New CoGo Stations Will Be Part of ‘Smart Mobility Hubs’
Four new CoGo stations will be in place before the weather thaws in the spring, expanding the bike share system into Linden for the first time.
The new stations, which were approved by City Council earlier this month, will come online as 33 traditional bikes and 30 electric bikes are added to the network.
Although a limited number of battery-powered, pedal-assist bikes from Lime have been available in Columbus for over a year, this marks the first time e-bikes have been available to CoGo users.
The new stations will be located at the Linden Transit Center at 11th Avenue, St. Stephen’s Community House, the Linden branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Easton Transit Center.
Access to the stations will coincide with the launch of the latest project from Smart Columbus – six new “Smart Mobility Hubs” which will feature a version of the interactive kiosks that were installed downtown and in several other neighborhoods late last year.
Alyssa Chenault, Communications Project Manager for Smart Columbus, said that concrete pads for bike share and scooter parking have already been installed at the six hub locations (Columbus State Community College and the Northern Lights Park and Ride will also each have one). She added that installation of the kiosks and additional signage is planned for December, with a rollout to follow in February or March.
The other major Smart Columbus initiative in Linden – a self-driving shuttle that will connect St. Stephen’s to the Linden Transit Center – is now expected to start transporting its first riders by the end of January.
Although a launch was originally planned for this month, Chenault said that Smart Columbus is still seeking approval for the route from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, which has jurisdiction over the deployment of autonomous vehicles on public roads.