Reddy Bikeshare Re-Opens for Service in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, in Partnership with Independent Health

The cost to sign up for an annual pass is $1.00 through the end of April

Buffalo, N.Y., April 6, 2020  – Reddy Bikeshare, in partnership with Independent Health, announced the rollout of Reddy bikes starting today for the bikeshare program’s 5th season. As a key transportation provider, Reddy Bikeshare is considered an essential service under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s “New York on PAUSE” executive order and will operate while taking every precaution possible amid the COVID-19 crisis.

“We are here for our community; Reddy bikes are a source of relaxation and physically distant fun to help people get through this extremely challenging time,” said Jennifer White, marketing and communications director for Reddy Bikeshare. “We believe that a daily bike ride delivers a sense of peace and comfort, and acts as a healthy break from this new normal.”

As an essential transportation service, Reddy Bikeshare is discounting the cost of annual passes by 98% through at least the end of April. Annual passes are now available for $1.00 (normally $55.00) with an additional cost of $0.01 per minute to ride. Anyone interested can visit reddybikeshare.com or download the Social Bicycles app to sign up. “The world is changing moment to moment and yet our commitment to offering a healthy, active, and sustainable form of transportation remains steadfast,” said Mike Galligano, CEO, Shared Mobility Inc. “Our Team believes we need to unite as a community to support one another in order to get through this. We will provide this discount for everyone, and at that same time we are actively looking for ways to collaborate with delivery-related and other essential services. Sustainable transportation needs to be on the streets now more than ever.”

Additionally, the Reddy Bikeshare Fleet Team has increased cleaning and sanitation procedures. Frequently touched surfaces on each bike including hand-grips, brake lever, seat and seat lever, U-locks and keypad will undergo more rigorous cleaning and disinfecting. The Fleet Team is also wearing gloves and facial covers as they perform any maintenance. Each Reddy bike is now equipped with a bottle of hand sanitizer for riders to use before and after their trip. Complimentary hand sanitizers are also available to the community while supplies last at stations located at Bidwell Parkway, Broadway Market, Delaware Park, as well as inside the Niagara Falls Amtrak Station. All hand sanitizers are courtesy of our partners at Independent Health.

Reddy Bikeshare and Independent Health encourage riders to do their part to stay safe and healthy by washing hands often and using hand sanitizer, wearing gloves as an added layer of protection, and to provide personal cleaning and disinfecting measures as seen fit by the rider.

For more information on prevention measures and proper cleaning and disinfecting strategies, Reddy Bikeshare and Independent Health encourage riders to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov or the World Health Organization website at who.int.

For any additional information, community members can contact Jennifer White at jen@reddybikeshare.com or 716-407-7474. For tips on biking, visit gobikebuffalo.org.