|You'll be able to use one of these soon. (But not inside, of course.)|
There will be 15 stations and 150 bikes in downtown Silver Spring and Takoma Park. You'll be able to rent a bike on Ellsworth Drive and bike to South Silver Spring Old Takoma, or even on into DC. County officials will also place 15 stations in downtown Bethesda and Friendship Heights and another 21 stations in Rockville and Shady Grove, which is part of a pilot program to see whether bikesharing can work in suburban areas, especially for carless low-income residents and reverse commuters.
|Map of bikeshare locations in Silver Spring|
and Takoma Park. Click to enlarge.
However, the maps also show the need for improved bike infrastructure. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association and MoBike have proposed a network of new bike lanes to compliment the CaBi stations, but it'll be a while before the county actually builds some.
I'm also skeptical about some of the station locations, particularly the one at Flower Avenue and Piney Branch Road. Not only is it a mile from any other station, but it's at the top of a hill, which will likely discourage many riders. After all, CaBi bikes are big and heavy. Either way, this is a great thing for Montgomery County and I can't wait for it to start.
Department of Transportation officials will hold 3 meetings later this month where residents can learn how Capital Bikeshare works and offer feedback on the proposed stations. On June 25, they'll be at the Silver Spring Fire Station, 8110 Georgia Avenue, from 7 to 9pm. For more information, visit the county's new bikesharing website.