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Corvallis looking at 2nd bike share project

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Here is a look at the Pedal Corvallis bike share station between the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis and Osborn Aquatic Center. Officials are looking to set up a new system in town. Pedal Corvallis closed down for good in June.

Officials are hoping to set up a new bike-sharing system for Corvallis that would replace Pedal Corvallis, and an online survey is available for those interesting in providing feedback.

Pedal Corvallis, which began in 2016, suspended its service in March because of health and safety concerns related to the coronavirus. The program shut down for good in June when its vendor, Zagster, ended the service to the majority of the markets it served. 

Pedal Corvallis had 10 stations, and users totaled 400 to 500 trips per month. The program was supervised by the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments. Sponsors included the Intercommunity Health Network, the Corvallis Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the city of Corvallis, SamFit, Linn-Benton Community College, the First Alternative Co-op, Woodstock’s Pizza, NuScale Power, Benton County, the Corvallis School District, the Oregon State Credit Union and the Mid-Valley Bicycle Club.

Key challenges for Pedal Corvallis, officials said, were that riders didn’t think the stations were conveniently located, some riders were challenged by the technology, stations cannot be put in city-owned right of way and bike share programs are trending toward electric bikes, which were not available with Pedal Corvallis.

Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments and the city of Corvallis are planning to replace Pedal Corvallis with a new system by the fall of next year. The project currently is in the survey phase, with those looking to provide input encouraged to take an online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CorvallisBikeshare.

The survey will stay live through Nov. 30. Those unable to respond online should contact Steph Nappa at 541-924-8480 or snappa@ocwcog.org for assistance with alternative methods.

Next steps in the process include focus groups, system design, more public feedback, vendor selection and installation.

Contact reporter James Day at jim.day@lee.net or 541-812-6116. Follow at Twitter.com/jameshday or gazettetimes.com/blogs/jim-day.

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