As expected, Arlington held their vote to formally approve receipt of $1.24 million in state transportation funding that will pay for the purchase and installation of more bike stations (housing between 11 and 15 bikes apiece) and bikes. Originally the Sun reported that it would be 24 stations and 154 more bikes, but the county has since reported that it would be 30 stations and 192 bikes. That is in addition to the 30 station/200 bike expansion currently underway. By this time next year there will be 70 stations in Arlington.
Stations will be used to fill out the Rosslyn-Balston corridor and Crystal City areas, as well as expand into new areas of the county yet to be determined.
There was a small error in the voting last week, so the actual vote will now be on Tuesday, but it's likely to be a formality.
It's getting hard to keep up with all the expansion. Let me see if I can try.
DC originally announced an expansion of 32 stations and 265 bikes scheduled for the fall of 2011 - so anytime from now to late December. But before those were even installed, they announced another 50 stations and 500 bikes to be installed early in 2012.
Alexandria voted just last week to join CaBi adding 6 stations next year and then 6 more the year after that along with another 108 bikes.
In addition to the planned expansion mentioned above, they've asked for TIGER funding to add 10 more stations along the Columbia Pike corridor.
In Montgomery County, they'll be meeting today to discuss the future of bike sharing in the county. There will already be 200 bikes and 20 CaBi stations in Rockville and Shady Grove, and - in at least one case - a developer has agreed to add a bike sharing station to their project in Silver Spring. Update: The TIGER III application includes a request for 10 stations in the Forest Glen neighborhood.
Prince George's County
PG County Executive Rushern Baker is at least aware that people want biksharing there as well.
Considering only currently planned stations, the system could stretch across four jurisdictions and be as large as 278 288 stations and 2700 2800 bikes by it's 2nd birthday. That's almost as large as what Chicago is looking to start with (3000 bikes at 300 stations).