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For Essential Travel, COTA and CoGo Are Still Available (But Scooters Aren’t)

Brent Warren Brent Warren For Essential Travel, COTA and CoGo Are Still Available (But Scooters Aren’t)

Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here. The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) announced more service adjustments yesterday. The agency announced its first Coronavirus-related changes on March 16, cutting back service on several suburban rush hour lines. Three days later COTA’s board approved making all bus rides free, and […]

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Lots of People are Still Riding Scooters in Columbus

Brent Warren Brent Warren Lots of People are Still Riding Scooters in Columbus

The first rentable electric scooters in Columbus arrived in the summer of 2018, and the first two companies to operate here – Bird and Lime – saw significant ridership as people flocked to try out the new devices. In 2019, two more companies entered the market; Spin scooters came in June (and are still here), […]

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CoGo Adding E-Bikes, More Stations

Brent Warren Brent Warren CoGo Adding E-Bikes, More Stations

Big changes are in store for CoGo, the bike share system with the fixed docking stations that has operated in Columbus since 2013. About 250 e-bikes – bikes that are equipped with a battery that provides a pedal-activated boost – will be added to the system’s fleet this spring, along with five new stations. The […]

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Lyft Removing Scooters from Columbus (and Five Other Cities)

Walker Evans Walker Evans Lyft Removing Scooters from Columbus (and Five Other Cities)

The first casualty of the Great Scooter Wars of Columbus has officially been declared. Lyft announced yesterday that it would be pulling its eScooter vehicles and service out of Columbus, Nashville, San Antonio, Dallas, Atlanta and Phoenix. “We’re grateful to our scooter riders in Columbus as well as our partners in Columbus city government,” stated […]

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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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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 to social media to note that their neighborhood was now completely shaded out on the […]

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CoGo Ridership Down in 2018

Brent Warren Brent Warren CoGo Ridership Down in 2018

2018 saw the first significant decline in CoGo ridership since the bike share system was established in 2013. Just over 40,700 rides were logged on the network over the course of 2018, while 2017 saw more than 52,000 rides, according to data available on the CoGo website and compiled by Columbus Underground. CoGo Rides 2018 […]

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