Columbus City Council will consider legislation tonight releasing funds for the addition of three new stations to the city-owned CoGo Bike Share program, including two on OSU’s campus.
The stations would be funded in part by Ohio State University, bringing CoGo onto campus just two months after selecting a rival company’s bid to run the university’s own bike share system. At the time, there was criticism of the decision because the on-campus system run by Zagster would not be compatible with the city’s larger, existing CoGo network.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley, Vice Provost for Capital Planning at Ohio State said in a statement after the decision in March that OSU would look for ways to help CoGo better connect the University District with Downtown Columbus.
Now, two new CoGo stations will be installed – one at Neil Ave and W 11th and another at N High and W 17th – to serve the campus-area community.
The third station up for funding tonight will be located at Wagenbrenner Development’s Jeffrey Park project in Italian Village.
Plans for these three new stations are in addition to the previously-announced 8 station expansion which will get underway this summer. That project is expected to bring more CoGo bikes to neighborhoods like Italian Village, Victorian Village, Harrison West, and Franklinton.
All-in-all, CoGo will expand by more than a third this year, bringing the system up from an initial 30 stations mostly centered on Downtown to more than 40 spread across a wider variety of inner-ring neighborhoods.
For more information on CoGo Bike Share visit their website, cogobikeshare.com.
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