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11 New CoGo Stations Coming in July

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The CoGo Bike Share system is expanding. A total of 11 new stations are expected to be added this year, bringing the grand total up to 41, which is more than what was previously reported back in March.

“We were able to squeeze in three more stations to the order, which we’re really happy about,” said Brad Westall, Greenways Planner for The City of Columbus. “That means two more stations will be installed around OSU’s campus and the third we were able to obtain through a Columbus Public Health Department grant to serve a low income high and high health risk area.”

That station will be installed in Olde Towne East at the intersection of Champion Avenue and Main Street. Westall confirmed that the placement next to COTA’s Near East Transit Center is designed to be complimentary for multimodal commuters.

Additionally, Italian Village will gain its first neighborhood station at Fourth Street and First Avenue near the Jeffrey Park development. Harrison West will also get its first neighborhood station, located at Michigan Avenue and Third Avenue near Cafe Apropos. East Franklinton will gain a station at Lucas Street and Town Street near Land Grant Brewing and Strongwater Food & Spirits. Weinland Park will get its first CoGo Station at Fourth Street and Sixth Avenue. The Short North will gain two more stations further north on High Street at the intersections of Fourth Avenue and King Avenue. And last but not least, the south and central parts of the University District will get four stations at the following locations: Neil Avenue & King Avenue, High Street & 11th Avenue, Neil Avenue & 11th Avenue and High Street & 17th Avenue.

“Public input was the biggest driver in determining these new station locations,” said Westall. “But we also looked at the most effective ways to expand the system while keeping it balanced for density. Harrison West, Victorian Village and Weinland Park are pretty good bike friendly neighborhoods that had little access, but good proximity to the nucleus of the system. So we’re building that next ring out.”

With the addition of new stations, CoGo will also be increasing the number of bikes in the system up to 410. Westall said that the system will continue to grow over the next few years, and expects new stations to eventually come to Old North Columbus, Clintonville, the Grandview area and beyond.

“We’re trying to get CoGo to approximately 60 to 70 stations over the next few years… that’s where the true impact will really start to hit,” he explained. “It’s been a success so far, but it’s too small with the reach being confined to Downtown, German Village and The Short North. We hope that bike share expansion will be a driver toward more bike improvements for city streets.”

While there are still no plans to have shared memberships between CoGo users and Zagster users in OSU’s new bike share system, Westall says that the new CoGo station locations at 11th & Neil and at High & 17th will enable crossover between the two systems.

“It will be a way for CoGo users to get to the periphery of campus and get access to Zagster — and vice versa,” he explained. “We’ll continue to work with the surrounding OSU community so that they’re hooked up to the larger bike share network. As this grows, I think we’ll have a good network of stations all around campus area.”

The 11 new CoGo stations will start installation within the next few weeks and are expected to be operational just after the 4th of July. All stations will also receive an operating system update that will streamline processes and eliminate several known glitches.

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For more information, visit www.cogobikeshare.com.

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  • ryan883

    Can someone who either is a memeber of CoGO, or who has used this before please explain why you have to re-dock your bike every 30 minutes even if you buy an all day pass? Seems like a very annoying process if you want to use a bike for 2 hours…

    • Because when someone takes a bike out to use it, it removes it from the pool of availability. If there are 400 bikes and 10,000 members and everyone was allowed to undock a bike and keep it for 24 hours at a time, then there would never be any bikes available for use because people would take them home or lock them up for personal all-day use.

      Bike Share systems are made for going from point A to point B on short trips, not for two hour joyrides. And that works great for some people.

      If you want more freedom though, you’re probably better off just buying your own bike to use as you like.

    • kris.edwards

      Hi ryan883, CoGo is actually considered a public transportation system, some people confuse us with a bike rental company. So it’s best when you think of a CoGo Day Pass as an all day bus pass of sorts… As in, you can take unlimited trips in a day, but you wouldn’t ride the bus all day straight, you’d take it to one location then to the next. Walker hit it on the head!

      With CoGo, riders get unlimited 30-minute trips, so within your 24 hour rental, you can keep taking out bikes! but yes, each trip is encouraged to remain under 30 minutes to keep with the sharing aspect and also to facilitate short transit or commuter like trips. Also a great way to offset parking downtown! Great for running errands, going to lunch, meetings, attractions, just to get you where you need to go, not necessarily for recreation.

      Hope that helps! (I work for CoGo so let me know if you have any other questions!)

  • OwnTerms

    Man, I was really hoping for a Grandview station this year! I’m glad the article mentions that you guys are working on it, but speaking for just myself that’s the only way I’ll ever benefit from a membership. This could help me go carless. Glad to see further expansion for this awesome service, though.

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