Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Bikesharing Stations: Where? Here. And There.

Here's the release from DDOT:

DDOT Releases Proposed District Bikesharing Locations

(Washington, D.C.) – The design and implementation of the District’s enhanced bike sharing program is rolling along with the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) release of a new map showing the proposed locations for the bikesharing stations. The District’s 100 bike stations will be located throughout the District in all 8 wards.

DDOT used a number of factors to determine the locations including population density, employment density, proximity to transit and the bike-to-work rate. DDOT also incorporated crowd sourcing as a means to identify locations. DDOT has posted 3 maps on its website, www.ddot.dc.gov. The 3 maps highlight various aspects of the analysis including a density analysis map and a crowd sourcing heat map. The third map shows the proposed locations for nearly all the stations.

The maps can be found on-line at www.ddot.dc.gov under the Bicycle and Pedestrian programs.

DDOT planners and staff are busy notifying local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions and adjacent properties to provide additional information and to receive feedback from residents and community groups.

Bikesharing is bike transit – an automated, public bike rental system. DC and Arlington County are launching a new regional bikesharing system in fall 2010 with roughly 1100 bikes at 114 stations (100 in DC, 14 in Arlington).

The locations are scheduled to be rolled out (installed) starting in August thru November, with a launch of about 30 stations in September.

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