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City and COTA Announce Plan for Second Bus Lane Experiment

Brent Warren Brent Warren City and COTA Announce Plan for Second Bus Lane Experiment

Last summer, the City of Columbus and the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) temporarily made one lane of Third Street Downtown open only to buses, bikes and scooters. The new alignment was only in effect during rush hour and lasted for just two weeks, but it yielded data and survey results that could be used […]

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Lyft Scooters Hit the Streets, Along with Discount for Low-Income Riders

Brent Warren Brent Warren Lyft Scooters Hit the Streets, Along with Discount for Low-Income Riders

Just shy of a year after the first rentable electric scooters were placed on Columbus streets, the ride-hailing company Lyft has entered the market. Starting this morning, users will be able to use the Lyft app to locate and rent the new scooters, which will cost one dollar to unlock and 15 cents for each […]

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Plan for Temporary Bus Lane on Third Street Concerns Bike Advocates

Brent Warren Brent Warren Plan for Temporary Bus Lane on Third Street Concerns Bike Advocates

The City of Columbus and the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) are moving forward with plans for a demonstration project involving a stretch of Third Street Downtown. Starting on July 22 and running for two weeks, the far right hand lane of the one-way street, between Long and Mound Streets – which currently holds a […]

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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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