Travelers getting new view of cities thanks to bike share programs

October 1, 2014 |

Cities across the country are implementing bike share programs. As a result, visitors who are staying in these destinations for a few days on business travel are getting to see them in a whole new way. Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of the cities that’s installed rentals that give visitors access to its central neighborhoods.

According to Travel + Leisure, the program, called Red Bikes, is named after the Cincinnati Reds and is a collection of 200 bikes at 30 stations across the city. The hourly bike rentals allow visitors who are in town for a quick trip and want to do a little bit of sightseeing the chance to do so in an environmentally-friendly way.

Cincinnati is just one of several cities to install bike share programs in recent months. Indianapolis has its Indy Racers program while Tampa and Cleveland also have their own bikes available for use by the public.

Travel + Leisure said that cities include Phoenix, San Diego and Seattle will launch their bike share programs in October 2014. Philadelphia, Orlando, Pittsburgh and New Orleans will debut their programs in 2015.

Bike share programs typically have lower rates for the first hour of rental, so they’re a good mode of transportation for travelers in a busy city who don’t want to wait around for a cab and want to navigate the city on their own.

The reason that bike share programs are becoming increasingly popular may also be due to the younger generations that no longer view cars as a symbol of status, but rather as just a way to get from one place to another, the Daily News Journal stated.

Due to the recent expansion of many bike share programs across the country, the North American Bikeshare Association was launched. It will help programs share their best practices while others can advocate for favorable policy initiatives.