Corvallis Bike Share Expands

pedal corvallisPedal Corvallis, the city bike share program that launched in June 2016, will add two stations on the Oregon State University campus this spring, according to Phil Warnock, transportation director for the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments. The addition will bring the total number of stations in town to eight, with a total of 41 bicycles and two tricycles.

The bike share, sponsored by OCWCOG and the InterCommunity Health Network Coordinated Care Organization and operated by the vendor Zagster, has facilitated more than 1,100 trips in the seven months it has been operational.

“Taking into account some pretty wild weather this year, that is still a little above our initial projections,” Warnock said.

Warnock said that the program’s peak membership was 215, a bit lower than the national average for systems of similar size in comparable cities, but the rides taken per member is higher than average.

The most popular of the six existing stations is the Benton County Health Center station at 530 NW 27th Street, though all stations are well used, Warnock said. The other stations are located at the Oregon State Credit Union, 1980 NW 9th Street; Lincoln Health Center, 121 SE Viewmont Avenue; Osborn Aquatic Center, 1940 NW Highland Drive; and SamFit/Samaritan Square, 777 NW 9th Street #310.

With the addition of new OSU stations, Warnock reports no intention to change the pricing model.

“The price point is working well and feedback has been positive,” he said.

An annual Pedal Corvallis membership costs $25. Users can also purchase a three-day pass for $5 or a month pass for $10.

For more information about Pedal Corvallis, visit www.OCWCOG.org/pedal

By Maggie Anderson

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