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New CoGo Bike Share Stations Installed

Brent Warren Brent Warren New CoGo Bike Share Stations Installed

New CoGo bike share stations are being installed throughout Columbus, as well as in Upper Arlington, Grandview Heights and Bexley. Many of the two dozen-plus new stations are already stocked with bikes, and the attached kiosks – which feature touch-screens that enable users to buy one or three-day pass – are online and ready to […]

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Orton Geological Museum Mounts Antarctic Dinosaur Skeleton

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Orton Geological Museum Mounts Antarctic Dinosaur Skeleton

You know T-rex and raptors and Dilophosaurus, sauropods and theropods and Ankylosaurus. But do you recall the coldest dinosaur of all? Ohio State University geologist David Elliot was not looking for dinosaurs when he went to Antarctica in 1991. There wouldn’t have been much reason to — very few dinosaur fossils have ever been recovered […]

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Self-Driving Shuttle Unveiled, Test Runs Starting this Week

Brent Warren Brent Warren Self-Driving Shuttle Unveiled, Test Runs Starting this Week

A plan to run a self-driving shuttle bus in a loop between the Scioto Peninsula and the new Smart Columbus Experience Center was first announced last summer. Today it was revealed that Michigan-based startup May Mobility will be operating the shuttles, and that other routes could be added in the future. Testing of the all-electric […]

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Gravity 2.0 Project Moving Forward

Brent Warren Brent Warren Gravity 2.0 Project Moving Forward

The second phase of Kaufman Development’s Gravity project is moving forward. The East Franklinton Review Board yesterday voted to approve the overall plan, just a month after the five-acre development was first proposed. Some changes to the design of the four new buildings proposed for the site were made: a new outdoor area was added […]

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Smart Columbus Roundup: New Plans for Electric Vehicles, Event Parking and More

Brent Warren Brent Warren Smart Columbus Roundup: New Plans for Electric Vehicles, Event Parking and More

Smart Columbus opened its new Experience Center Downtown in June. Also revealed at that time was a plan to purchase a self-driving shuttle bus that will run in a loop between the new center and COSI. That project is still on track to open before the end of the year, but there have been a series […]

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To Study Global Warming, this OSU Team Hikes to the Ends of the Earth

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea To Study Global Warming, this OSU Team Hikes to the Ends of the Earth

This summer, an expedition from the Ohio State University set out to the ends of the Earth to study one of Earth’s greatest threats. The team of scientists from OSU’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center first flew from Columbus to Lima, then to Cusco, and then drove for a day to a place called […]

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Plans for Better Bike Lanes Sit on a Shelf

Brent Warren Brent Warren Plans for Better Bike Lanes Sit on a Shelf

Despite strong ridership and a generally favorable reception from the neighborhood, the city has no current plans to expand its network of on-street, protected bike lanes. For now, the 1.4-mile long Summit Street lane in the University District remains the only one. Reconfiguring city streets in a way that has the potential to inconvenience drivers […]

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