The District Department of Transportation has released the preliminary map of bike share locations for the new Capital Bikeshare, set to open this fall with 1,100 bikes at 114 solar-powered stations.
The proposed station locations incorporated suggestions registered on DDOT’s crowdsourcing site — https://capital-bikeshare.appspot.com/ — where users can plot their desired station locations.
For now, they look like they’ll be very concentrated downtown, which will help encourage usage.
It would be nice to see more stations around universities like Georgetown and Howard. As David Alpert points out, all of D.C.’s universities could improve transportation for their students — and discourage reliance on cars — by funding a few more stations on and around their campuses; it would cost chump change in comparison with what many universities are investing in their own bikeshare programs. This would be a particularly good idea for Georgetown: students drive more because the metro doesn’t go to campus, and many students live in parts of Glover Park and Foxhall Road that don’t look like they’re slated to get stations any time soon.
Are you happy with the proposed locations?