Bike-Share Update: DC First Out of the Gate

On Wednesday Streetsblog declared Portland the leader in the race to launch a public bike-share program here in America. But as reader Chris Loos pointed out, a bike-share system in Washington is actually imminent.

"DC SmartBike" will launch as a pilot program in the coming weeks with 120 bikes at 10 stations, available for an annual subscription of about $40. It’s not exactly Vélib, but it’s a start. During an address at the Bike Summit earlier this week, Emeka Moneme,
head of DC’s DOT, said that his department is also looking at developing a
region-wide bike-share network in Washington, Maryland, and Virginia. For more coverage of the city’s bike-share plans, check out the excellent DC bike blog WashCycle

  • Thanks for showing DC some love! However, as awesome of a blog as WashCycle is, I can’t take credit for it as you’ve given me i your post…its not my blog. My blog DistrictDirt is at http://districtdirt.wordpress.com.

    I agree that 120 bikes at 10 stations is not quite Vélib; I hope we can get to that point one day. DC has quite the hardcore city biking scene already, but I’m hoping that this program gets people who don’t already bike into the habit. More bikers mean less cars on the road, and less riders on our overcrowded Metro.

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