First of all, Montreal's paper fails.
- The Montreal Gazette's headline is "Bixi goes to Washington, but mostly Arlington" and they get the numbers backwards "Most of the bikes -about 1,000 - will be on the streets of Arlington, Va., across the Potomac River from Washington, where 100 bikes will be in service." Whoops.
- Rob Mandle writes about his experience
I know that people have been wondering about the usefulness of the Crystal City connection so here are some key findings from my ride!
• I made it from Crystal City to Petworth in 42 minutes as a casual ride.
• I crossed Rhode Island Avenue on 11th Street just under my 30 minute free ride window.
• My trip to Petworth only cost $1.50. With newly adjusted fares, my Metro trip would have been $3.25.
• On a good day without any delays, the Metro trip would have taken me about 30 minutes. Add in wait time at the metro and my walk to the metro and you have about a 40 minute trip – Virtually a wash.
- Mike Madden at CityPaper likes them too, but worries about helmets and locks. [A lock becomes less of an issue with each additional station]
- The press release notes that Bixi is now in the Capitals of Canada, the U.K. and the U.S. What's cool is that I think you'll be able to use your key and account in any of those places. As Bixi and B-Cycle grow it will be interesting to see how much they compete and overlap. Will they be mortal enemies like Duff and Fudd, or will the merge like flexcar/zipcar and XM/Sirius? Will people from Bixi towns shy away from vacations to B-cycle towns?
- Also, I heard that the Lincoln Park station - which was to be on the sidewalk along the park - is being reevaluated after neighbors complained about the impact on traffic. They're looking at putting it into the park, but that involves NPS. It no longer shows up on the proposed map. Nice job NIMBYs.
- The current map now shows 52 stations (and counting)
- CaBi plus Zipcar...that was the plan all along!
- 14th and U writes briefly about it and about the 14th Street Streetscape project. "DDOT will be holding a public meeting to discuss the project on that date from 6:30 pm - 8:00 PM [on Wednesday, 9/29/10] in the second floor community room at the Reeves Center, located at 14th and U."
- NotionsCapital, WAMU, VaBike, RTC and inhabitat contribute stories as well.
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