For Immediate Release
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Mayor Michael B. Coleman, City Councilmember Zach Klein and Jeff Olson of Alta Bicycle Share Inc. kicked off Columbus’ new CoGo Bike Share system today. Modeled after successful urban bike share programs in other cities, CoGo will be a green, affordable way for residents and visitors making short trips in and around Downtown. A map of the station locations is available at www.cogobikeshare.com. All 30 of the stations will be installed and operational by early August.
“CoGo is a low-cost, convenient way to get around and explore Columbus without having to worry about finding a place to park,” Mayor Coleman said. “CoGo will make our city greener and healthier while reducing congestion and improving our quality of life.”
The landmark boundaries of the bike share system are:
- COSI, 333 W. Broad St., to the west.
- Oak and Parsons in Olde Towne East to the east.
- Second and High Street in Short North, to the north.
- Schiller Park in German Village to the south.
Annual membership sales are available for $75, amounting to about 20 cents per day. Single 24-hour memberships are also an option for $6. Members have unlimited access to the 30-station system, with the first 30 minutes of each ride for free. Each kiosk has a terminal for purchase of day passes, or memberships can be ordered online at www.cogobikeshare.com. The Central Ohio Transit Authority and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission are CoGo’s first two founding corporate members.
“The CoGo Bike Share provides an affordable transportation option for residents, visitors, and workers in the Downtown area,” said Councilmember Zach M. Klein, chair of the Recreation and Parks Committee. “It is one more piece of the transportation puzzle that, with the support of the community, could be a valuable asset to the city.”
There are guidelines on the bikes to encourage users to safely and responsibly, including wearing a helmet and using appropriate arm signals. Also, two local bike shops, Paradise Garage and B1 Bikes, are offering discounts to CoGo members. Hilton Columbus Downtown and Crowne Plaza Columbus Downtown are providing helmets for their guests.
“Alta is excited to partner with the City of Columbus and manage the CoGo Bike Share system,” said Jeff Olson from Alta Bicycle Share Inc. “Columbus is out front by launching a great bike share network before many other cities—cities like Vancouver, Portland, and San Francisco. They’re just starting and you’re already riding!”
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