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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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The Scooter Numbers Are In: Here’s How Many People Have Ridden One So Far

Brent Warren Brent Warren The Scooter Numbers Are In: Here’s How Many People Have Ridden One So Far

Over 100,000 people — and maybe as many as 200,000 — have ridden a rentable electric scooter since they were first deployed in Columbus last summer. While that represents the total number of unique users, many people took more than one ride, and the total number of trips by scooter likely exceeds half a million. […]

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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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Will Columbus Ever Build More Protected Bike Lanes? Scooter Users May Have a Say

Brent Warren Brent Warren Will Columbus Ever Build More Protected Bike Lanes? Scooter Users May Have a Say

Although there are no current plans to build more protected bike lanes in Columbus, planners and transit advocates point to a recent development that may help to build the case for them: the sudden appearance of hundreds of rentable electric scooters on the streets of Columbus. Both of the companies operating here, Lime and Bird, discourage […]

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City Sets First Rules for Scooters, More to Come

Brent Warren Brent Warren City Sets First Rules for Scooters, More to Come

The City of Columbus released its first set of rules for companies operating “shared mobility devices,” its term for electric scooters, dockless bikes and other types of small vehicles that have yet to be deployed here but may be in the future. Companies like Bird and Lime, which both brought their rentable scooters to Columbus […]

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How “Green” are the E-Scooters?

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea How “Green” are the E-Scooters?

It was the Summer of the Scooter, in Columbus and in cities across the nation, as dockless, GPS-tracked electric scooters appeared seemingly overnight. Plenty of opinions continue to fly around about whether the scooters solve any of the problems they’re ostensibly supposed to – traffic congestion, access to transit, the “first mile/last mile” challenge – […]

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Opinion: Scooters are Fun Distraction From Real Transit Issues

Walker Evans Walker Evans Opinion: Scooters are Fun Distraction From Real Transit Issues

The electric scooter revolution has arrived in Columbus. Multiple four-letter California-based companies (Bird, Lime … “Spin” hasn’t arrived just yet) have dumped out several truckloads of their vehicle fleets onto the sidewalks of Columbus during the month of July. While the vehicles may not technically be legal in the state of Ohio — more on that […]

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