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UHBikes: A new, fun way to explore Cleveland

Matthew Pietro, Sustainability Specialist and Sarah O’Keeffe, Sustainability Manager, University Hospitals

Bike share is an active way to move around and in between different parts of the city -- giving public access to bikes for a fee. Cleveland, Ohio now has its own bike share system, called UHBikes, sponsored by University Hospitals.

UHBikes is a public bike share system created through the hard work and partnership between various community and nonprofit organizations: a local bike advocacy organization, Bike Cleveland, the Cleveland Foundation, the City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability, our municipal planning organization, Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, and University Hospitals were all major players in bringing the current system to fruition, from a nascent bike feasibility study in 2013 to a 250-bike system in 2016 with hopes to see it expand and connect additional areas in Cleveland.

UHBikes pre-launched in time for the RNC on July 15th with 100 temporary green-colored bikes branded with the UH logo. Already, around 6,000 trips have been taken on the bikes totaling over 11,000 miles, 369,000 calories burned, and 8,100 pounds of reduced carbon emissions into the atmosphere!

“Biking is healthy, active and highly social – in short, a great way to help create more livable and connected communities, both for residents and visitors,” said Sarah O’Keeffe, Sustainability Manager. “UHBikes directly aligns with this concept as well as our organization’s health mission and University Hospitals is proud to have these bikes out in the community.” 


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