One common complaint about bike commuting is that you supposedly can not do it all year because it gets too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer. This may come as a shock to all-year commuters, but some people do believe this is true.
Many places - including Arlington County - do annual bike counts at different times of the year to try and determine how much the seasons effect bike riding. But riding around on a CaBI the other day it occured to me that Arlington's hard-earned data is about to be completely dwarfed by the data coming out of Capital BikeShare. Not only will we know how large the winter effect is - which we're getting data about already
“Usage is currently around 1000 trips per day, down from 1700-1800 a few months ago,”
but we should get data for each day of the year. One could plot ridership versus daily temperature highs and lows to see how much cold weather (or hot weather) discourages cycling.
Furthermore, ridership could be plotted against length of day, percipitation, air quality, gasoline prices, congestion, Congress being in session etc... to see how much these things impact individual descions. John Pucher is going to have a field day.
Science, just another bike sharing free-rider.