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CORRECTION: Bikeshare is Coming to Corvallis and You’re Invited to Participate!

 

June 22, 2016
Fred Abousleman, Executive Director
Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments
fabousle@ocwcog.org, 541-924-8465


The Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments (OCWCOG), through a targeted pilot program funded by the InterCommunity Heath Network Coordinated Care Organization and in partnership with the City and sponsoring organizations, is launching a community bikeshare program in Corvallis. Called Pedal Corvallis, the program is intended to help Medicaid members access medical appointments and personal trips; it also is open to all community members age 18 and older and seeks to increase health indicators and promote healthy transportation options in the community. 
 
Ribbon Cutting and Bikeshare Launch – You’re Welcome to Join Us!
A ribbon cutting is set for 2:00 pm Thursday, June 30 at the Downtown Transit Center, 5th Street and Monroe Avenue in Corvallis, with remarks from Dr. Larry Mullins, Chief Executive Officer of Samaritan Health Services, and The Honorable Biff Traber, Mayor of the City of Corvallis.
 
The public is invited to attend. Attendees are encouraged to enter the transit center from the south to avoid disrupting bus traffic. The City of Corvallis and the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition will lead a short bike ride around Central Park immediately following the ribbon cutting. A limited number of bikes will be available, and the public is encouraged to bring their own bikes. 
 
How You Can Bikeshare
An annual bikeshare membership costs $25. For more information, visit www.OCWCOG.org/pedal; the registration link to sign up as a Pedal Corvallis member will be available on June 30.

Starting June 30th, in addition to the Downtown Transit Station, Pedal Corvallis bikes are found at:    
  • Oregon State Credit Union, 1980 NW 9th Street
  • Lincoln Health Center, 121 SE Viewmont Avenue
  • Benton County Health Department, 530 NW 27th Street
  • Osborn Aquatic Center, 1940 NW Highlight Drive
  • SamFit / Samaritan Square, 777 NW 9th Street #310     
According to the bikeshare vendor, Zagster©, biking just 30 minutes per day can reduce the risk of heart disease by 82% and the risk of diabetes by up to 58% citation. Zagster estimates that 16% of bikeshare users would not have taken their trip if bikeshare was not available.
 
From the perspective of economic development, bikeshare fosters community connectivity and neighborhood engagement. All six Pedal Corvallis stations are within two blocks of a Corvallis Transit stop or closer. 
  
Our Partners and Sponsors
“We are excited to be part of this visionary partnership with the IHN-CCO, City, and sponsors.” said Fred Abousleman, Executive Director, OCWCOG. “Bikeshare is a healthy and affordable way to meet the transportation needs of our Medicaid members and greater community. We also look forward to working with our pioneering partners and sponsors, and when successful, working with IHN-CCO and our member jurisdictions to grow the program across the region.”
 
Pedal Corvallis’ initial financial sponsors are Sam Fit, Linn-Benton Community College, First Alternative Co-op, and Woodstock Pizza.
 
Partnerships and sponsorships will help grow the system and ensure greater access for residents and visitors as well as identify and grow our businesses and partners. Sponsorship information is available at www.OCWCOG.org/pedal. According to Zagster, each bike generates an estimate 5,800 marketing impressions per trip and makes an average of 200 trips per year.
 
OCWCOG worked closely with many departments within the City of Corvallis; Benton County; Corvallis School District 509J; Oregon State Credit Union; and Samaritan Health Services to bring Pedal Corvallis to fruition. Their support and time is very much appreciated.
 
The Pedal Corvallis program is operated by Zagster, which also operates bikeshare programs in 130 other locations across the country including in Fort Collins, CO; Albuquerque, NM; and Jackson County, OR.
 
To learn more, contact OCWCOG’s Community and Economic Development Department at 541-924-8480 or visit Pedal Corvallis’ website at www.OCWCOG.org/pedal

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About the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments
The Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments (OCWCOG), on behalf of the member governments, carries out a variety of local, state, and federal programs. The majority of funding is provided by way of contracts to administer specific services. As an Oregon intergovernmental entity, OCWCOG can provide for, or on behalf of, its member governments any service that they are authorized to provide. Whether it is helping a business find appropriate capital, helping seniors and persons with disabilities plan for independent living, or coordinating local roads improvement priorities, OCWCOG offers these and many other innovative services to the local governments and residents of Benton, Lincoln, and Linn counties. For more information, visit www.ocwcog.org.


About Zagster
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the largest and fastest-growing bike share provider in the United States. Zagster works directly with over 130 communities across North America to make scalable bike-sharing programs available in areas where traditional bike share providers can’t reach. The company’s goal: To make the bike the most loved form of transportation. More information about Zagster and its programs can be found at  www.zagster.com

 

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