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Bird’s Shifting Boundaries Exclude Some Neighborhoods

Brent Warren Brent Warren Bird’s Shifting Boundaries Exclude Some Neighborhoods

For about a week-and-a-half, Bird scooters could not be rented or parked in Franklinton, Linden or the Near East Side. The reduction in the service area seems to have happened around March 18 — that’s when Franklinton residents first started taking on social media to note that their neighborhood was now completely shaded out on the […]

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Bike Lanes Planned for Broad Street in Franklinton

Brent Warren Brent Warren Bike Lanes Planned for Broad Street in Franklinton

The City of Columbus is planning a redesign of a mile-and-a-half stretch of West Broad Street in Franklinton. The new alignment will feature a center turn lane and bike lanes running in each direction. The two outside lanes – which are currently used for car travel in some places and on-street parking in others – […]

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City and COTA Looking into Pop-Up Bus Lane, Other Ideas from Pitch Event

Brent Warren Brent Warren City and COTA Looking into Pop-Up Bus Lane, Other Ideas from Pitch Event

A pop-up bus lane on West Broad Street? That’s one of the ideas that came out of a transit innovation weekend held last month at the Idea Foundry. The event, called Thrive Columbus and hosted by the national organization Purple Aisle, brought together a group of about 100 local residents, neighborhood leaders and transit experts […]

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Participants Offer Lessons Learned from the Ditch Your Car Challenge

Brent Warren Brent Warren Participants Offer Lessons Learned from the Ditch Your Car Challenge

Columbus was one of 35 cities chosen to participate in Lyft’s Ditch Your Car initiative. The program, which kicked off on Oct. 8 and wrapped up yesterday, offers a package of transportation incentives to individuals willing to commit to leaving their personal cars parked in their garage for a month. The ride-hailing company put out […]

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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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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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Protected Bike Lanes on Summit Attracting Riders, but City Not Planning to Build More

Brent Warren Brent Warren Protected Bike Lanes on Summit Attracting Riders, but City Not Planning to Build More

When plans for two new bike lanes stretching from Downtown to Hudson Street were first announced in 2015, it was clear that the project was meant to be a departure from the norm for the city. The City of Columbus, working closely with the advocacy group Yay Bikes!, had developed a plan for Fourth Street […]

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