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Cincinnati's Red Bikes and an Update on Destination Bikeshares

Visitors to Cincinnati now have access to a collection of 200 bikes at 30 stations around the Ohio city’s central neighborhoods. With its new Red Bikes rentals, named after the hometown baseball team, Cincinnati is just one of an ever growing list of cities to embrace bicycle sharing programs.

While often designed primarily for locals, the hourly bike rentals serve travelers equally well. Here’s a quick update on the state of two-wheeling in America’s cities.

In the spring, Indianapolis launched its Indy Racers program, perfectly timed for the city’s recently opened Indy Cultural Trail downtown. This summer, Tampa joined the bandwagon as well. And in early September, a privately-funded collection of Zagster bikes opened to the public in Cleveland.

On the horizon? Shares in Phoenix, San Diego, and Seattle are slated to make their debuts come October, while programs in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Orlando, and Pittsburgh are all looking at 2015 openings.

Peter Schlesinger is a research assistant at Travel + Leisure and a member of the Trip Doctor news team. You can find him on Twitter at @pschles08.

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