Transit Tuesdays: Year-old Capital Bikeshare evolves, survives, thrives

Our one-year-old Capital Bikeshare has not been wasting any time since its first birthday last month. Not only has the service unveiled new rates and a 3-day pass rather than 5-day but it's also released an interactive map to let all the District's bicyclists weigh in on how the service should reach new blocks and new users with its shiny new bikes. Day passes now cost $7 rather than $5.

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Did the service have to keep up this velocity? No. I've talked before about Capital Bikeshare's predecessor service SmartBike, which helped show the way for North American bikesharing and died as a result of its small scale and poor value for its riders. But Capital Bikeshare is adding 30 new stations in Arlington. It's adding 32 in the District. At last month's birthday bash, DDOT director Terry Bellamy announced another 50 stations on top of that and 500 new bikes coming in 2012. Alexandria voted to join and has stations planned for next year. Capital Bikeshare has learned a critical lesson: Grow fast and grow carefully.

Where should Capital Bikeshare put all its new stations? Suggest them on a dynamic bike map launched this week. Organizers are clearly interested in what regions it should move next and notes: "Montgomery County is particularly interested in input for the areas of Rockville, Shady Grove, Takoma Park, Silver Spring, Friendship Heights, and Bethesda." From the outset, CaBi has shown a willingness to listen to its riders and adapt accordingly. Last week's news at On Foot emphasized the wisdom of good transportation planning, and Capital Bikeshare has shown a keen understanding of how to expand.

 
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@phearlez. A station will be installed in Cthouse hopefully next week. 3 more btween Cthouse and Clarendon b4 Tgiving. 25 more next spring.
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