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Posted at 3:00 PM ET, 08/24/2010

Will bikesharing get a boost from TIGER II?

By Dan Malouff

When Capital Bikeshare launches later this year it will have about 1,100 bikes. That’s going to be great, but how much better does a 3,600-bike system sound?

On Friday the Transportation Planning Board (TPB) submitted a grant request through the TIGER II program to dramatically expand Capital Bikeshare. In addition to the 1,000 bikes in DC and 100 in Arlington that will launch the system, TPB’s proposal would add approximately:

Another 1,000 new bikes to the District, for a total of 2,000
900 new bikes in Arlington, for a total of around 1,000
150 bikes in Alexandria
100 bikes in Reston
250 bikes in Montgomery County, in and around downtowns Bethesda, Silver Spring, and Rockville
50 bikes in College Park

In addition to bikesharing, the proposal requests funds for new bike stations in Reston and Silver Spring

Bikesharing has the potential to revolutionize intra-urban travel. Cities that have rolled out large networks have seen dramatic increases in cycling as transportation. But the size of the system really matters.

Continue reading this post by Dan Malouff at BeyondDC here.

Dan Malouff blogs at BeyondDC.com . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Dan Malouff  | August 24, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
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Comments

Great! Now license and fine the bikies when they get reckless.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | August 25, 2010 6:30 AM | Report abuse

This system has great potential, particularly in the relatively flat and dense downtown area. From roughly Capitol Hill to Georgetown, it is quicker to bike than any other form of transportation during business hours.

Plus, after 9/11 it is the only way, other than walking, to transit right in front of the White House.

Posted by: krickey7 | August 25, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

The street in front of the White House was closed by President Clinton after the Oklahoma City bombing, not after 9/11.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | August 25, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

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