Neighboring Cities’ Bikeshare Systems Make Strides
April 15, 2013
Here at MOTU we are preparing for Philadelphia’s coming bikeshare program by keeping up to date with other programs. In fact, with new systems coming on line and new records being set in the United States, this spring has proven to be an auspicious time for bike sharing.
Bikeshare Stations Being Installed in NYC
The news media outlets from Philadelphia’s northern neighbor New York City have been buzzing with the first buds of what will be the nation’s largest bike sharing system, Citi Bikes, as it is rolled out throughout lower Manhattan and the inner section of Brooklyn. Stations have been popping up throughout the planned service area over the past month and New York DOT has released plans for a total of 600 stations with 10,000 bikes when the system is complete. (Image courtesy of Citi Bike)
Capital Bikeshare Sets New Ridership Record Over the Weekend
Meanwhile to our south is the system that has been a national leader in bike sharing. This weekend, Capital Bikeshare in Washington, DC set a new ridership record. The combination of fantastic spring weather, blossoming cherry trees along the National Mall, a Japanese cultural festival, and a Washington Nationals home game combined into the perfect storm of big red CaBi bikes throughout the District. Riders made 11,368 trips on Saturday April 13th, topping the previous record set earlier in the week by about 1,500 rides. The Capital Bikeshare system consists of nearly 200 stations throughout Washington DC, Arlington and Alexandria. The system is set to add approximately 20 new stations throughout the spring and early summer, expanding its reach to the Montgomery County, Maryland border. (Image courtesy of the Capital Bikeshare Facebook Page)
MOTU Takes a Field Trip!
In preparation for the City of Philadelphia’s upcoming bike sharing system, MOTU’s own Aaron Ritz took a trip to Washington DC last month to experience bike sharing first hand, and learn from the folks who plan and operate the system. Stay tuned over the next two days as we post his pictures and observations from that trip.