First was an idea that all the local jurisdictions, or perhaps DC and several other major American cities, team up for one of the stimulus programs "discretionary grants".
I'm surprised Arlington's maximal system is 1400 bikes, considering DC's is 1200 bikes (DC is bigger than Arlington, 30.75 sq.mi. 61.40 sq. miles versus 25.87 sq. mi.), maybe it's because so much of DC is off limits. GGW estimates it would take 5000 bikes to get to $20 million. For that we'd need to get 800 a piece from Alexandria, Montgomery County and Prince George's County. Not impossible. And for those worrid that Arlington has already decided on a non-compatible system, Chris Hamilton, Cheif of Arlington's Commuter Services, states in the comments
For fun, GGW put together a map of a "built out" public bike system. It probably needs more east of the Anacostia in both DC and PG County. I'm going to try to get a copy of the Office of Plannings map for the next expansion, 40 stations with 400 more bicycles, which should be started before the end of the year.
Photo by Devyn