincyredbike.org
About Queen City Bike
Queen City Bike is devoted to making Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky a great bicycling region. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting bicyclists and encouraging new, emerging riders to start pedaling. We advocate for policy and infrastructure that prioritizes safety and connectivity for bicyclists, because our entire community deserves the opportunity to enjoy biking and to feel comfortable and safe in the saddle. Our ultimate goal is more people riding bikes and having fun. www.queencitybike.org
About Cincinnati Music Accelerator
Cincinnati Music Accelerator is Ohio’s first music career accelerator organization focused on making Cincinnati a music city through job placement and education. We highlight and empower emerging local talent and activate community through performance. www.cincinnatimusicaccelerator.org