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It will be interesting to see whether infrastructure has any effect on bikeshare adoption out here in MoCo.  Regional momentum matters: we have a large subscriber base that's already using 'em downtown, providing a nice set of built-in early adopters and plenty of opportunity for first+last mile trips connecting to/from rail, bus and subway. 

That the County is joining the bikeshare system at all is somewhat of a minor miracle, as the DoT and Park & Planning prevailing view of cycling is as a recreational activity that occurs on trails in parks (to which one drives with a bike on a rack attached to one's automobile).  I have high hopes that bikeshare can facilitate the necessary clue-getting. 

One reason why I tend to discount the upfront need for separated cycle infrastructure is that I seldom use it in the District, simply because there isn't much of it along my typical routes - maybe 10-12% or so of those 1,000+ trips have made use of bike lanes.  In Silver Spring and Takoma Park I'm expecting topography to be much more of an issue: some of those stream valleys will be a real [expletive] to climb out of on those sturdy-but-heavy red bikes. 

I'm very much looking forward to seeing how this comes out.  It can't start soon enough for me.

by beg to agree with you on Dec 14, 2012 10:19 pm • linkreport

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