Monday, June 10, 2013

Bikeshare coming to Montgomery County

The WashCycle has posted several articles recently about Capital Bikeshare coming to Montgomery County, including the fact that there is now a Montgomery County Bikeshare page. We're jealous (of WashCycle's ability to write so many good articles about biking in the area, but primarily about MoCo getting bikeshare before Fairfax). At least we are applying for funding for a study...

From the MoCo bikeshare page:
MCDOT’s Bikeshare program will soon expand the Washington Region’s existing Capital Bikeshare program to many locations in Montgomery County.

By late Summer 2013 Montgomery County will be extending Capital Bikeshare to:
  • Bethesda
  • Friendship Heights
  • Life Sciences Center
  • Rockville
  • Shady Grove
  • Silver Spring
  • Takoma Park
Grants from the Maryland Department of Transportation, and the Federal Transit Administration, together with County funding and contributions from developers and the City of Rockville are providing the seeds for Bikeshare in Montgomery County.

The County’s BikesShare Program will consist of two systems:

Downcounty Bikeshare System
  • 30 bikeshare stations
  • 250 bikes
  • Service area: along the East and West legs of the Metrorail Red Line from the District Line to Silver Spring/Takoma Park on the East and Friendship Heights, Bethesda and Medical Center Metro on the West
Rockville/Shady Grove/Life Sciences Center Bikeshare System
  • 21 bikeshare stations
  • 250 bikes
  • Service area:
  • Special focus: part of a pilot program to extend BikeShare to lower income workers commuting to work or education and training.

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I wonder if Reston Town Center (the corporate entity) might be interested in getting behind Fairfax Bike Share...or maybe one of the other big dollar companies located in the RTC. It would get their sponsorship logo out wherever the bikes travel.

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