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DC bikesharing locations unveiled

The city-funded Capital Bikeshare program today announced 100 anticipated locations where members will be able to pick up and drop off bicycles. Convenience and strategically-placed points will be crucial to the system, which could fill in gaps where bus, Metro and other forms of transportation are lacking or overcrowded, as well as being concentrated along thoroughfares the District has worked to make bike-friendly.

The locations were based in part on user feedback. The Georgetown-M Street area, which has no Metro, has a few sites; and touristy areas in Southwest have several locations; and the area east of the Anacostia near St. Elizabeth's and near Kenilworth Ave. has representation. Some online commenters have noted that colleges are well-represented, but could use even more bikes; but Capitol Hill and H Street NE seem underserved.

There will also be 14 locations in Arlington. The program is a longer-term alternative to the Smartbike service. "There will be three levels of memberships: an annual membership for $80; a monthly membership for $30; and a day membership for $5," according to DDOT. "After the first 30 minutes of free use, members will be charged a usage fee for each additional increment of 30 minutes."

What do you think? Do these locations make pedal-power an attractive alternative during trips you make from one place in the city to another?

By Luke Rosiak  | July 20, 2010; 10:44 AM ET
Categories:  Biking  | Tags:  Bikeshare  
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