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Arlington Represented at the Capital Bikeshare Launch

by ARLnow.com September 20, 2010 at 11:57 am 4,311 14 Comments

This morning, DC and Arlington leaders held a big ol’ press corral down at Navy Yard to mark the launch of the Capital Bikeshare system. The event featured balloons, bright red Bikeshare bikes lined up in neat rows like soldiers in a North Korean military parade, and a soon-to-be ex-mayor trying to avoid his post-election Dukakis moment.

Along the Arlington folks on hand were County Board Chairman Jay Fisette, Crystal City BID president Angela Fox and board member Walter Tejada.

Bloggers at Greater Greater Washington and TheWashCycle are predicting big things for Capital Bikeshare, which is putting 1,100 bikes in rental stations across the District, Crystal City and Pentagon City. TBD, meanwhile, is taking a wait-and-see approach, while pronouncing that the lead-up to the Bikeshare launch has consisted of “lots and lots of hype.”

  • Sophie

    Will the program ever expand to the Ballston/Clarendon area?

  • Steve

    I found a free iPhone app to find Capital Bikeshare bikes in DC and Arlington. It’s called iFindBikes and it’s very easy to use.

  • MB

    @Sophie – please let the County Board know that you want bike sharing there (they already support it, but hearing from *more*of the public absolutely will help). Also let your local business association know that you want them to support it. If they ask what’s in it for them, tell them to take a look at the Crystal City BID.

    @Steve – excellent. Also, for Android users, Spotcycle works well.

    @ARLNow – “like soldiers in a North Korean military parade”? I think you’ve got your oppressive world gov’ts confused. This is about spreading the power of the United Nations, remember?

  • Pinky

    Capital Bikeshare website (http://www.capitalbikeshare.com/) has all the important information you need to know about the program.Very helpful! The station maps shall be updated as and when new stations are opened http://www.capitalbikeshare.com/station_map

  • Jack

    ugh – walter is such a waste of a member. it makes sense for Fisette to be there… this is right up his alley.

    • Mikeyl

      Not sure on the exact dates, but maybe Mr. Tejada is there because he was County Chair at the time Arlington approved the program?

  • Indeed, TBD.com’s hipster-ironic tone is getting a little annoying.

  • Jeff Miller

    Let’s see: Arlington County is spending $850,000 to rent out 110 bicycles at 14 stations. That’s more than $7500 per generic rental bike.

    By comparison, one can buy a decent 10-speed bike for under $200.

    The cost of this program is staggering, even by free-spending Arlington standards. Heck, the County could buy a thousand 10-speeds and give ’em away, for a fraction of what they’re spending on this new scheme. But efficient use of tax dollars just isn’t a priority of our County government.

    • tuesdayschild

      This is a waste of money. If people want to ride bikes, let them buy a bike. Alternatively, if there is demand for this type of service, let the business community provide it.

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  • I was pleased to see the bikes in their station on 15th in Crystal City today. Over the weekend I received my membership fob key, which I registered. So I hope to get a change to ride around Crystal City tomorrow. Wheeeeee

  • Dennis S

    I have ridden Capital Bikeshare four times in the past week, which is saying a lot, since up until then I had not ridden a bike in about ten years.
    One of the principal advantages to me is that I can get to work at Court House in about half the time it previously took. Instead of boarding the train at U Street, and having a 45-minute Metro ride, I ride the bike from 14th/U St. to Foggy Bottom (ten minutes in morning traffic!) take the train only two stops, and am at work (and not sweaty, either) in 20 minutes. It saves me time, and it eliminates a ride from Metrorail during the busy morning rush (but they still get my fare for those two stops). If you had asked me a year ago if I would ever consider commuting by bike, I would have definitively answered no. Now that I see how easy it is, and how using a bike for only part of a trip can be advantageous (and fun), I am looking forward to a more complete network of shared bikes throughout DC and Arlington.

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