The Washington Times has the longest story. It's a multi-pager that covers the whole program from beginning to now. It has a somewhat negative tone in parts, focusing pretty heavily on dockblocking.
This summer, the city’s innovative bike-sharing program has been crippled by its own success when it comes to commuting during rush hour, with bike racks completely empty - or just as often, completely full, making it impossible to drop off a bike.
And on the LivingSocial deal
“That was the big breaker,” says the worker, who didn't want to be named because of company policy. “We’ve got more members than the bikes and stations can handle.”
But it mostly takes a positive tone
Despite such frustration, an unexpected side effect is emerging: A culture of urban chivalry, where pedalers go out of their way to look out for one another and synchronize handoffs.
They include a map of the most-heavily used stations (which they claim is due to a Washington Times analysis, but I think is the one CaBi handed out at the May meeting), though it leaves off the EOTR stations.
Some highlights? A station at the National Zoo, several new stations east of the Anacostia River, one in The Yards Park, a second along H Street NE, more docks in Petworth and more - a station in Fairfax Village was even installed today.
DDOT announced that if you don't like what you see, more expansion is coming. And
DDOT has ordered 500 bike helmets to provide with Capital Bikeshare rentals, although the details are in the works.
Add to that the 30 stations and 200 bikes in Arlington.
The Examiner says that the R-B corridor stations "became instant hits in their communities less than two weeks ago.
DDOT Director Terry Bellamy said in a news release that the expansions would expand the program downtown by 22 percent, east of the Anacostia River by 80 percent and in all other wards by nearly 40 percent. Lisle said this will help offset the imbalance that commuters naturally create each morning.
Meanwhile the Post had a profile on Bellamy, noting that he uses the bikes
On days when he has meetings farther than a couple of blocks from the D.C. Department of Transportation’s offices atop the Navy Yard Metro station, he might grab one of Capital Bikeshare’s ubiquitous red bikes.
Though it incorrectly states that Klein introduced bike-sharing to DC. SmartBike predated him by at least half a year. It's an excusable mistake since SmartBike is kinda forgettable, but still...not accurate.
It also talks covers biking in general
Gray said he and Bellamy are working together “to get people out of vehicles and onto public transit and other means of transportation like streetcars and bikes.”
The city has also seen substantial growth in Capital Bikeshare, the regional biking program co-founded with Arlington in September. Expansion of the District’s 50 miles of bike lanes will continue, Bellamy said, with four to five miles of new bike lanes in Southeast Washington alone and an additional six miles in the rest of the District, tied, when possible, to resurfacing of streets.
The bicycling community is closely watching what happens, especially after last month, when Bellamy said at a D.C. Council meeting that the city “may not” build a planned corridor of east-west downtown bike lanes.
The comments alarmed bicyclists, who flooded the council and DDOT with phone calls and mail.
Bellamy clarified his comments and said last week that the lanes are under study; a consultant’s report is due in the fall. “What they’re going to tell us is what we did right and what we need to modify,” he said. “The projects we move forward, we’ll do in the spring of next year.”
Shane Farthing, executive director of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, takes a wait-and-see attitude.
“There’s been a bit of a lull in the last six months that I wouldn’t attribute to Mr. Bellamy, but it is his job to pull DDOT out of that lull,” Farthing said. “We want to see the master [transportation] plan updated. . . . We want to emphasize the inclusion of bicycling in every project they do, from resurfacing to rebuilding. . . . We hope director Bellamy is a strong force in pushing DDOT forward.”