BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — In the middle of "New York on PAUSE," Reddy Bikeshare is a "go." The program is considered an "essential service" as a transportation provider under Governor Cuomo's executive order.
As Reddy Bikeshare re-opens for the season in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, it is offering annual passes for $1 through at least the end of April. Passes are usually $55. Bikes will also charge at a rate of $0.01 per minute.
"We believe that it is important for people to be using bikes for mental and physical health, and for an essential transportation option," said Jennifer White, the Marketing and Communications Director for Reddy Bikeshare.
To address COVID-19 concerns, the Fleet Team has "increased cleaning and sanitation procedures" and will clean and disinfect bikes while wearing gloves and face coverings. Cleanings will focus on hand grips, brake levers the bike's seat and seat lever, and the locking system and key pad. Reddy Bikeshare says each of its bikes will be equipped with hand sanitizer provided by Independent Health for riders to use at the beginning and end of their ride. White said riders should contact Reddy Bikeshare if they do not see a sanitizer on their bike.
White said Reddy Bikeshare decreased its fleet by 40% to make cleaning more manageable.
This is the first spring season for Reddy Bikeshare in Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino said there are some changes in bus service due to COVID-19.
"I think the bicycles provide a reasonable alternative for those who may be going into other locations where our bus service doesn't provide stops," he said.
Hand sanitizer is also available at the following Reddy Bikeshare locations:
- Bidwell Parkway
- Broadway Market
- Delaware Park
- Niagara Falls Amtrak Station
White said Reddy Bikeshare is monitoring changes everyday, and will make adjustments if necessary.