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Posted at 2:13 PM ET, 09/10/2010

Bikesharing is going to be awesome

By Dan Malouff

Tangible evidence of the region's new bikesharing system has started to appear on the streets of the District and Arlington in anticipation of the opening of service on Monday, Sept. 20.

Capital Bikeshare promises to turn cycling into mass transit for people who live or work near one of its 1,100 or so bicycles. The idea is that registered users can rent a bike from any of 110 stations located around town, ride it to any other station, dismount and leave the bike. You'll be able to go just about anywhere in town using the system, and you won't have to worry about finding a secure place to lock your personal bike all day.

The concept has worked fabulously in cities all over Europe, and with large systems in Montreal, Denver and Minneapolis, it is starting to catch on in North America as well.

I plan on using the station near my home in Ward 2 to bike to the Farragut West Metro station every day as part of my commute. It will make my commute faster, more reliable, healthier and less expensive. I could not be looking forward to it more.

You can learn more about bikesharing and sign up for a membership at CapitalBikeshare.com.

Dan Malouff is an Arlington County transportation planner who blogs independently 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  | September 10, 2010; 2:13 PM ET
Categories:  Arlington, D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, traffic, transportation  
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Comments

It may take a little time for this to hit critical mass, but once it does it'll seem so obvious a solution. Downtown DC is almost perfectly set up for a system like this.

Posted by: krickey7 | September 10, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

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