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Arlington and DC Unveil Country’s Largest Bike Sharing Program

by ARLnow.com May 21, 2010 at 10:23 am 1,456 4 Comments

Arlington and the District are partnering to launch the largest bike sharing program in the United States, county board chairman Jay Fisette announced this morning.

At a Bike to Work Day event at Gateway Park in Rosslyn, Fisette called the program “a great system to help us promote cycling and promote health in Arlington.”

Initially launching in Crystal City this fall, the Arlington-DC bike share system will feature 1,100 bikes that will be available for rent at docking stations located primarily around transit centers. Bike usage will cost $5 per day or $80 for a year. Fisette said the county hopes to eventually expand the system to the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor.

County officials say the program will be similar to successful bike sharing systems in Montreal and Paris. Like Montreal, the Arlington and DC will use bikes with enclosed chains and brake cables, built by Quebec-based BIXI.

The program will be funded by the county and by state and federal grants. Some of the operational funding will be provided by the program’s own revenue.

  • ARG

    Is there any word yet on how much this will cost the county to initially establish and to maintain on an annual basis?

  • Chad

    Bummer. LOVE the idea. But the same program out in Colorado is completely free.

    Why not here?

    • Jerry

      Sorry Chad, but nothing is “free.” The locals pay, either with taxes, or if the businesses are supporting it, in higher costs for what they buy.

  • roquer

    The DCPD,Metro PD, & ACPD should also incorporate a shared bike registration as well. Register your bike anywhere in this area, and if stolen, any of the three departments would know of it, regardless of personal knowledge of serial numbers by the victim.
    ACPD Aux.Lt. Hurlock has had many requests by DC residents to register their bicycles in Arlington. We should give them that opportunity to get those expensvie bikes back.

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