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Columbus Indiana Bike Share Program – ColumBike

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What is ColumBike and Bike Share? Bike share, or a public bicycle sharing system, is a service where bicycles are made available for shared use to individuals, for a small fee, on a very short term basis.

What Other Cities Have Bike Share? Indianapolis, IN, Washington, D.C., Boston, MA, New York, NY, Houston, TX, Minneapolis, MN, Denver, CO, Nashville, TN, Charlotte, NC, Kansas City, MO, Chattanooga, TN, Des Moines, IA, Spartanburg, SC and Savannah, GA are a few examples of cities where bikeshare programs are available.

How Does It Work? Most bike share programs typically have 24 hour, or day passes, and annual memberships available. Annual memberships are available online and day passes are available for purchase at the bikeshare station kiosks. Once you have purchased access to the bike share system, you are able to check out a bike, use it for a period of time, and then check it back into one of the many stations available. Most bike share programs allow for unlimited 30 minute trips once you purchase access to the system. Additional charges apply for trips over the time period.

Who is organizing Bike Share in Columbus? The Columbus Parks Foundation has organized a planning committee to explore bike share in Columbus. Many organizations are represented on the planning committee including the City of Columbus, Cummins, Columbus Employers, Columbus Regional Hospital, Columbus Area Arts Council, and the Columbus Regional Visitor Center.

How Can the Public Be Involved? The public was invited to participate in public meetings, an online survey and attend a presentation on Bike Share at The Columbus Park Foundation’s Annual Community Meeting on February 18, 2015 and at the Ignite Columbus event on May 1, 2015.

When and Where are the Public Meetings? There have been public meetings held on:

Wednesday, February 18, 6:30 – 9:00 pm at Hamilton Center

Tuesday, March 10, 5:30 – 7:30pm at the Donner Center

Thursday, March 12, 11:30am – 3:00pm at The Commons

An online survey was available March – April.

Internal studies conducted with two of our major employers ~ Cummins and Columbus Regional Health.

Monday, December 21, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at The Commons

How Would a Columbus Bike Share Program be Funded? Bikeshare programs are typically funded though memberships and passes, user fees (for trips over the allotted period of time) and through on-going sponsorships and grants. Some programs allow for advertising on the stations and bikes. Columbus is also unique in that our greatest assets are our art, history and architecture. The Columbus Visitors Center is developing a marketing plan to offer special tours via bicycle.

When Would a Columbus Bike Share Program Begin? The planning committee collected information by hosting public meetings during the months of March and April.  The planning committee will soon be making presentations to additional sponsors beyond the initial capital partner investors during the months of January and February.  The planning committee has a goal of launching the BikeShare Program in early Spring of 2016.

Learn more about the BikeShare Program

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