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CoGo Bike Share Lands $1.25 Million Grant from Medical Mutual

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On the eve of its first birthday, the CoGo Bike Share system is getting a pretty big present. Representatives from Medical Mutual announced this evening that they are pledging a $1.25 million grant over the next five years from its charitable fund administered by The Columbus Foundation.

“As a new tenant in downtown Columbus, we are happy to be involved in this celebration and partnership with the city,” said Jared Chaney, Medical Mutual of Ohio Executive Vice President. “We can’t think of a better way to help expand and celebrate such a healthy commuting alternative in Downtown Columbus, which also fits perfectly with our wellness efforts in promoting exercise and a healthier lifestyle, community-wide.”

Studies from private and government sources have shown  that biking two-to-three miles per day can provide substantial health benefits and a lowering in obesity rates. Since its launch on July 30th 2013, CoGo has seen riders take over 50,000 trips, logging over 120,000 miles and burning a total of 5.2 million calories in the process.

“I wish CoGo Bike Share a very happy first birthday,” said Mayor Michael Coleman at tonight’s announcement. “Medical Mutual has provided a gift to the entire community by helping to sustain this popular program and I am truly appreciative.”

In honor of the recognition of Medical Mutual’s donation, CoGo bikes and stations will be updated to display the Medical Mutual logo and branding.

 For more information, visit www.cogobikeshare.com.

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  • donaisabelle

    Maybe make it cheaper than $6 to rent a bike. It’s cheaper to get a car2go for the same trip within the CoGo territory… it shouldn’t really be cheaper to get a car than a bike. And sure, I could get an annual pass – but that doesn’t help me when my fiance or friends are in town and don’t want to pay $6 for one trip to rent a bike with me. When CoGo said they had a big announcement coming, I hoped a rate cut was going to be it.

    • $6 to rent a bike for 24 hour access isn’t very expensive IMHO. car2go might be cheaper for a quick single trip, but not for a full day of 30-minute rides.

      Either way, it’s great to have all of these options.

  • bobcatz

    I wonder if the grant means more CoGo stations in the near future.. I expected that would be the announcement.

  • dirtgirl

    But I don’t want a bike for 24 hours. I want it for 10 or 15 minutes. I agree that the price point is a barrier. As is the lack of stations outside of downtown. I’d love to ride from my Gay Street office to dinin’ hall, but I can’t complete the trip in 30 minutes without a station across the river.

    • Agreed that a station at 400 West Rich is needed.

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