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Popular CoGo Bike Share Rides in the Columbus Area

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When you are in the Columbus Area, there popular rides you should have a try if you like riding bike share.

1The Scioto Trail

Running along the Scioto River and right through downtown, this trail offers spectacular views of the Columbus skyline.

The Scioto Trail is the first greenway trail built in Columbus. From North Bank Park to Bicentennial Park, this path is the spine of the city’s famous Scioto Mile, a string of prominent parks, civic landmarks and promenades. Here’s our suggested route:

  • After visiting the Scioto Audubon Metro Park, grab a CoGo bike at the Scioto Audubon Center station. For your convenience, free Park & Bike spots are available to park your car.
  • Head to the trail at the Audubon Nature Center, just east of the parking lot.
  • Take a right onto the Lower Scioto Greenway and bike about a mile north to explore the new Scioto Greenways. The Greenways has 33 acres of new parkland and 1.5 miles of multi-use trails.
  • There’s a CoGo station at Bicentennial Park, just west of the trail. Stop and enjoy the Greenways or grab lunch at Milestone 229.
  • When you’re ready to move on, continue along the Scioto Greenway heading north, where you will venture past the Supreme Court of Ohio and City Hall on your right. On your left, you will ride along the serene Batelle Riverfront Park and Alexander Park, which offers an elevated overlook of the downtown riverfront.
  • You’ll arrive at the North Bank Park Pavilion, where you can stop to enjoy the various trails, events and the docks. When you’re ready, you can exit the trail by taking a right onto W. Long Street and then another quick right on Neil Avenue, where you will ride 2.5 blocks to the Neil Ave and Nationwide Blvd station to return your bike.

The total distance is approximately 2.5 miles. It should take 20 to 60 minutes, depending on how long you stop to admire the scenery. Remember, the first 30 minutes of each ride are included in the Day Pass price, and if you want to keep your bike out for longer, it’s just an extra $3 for each additional 30 minutes.

If you’re looking for a longer ride, instead of exiting the trail at the North Bank Park Pavilion, you can turn around and go back the way you came. There are many exits on the trail, allowing you to venture off to see more of the city by bike. Or to reset your ride timer and avoid extra fees, just dock your bike every 30 minutes at any CoGo station along the way and pick up a new bike when you’re ready to continue.

2German Village

One of the country’s premier historic villages, German Village is renowned for its architecture, parks and European-style living.

This quaint village attracts locals and visitors alike with charming shops, storefronts, cafes and taverns. In addition, it has been nationally recognized by the White House as a “Preserve America Community.” There is so much to see and do, but here is one recommended route that you’re sure to enjoy:

  • Begin your ride at the jewel of German Village, Schiller Park. Grab a CoGo bike at the Schiller Park – Stewart Ave station, located on the west side of the park.
  • Ride north on City Park Ave to the top of the park, then take a right on Reinhard Ave and a quick left on S. 3rd Street.
  • Enjoy the half mile bike ride north on S. 3rd Street to the 3rd St and Sycamore St CoGo station. Here, you can drop off the bike and visit a number of shops and cafes in the area.
  • When you’re ready to continue, head east on Sycamore and ride about nine blocks to Jaeger Street, where you will make a right to head south.
  • Take Jaeger Street all the way back down to Schiller Park, where you can enjoy the green space, landscaped gardens, a recreation center, picnic areas, softball diamonds, a fishing pond and a stage for the Actor’s Summer Theater. Or you can return your bike to the Jaeger St and Whittier St station, which is just east of the park.

The total distance is just over one mile. It should take 10 to 40 minutes, depending on how long you stop to enjoy the village. Remember, the first 30 minutes of each ride are included in the Day Pass price, and if you want to keep your bike out for longer, it’s just an extra $3 for each additional 30 minutes. Or to reset your ride timer and avoid extra fees, just dock your bike every 30 minutes at any CoGo station along the way and pick up a new bike when you’re ready to continue.

3Columbus Art Rides: The Near North Route

Take a self-guided tour at your own pace of some of the best parks and architecture in the city.

Developed by Columbus Public Health, Columbus Art Rides is a self-guided expedition that uses a cycling map and an audio tour to educate both visitors and locals alike about Columbus architecture, art and history.

If you’d like to reference the map, download the MyColumbus Mobile App or check it out at the Columbus Art Rides website. To hear the audio for each destination over the phone, dial (614) 645-2646 and enter the 3-digit extension number specified.

Our recommended ride will follow the Near North Route and include all nearby CoGo stations, so you can stop and go and enjoy these 8 attractions at your leisure. To start the ride, grab a bike from the High St and Lincoln St station:

  1. Head south on High St, then take a sharp right onto W Lincoln St. This will bring you to Goodale Park, your 1st destination. To hear the audio, call (614) 645-2646 and enter extension 248.
  2. When you’re ready for your 2nd destination, head north on Park Street along the park. When you reach the top of the park, take a left onto Buttles Ave and ride to the west corner of the park. Here is your 2nd stop: Sells Circus House at 755 Dennison Ave (extension 247). If you wish to explore this area on foot, just drop off your bike at the nearby CoGo station Neil Ave and Buttles Ave. When you’re ready to continue, grab another bike from that station.
  3. Next, continue west on Buttles Ave to Harrison Ave, where you will find St. Francis Church, the 3rd stop (extension 243).
  4. Then ride north up Harrison Ave four blocks to Wilber Ave, where you will make a right and ride east until you hit Neil Ave. Here is the 4th attraction: Neil Avenue Architecture (extension 244).
  5. To see the 5th stop, ride south on Neil Ave about one mile, until you hit Spring Street, where you will find the Flowing Kiss Sculpture (extension 145). The CoGo station Neil Ave and Nationwide Blvd is on the way, if you wish to stop and explore the area. You can drop off your bike and pick up another one when you’re ready to continue.
  6. Next, carefully take the bike path between Spring St and Long St, which brings you to John McConnell Blvd. As you ride north, you will pass Arch Park – your 6th stop (extension 142).
  7. At the top of the park, take a right to go east onto Nationwide Blvd and then turn north onto Front Street. Ride north until you hit Spruce St, where you will arrive at North Market, 59 Spruce St (extension 140). The North Market CoGo station is right there, if you wish to stop and enjoy lunch or a snack.
  8. From the North Market, continue east on Spruce St, then head north up High St past the Convention Center, where you will arrive at your 8th stop: the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral (extension 249). Now, you can continue your city exploration on two wheels, or simply return your bike to the closest CoGo Station, which is at the North Market.

The total distance is four miles. It should take 30 to 50 minutes, depending on how long you stop to enjoy each attraction. Remember, the first 30 minutes of each ride are included in the Day Pass price, and if you want to keep your bike out for longer, it’s just an extra $3 for each additional 30 minutes. Or to reset your ride timer and avoid extra fees, just dock your bike every 30 minutes at any CoGo station along the way and pick up a new bike when you’re ready to continue.

4Columbus Art Rides: The Southwest Route

Check out the city’s celebrated gardens and historical sites – plus enjoy a stunning view of Downtown Columbus.

Developed by Columbus Public Health, Art Rides uses a cycling map and an audio tour to educate both visitors and locals alike about Columbus architecture, art and history.

If you’d like to reference the map, download the MyColumbus Mobile App or check it out at the Columbus Art Rides website. To hear the audio of each destination over the phone, dial (614) 645-2646 and enter the 3-digit extension number associated.

Our recommended ride will follow the Southwest Route and include all nearby CoGo stations, so you can stop and go and enjoy these 9 attractions at your leisure:

  1. Grab a CoGo bike from the Scioto Audubon Center station. You will begin your tour here, at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. To hear the audio description, call (614) 645-2646 and enter extension 616.
  2. For the 2nd attraction, follow West Whittier St east until you hit Front St, where you will ride four blocks north. Here you will discover the King Gambrinus Statue(extension 610). If you wish to explore this area on foot, just drop off your bike at the nearby CoGo station Front St and Beck St. When you’re ready to continue, grab another bike from that station.
  3. Ride a few blocks north on S Front St and you will find destination number 3, the historic brewery buildings (extensions 607, 608, 620 – 622).
  4. Continue north on S Front St. Turn west on Mound St and ride to 2nd St. Take a right to head north on 2nd St until you hit Main St, where you will arrive at the 4th attraction, Bicentennial Park (extension 573). If you’d like to have lunch or just explore the park on foot, drop off your bike at the Bicentennial Park CoGo Stationand pick up another one when you’re ready.
  5. For your next adventure, cross the Main St bridge over the picturesque Scioto River and head north on Starling St to Town St. Head west on Town St to Avondale Ave, where you will find the 5th stop, Avondale Elementary School (extension 362). On your way, you will pass the CoGo station Lucas St and Town St, if you wish to stop and drop off your bike.
  6. Next, head south on Avondale Ave one block, then turn east onto Rich St, where you’ll arrive at the Franklinton Gardens (extension 361).
  7. To experience a stunning view of Downtown Columbus, take Rich St east to McDowell St, then Head north on McDowell two blocks to Town St. Take a right to go east, then turn north on Belle St to W Broad St and follow it to the East Side of COSI at 333 W Broad St. Enjoy the panorama (extension 350). The Cosi CoGo station is right there, if you wish to take a break and enjoy lunch or a snack.
  8. To continue, head south from Broad St. to Washington Blvd and go east over the Rich St bridge. Take 2nd St to Main St. Follow Main St, then turn south onto High St and ride 9 blocks to Sycamore St. Go east 3 blocks and you will run into your 8th stop, St. Mary’s Church (extension 312).
  9. To reach your final destination, ride south on 3rd St for 8 blocks, where you will arrive at Schiller Park (extension 316). You can return your bike there at the Schiller Park – Stewart Ave CoGo station, or you can head north on 3rd St and turn west onto Whittier to circle back to the Scioto Audubon Center station.

The total distance is 6.7 miles. It should take 50 to 70 minutes, depending on how long you stop to enjoy each stop. Remember, the first 30 minutes of each ride are included in the Day Pass price, and if you want to keep your bike out for longer, it’s just an extra $3 for each additional 30 minutes. Or to reset your ride timer and avoid extra fees, just dock your bike every 30 minutes at any CoGo station along the way and pick up a new bike when you’re ready to continue.

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