26 May '11, 2pm

Washington’s bikeshare is a capital idea

Washington’s bikeshare is a capital idea

Capital Bikeshare gives you access to 1,100 bicycles around the city. Photo: DDOT DC Do you know what it means to be "dockblocked"? (Don't worry, that's a "D," not a "C," fellas.) If the answer is yes, you are probably a regular user of the Capital Bikeshare system in Washington, D.C. Dockblocked is what you call it when you can't dock your bikeshare bike because all the spaces are full in the station where you want to stop. It's one of very few glitches in a system that has proven popular beyond the hopes of city officials who launched it last fall . And the fact that CaBi, as Capital Bikeshare is known, has added a new word to the language in Washington is one indicator of how it is changing the way this city thinks about transportation -- and has the potential to profoundly change the way people see and experience the city. A recent essay by Kasey Klimes on Next America...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/biking/2011-05-25-washingtons-bikesh...

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