January 5, 2012

Proposed Bike Share Siting [Edited]

[Editor's note: I double counted the amount of kiosks. There are 69 proposed locations and not 128.]

Yesterday, I used foreshadowing to imply that I would talk about Consider Biking's proposed bike share kiosk siting. And by foreshadow, I mean that I said that I would talk about it. So here I go.

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The first part of bike shares is to consider what is the main purpose of them? Will they be targeted at tourists? Will it be for residential? Will it be for end-of-transit travelling? These are not mutually exclusive, but since downtown proper is sparsely populated, I would consider that residential is the least likely reason to use the bike share. I think maps are usually more helpful, but sometimes it's interesting to break out a table:


Larger Area
Specifics
Count
Greater Downtown
Total
39

Brewery District
4

German Village
3

Nationwide Children's Hospital
1

COSI
1

Arena District
7

CSCC/CCAD
5

State House
11

Franklin County Courthouse
5

Grant Hospital/Columbus Library
2
Franklinton
Total
1

Franklinton Cycle Works
1
Olde Town East
Total
3

Columbus Public Health
1

Franklin Conservatory
1

King's Art Complex
1
Short North
Total
3
Grandview
Total
1
Ohio State
Total
16

South Campus
5

Mid-Campus
3

North Campus
3

West Campus
5
Upper Arlington
Total
1
N. High Between Hudson and Morse
Total
5
Overall Total
128 69


The disclaimer is that I am a terrible counter so the overall totals could be slightly different and I some of the neighborhoods/areas could be up for debate. Regardless, I like the plan.

The few changes I would suggest are:

  • I would add more kiosks at Grandview/greater Grandview. There are a lot of people there and they would likely use it as it is very bikeable there. Suggested locations are Grandview Yard, 3rd Avenue & Olentangy Bike Path, 3rd Avenue & Grandview. 
  • The kiosks north of Lane Avenue seem a little far north. If there is demand for kiosks that far north, I would prefer them closer to the Olentangy Bike Paths in order for them to work as Bike & Park which would be intended for drivers/commuters to park and bike to their final destinations.
  • There could be more kiosks in the Olde Town East area such as around Yellow Brick pizza. 
Again, despite my usual snarky demeanor, I like this proposal and am very interested in following how this initiative progresses.
Finally, yesterday I suggested that the Google Transit options might not be up until January 12. Thankfully, I was wrong and it's back up and running. Merry Christmas?

Next up: The problem with infographics


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