As part of #WomensBikeMonth learn about how our top women CoGo riders got into bicycling, why they ride CoGo so often, and why they love using the CoGo Bike Share system!
A little about you…
My name is Sandy and I live in downtown Columbus. 22 years ago, my husband and I joined forces to start our own business, Orange Boy Inc. Fun fact: we named the company after our pet cat, an orange tomboy named Opie. Our company focuses on analytics software and strategic planning. We do a lot of our work for public libraries. When I’m not working, I really enjoy gardening, home decor and fitness.
How did you get into bicycling?
We purchased bicycles about 10 years ago, to take long rides on the weekends. We enjoyed it but found the time commitment and bicycle storage/maintenance inconvenient. Our cycling interests started to wane, so we sold our bikes. Once we decided to move downtown from Grandview, CoGo was there to help us get around.
What fears did you face when you first started bicycling and how did you overcome them?
While I was still learning, I was nervous about biking in heavy traffic. I tried to be aware of the times of day and the areas that had lighter traffic. I also admit, I will use the sidewalks from time to time if I am feeling uncomfortable with the flow of traffic. The good thing about CoGo is, the flashing lights really help to make you more visible to motorists.
What advice would you give to a new rider to overcome their fears?
It’s simple, research everything you need to know before you start. Just like any other hobby you start: learn the rules, plan your route, and check out some things that will help make you visible. With CoGo, it helps to learn where the stations are. Just be smart about it.
How do you stay safe while bicycling?
I like to ride early in the morning when traffic is light. I also avoid dark clothing and use hand signals, especially when turning left.
Why do you love CoGo?
It is just super convenient. It helps me venture out a little bit and enhances my quality of life. I truly don’t know what I would do without it. It enables me to work out where I want to, which is on the opposite side of town from where I live. It’s also faster for me to get to work. By the time I get in my car and sit in traffic, it takes me a lot longer than hopping on a CoGo. I also love that CoGo is adding more stations! I hope to continue using CoGo throughout the winter.
When do you think CoGo is most convenient?
I use it the most when I am heading to the office or to the gym, it is a lot faster than using a car. I also enjoy using it for OSU football games. We like to bike to the Neil & 11th station and then walk the rest of the way to the stadium. You can really cut down on your walking time. With the new stations being added, there are even more stations by OSU that can get me closer on game day