Educate, Engage and Empower Yourself During Mobility Week
Mobility Week, being held October 15-19, is a coordinated effort to educate, engage and empower the campus community around the current options and future of mobility on campus and beyond. There are several opportunities provided throughout the week to get in on the movement to drive less and drive electric.
As the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) first-ever Smart City Challenge, Columbus was awarded $50 million in grant funding and the designation as America’s Smart City. The initiative seeks to transform mobility in central Ohio, and change what it’s like to live in our community. Ohio State is the primary research partner of Smart Columbus. A team with representatives from Ohio State’s Corporate Engagement Office, Center for Automotive Research (CAR), Transportation and Traffic Management, Smart Campus student group and several community partners are involved in planning the week’s activities.
ALL WEEK: Ohio State Mobility Week Student Challenge
Ohio State students are encouraged to join in their own network of the Central Ohio Commuter Challenge – a competition in which individuals can win prizes by replacing driving alone trips with alternative modes of transportation. Eligible commute modes include: ridesharing, transit, biking or walking. By logging your eligible trip on the commute calendar within the Gohio Commute platform, you’re eligible to win prizes – including a $500 gift card. You can join by:
- Registering for Gohio Commute at go.osu.edu/studentchallenge. When registering, pick the OSU Students network. You must register through this site to be entered into the challenge.
- Logging your eligible trips each day between Oct. 15 – 19 through either the Gohio Commute Dashboard or through the free RideAmigos Commute tracker.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17: Educate Yourself at the Look & See
Stop by The Gateway at University District on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. see and learn more about the many modes of transportation available in the Columbus area. Smart Columbus will have several electric vehicles on display, and you can talk to representatives from COTA, CABS, Lime and ZipCar to learn how you can get around the city without owning a car. Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research (CAR) will have a booth available to talk about mobility at Ohio State.
JUST ADDED: Dos Hermanos food truck will also be on the plaza for lunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
THURSDAY, OCT. 18: Engage Through Smart Mobility Talks
Three separate panels will be held to help students learn more about mobility on campus and in Columbus. Join in the discussion and enjoy pizza, desserts and more.
Walkable, Bikeable Campus | 11 a.m. – Noon | Pomerene Hall Ideation Zone (320)
Learn about infrastructure and how it is a foundation for sustainable mobility adoption to promote health and wellness on campus. Panelists include: Harvey Miller (CURA), Tim Raderstorf (College of Nursing), John Shrader (Transportation and Traffic Management), and Gulsah Akar (Knowlton School of Architecture).
Smart Columbus LIVE! | Noon – 1 p.m. | Pomerene Hall Ideation Zone (320)
Participate in this interactive session to learn more about Smart Columbus and how we can each play a role in helping this region-wide initiative shape the future of central Ohio.
COTA, CABS & Commuters, Oh My! | 1 – 2 p.m. | Pomerene Hall Ideation Zone (320)
Mobility options don’t have to be overwhelming! Join the movement and be empowered to access your Columbus through the many available options.
FRIDAY, OCT. 19: Smart Columbus Ride & Drive
Come out to the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) at 930 Kinnear Road on Friday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to take part in Ohio State’s second Smart Columbus Ride & Drive Roadshow. Test drive one of the newest electric vehicles on the market – including Hondas, BMWs and Teslas – and learn more about the multi-modal transit options central Ohio has to offer. You must register ahead of time. Drivers must be 21 to test drive a Tesla, 18 to drive all other vehicles. Drive less to get there: CABS busses will be providing shuttles to and from CAR. Hop on the bus at the RPAC, which will be making round trips every 15 minutes.
Register now for a ride and drive time.