Blue Ash becomes region's first suburb with its own bike share

BLUE ASH, Ohio -- One of the region's biggest job centers will soon offer bike sharing as a transportation option.

The Cincinnati suburb of Blue Ash announced it has partnered with Cambridge, Massachusets-based Zagster, Inc. to launch the 50-bike bike share program -- making it the first Greater Cincinnati suburb to host such a program.

Riders can rent bikes from eight stations throughout the city:

  • Summit Park I Station (located between the parking lot and Senate’s patio)
  • Summit Park II Station (located at the parking lot in front of Senate)
  • Landings Station (located along Reed Hartman Highway, just south of the Landings entrance)
  • Lake Forest Station (located along Reed Hartman Highway, just south of Lake Forest Drive)
  • Downtown Blue Ash Station (located at the Cooper Road entrance to the Veterans Memorial)
  • Ethicon Station (located along Reed Hartman Highway between the two Ethicon buildings)
  • Blue Ash Recreation Center Station (located at the Cooper Road entrance of the Rec Center)          
  • Creek Road Station (located at the NE corner of Creek and Reed Hartman Highway in front of the Extended Stay America)

The bike share program will add to the city's existing network of bike paths and trails, said Assistant City Manager Kelly Harrington.

"The city of Blue Ash is a connected community with many walking and biking paths," Harrington said in a news release. "Bike share programs are becoming increasingly popular as people look for alternative methods of transportation, and we are excited to offer this new and fun option to the public."

Riders can use a mobile app to rent the bikes.

The city of Cincinnati sponsored the launch of its Red Bike bike share program in 2014. That system has grown to nearly 60 stations throughout Cincinnati, Covington, Newport and Bellevue, with more than 400 available bikes to rent.

Blue Ash's bike share will launch with a kick-off party at Summit Park Wednesday, June 13.

Pat LaFleur reports on transportation and mobility for WCPO. Connect with him on Twitter (@pat_laFleur) and on Facebook.

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