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"This week, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and MoBike recommended that almost 20 miles of bike paths should be built inside the Beltway before bikeshare opens"

I completely disagree with this assertion.

I live in Montgomery County and have been a car free transportational cyclist for many years; after several years of in-County bike commuting I am currently working in the District.  Having taken over 1,000 bikeshare trips I feel quite familiar with both environments.

Separated cycling infrastructure is nice to have, but one of the best ways to improve on-road safety is to increase the numbers of bikes in circulation: as the proportion goes up drivers adjust to a mixed-mode environment and the roads become safer for all - this has been the case in the District over the past few years.  Bikeshare as "biking for the rest of us" is the best way to bring about such an increase cycling.

The County's DoT talks the talk on bicycling, but the reason they don't walk the walk is that for the most part they just don't Get It about bikes.  Holding off on bikeshare until the DoT gets enough of a clue to plan, fund and implement infrastructure just doesn't make sense, while at the same time a bikeshare-induced surge in cycling will certainly help them acquire that clue.  Doing both, in parallel and as quickly as possible, is really the best way to go.

by beg to disagree on Dec 14, 2012 4:53 pm • linkreport

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