Josh Moskowitz (I hope I spelled that right) with Capital Bikeshare was at the Bicycle Advisory Council meeting last night, where he reported on some statistics of the program thus far and that the system continues to be used at a rate higher than they expected. He also said that if DC will change the law to allow for ads on CaBi stations, it would likely result in more money for expansion. They're working on the legislation, and once it's ready, cyclists should be prepared to support it.
Here are the numbers:
- CaBi has about 5300 members.
- They've had over 200,000 trips and are closing fast on 250,000.
- They've seen a 30% rise in ridership since October despite winter (and possibly because of the Winter Warrior Contest. For those wondering how Michael Hurley won, Moskowitz reported that Hurley rides very short trips. So it may be that he rides for 5 minutes, checks in a bike and then checks one out).
- The center of the DC area is the busiest, with a lot of people in Columbia Heights using CaBi to commute to work.
- 99% of trips by members are shorter than 30 minutes. For non-members 92% are less than 30 minutes.
He also reported that they are planning to run a CaBi Corral at the Cherry Blossom Festival - which will be the first time they've done that since starting.
They've had no discussion about relocating or rightsizing stations due to underuse, but he notes they might have to have that conversation at some point.
They're working on legislation that would allow advertising on the stations (which they're designed for). Doing so would create a revenue stream that could support a massive expansion. Barclays, for example, paid $40M over 5 years to sponsor London's bike share - though they got naming rights, and were allowed to set the color scheme for the system, uniforms and even bike lanes, so we probably can't get something like that. [Allowing bikeshare to sell ads should become a legislative priority for the BAC].
They've been approached by several 3rd parties - including developers, government agencies, condo boards and other housing - about buying stations; and their lawyers are working on the agreements for these partnerships.
As for the spring, they're expecting to be busy.