26 Apr '11, 1pm

The rousing success of DC's Capital Bikeshare

The rousing success of DC's Capital Bikeshare

Capital Bikeshare , Washington’s wildly popular bikesharing program, now claims to have nearly 11,000 members and 1100 bikes in circulation from “over 110” self-service stations placed strategically around the city and Arlington, Virginia. (There’s a certain binary quality and similarity to those numbers, no?) According to an article written by Ashley Halsey III and published over the weekend in The Washington Post , “more than 300,000 rides have been logged since the program launched September 20, and people were using the bikes an average of 3,000 times a day in mid-April.” No wonder I seem to see them everywhere. The program’s web site says that one can join for 24 hours, 5 days, 30 days, or a year, and have access to the bikes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The popularity of the program is due to the attractiveness of the sturdy red bikes - every distinctive Capital ...

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