Wednesday, June 15, 2011

MOCO to Rock the Red (Bikes)

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.

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