Bike-sharing quickly becomes popular in downtown Buffalo

Posted at 6:03 PM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-25 14:57:14-04

Many Buffalonians are hopping on Reddy Rental Bikes and going for rides throughout the city.

Independent Health launched the bike-sharing program in Buffalo on July 21st. Nearly 250 bikes were placed at 30 stations across the city, for rent.

Thea Hassan typically rents a bike outside her office or at Canalside, a couple of times each week.

"Bike theft has been really crazy this summer and I love using Reddy Bikes because I never have to worry about my bike being stolen. I just lock it up and they all have GPS trackers," Hassan said.

According to Independent Health, since Reddy Bike launched in Buffalo, almost 4,500 pounds of carbon has been reduced. Also, riders burned more than 220,000 calories.

"That's the message we are trying to promote to everyone that riding bikes is not only a fun and exciting way to explore Buffalo, it is a way to get light exercise and to incorporate regular activity into your lifestyle," Jennifer White with Reddy Bike Share said.

White said on weekends racks at downtown Buffalo stations are practically empty. Locations outside of the downtown area, like the Broadway Market, not so much.

To learn more about Reddy Bike Share visit www.reddybikeshare.com