Columbus’ CoGo Bike Share System Kicks Off


UPDATED: Wednesday July 17, 2013 2:31 PM

A new, green and affordable way to get around downtown Columbus will soon be available to residents.

The new CoGo Bike Share system was kicked off Wednesday by Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman, City Councilmember Zach Klein and Jeff Olsen of Alta Bicycle Share Inc. There will be a total of 30 stations installed and made operational by early August.

CoGo is modeled after other successful urban bike share programs in other cities, and is an easy way to explore the city, officials said.

“CoGo is a low-cost, convenient way to get around and explore Columbus without having to worry about finding a place to park,” Coleman said. “CoGo will make our city greener and healthier while reducing congestion and improving our quality of life.”

It costs $75 annually to hold a CoGo membership which breaks down to around 20 cents a day. A 24-hour membership is also available for $6.

A member will have unlimited access to the 30-station system and the first 30 minutes of each ride will be free.

Membership kiosks will have terminals where day passes can be purchased. Memberships can also be ordered online at www.cogobikeshare.com.

The bike share system’s boundaries are:

-COSI, 333 W. Broad St., to the west

-Oak and Parsons in Olde Towne East, to the east

-Second and High Street in the Short North, to the north

-Schiller Park in German Village, to the south

Two local bike shops, Paradise Garage and B1 Bikes, are both offering discounts to CoGo members, and helmets are being provided by the Hilton Columbus and Crown Plaza hotels downtown.

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