Third Test: TBD
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Using the principles of tactical urbanism, Mobility Innovation Tests involve a series of low-cost temporary changes that look at innovative ways to move more people.

In May 2019, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission released results of the insight2050 Corridor Concepts study. This study, co-chaired by Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin, equips Central Ohio communities with tools to prepare for the region’s growth. In concert with this and following proposals from community members at the Purple Aisle Transportation Innovation Weekend in November 2018, the City and COTA are pursuing a series of iterative, evidence-based tests to develop an even better transportation system and meet future needs.

The Second Test: The Game Day Mobility Lane

updated gameday mapThe Game Day Mobility Test took place on November 23 in conjunction with the football game between The Ohio State University and Penn State University. It began two hours before the noon kickoff, and the southbound curb lane along North High Street from Dodridge Street to Lane Avenue was dedicated to bus, bike and scooter traffic only. Cones marked off the area. Immediately after the start of the football game, cones were transitioned to a northbound flow, dedicating the northbound curb lane to bus, bike and scooter traffic only throughout the game and lasted until two hours after the end of the game.

This test will be analyzed through quantitative and qualitative tools. Lessons learned will inform how Columbus can move more people faster could serve as a model for future tests.

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Gameday Mobility Lane FAQ

The First Test: Third Street Pop-Up Mobility Lane Pop-up Mobility Lane Map(1)The downtown Third Street Pop-Up Mobility Lane was a two-week test which dedicated the right curbside of traffic to bus, bike and scooter riders only on Third Street from Long Street to Main Street. It took place during the dates of July 22 – August 2 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday. It was a quick, low-cost opportunity to test ways to make taking the bus, riding a bike or using a scooter on city streets better. The Third Street Pop-Up Mobility Lane and future tests are also a way to solidify best practice approaches in becoming a city with a multimodal transportation system that boasts positive economic impacts, community buy-in and national recognition. The City, COTA and other partners will gather and analyze test data to understand what permanent solutions work for residents, and how we can improve our transportation system moving forward. We can expect the results from the first test soon!

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