« Tomorrow is election day in Virginia - Arlington County Board edition | Main | Port Covington Bike Plan »


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

As someone keen to see more bikesharing east of the anacostia river, I've been pleasantly surprised to see many of these new bikes being used in the area. I think the docklessness really helps in areas that are lower density at the frontier of Capital Bikeshare. I haven't seen any stats on this officially, but I'm willing to bet that usage is coming to more closely match the socio-demographics of DC, albeit still mostly younger people.

Max, yes I have absolutely seen in person and on maps that the dockless bikes have spread readily across the Anacostia.
What's funny about that is that many of the naysayers who were against the idea of even allowing a demo period for dockless were saying that since the dockless bikes are not government-subsidized that they would ignore eastern portions of the city in favour of more profitable and wealthier demos.
I knew it was wrong then, and it looks like luckily I was right. IF anything, docklessness makes things MORE wealth-blind.

What I don't understand is why it's more wealth-blind. DoBi is more expensive than CaBi and still requires a credit card. I wonder if it's just people taking advantage of the introductory free rides or were we just wrong about why CaBi was being under-used on the east side.

It might be that the media blitz (and lots of colourful new bikes) re-ignited some interest in them all around?
I actually had no idea (until last month) that CaBi dropped its prices. I had thought it was still super expensive like the old days when a 2 hour ride might run like $8 or whatever it was.

Jump app consistently shows three or four bikes available on any given day. Not an encouraging first month. Hopefully this percentage will not scale as the roll out ramps up. Have you discussed with any DoBi honchos what the level of pain is for loss and damage? Press on these systems in China has been leading with literal hills of damaged bikes. I haven't seen much press on the economics of these systems for the private vendors. Did your reporting go into that?

They're not too eager to share their financial information with me as it turns out. But more than one told me they weren't going to let broken bikes pile up in DuPont Circle.

Do you mean only 3 or 4 bikes available (like the others are out of service) or that 3 or 4 aren't being used. The latter seems normal.

I have seen a few bikes parked in odd places. There was one by a highway on-ramp a few days ago - I think it was the interchange between Boundary Channel Dr and Long Bridge Park. Just on the grass inside the cloverleaf. So where did the rider go? Get picked up for their carpool perhaps? I am also told bikes have been spotted at the Greenbelt metro station.

The other day I walked by a group of kids who were just hammering on some of these bikes with large rocks. I suppose they were trying to break open the rear wheel lock.

These bikes were brand new a few months ago. Many I see now look like they’ve been on the streets for years.

I've really enjoyed the POPville posts with pics showing the odd places people are finding dockless bikeshare.

I'm not a huge fan of bikes left in inappropriate places, further annoying the bike haters among us, but haters gonna hate anyway so whatevs. My main thought about these though is the phrase "this is why we can't have nice things." CaBi's are nearly indestructible tanks, but I don't see many of these lasting the rigors of DC.

With five different dockless bikeshare providers (plus CaBi) competing in the DC area now, you wonder how it's going to shake out. Too much competition is going to hurt all of them, but the best may eventually rise to the top and most of the others go away.

Definitely a cool idea, but the bikes are indeed being left inappropriately, lying on peoples' front yards, and flat on sidewalks. I haven't seen any vandalized yet, but I haven't looked carefully. The ones I've seen don't look nearly as robust as CaBis. I expect that they will gradually enter the waste stream or our literal streams, like supermarket carts. If they form enough of a municipal burden, they may go away for that reason.

I am for it but I think they should be required to have lights not just reflectors. Seen to many at night that were hard to spot.

I'm a big fan of DoBi, but the aggressive tactics of vendors parking in ways that block other public right-of-way uses has to be addressed. Limebike seems to be the worst offender. They park bikes at bus stops that block the bus rear door; they park bikes that block sidewalks for wheelchairs and strollers. On 9 Jan 2018 I arrived at the Silver Spring Metro to find a lime bike parked at every single bike-locking post. I had to move a Limebike to lock my bike to a post. My concern is that DoBi will be a failed experiment if Limebike and other vendors continue to place their bikes so aggressively.

J, vendors aren't the ones parking, it's customers and so I'm not sure if one company is worse than another (except Jump because they have to be locked to something). I think DoBi needs to avoid blocking the sidewalk or bus access; but if bike parking spaces aren't the right places to park bikes, then I don't know where you expect them to do it.

I would like to have one app that allowed users to find and rent a bike from *any* of the bikeshare vendors.

And I think it would be worthwhile for cities (inc. DC) to require the vendors to allow access from third-party apps, if not one DC-funded app.

While these firms might be hoping to lock people into their platform and gain monopoly power, cities should do what they can to prevent that and encourage competition.

(The same point goes for carshare, btw-- DC should force Uber and Lyft to work either both from one app or both from third-party apps, but the current approach of having separate apps is a path toward monopoly.)


The comments to this entry are closed.

Banner design by creativecouchdesigns.com

City Paper's Best Local Bike Blog 2009


 Subscribe in a reader