(Washington, DC) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced the locations for 32 new Capital Bikeshare stations to be installed in the fall of 2011. It will be the first major expansion of the system in the District since Capital Bikeshare launched last September. Following weeks of planning and extensive community input, DDOT will install the new stations and expand the size of selected existing stations to better meet demand, while also adding 265 additional bicycles to the system. Additionally, DDOT will install the already planned Capital Bikeshare stations at 6th and H Street, NE and Foggy Bottom Metro.
“We are grateful for the enormous support Capital Bikeshare has received throughout the past 10 months and are very pleased to release the final list of new station locations for the District of Columbia” said Terry Bellamy, DDOT Director. “With this expansion we will not only increase the overall reach of the system, but we will expand the program’s capacity by 22 percent in the downtown area, by 80 percent in our East of the River operations and by an average of 38 percent throughout each of the additional Wards.”
The list of new Capital Bikeshare stations was determined after a careful assessment of the existing needs and conditions in the different geographic areas and their potential for sustained Bikeshare usage and growth. Some of the criteria used to locate the new stations included proximity to activity centers, proximity to high-demand existing stations, solar accessibility, and minimum space and surface requirements. To cap it off, the overwhelmingly positive feedback received from the public helped guide the final decision for new locations.
Eastern Market Metro / Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street, SE
Lamont Street and Mt. Pleasant Street, NW
Lincoln Park / 13th and East Capitol Street, NE
Massachusetts Avenue and Dupont Circle, NW
Metro Center / 12th Street and G Street, NW
Park Road and Holmead Place, NW
Arlington County is also planning an expansion with approximately 30 new Capital Bikeshare stations destined for the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor starting this fall and continuing through the spring.
About Capital Bikeshare: Capital Bikeshare is a bikesharing program developed through a partnership between DDOT and Arlington County and operated by Alta Bicycle Share, Inc. Capital Bikeshare offers four different membership options: Annual ($75), Monthly ($25), 5-Day ($15) and 24-hour ($5) for access to a fleet of 1,100 bicycles located at over 110 stations across the District and Arlington. Additional information about Capital Bikeshare is available at www.capitalbikeshare.com .