Smart Columbus Experience Center
Grand Opening & Smart Mobility Block Party

Experience Center Landing Page

Grand Opening

11:00 AM

You’re invited to help us celebrate the Grand Opening of the Smart Columbus Experience Center, a new destination on the Scioto Mile where you’ll see, touch and hear about the future of mobility in our great city, and discover the ways you can be a part of this exciting ride.

Join Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, State Senator Stephanie Kunze and Central Ohio Transit Authority CEO Joanna Pinkerton at 11:00 a.m. to hear how everyone can help make central Ohio safer, more equitable, more vibrant and more sustainable through smart mobility. Then be one of the first to step inside and engage with hands-on demonstrations of new mobility technologies and interactive educational exhibits.


Smart Mobility Block Party

9:00AM - 2:00PM

To celebrate the Grand Opening, we’re surrounding the Smart Columbus Experience Center with all the mobility options Columbus has to offer in a Smart Mobility Block Party! Come take a spin in a new electric vehicle, climb aboard a COTA bus, learn bike safety tips and discover new ways of getting around, and stay for food, fun and prizes!

Test Drive an Electric Vehicle

Experience firsthand how electric vehicles are a more exciting, convenient, sustainable and affordable way to get around our great city. Take a drive in a BMW i3, Chevy Bolt, Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Clarity, Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e, Nissan LEAF, Toyota Prius Prime, Tesla Model S or Tesla Model X! Register now for your test drive.

Discover Your Transit Options

Learn about and experience all of Columbus’ shared mobility options. Climb aboard vehicles from COTA, CoGo Bike Share, EmpowerBus, Zipcar, Lyft, MORPC’s Gohio Commute, SHARE, Chariot, Hopper Carts and Yellow Cab of Columbus.

Learn how to travel around Columbus safely by bike with a “How We Roll” educational training ride for adults from YayBikes! at 9:00 or 12:00, and a kid’s bike safety workshop from the City of Columbus Department of Public Health.

Get There in a Smart Way

SHARE will offer dynamically scheduled rides from your home to and from the Experience Center throughout the day—signup coming soon. Lyft is offering $5 off a ride to and from the Grand Opening event—use promo code SMARTCBUSEXP.

EV shuttle service Hopper Carts will provide free transportation from the Experience Center to COSI, where Experience Center Grand Opening visitors will receive free admission for the day.

Win Prizes and Free Rides

Participate in mobility demonstrations for chances to win prizes including a $100 Lyft gift card, $100 Zipcar gift card, 31-day COTA pass and facility tour, a free one-year membership to CoGo, a bike from Franklinton Cycleworks, free food from food trucks and more!

Learn how electric vehicles are a more exciting, convenient, sustainable and affordable way to get around our city. Then, get behind the wheel of one of the latest models on the road today. To register for your test drive, click here.

Climb aboard COTA’s CMAX bus, which offers 20% travel time savings, enhanced shelters and stations, on-board GPS information screens, power charging ports and free Wi-Fi.

Learn about Chariot’s 14-passenger, Wi-Fi enabled shuttles, coming to a workplace near you.

Cruise Columbus on two wheels with CoGo Bike Share, Columbus’ quick and convenient bike sharing service. Learn how to unlock, ride and return a bike to one of 46 stations all over Columbus.

The Grand Opening celebration will be powered entirely by solar energy created by mobile solar generators provided by DC Solar Freedom.

Learn about services available from EmpowerBus, which is working to strengthen the roads to social mobility by providing dignified, reliable, and on-time transportation to and from employment, education, and healthcare opportunities.

Start commuting a smarter way in a Gohio vanpool, sponsored by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. Climb aboard a vanpool van for yourself, and learn about the Gohio Commuter Challenge, coming in July!

Learn how to request a downtown ride in a Hopper Cart on your phone, then, hop in! Hopper Cart will be providing free rides from the Experience Center to COSI, which is offering free admission to all Grand Opening attendees.

Come learn about central Ohio’s new bike sharing option, LimeBike! Learn how to find a dockless Lime Bike near you, take it for a spin and drop it off at a convenient location.

Learn how to hail a ride with the tap of an app, or turn your miles into money as a Lyft driver. Lyft is offering $5 off a ride to and from the Grand Opening event—use promo code SMARTCBUSEXP.

Plan your rides in advance and play less for trips you take the most with SHARE. Learn how to schedule a ride with riders heading the same way at the same time, and pay 50-75% less than typical ride-sharing services. SHARE will provide free rides to the Grand Opening— register for your ride.

Children are invited to bring their bikes—and helmets!—to participate in a bike obstacle course and learn bike safety tips.

Bring your bike and enjoy a casual ride through downtown Columbus that will prepare you to safely and confidently navigate urban streets. Register now for an educational ride at 9:00-11:00 a.m. or 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Discover how Yellow Cab of Columbus is going green by adding electric vehicles to their fleet.

Learn about a new car sharing option coming soon to Columbus! Learn how to join, drive and return a zipcar to save money and travel beyond conventional transit lines.

For each visit to a mobility partner, you’ll receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes that will help you get around our city in a smarter way.