The Board of Public Works and Safety, including Mayor Kristen Brown, Susan Fye and Jayne Farber, accepts the donation of an electric-assist Trek Transport bicycle from Matt Battin and Melissa Rose, co-owners of the Bicycle Station.
The City of Columbus received a generously donated Trek Transport bicycle from the Bicycle Station on Tuesday, February 26, at the City’s Board of Public Works and Safety meeting at City Hall.
Matt Battin and Melissa Rose, co-owners of the Bicycle Station, kindly donated the bicycle to the City. The bike features a large-capacity bag and front and rear racks to haul laptops, documents, presentations or other cargo. The bike, dubbed the “ColumBike” by Mayor Kristen Brown, will be shared by City employees and offer an efficient, reliable mode of transportation as they go to meetings, visit project locations or run a quick errand away from City Hall.
Mayor Brown is hopeful the shared bicycle will also provide a fun, free way to determine if there is local interest and value in employer-sponsored bicycle sharing programs or a public rental program in the city as a way to encourage healthy activity and reduce the demand for car parking, especially in the downtown area.
“This is a generous gift from the Bicycle Station that will help our employees stay healthy and environmentally friendly while on the job,” Mayor Kristen Brown said. “We are grateful to Matt and Melissa for this kind donation and hope that it encourages local employers to consider a bike-share program for their employees.”