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City Seeks Operator For Bike Sharing System

Cincinnati Seeks Operator For Bike Sharing System

System Would Provide On-Demand Public Bicycles Throughout Downtown, OTR

Cincinnati has issued a Request for Proposals for a Bike Share System Operator. The City is seeking a company to fund, own, and operate a bike share system in Downtown and OTR.

In a bike share system, public bicycles are available to rent on-demand at fully automated stations located conveniently throughout the city -- fast and convenient access for any trip that's too long to be easily walkable but too short to require the use of a car or public transit. You can pick up a bike close to home or work, ride to your destination, and then return the bike to any nearby docking station.

Bike share systems typically consist of several bicycle rental stations, with 10-12 bicycles per station. The stations accept credit card payment for rental, with the rental cost determined by the length of use. Bicycles can be returned at any station location – not just the one where you picked it up.

Bike share programs have been implemented in cities across the country, including Washington DC, Boston, and New York City.

Last fall Cincinnati completed a feasibility study identifying the best way to implement a successful bike share program in the city. The study recommended 21 station locations in the Downtown/OTR area.

Station locations were determined through an analysis of potential demand based on where people live, work, play and shop, and the desire to travel between these places. Public input through a collaborative mapping website also played a significant role in determining the recommended station locations. The stations with the most public support included those at Washington Park, Fountain Square, Findlay Market, the Purple People Bridge, Union Terminal, and Government Square.

"We want Cincinnatians to be able to incorporate cycling into their daily routine, and a bike share program will help with that. Bike share helps introduce citizens to active transportation, it reduces the number of short auto trips in the urban core, and it promotes sustainable transportation options," said Michael Moore, Director of the Department of Transportation & Engineering.

The deadline for responding to the RFP is Feb. 15, 2013. Persons interested in viewing the RFP should contact Mark Menkhaus, Jr at mark.menkhausjr@cincinnati-oh.gov.