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DDOT proposes 78 new CaBi station locations

Residents waiting with bated breath for a Capital Bikeshare station near their home or work now can either be happy or sad: DDOT has released a map showing their proposed sites for the next 78 stations.


Proposed Capital Bikeshare expansion locations. Red pins show existing stations, green proposed expansions, yellow the second phase. View larger map.

According to a release on godcgo, DDOT plans to install the first 54 stations from January through March. 24 more sites are slated for a future round of expansion.

The most recent expansion added no stations downtown, and there still remain some large holes, like around the Penn Quarter. The new set includes 2 stations along D Street NW in that area, some around the Capitol, and other sites downtown.

Farther out, there numerous stations along Rhode Island Avenue NE, in Brookland, Columbia Heights, Georgetown, and stations that push the outward envelope in each direction, including eastward in Ward 7, southward in 8, and up in Wards 3 and 4 almost to Missouri Avenue/Military Road, and in Phase 2, beyond to Takoma.

What do you think? Is there one near you? What important holes has this filled and what seems to still be missing?

Update: Corey H has created a nice map showing all of the proposed stations in DC, Arlington, Alexandria, and Montgomery County. This uses a smaller red dot for each existing station, so you can see the proposed ones more clearly.

David Alpert is the founder and editor-in-chief of Greater Greater Washington. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and daughter in Dupont Circle. 

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I really wish they'd put in a stand by the Arboretum.

by Devon on Dec 17, 2012 4:33 pm • linkreport

Interesting how you can add so many stations and still leave many gaps! Georgetown, for example, has few stations that get crowded very quickly, and yet no expansion in that area. Foggy bottom also looks barren, and Im surprised theyre not taking advantage of the new L street lanes. A station at the washington post has always been a bad omission, as it buys free press (get the people writing about you to love you).

by JJJJJ on Dec 17, 2012 4:34 pm • linkreport

After this expansion, what would the total number of stations be?

by Steve S. on Dec 17, 2012 4:37 pm • linkreport

Disappointed with the Georgetown offerings. O and Wisconsin is necessary, but several others should have jumped ahead of 34th and Water Streets (which, until MoCo has built out a system, is mostly suited for joyrides on the Capital Crescent Trail, as the station is only a couple of blocks from two existing stations). For example:

-There's a huge need for a station near Rose Park (26th and P, 27th and P, 27th & Q)
- Something up Book Hill, whether on one side of the library or the other (R/Wisc, or Reservoir/Wisc) or a bit east at Jackson Arts Center (31st/R).
- a station on Reservoir Road, on the north end of GU and GU Hospital or near Duke Ellington HS, either of which could be served by a station on Reservoir Road, between 36th and 39th.

Overall, though, I think there are lot of good additions on the map, including:
-Filling out the RI Ave NE corridor,
-Several new stations on Constitution and Independence, which get closer to the Senate/House office buildings than currently exist.
-Finally filling the gap at Archives/Navy Memorial.
- Adding enough station density EOTR to more accurately determine whether CaBi can be a viable transportion option in several neighborhoods.

by Jacques on Dec 17, 2012 4:37 pm • linkreport

@Steve S., After this expansion, the numbers will be 192 stations in DC, 45 in Arlington, and 8 in Alexandria. 245 stations total.

However, Arlington has 33-39 new stations planned for FY2013, Alexandria may add 6 more, and there are a few other expansions that may hit in 2013 (20 in Rockville/Shady Grove area, ~50 in Montgomery County, primarily Bethesda and Silver Spring, and 10-20 possible in College Park and Greenbelt). That also excludes any additional stations paid for by DC's 2013 budget, as the 54 station addition comes from FY2012 funds, IIRC.

So numbers are a moving target. By this time next year, there will likely be somewhere between 275-400 stations in the system, based on tentative commitments.

by Jacques on Dec 17, 2012 4:43 pm • linkreport

When you release 54 stations at once, there's going to be a lot to like, but I'm still disappointed in the stations that are wholly residential/commuting stations. Continuing to add those types of stations just expands the need for rebalancing. 8th/F NE, NH Burroughs & 49th NE, 8th & East Capitol. Stations like that.

I do like the expansions at DPR/DCPL facilities (Trinidad, Woodridge Library, etc). I also applaud expanding number of higher-elevation stations. Once you have one station up in Tenleytown, Congress Heights, or Brookland, you need other options than to just go downhill. Now you can go to Friendship Heights, Woodridge, and Skyland for example.

I put together all of the planned and proposed stations from Arlington/Alexandria/DC/Montgomery into one map: http://is.gd/WdVaYa

by Corey H. on Dec 17, 2012 4:47 pm • linkreport

Also disappointed with Georgetown - as a resident there, the neighborhood would be a perfect fit for additional stations since it is too far to walk to a metro station, just too close to drive to one. Not sure why it gets ignored.

Selfishly I'd like one at Rose Park.

by dave on Dec 17, 2012 4:49 pm • linkreport

Good stuff. I am very excited.

Great comments too. Amazing how much the utility of the system increases as you add more stations.

There are a lot of great opportunities for expansion beyond the 78 as well.

by H Street LL on Dec 17, 2012 4:49 pm • linkreport

This is incredible. It is about time Petworth/Brightwood got some adaquate coverage. So excited I no longer have to walk .8 miles to get to a station, and will be using the one at GA Ave and Decatur regularly!

by Kyle-W on Dec 17, 2012 4:50 pm • linkreport

selfishly, I think SW is underserved. There's a lot of residential over by the King Greenleaf center, but if you want to do bikeshare, you either have to walk down to Waterfront metro or over to near SE. I would love to be able to get off metro at Waterfront, pick up a few things are the Safeway there, and then hop on a bike for the last few blocks home.

Don't get me wrong, I use Cabi, and I really like it. Just one of those frustrations of living between boke stations.

by Birdie on Dec 17, 2012 4:52 pm • linkreport

Disappointing. Area east of Logan Circle is devoid of bikes in a 56-square-block area from 14th to 7th, M Street to U Street. Highly disappointed. Bike stations in the U Street/Logan/Shaw area the most heavily used and most likely to be unavailable. I would love to know DDOT's rationale behind their decision making; they certainly didn't look twice at the user map they touted.

by Adam L on Dec 17, 2012 4:54 pm • linkreport

With regard to Georgetown, sidewalk space is at such a premium and as we know the fights that would result in adding a station that takes away parking spaces, so I just can't see too many places to add stations. Rose Park, of course, but where else is there sufficient sidewalk space to add stations?

by Corey H. on Dec 17, 2012 4:55 pm • linkreport

@Corey

I saw the 49th and Burroughs, and had to look that up, had no clue NE got to 49th st.

I think these commutting stations are terrific. A place like 49th and Burroughs I would imagine has a lot of residents working jobs other than 9-5, so giving these folks an opportunity to use something other than the bus will contribute to your stated goal of seeing whether stations EOTR are truly viable.

by Kyle-W on Dec 17, 2012 4:56 pm • linkreport

As a Columbia Heights resident:

1) It's good to see the system start to extend outwards towards Montgomery Co. to dovetail with their coming expansion.

2) Several new stations are filling the current gap between U Street and Columbia Heights. The 11th and Florida station in particular will be very useful.

3) The Hiatt Pl. station is intriguing. Despite being less than a quarter mile from my residence I've never walked down this street before. With so much pedestrian traffic on all the other sidewalks in Columbia Heights I wonder if DDOT had no alternative to this. Putting stations in less visible, more tucked away places likely benefits subscribers over casual users.

by Hagiographer on Dec 17, 2012 4:56 pm • linkreport

Great map, Corey!

I partially agree with you on the "commuter only" stations, however, I think one potential positive is their impact on bikeshare stations near Metro that currently serve the role of "residential stations."

For example, looking at the daily use patterns, there are probably a lot of people who use the station at Petworth Metro as an alternative to taking Metro, instead biking into downtown in the morning from that stop. The proposed station at 14th and Upshur may have some people that just ride down 14th to downtown, but it may also see some commuters who bike from their homes to the Petworth metro, helping to slightly reduce the imbalance there (or at least offer one more bike that can be taken from that dock).

Granted, there will always be a general monopolar distribution of commutes in a city like DC, and we'll need a lot more stations before we see visible benefits like I described above, but I think that turning CaBi stations into their own CaBi hubs is one of the things that could eventually benefit the system balance. Granted, that bike might not return to 14th and Upshur until the end of the day, but it's more likely to take multiple trips than one that is just ridden from Petworth Metro to a downtown station and back.

by Jacques on Dec 17, 2012 4:59 pm • linkreport

@Adam

I noticed that as well. No clue why that is the case. It looks like it goes from 14th to 1st st NE, and R to M. That is a huge hole. Not sure how that happened.

by Kyle-W on Dec 17, 2012 4:59 pm • linkreport

Some spots in Georgetown that could have the available sidewalk depth (or less-used street space):
- Georgetown Public Library parking lot, or metered spaces in front (which are well-used but rarely all full). Alternatively, Jackson Arts Center
- South side of Duke Ellington HS, along Reservoir, or the back of the school, on 36th.
- Q and 27th, which is only 2 blocks from Rose Park, has wide sidewalks, as well as an oddly-shaped turnaround.

Additionally, due to the campus plan-enforced parking cap on Georgetown University (and hospital), there are some underused surface lots that could work well.

by Jacques on Dec 17, 2012 5:05 pm • linkreport

@Kyle-W, Jacques

To be honest, 49th/Burroughs isn't the best example but DDOT did a better job at avoiding the isolated purely 9-5 commute stations this round. On a nice weekday, a station like Lincoln Park really is useless a vast majority of the day. There are no bikes after mid-morning, a near certainty that any bike you leave there in the middle of the day won't be there long, and in the evening/overnight there won't be any docks and no real bailout options. Though of course it's a tremendous help to the last mile issues for 30-40 people per commute. Of course this just gets at the entire underlying monopolarity mentioned earlier

@Jacques,

Thanks for the pointing out the possible Georgetown location. I don't know the area well outside of biking through it. I do like siting stations on other DC government property (Ellington school in this case). It seems to solve a lot of issues. For example, Wisconsin/Newark moving to an MPD station when construction forced it to move.

@Adam,

I assume a station will go at the new O Street Market which should help somewhat. And the 11th/M station will help too. One rationale could be that the area is pretty single-use (the 56 square block is almost wholly residential outside of the new activity on 9th). The triangle park on the northeast side of Logan Circle would be great for a station but I'm sure NPS would stop that.

by Corey H. on Dec 17, 2012 5:26 pm • linkreport

I'm most excited for the station by Capitol South. That one has been a long time coming, and it will make it so much easier for residents of Near Southeast/Navy Yard/Capitol Riverfront to use the Blue/Orange station as an alternative.

by Adam H. on Dec 17, 2012 5:44 pm • linkreport

@Corey H.

So what if it is residential? May the people who live there not need to get to and from the other commercial areas, Metro stations, etc?

by Adam L on Dec 17, 2012 5:44 pm • linkreport

One more Georgetown possibility. In the last round of DC expansions, DDOT proposed a location at the Long & Foster at Reservoir & Wisconsin. (I don't know the details, but it may have meant that Long and Foster volunteered part of their parking lot, which fronts Wisconsin Ave).

The ANC recommended a spot in front of Hyde Elementary School (on O) instead, and it may have wound up as the perfect being the enemy of the good as Georgetown got neither spot, although there was a station added at Pennsylvania and M.

If the Long and Foster spot is still available, that would be a great midway-station in between the O Street proposed station and the one next to Safeway.

by Jacques on Dec 17, 2012 5:51 pm • linkreport

One disappointment I have is that Metro Center continues to be the only downtown orange line metro station with a Cabi right outside the station entrance. Suburban members use Cabi as a last/first mile solution for avoiding metro transfers, so moving a station right at the entrance of Foggy Bottom, Farragut or McPherson would be great.

While walking 1 block and crossing a street from Cabi to metro doesn't seem like much, it makes it much harder to time your transfer between the two. In no other form of transit would you make someone walk such a distance to make a transfer.

Re: Georgetown

It seems like 31st or Jefferson south of M have lightly used enough sidewalks that there would be space for a Cabi.

by Falls Church on Dec 17, 2012 5:51 pm • linkreport

How about getting more stations on the Capitol grounds (and for AoC and USCP to adopt more bike-friendly policies -- they alternate between yelling at me to ride on the sidewalk, and then yelling at me to get off of the sidewalk)

Also, how many of the previously-announced expansions were actually fully implemented? New stations seem to be deployed in a somewhat constant trickle, and I feel like there were already quite a few previously-promised stations that were never installed.

by andrew on Dec 17, 2012 5:55 pm • linkreport

There's still a big hole west of Foggy Bottom in the Watergate/Thompsons area.

by Novanglus on Dec 17, 2012 8:56 pm • linkreport

Great to read about hundreds of more bikes available! But sadly there are ZERO new stations planned in the golden triangle area-- basically the area around Farragut Square, between Massachusetts and Pennsylvania avenues. Thousands of people work in this neighborhood. Take a look at dock availability south of Massachusetts NW on any Mon-Friday between 10 and 4 pm. EVERY station is full-- all day. Also notice that there are ZERO bikes available north of Dupont Circle in NW at the same time. Having more bikes available north of Massachusetts Ave NW means that MORE people will bike down hill (or from the east and west) to their jobs near Farragut, and have NO WHERE to put their bikes. They better figure this out before spring.

by Tom A. on Dec 17, 2012 9:17 pm • linkreport

Georgetown needs more stations, especially near the University. Possibly a station on Reservoir.

American and Howard Us also remains woefully underserved.

There's also a weird hole between RI Ave and FL Ave-Benning Rd.

by Jasper on Dec 17, 2012 9:24 pm • linkreport

The National Cathedral (Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenue) could really use one - there are a lot of apartments and multi-family houses immediately around that intersection, bus service is light even on weekdays at rush-hour, and Tenleytown/Van Ness are pretty far off.

The closets station is at the police station on Idaho and Newark Avenue, which is tucked behind (i.e. completely hidden) the construction site of the Giant supermarket. It formerly was on Wisconsin, but moved due to construction.

I'd also advocate for one on Wisconsin and Van Ness, which is surrounded by apartment buildings, the McDonalds, AU offices, and retail. It's a perfect place for a bikeshare station, for people heading to Tenleytown/Friendship Heights, or down the hill on Wisconsin or Massachusetts Avenues.

Finally: there is NOTHING like riding a bike down Massachusetts Avenue on a weekend morning when traffic is light. Absolutely gorgeous trees, buildings, and you just coast and coast :-)

Selfishly, I would like one at Cathedral and New Mexico (right outside my front door).

by Adam on Dec 17, 2012 9:35 pm • linkreport

I'm thrilled by this map overall, and particularly by 15th & East Capitol, which will provide much-needed commute relief for Lincoln Park and 15th & Mass.

But the biggest disappointment is the lack of a station near 12th and Pennsylvania SE. Near Fragers Hardware, CVS, and a number of fledgling/potential businesses. Bikeshare on Capitol Hill is mostly designed for commuters and as a metro-feeder. This location would greatly improve 7-day access to important neighborhood amenities, alleviate a severe parking shortage caused by weekend hardware runs, and help to spur economic development on this struggling end of PA Ave. The current station locations drive Bikeshare users to the already thriving business corridors along 7th & 8th, which would see 2 new stations under this expansion, for a total of 5. Let's do what we can to spur new amenities in Hill East!

If I had to cut something to pay for that critical addition, I might suggest 9th and M SE, which isn't yet that dense, with most businesses reasonably close to the existing station at 8th & Eye SE. Or perhaps move the existing station at 3rd & E SE, which was the lowest common denominator early on, but may not be as necessary with the addition of stations at 3rd & G, 3rd & Penn and Capitol South.

I would also move the proposed station at 15th & F NE two blocks East to the shiny new Rosedale Recreation Center & Library at 17th & G NE, another important destination for neighborhood circulation and an opportunity to better serve Kingman Park residents who will be frustrated that the trek to 13th & D is only slightly shortened by a trek around Miner ES.

Finally I second the earlier comment about a station near the Washington Post. With the L and M street cycletracks going in, it seems there's a real need where those routes intersect 16th St. Alternately, is there any way we can get the "former 17th & L" station moved back to it's nominal location? Some trees that previously would have shaded the solar panels fell down in recent storms...

by Sean on Dec 17, 2012 9:45 pm • linkreport

Rhode Island Ave and Brookland are edging toward Woodbridge, and that looks terrific! I think CaBi would be a great way to eventually get to and from Mt. Rainier.

I'm surprised to see people complain quite so much about Georgetown, it has some stations already, and the additions look really good. Sure there's room for improvement, but that will be true everywhere until there's a station on every other block.

The Tingey SE station strikes me as weird - it's so close to the one at USDOT. One at, say, M & 5th would make a lot more sense to me.

While I'm glad to see a few more stations in River East, I feel like they're still spaced in a way that misses the point. While the Deanwood Rec. is an ideal place for a station, there's no other one proposed in connecting distance apart from the two on NHB, each a mile away.
I'd also love to see anything anywhere between Ridge Rd & East Capitol south of the Benning metro.

Selfishly, the 8th & F station Corey mentioned suits me to a T, and one at Livingston and Connecticut would complement one at the Friendship Heights metro nicely.

by Lucre on Dec 17, 2012 10:34 pm • linkreport

@Lucre re: interest in Georgetown stations.

For me it's two things, one of them being self-interest.

But the other is that the stations in Georgetown are well set-up for people going TO Georgetown, but not for the people who live IN Georgetown and Burleith. All of the stations are within a couple blocks of M Street, while a significant part of the population lives between P and R Streets (or between Reservoir and T Streets on the Burleith side). In fact, probably the densest residential area in the neighborhood is on P and Q between the 2500 and 3000 blocks, and anyone who lives in those neighborhoods is 5 blocks or more from the nearest Bikeshare station. Similarly on the blocks of 35th between Q and S, you have a lot of multi-unit apartment buildings and rowhouses split into 2-3 apartments, few of which are within less than 4 blocks from the 37th & O station or the Social Safeway station.

To me, it's mostly a missed opportunity, as Georgetown is one of the neighborhoods (like Penn Quarter, and to an extent Dupont) that has a mix of residential and day- and night-time commercial uses, meaning that smart station placement can help the system rebalance itself in those areas. Unlike Penn Quarter, the residential and commercial uses are slightly geographically separated. But placing a mostly residential station 3-4 blocks away from a mostly commercial station allows each of those two stations to serve as backup/overflow at the peak commercial/residential times.

by Jacques on Dec 18, 2012 8:43 am • linkreport

As CaBi fills out across the city - I really think they need to explore 'Mico-Stations' with a half dozen bikes. It would help penetrate residential neighborhoods while minimizing the impact on parking.

I second the calls for stops along Wisconsin. Since it has so much density (and getting more) and is under served by Metro - CaBi really helps fill in that last mile.

by andy2 on Dec 18, 2012 9:29 am • linkreport

Rock Creek Park needs some stations (e.g. Tilden St. near Pierce Mill).

Also streets like Connecticut, Wisconsin, Georgia would all do much better with some bike infrastructure like dedicated lanes. I think these roads are intimidating to many CaBi users (for good reason!)

by Sam on Dec 18, 2012 9:46 am • linkreport

@andy2 -- I think the big problem with micro-stations is that the bulk of the cost of a station is the kiosk (which I believe also contains the computer that controls access to all the docks, in addition to storing energy from the solar panel). I don't know the particular figures, but I remember hearing that expanding a station is much less expensive than building a new one (~$50K, which makes me think that the per-dock cost of a microstation would be prohibitive.

If it were possible to create micro-stations without a kiosk, those might be a good financial option for micro-stations, but it would have the significant tradeoff of not being available to 1-day passes or one-time users.

by Jacques on Dec 18, 2012 9:51 am • linkreport

I don't really have any reason to complain, since I'll soon have a station right outside of my office in Penn Quarter after the expansion. It would have been nice to get a relief station for 17th & Corcoran, particularly since a station at 17th & Church just missed the cut when we voted on sites for the last expansion. (Or was that this expansion? It seems like we've been talking about "The 54 Station Expansion" for a while now). 17th and Mass isn't too bad for those south of P, but it's kinda serving a different market there.

The arc of neighborhoods that run from northern Georgetown (along P street), through northern Dupont and Logan Circles (roughly along Q-T Streets), to the area due east of Logan Circle, seems a little underserved. That area should be great for CaBi: those neighborhoods have a great mix of dense residences, commercial spaces, offices, and entertainment venues; there are plenty of good biking routes in and between those neighborhoods; and the area is pretty flat. However, although the entire area is below that big elevation change that starts at Florida Avenue (and the northern edge of the old L'enfant city), the few stations along that arc still tend to empty pretty early in the morning and fill in the early evening. I think that if station distribution was denser in that arc of neighborhoods, then individual stations would stay well balanced throughout most of the day.

That said, I can't really complain, and I'm glad that CaBi is spreading to more neighborhoods.

by Steven Harrell on Dec 18, 2012 10:37 am • linkreport

@Jacques, I believe Paris (or maybe Im thinking of somewhere else) has some stations without the computer interface, as long as one with it is available nearby, so tourists and day pass users still have that option.

by JJJJJ on Dec 18, 2012 2:04 pm • linkreport

Glad to see a proposed station at 8th and F NE (though it says Sherwood Rec Center, which is 9th/10th). The D and Maryland Ave station routinely runs out of bikes by 8 a.m. There's a need in that neighborhood.

by lou on Dec 18, 2012 2:42 pm • linkreport

Something that people need to keep in mind when lamenting the lack of installing a CaBi station in a place that is in their best interest--Alta (Capital Bikeshare's parent company) and D-Dot are in continual negotiations with property owners to install CaBi stations in desired locations. Many property owners and stakeholders don't "get" bikeshare yet, and it will take time until (or they may never get it) they do. Some property owners are litigation-adverse, thinking that if some person falls while riding a bikeshare bike on the sidewalk in front of their building, they'll get sued--so it's better to not install such a community benefit.
If you want to do your community a favor, do some research and figure out who is the owner of a given property where you think would be a good candidate for a bikeshare station and send them a letter extolling the benefits
There are other issues besides ignorant stakeholders or fears of litigation, namely a lack of sidewalk/streetside space and the site getting enough sunlight to power the station's equipment.
Lastly, for desired locations in Georgetown (and I know this from working in Georgetown Univ.'s community-affairs department many years ago), it might be that Alta & D-Dot simply don't want to get involved in expensive fights with well-heeled NIMBYs in the area--so it's better to not bother in the first place. From my experience, some of those people in the neighborhood have plenty of time & money to throw at keeping something like a bikeshare station from using up one of "their" street parking spots.

by Daniel on Dec 18, 2012 4:04 pm • linkreport

@Tom A. I agree with your lament about the limited additions in the Golden Triangle/Downtown area, but your comment reminds me of an earlier suggested alternative to adding a half dozen more $50,000 stations and rebalancing vans to an area already quite dense with stations. Bikeshare should have two downtown bike corrals every Monday-Friday. Rebalancing vans would continue to serve other stations and replenish residential areas, but having "bottomless" stations at Farragut Square and Metro Center would avert the all-too-frequent sight of a Spotcycle screen with all ten nearby stations completely full or empty.

All it would take is two posts and a sturdy chain with an employee circulating (by bike?) to periodically remove/add bikes as stations fill/empty. Excess bikes could simply be locked with a long chain until needed for the evening commute. That seems a far more cost effective solution than installing more downtown stations and running more vans.

by Sean on Dec 18, 2012 11:08 pm • linkreport

With all the development in the area of Friendship Heights, I don't understand the lack of stations there. I see that one is proposed for Wisconsin and Ingomar, but why not put one on the rather large plaza by the Metro elevators at the Jennifer St. entrance to the Friendship Heights station, perhaps next to or in lieu of the bike lockers (if they are still there). Also, a site on Connecticut at Chevy Chase, either at the old trolley station (I assume that's what it was) at Connecticut above Northampton, or at the Community Center/Library, would provide a good way for the people in the neighborhood (relatively dense in the apartment buildings along Ct. Ave.) to get to the Metro at Friendship Heights, and for people to get from Friendship Heights to the Library/Community Center, Safeway, Avalon and other Chevy Chase shops.

A high priority ought to be getting bike stations as close to Metro stations as possible, to encourage Metro ridership (especially off-peak) and to make it easier to get from Metro to the ultimate destination.

by Ellen on Dec 19, 2012 2:23 am • linkreport

@Ellen

I am guessing there is a similar dynamic to Georgetown. The residents in Friendship Heights would likely fight this, as they fight everything else.

In addition, Friendship Heights is pretty secluded, relative to other areas they are planning expansions, so they are probably hoping for the MoCo expansion to begin before they make further improvements here. Just a guess though.

by Kyle-W on Dec 19, 2012 9:09 am • linkreport

I'm really excited about the station at Alabama and Stanton Ave SE. My bank is right there on the corner. I don't use my own bike over there because there are NO bike racks to lock up.

@Sean - "But the biggest disappointment is the lack of a station near 12th and Pennsylvania SE. Near Fragers Hardware, CVS, and a number of fledgling/potential businesses."

Agree. This is a real missed opportunity. Especially since Frager's is such a great catch-all store.

by Veronica O. Davis (Ms V) on Dec 19, 2012 10:28 am • linkreport

The great thing about these stations is that they can be picked up and moved in a matter of hours so if the stations aren't quite in the right spot, this can easily be fixed. Great to see more stations and I'm sure they'll be in the right spot eventually if they aren't now.

by BW on Dec 19, 2012 10:33 am • linkreport

Great comments on the stations EOTR (and need for Frager's).

I know I was reading one of the other sites and they mentioned that the Anacostia Metro station CaBi station has larger usage than several CaBi stations downtown. Very impressive. I think usage will increase as the network receives badly needed expansion. Of course expansion is needed badly elsewhere also.

by H Street LL on Dec 19, 2012 10:42 am • linkreport

This was the quote from WashCycle:

"How underused is it?

"The Anacostia Metro had 212 starting trips in the 2nd quarter of 2012. That's more than 12th and L, NW; Washington Blvd & 7th St N; 20th and L St NW; Fairfax Drive and Glebe Road; 19th and K St, and the White House station."

from here: http://www.thewashcycle.com/2012/09/capital-bikeshare-turns-2-amid-continued-growth.html

by H Street LL on Dec 19, 2012 10:44 am • linkreport

Aren't these just draft locations? And won't ANCs have an opportunity to weigh in? Where an obviously desirable location has been omitted, likely best to assume it's not because it's been ruled out. Much like one of the Ward 6 ANCs filled a need on the north side of M St SE by passing a resolution asking for a particular siting, I'll bet folks engaging ANCs on tweaking siting would yield a better expansion.

I know i'll be writing to 6D about getting something at P St SW/ Syphax Gardens (multifamily housing, mostly low-income, a half-mile+ from anything with no city-providing bikes, right in the middle of an area with stations elsewhere? No-brainer).

by darren on Dec 19, 2012 2:18 pm • linkreport

Lucre: The DC neighborhood is Woodridge. Woodbridge is a place in exurban Virginia. :)

by Geoffrey Hatchard on Dec 21, 2012 10:05 am • linkreport

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