From the Post
The city and the university are negotiating a one-year contract with Alta Bicycle Share, the company that runs Capital Bikeshare, to install bike stations, supply bicycles and operate the system. Terry A. Schum, director of planning for College Park, said plans are to have Capital Bikeshare running by Feb. 1.
The plan is to install 10 bike stations with 62 bikes across the city, including six stations on university property and one at the College Park Metro station.
"What we are hoping to do is expand Bikeshare to Riverdale Park, potentially down to Mount Rainier and elsewhere throughout the Route 1 corridor.”
Also in the works is a plan to create a bike lane on Route 1.
The annual cost to operate all 10 stations is expected to be $160,646. The city and the university received a state grant of $374,980 to help cover costs to start the program.
Prince George’s is planning a feasibility study to identify locations where Bikeshare could be successful, said Fred Shaffer, the county’s bike and trail coordinator with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. The focus is on areas closest to the District, inside the Beltway, but the expansion could also go to rapidly growing areas like National Harbor in southern Prince George’s, he said.
Olson, who has secured $250,000 in the county’s budget to expand the program in the future, said the county is working to improve bike facilities and infrastructure to make bicycling more appealing. Plans are to start work this fall on an old trolley line in Riverdale Park to create a trail system parallel to Route 1, which will connect with College Park and the Hyattsville Arts District.
Once the program launches in College Park, he said, he hopes to see it expand to Riverdale Park, home to an anticipated $250 million mixed-use community that includes the construction of the county’s first Whole Foods Market. Olson says stations also could be installed in Hyattsville, one of the most walkable communities of northern Prince George’s.