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Tim Kelley
11-10-2011, 07:29 AM
Just wanted to let everyone know that the new CB station in Courthouse next to California Tortilla is up and running.

Check out photos here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=285510891482239&set=a.138245472875449.17856.134700293229967&type=3&theater

And be sure to check out the the planned station map for all of the new station coming to Arlington here: http://www.bikearlington.com/pages/bikesharing/planned-arlington-stations/

dasgeh
11-10-2011, 09:12 AM
Thanks to the people who worked hard to make this happen.

PotomacCyclist
11-10-2011, 09:57 AM
I'm looking forward to all of the new stations in Clarendon coming soon.

Cabi newbie
04-03-2012, 11:05 AM
I plan on trying the Capital Bikeshare from Arlington to DC as part of an occasional morning commute. I ride the Metro from WFC, and thought on a nice day it would be pleasant to grab a bikeshare at Courthouse and complete the commute to DC by bike!

Are the bike lanes in Arlington generally safe to ride? What would be the best way to get to downtown?

Thanks!

consularrider
04-03-2012, 12:42 PM
There are a couple other threads with the Arlington to DC route suggestions. The first question is where you are heading in DC since there are multiple Potomac crossing options. With that info I think you get lots of useful advice.

Right now the stretch down Clarendon/Wilson Blvd has been a mess due to multiple construction projects along the route. Still saw a number of cyclists heading downhill as I was walking from Rosslyn to Courthouse at lunch.

Cabi newbie
04-03-2012, 12:47 PM
Thanks,

I'll be riding to 18th and E.

dasgeh
04-03-2012, 01:00 PM
Personally, I'd take 15th St N downhill, which turns into 14th St and then Fairfax Dr (along Rte 50). Turn R on Meade, L on Marshall (or go through the Iwa Jima), then take the path beside the cemetary/Rte 110. Turn L on Memorial Dr, which will take you across the Memorial Bridge (I'd recommend the South side of the Bridge), then past the Lincoln, along Constitution, turn L onto 18th and you're there. Should be a beautiful ride. The reverse is crazy uphill at the end.

Cabi newbie
04-03-2012, 01:10 PM
Thanks!
I just checked that route on a map and it looks great.
I'll give it a go this Thurs, if the weather is nice. I plan on being a very fair-weather biker and the CaBi seems a great way to do this (including one way all downhill rides!) I'll report back later...

brendan
04-03-2012, 01:56 PM
Thanks!
I just checked that route on a map and it looks great.
I'll give it a go this Thurs, if the weather is nice. I plan on being a very fair-weather biker and the CaBi seems a great way to do this (including one way all downhill rides!) I'll report back later...

Just be aware that the path on the south side of the reflecting pool between the lincoln memorial and WW2 memorial is (was?) under serious construction and closed. Aside from crowding during certain times, when you have to slow for safe pedestrian avoidance, I found that path a much more direct way than taking any of the paths on the north side of the pool (or taking constitution). Esp. as you can avoid more lights on the south side and also end up positioned well to bike either the pebble paths on the mall or the lower speed museum-lined street east of the washington monument. Hopefully the south side of the pool won't be closed for long.

Brendan

dasgeh
04-03-2012, 03:36 PM
Just be aware that the path on the south side of the reflecting pool between the lincoln memorial and WW2 memorial is (was?) under serious construction and closed.

But if you're headed to 18th NW, you want to cut over to the North side at the Lincoln. Otherwise, you'll have to go out of your way to 17th Street AND deal with the tourist mess that is the sidewalk by the WWII. The sidewalks along Constitution aren't too crowded with tourists, and you don't have lights, especially in the morning. You're not allowed on sidewalks North of Constitution.

In the mornings, the cutting across the plaza in front of the Lincoln isn't so bad. It can fill up with tourists, especially in the afternoons, but you can do the slightly longer route around the back of the Lincoln. Sidewalks are large and I've never encountered a crowd.

DaveK
04-03-2012, 08:10 PM
Just be aware that the path on the south side of the reflecting pool between the lincoln memorial and WW2 memorial is (was?) under serious construction and closed. Aside from crowding during certain times, when you have to slow for safe pedestrian avoidance, I found that path a much more direct way than taking any of the paths on the north side of the pool (or taking constitution). Esp. as you can avoid more lights on the south side and also end up positioned well to bike either the pebble paths on the mall or the lower speed museum-lined street east of the washington monument. Hopefully the south side of the pool won't be closed for long.

Brendan

In the morning I ride in to Arlington on the path on the south side of the reflecting pool. As long as you hit it before the tourists start arriving it's fine. In the afternoons I ride home to DC on the MVT down to 14th St bridge. The Lincoln area is just too insane in the afternoons.

PotomacCyclist
04-03-2012, 08:37 PM
According to the NPS webpage, renovation is scheduled to be finished this spring.

http://www.nps.gov/nama/planyourvisit/lincoln-memorial-reflecting-pool.htm

No updates on whether they will actually finish soon.

JacquesOfAllTrades
04-04-2012, 10:25 AM
Based on recent rides along the Southern path, I wouldn't be surprised to see them refill the Pool sometime in the next few weeks, although I'd be surprised if the new sidewalks/surfacing are in before, say Memorial Day. Altogether, it seems like they're making good progress lately, and I wouldn't be surprised if they're aiming for an (unofficial) target of everything wrapped up before July 4th.

Cabi newbie
04-06-2012, 08:07 AM
@dasgeh, I tried this route this AM and it was great. Thanks!

A few observations about the CaBi bikes: The brakes were not very good, which made the big downhill hairy ( I don't know if all CaBI brakes are not good, or if that particular bike was especially bad). Also they are not fast (which may be a massive understatement but there ya go.) I'll definitely do this again on nice mornings, I will just need to budget more time to making it to work. All in all a nice change up to my morning commute.

dasgeh
04-06-2012, 09:18 AM
YAY! So happy to hear you liked it!


A few observations about the CaBi bikes: The brakes were not very good, which made the big downhill hairy ( I don't know if all CaBI brakes are not good, or if that particular bike was especially bad). Also they are not fast (which may be a massive understatement but there ya go.) I'll definitely do this again on nice mornings, I will just need to budget more time to making it to work. All in all a nice change up to my morning commute.

re: brakes, it was probably just that bike.
re: speed, yeah, they're slow, especially up hill. Once you're in the city, you're still faster than cars, which feels good, but going uphill on trails, I've felt like I was going slower than walking (though I wasn't). It gets better. And once you get hooked, you may get your own bike, which will be faster. You can take bikes on buses all day, which makes one-way commuting easier (or at least no-uphill-commuting -- you can ride to Rosslyn and have lots of bus choices that will take you + bike up hill).

PotomacCyclist
04-06-2012, 12:35 PM
I've also noticed that CaBi brakes are not as responsive as those on my mountain bike (although those are disc brakes). I don't think the CaBi brakes are as responsive as the rim brakes on my tri bike either. For most CaBi rides, this isn't a problem. Then again, I haven't gone down any of the steep hills in Court House on a CaBi bike yet.

Re the slow speed, I think that's what makes the bikes so safe when compared to other bikes. Slower speeds means that cyclists, pedestrians and car drivers have a better chance to react during potential collisions because reaction times don't need to be as short. Most people will see someone coming by at 8-10 mph, but they may not see the speedster zooming in at 20-22 mph.

I think the CaBi bikes are fun to ride as a change of pace from other bikes. It's also nice to not worry about locking up my own bike on errands.

DaveK
04-06-2012, 01:37 PM
I've also noticed that CaBi brakes are not as responsive as those on my mountain bike (although those are disc brakes). I don't think the CaBi brakes are as responsive as the rim brakes on my tri bike either. For most CaBi rides, this isn't a problem. Then again, I haven't gone down any of the steep hills in Court House on a CaBi bike yet.

Re the slow speed, I think that's what makes the bikes so safe when compared to other bikes. Slower speeds means that cyclists, pedestrians and car drivers have a better chance to react during potential collisions because reaction times don't need to be as short. Most people will see someone coming by at 8-10 mph, but they may not see the speedster zooming in at 20-22 mph.

I think the CaBi bikes are fun to ride as a change of pace from other bikes. It's also nice to not worry about locking up my own bike on errands.

CaBi brakes are fine, you just need to be aware of what you're working with. Plan ahead, maybe don't go into the full aero tuck position on the downhills.

JacquesOfAllTrades
04-23-2012, 02:42 PM
Two more in operation (and ever so slightly thickening the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor) at Veitch and Key, and Quinn and Key.

PotomacCyclist
04-24-2012, 01:58 PM
CaBi brakes are fine, you just need to be aware of what you're working with. Plan ahead, maybe don't go into the full aero tuck position on the downhills.
Darn. I was planning to use CaBi on a ride down Skyline Drive too. (OK, not really.)

PotomacCyclist
04-24-2012, 01:59 PM
Two more in operation (and ever so slightly thickening the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor) at Veitch and Key, and Quinn and Key.
They have also announced that many more of the R-B stations will be installed in the next week or two.