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Oct. 17, 2017 7:50 am

This app will find the nearest bikeshare

With the debut of dockless bikeshare in the District, Transit's app aggregates data from the different services.

On the right, D.C. bikeshare options abound.

(Photo courtesy Transit/Medium)

Early in September, the District announced plans to pilot dockless bikshare technology, introducing a version of bikeshare that didn’t require a station. Companies soon followed, as Limebike, Mobike, and Spin rolled out their bikes, followed by JUMP, and more recently, ofo.

With the increase in choice, members of #dctech were quick to point out that there’s a need to compare options. After all, if the bikes could be parked anywhere, how else would you know which service’s bikes were closest to you?

A month later, your wish has been granted with the free Transit app.

For those of you haven’t used it before, Transit was created by a Montreal-based company of the same name in 2012 to help users compare transit options in their city and find the best routes – much like Google Maps.

What makes Transit handy is that the app overlays biking, walking, transit and ridesharing options onto the same map, using real-time data. Now D.C.’s data in the app has gotten an upgrade to include comparison for all of the D.C. bikeshare options.

The bikeshare comparison feature was released earlier this month in Seattle as well – the other city to have piloted dock-free programs. In D.C., Transit also overlays docked bikes from Capital Bikeshare.

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Julia Airey

Julia Airey previously served as the associate editor of The Diplomacist, and sector editor for Tabula Rasa. She led the investigation team for the 2016 #ForcedToUnite conference. In her free time she likes dogs of the large and fluffy variety.

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