The little red bikes that did (become popular in DC and NOVA) are coming to MOCO. In a pilot program announced by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board, the Capital Bikeshare bikes that have caught on in DC and NOVA will be part of a pilot program involving Montgomery County and the City of Rockville.
Locations proposed so far include the Rockville and Shady Grove Metro stations, Montgomery College, and sites along Route 355/Rockville Pike.
When: "Next year" is as far as county officials can say right now.
How many: 200 bikes and 20 stations
The stated purpose of the bikesharing pilot is, among other things: "Whether bikesharing is feasible outside suburban centers outside a city setting."
Another aim of the program, funded under a federal grant, is to boost the commuting options of low-income workers. Benefits for those taking part under that category: free membership, bike helmets, and safety training.