Statistics for the launch year of the city’s bike-share program, ColumBIKE, and its potential to grow during its second year will be shared during the Columbus Park Foundation annual meeting.

People who attend the Feb. 16 meeting will learn whether the bike-share program met its 2016 projected budget and how many rides were taken, as well as kiosk information and feedback collected from riders, said Dick Boyce, Columbus Park Foundation volunteer coordinator.

Results from a Cummins Inc. Six Sigma study will be reviewed during the meeting, Boyce said.

ColumBIKE launched its eight bike-rental stations located across the city May 21 and saw nearly all of its inventory used by November. The program, designed to encourage healthy lifestyles in the community, is user-friendly, allowing members to rent bikes using the BCycle Now app.

The program does not use public tax dollars, but instead it relies on funding, mainly from its two biggest contributors — Cummins and Columbus Regional Health, Boyce said.

The featured speaker for this year’s annual is Lee Jones, director of business development for BCycle, who has helped to establish bike-share programs around the country. BCycle partners with campuses, corporations and municipalities of all sizes to execute and maintain bike-share systems, including the park foundation and city bike-share program.

Other annual meeting topics will include updates on expansion and maintenance of the Columbus People Trail System, Chuck Wilt Youth Scholarship Fund management and the foundation’s 2017 annual report.

The park foundation acquires, conserves and develops land for the city’s parks department, promotes healthy lifestyles through community participation in recreation programs and secures financial support for the community’s parks.

If you go

Columbus Park Foundation annual community meeting

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 16. The free event is open to the public.

Where: Hamilton Community Center and Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive

Who: Featured speaker is Lee Jones, director of business development for BCycle, a bike-share company.

Food: Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5633.