We get it now," says Councilmember Valerie Ervin, who started working toward the bike sharing program in 2007. "We have trails that were never completed, and so we have lots of very frustrated residents."
Now, the influx of new bikes adds some urgency to shore up the county's infrastructure to match the new demands for safe places to cycle.
"Our streets are not striped everywhere like they are in D.C., our motorists and our pedestrians are not used to sharing the roadways and the sidewalks yet and we have some very interesting laws that allow bicyclists to be on sidewalks with pedestrians," Ervin says.
Also, she said she hopes for some uniform policies across the county that address issues like riding a bike on the sidewalk.
"Montgomery County is not as biker-friendly as Washington, D.C., and Arlington are, but we're getting there quickly," she says.
One significant change could affect those who prefer to get around on four wheels.
"For safety purposes we want to look at preventing right turns on red [lights] just in the most densely populated areas of the county," Ervin says.
"We know that there are going to be a lot of unhappy people, but Montgomery County is growing up," she says.