The Post has a series of stories and polls on Capital Bikeshare out today. The first is about CaBi's planned and proposed expansions.
By summertime, the bikes should be rolling through the streets of Rockville and Alexandria as the popular Capital Bikeshare program expands into several outer Washington communities. If grant applications come through, they might also appear in the inner-ring areas of Bethesda, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Friendship Heights and Forest Glen. The development of White Flint and Wheaton make those neighborhoods likely candidates as well. College Park, with thousands of students looking for cheap transportation, is also a tempting location. Greenbelt is in the mix, as are Frederick, Howard and Prince George’s counties.
The Arlington GOP must be so upset, all four of them.
Shane Farthing of WABA makes the point that you can't just plop bikes down anywhere and expect people to ride. You need to make roads and facilities that are attractive to cyclists.
“I don’t think that other jurisdictions can just assume that that groundwork was unimportant. There needs to be some intensive investment accompanying bike share that will bring things up to a standard [in which] people will feel comfortable biking. It’s all about the comfort and the ease.”
For farther out communities, connecting to Metro and commuter rail is the key
Because a Bikeshare membership is good throughout the region, planners expect that many Bikeshare riders will use a commuting combination that even includes two bike trips.
A second article is about customer thoughts on the system and mostly it sounds like people are satisfied (even if the title doesn't make it sound that way).
Bikeshare members mostly extolled the service, listing many more positives than negatives. Michelle Terry, who used to take the bus to the Metro, said she came to Washington not even considering biking as an option.
The only cons mentioned were that sometimes Spotcycle doesn't work, it used to be hard to get a bike and things that have to do with biking in general.
The poll asks "If Capital Bikeshare moves to your neighborhood, would you use the service to commute?"