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PotomacCyclist
09-01-2012, 04:35 AM
Some of the CaBi stations are placed on or along sidewalks with no curb cuts nearby. Thus, cyclists either have to get off the bike to carry it over the curb to access the bike station. Or they have to ride onto the sidewalk for most of the block. That can be inconvenient for the cyclist and pedestrians.

If and when those nearby roads and sidewalks are repaired or renovated, consideration should be given to adding such curb cuts to make it easier for cyclists to access those CaBi stations.

On a similar note, many driveways and side roads have a rough transition from the main road surface. Many of these driveways are private property. But perhaps the owners could be encouraged to build more bike-friendly transitions to the main roads when those paths are renovated or when future ones are planned.

PotomacCyclist
09-03-2012, 04:34 AM
One example that comes to mind is the bike station at Pentagon Row (http://goo.gl/maps/cC78P). It's a great location but the curbs do not allow for easy access to the station. Members have to ride on the sidewalk well in advance of the station, or else they have to stop and pick up the bike to lift it over the curb. It's probably not a good idea for anyone to try to bunny-hop that curb on a CaBi bike. (Maybe some of the expert cyclocross riders could do it, but very few other people.)

I know that there are long-term plans to renovate the entire courtyard at Pentagon Row (more space for a larger seasonal skating rink and the summer outdoor concerts, new structures near Joyce Street). Since there will be a lot of construction going on at some point, it would be a good idea to see if the developer would add a curb cut in front of the courtyard to allow for easier access to the sidewalk for CaBi users.

Another example is the station at 18th & S. Hayes St., near the Aurora Hills fire station and public library. (http://goo.gl/maps/gJ0pK) Riders have to remember to turn onto the sidewalk via the driveway of the fire station. Otherwise, they have to stop and lift the bike over the curb as they approach the station. Riding down to where 18th & Hayes merge is not a good option because 18th St. is one-way. A cyclist who tries to turn down 18th St. to reach the curb cut and sidewalk would have to salmon down 18th St. Traffic is usually light but it's never a good idea for a cyclist to ride the wrong way on a one-way street.

Even riding down the sidewalk from the fire station is less than ideal. The sidewalk is narrow and bumpy. If there are pedestrians walking on the sidewalk, there is little room for a cyclist to pass by. A bike-sized curb cut closer to the station would resolve the problem. (So would moving the station to another nearby block, but that's a separate issue.)

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I'm a fan of Capital Bikeshare in general, so I'm not criticizing the entire system. I'm just pointing out a minor inconvenience with a few of the stations in Arlington (and in D.C.).