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ColumBIKE- The Bike Share Program

 ColumBIKE 
 

On May 21, 2016, the Columbus Parks Foundation is launching the city bike share program ColumBIKE with seven kiosks located around the city as shown in the map. The locations of kiosks are:Donner Park near the pool 22nd & Sycamore, Columbus Regional Hospital 2400 17th, Fourth and Washington, Fifth and Jackson, Fifth and California, Bartholomew Public Library 536 Fifth St.  

Bike share programs are wildly popular in other cities around the US, but most are much larger than Columbus, Indiana, therefore we are fortunate to have such a venture in our bicycle friendly small city. Bike share programs work via use of a credit card inserted into the kiosk with several payment options. The cost for an hour will be $4, cost for the day will be $8, and an annual pass will be $80. When used as commuter bikes in other cities, the bikes are frequently picked up at one kiosk and deposited at another in the city close to their workplace. It is unclear if the usage pattern in Columbus will initially be primarily recreational, shopping, or commuting since the initial kiosk locations are mainly clustered downtown. Eventually, the locations of the kiosks may be expanded into other areas of the city that may include high residential population areas to make commuting more likely from home. The B-cycle (Pictured below) is a 45 pound commuter type bicycle with wider tires than road bikes for more traction on the road, a basket, lights and

 

 

bell as required by law, a covered chain to prevent chain tatooing, and fenders to lower spray from the road. Although heavier than a road bike, these bikes are perfect for the flat terrain inside Columbus where weight of the bicycle is not a significant factor. B-cycle was chosen by the Parks Foundation to be the bicycle of ColumBIKE. This bicycle is a joint venture between Trek and B-Cycle, producing a very functional and durable bicycle. B-cycle has more than 35 cities in the US equipped with bike share programs. The ColumBIKE program was generously funded by our hospital, Columbus Regional Hospital and an anonymous donor. Thank you!!!

From the Bcycle site:  

BCycle Knowledge
  • What is bike sharing?

    Bike sharing is a new way of getting around your city or campus. It’s affordable, clean, and simple. It’s good for your health, your pocket, and our environment.

    Imagine a network of bike stations located within a few blocks of one another throughout your community. As a bike-sharing member, you can unlock any of the specially designed bikes at any station and ride it to any other bike station. Fast, simple, inexpensive. It’s no wonder bike sharing has exploded in popularity the past few years.

  • What is BCycle?

    BCycle is a next-next-generation bike-sharing program. It is a zero-hassle, zero-emissions way to get around town. It’s a bike-sharing program that meets the transportation, health, and environmental needs of our communities. One that adapts to any size city, corporation, or campus. It’s free and spontaneous, but also practical.

     

    BCycle is the only bike-sharing program that measures the actual distance traveled on each ride and keeps track of the calories you’ve burned and the carbon emissions you’ve prevented. All this information is available on your personal BCycle web page.

    BCycle is the future of bike sharing, and it’s available now.

  • What about the actual BCycle?
    Imagine a bike that is always ready to ride, where and when you want to ride it. The tires are always inflated and the chain is never rusty. A bike with a basket to carry your knapsack. A bike with front and rear lights and a bell that fits people tall and short. A bike that’s there whenever you need it, and gone when you don’t. That’s a BCycle. And it’s powered by the ultimate alternative fuel: you.
  • Who is BCycle?
    BCycle is in collaboration with Trek Bicycle Corporation.

    Our goal is to change the way you get around. And thereby change our communities for the better. So grab a BCycle from the nearest station and we’re on our way.

  • How does BCycle work?

    BCycle relies on the integration of hardware and software to keep track of members and bikes, and all the interactions between users and bikes. Proprietary GPS (global positioning system) and RFID (radio frequency identification) technologies make it possible for bike sharing to be so smart that it is simple for users.

    All rides are tracked by the system and associated with members. Data such as distance, duration, calories burned, and carbon offset are captured and uploaded to personal web pages at BCycle.com.

  • How much does BCycle cost?

    Different BCycle systems (cities, campuses, etc.) charge different amounts, and each system’s website provides all the details. 

    The cost to use a BCycle is divided into two components: a membership fee and a usage fee. 

    MEMBERSHIP FEE  

    The membership fee provides unlimited access to a BCycle system for a specific period of time, typically ranging from one day to one year.

    USAGE FEE

    Usage fees are charged based on the length of each ride taken by a member, and are typically broken down into half-hour increments. In most systems, the first half-hour is free and usage fees are only assessed for rides that exceed 30 minutes. 

    Note: Non-public systems (e.g., shared bike systems placed on a corporate campus for the use of company associates) may have no membership fees or usage fees. 

    Check the website of your system for details about membership fees and usage fees.

     

    A typical B-cycle kiosk is shown below

     

     

Advocacy for improved bicycle access lanes, safety of the streets, and peaceful coexistence with motorists can be anything from letter writing to the mayor to direct action.  

Columbike serves as a clearinghouse for bicycling concerns in the Columbus area, including advocacy issues.  

Current Advocacy issues include:

Enhancing safety of bicyclists by-

1. Changing or eliminating archaic ordinances and adopting new ordinances.

2. Elimination or modification of physical factors that serve as a danger to bicyclists in Columbus such as removal of bollards (pillars) from the people trails, modification of Lindsay and Third street crosswalk into town.

3. Discussing ways to deal with vicious dogs causing bike crashes and bites

 

Advocacy may take several forms and we may employ some or several approaches simultaneously to best insure forwarding of our issues.