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Federal commission approves Capital Bikeshare's move to the National Mall

March 1, 2012 - 03:05 PM
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This afternoon, the National Capital Planning Commission officially voted yes on bringing Capital Bikeshare to the National Mall. Current plans imagine five bikeshare stations, at least for starters.

The National Park Service warmed to the idea of bringing bikeshare there late last year and opened up a public comment period for the five proposed stations, which concluded earlier this year. Today marks another landmark in the project, which will continue moving forward. Review the preliminary and final site development plans here, as of Feb. 8. The proposed station locations include the Smithsonian Metro entrance, at the Lincoln Memorial, at the Jefferson Memorial, at the Washington Monument, and near the FDR and MLK Memorials. 

Update, March 2, 10:05 a.m.: Video of yesterday's National Capital Planning Commission is now online for your viewing pleasure:

The discussion of bringing Capital Bikeshare to the Mall begins about 53 minutes into the meeting. Expect cameos from D.C. Office of Planning director Harriet Tregoning, Councilmember Tommy Wells, NPS superintendent Bob Vogel, the Commission's Michael Weil, and Greater Greater Washington's David Alpert.

The consensus about installing the stations seems uniformly positive. Tregoning mentions the profitability of the D.C. bikeshare system, and Wells wonders about the possibility of adding Capital Bikeshare stations to NPS land in the future. Tregoning alludes to city plans for 10,000 bikes in the future, if you can imagine the sight.

Yesterday also included the news that Ward 5 will receive its first bikeshare station at 20th Street and Rhode Island, according to D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown.

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