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Capital Bikeshare looks to expand its reach

The goal is 99 new stations by fiscal year 2018, and one could be on your block.

A Capital Bikeshare station. (Photo by Flickr user Tony Webster, used under a Creative Commons license)

The District Department of Transportation recently released a draft Capital Bikeshare Development Plan, announcing its goal to add 99 Capital Bikeshare Stations over the next three years.
The study details a six-year, $6.5 million plan to expand specifically in minority and low-income neighborhoods, tourist hotspots and high-demand areas downtown.
These tactics are part of the goal to develop use of the program beyond the “core bikeshare market” that, according to the study, Capital Bikeshare already successfully serves. Doing this, the study remarks, will require “a more targeted and nuanced approach, focusing on filling in gaps, improving service reliability, and diversifying the user base.”
To this end, the 99 new stations would be a maximum of half a mile apart. According to the Washington Post, “the plan would result in bikeshare stations within a quarter-mile of 65 percent of District residents’ homes and 90 percent of the city’s jobs.”
Capital Bikeshare is currently soliciting public feedback on station location:
Submit your comments
Of course, ensuring that more bikes are available is just part of making D.C. a more bikeable city. As the “next steps” section of the study notes, “bicycle infrastructure, specifically the lack of it, is another impediment to bikeshare usage.”

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