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Columbus, OH Bikeways


The Columbus area bike network continues to grow. [Scroll past 'Trail Facts' to continue reading.]


Latest News: 11/14/18 by OB - Park Could Blaze Quarry Trails as Regional Attraction

Columbus, OH - "Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks hasn’t broken ground yet for its 20th central Ohio park, but its project already has won an award from the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission for collaborative efforts to push it forward." more...



Developer Hopes RV Park Will Draw Cyclists - 11/9/18 by OB

Columbus, OH - "A new “upscale RV resort” planned for 20 acres of land behind the Columbus Hollywood Casino will feature 135 spots for campers and trailers, a central lodge and fitness center, and a vertical camping platform designed to attract thru-bikers on the Ohio to Erie Trail." more...

E-Bikes Arrive on Columbus Streets - 10/18/18 by OB

Columbus, OH - "...A Lime spokesperson said that the new bikes were deployed starting the second week of October around the Ohio State University campus..." more

Scooter Numbers Rising Fast - 10/2/18 by OB

Columbus, OH - "...Our August scooter census showed 150 on the streets. By the end of September, there were like 16,000..." more

New CoGo Bike Share Stations Open - 9/21/18 by OB

Columbus, OH - "...Many of the two dozen-plus new stations are already stocked with bikes, and the attached kiosks..."

"...The new additions bring the total number of stations to 72..." more

Columbus to be 'Lenient' with New Scooter Rules - 9/19/18 by OB

"...In order to embrace these new types of mobility we’re going to be rather lenient. There will be a learning curve for everybody..." more

Protected Bike Lane Attracting Riders - 9/17/18 by OB

"When plans for two new bike lanes stretching from Downtown to Hudson Street were first announced in 2015, it was clear that the project was meant to be a departure from the norm for the city." more...

The State of Alternative Transportation in Columbus - 9/12/18 by OB

"Over the course of the last five years, there has been a lot of transportation news in Columbus..." more

E-Scooters Banned from Columbus Sidewalks - 9/11/18 by OB

"The ban of electronic scooters on city of Columbus sidewalks proposed by mayor Andrew Ginther is now in effect." more...

500-Mile Trail Network Concept Proposed - 8/28/18 by OB

"Central Ohio Greenways wants to add 500 miles of multiuse trails through eight counties over the next three decades..." more

Columbus Regulates Shared Scooters / Bikes - 8/28/18 by OB

"The city of Columbus on Tuesday began regulating shared mobility devices, most commonly known as shared scooters and bicycles." more...

Police get E-Bikes for Bike Patrol - 8/27/18 by OB

"...Five e-bikes were deployed in the Downtown area. The sixth is being used on the West Side." more...

Columbus Considers E-Scooter Regulations - 8/20/18 by OB

"...Since their arrival, there have been several calls to the emergency rooms and we know one accident even resulted in a death in Cleveland." more...

Limebike Expands Bike, Scooter Service to OSU - 8/13/18 by OB

Columbus, OH - "Lime introduced 125 dockless bicycles and an unknown number of scooters to the Ohio State University campus Monday, as thousands of students are returning to the area for the start of fall semester classes Aug. 21." more...

Cyclist's Complaint Spurs Positive Action - 8/1/18 by OB

"...Tonni was experiencing hostility on a segment of her daily commute—the narrow, one-lane bridge with a hill on St Claire Avenue that doesn't readily allow cars to pass when she's taking the full lane for safety (as is her right)..." more

CoGo Coming to UA by Late September - 7/25/18 by OB

Upper Arlington, OH - "Upper Arlington is expected to get its first bicycle-sharing stations by the end of September as part of a project to bring more than two-dozen new stations to Columbus and three suburbs." more...

Bird Scooters Come to Columbus - 7/11/18 by OB

"...The dock-free, motorized scooters have begun popping up Downtown and in the Arena District, Short North and Bexley..." more

CoGo to Add Stations at Easton - 7/9/18 by OB

"CoGo Bike Share has announced new bike stations will be coming to Easton as ongoing plans for expansion into Bexley, Grandview Heights, and Upper Arlington are underway." more...


Columbus Trail Facts:

Location: Franklin County

Number of Trails: 11

Trail Miles: 110.1 (does not include the Ohio-to-Erie Trail mileage outside of Franklin County)

Worth Noting: For more trails that are being developed in Franklin County, such as the Big Run, Hayden Run and Rocky Fork Trails, visit Central Ohio Greenways.

Trails in this Region: SW OH Trails List

Construction of the Alum Creek Trail was finished in 2015. At around that same time, the 33-acre riverfront park along the Scioto Trail was also completed. Area trail and park expansions continue, as the city's commitment to greenspace moves forward.

Columbus Trails

The Olentangy and Scioto Bikeways have been a fixture in Columbus, Ohio for many years. But the completion of the Alum Creek Trail in 2015, along with the (near) completion of the Camp Chase Trail, not only brings more trail miles to the table, but it lays down the route for the cross-state Ohio-to-Erie Trail through the city.

[5/18] Construction has begun to close the gap in the Blacklick Trail. From columbus.gov, "A final critical gap in the trail occurs near the intersection of Refugee Road and Hines Road. Approximately 750 l.f. of trail... including an approved underpass beneath the Norfolk Southern Railway."

Columbus: The Hub for State-Wide Trail Connections

When completed, the 320-mile Ohio-to-Erie Trail will not only connect Columbus with Cleveland and Cincinnati, it will also link Columbus with the other 2 most developed bikeway regions in the state. The result of that connection will mean that the 3 largest trail regions in Ohio will all be linked by trail, thanks to the cross-state Ohio-to-Erie Trail.

More Trail Options

Major trail routes are not the only trail options in the Columbus area. The city park network also offers trails within its borders, as do suburbs such as Dublin and Westerville.

Advocacy & Infrastructure

Columbus-based Yay Bikes! may well be the most effective, far-reaching bike advocacy organization in Ohio. They take education seriously and commit to not only teaching new riders road-riding skills, but they also manage to put city officials and transportation planners on bikes as well!

There's no better way to demonstrate the bicyclist's perspective to local officials, than to put them on two wheels and in the road with traffic. So simple, yet brilliantly effective.

Yay Bikes! has also taken their show on the road, working in other Ohio communities. And of course, they put on rides and events throughout the year in Columbus, including 'Bike the Cbus.'

Bike Share

The city's bike share is CoGo. Check out their bike station map.

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