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    Quote Originally Posted by PotomacCyclist View Post
    Expect crowded bike stations downtown for those who use Capital Bikeshare. The bike corrals haven't started up yet this year. They should try to find a way to set up an emergency CaBi corral tomorrow.
    Message I got from Capital Bike Share:
    Capital Bikeshare will offer free 24-hour memberships at all 370 stations on Wednesday, March 16 beginning at 12 a.m. to better serve commuters looking for transportation during the Metrorail closure. Usage fees will still apply to all trips over 30 minutes. Visit any station kiosk and follow the prompts on the touch screen to access a free membership. 24-hour memberships will remain free at all stations until 11:59 p.m.

    Capital Bikeshare will also offer morning Corral Service at three locations from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Corral Service will offer guaranteed open docks in the morning by having staff on hand to remove bikes when the station docks are full. Corral service will be available at:
    21st St & Eye St NW in Foggy Bottom

    13th St & New York Ave NW near Metro Center & Franklin Square

    Columbus Circle next to Union Station

    Capital Bikeshare expects very high demand during peak hours tomorrow. Please check the station map or the Spotcycle App before starting your trip

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    Everyone wear a BTWD t-shirt tomorrow!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcannon100 View Post
    Everyone wear a BTWD t-shirt tomorrow!!!!!
    Good idea, but after looking at the weather, decided one isn't good enough, gonna wear three tomorrow.

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    I have to agree that there may not be too many new bike commuters tomorrow. Unless people have short commutes, say within 1 or 2 miles, or are already an occasional bike commuters, they aren't likely to take up bike commuting on such short notice. They may not know about trails or (relatively) bike-friendly roads and routes to work. At least with Bike to Work Day, there is a long lead-up to the event, with people leading newbie groups and more time to prepare mentally for the idea of bike commuting. I think back to 2008 before I started biking as an adult. There is a significant mental barrier to cross for many non-cyclists. It had never occurred to me that people actually biked from Arlington to DC. I wasn't opposed to the idea back then. It simply never crossed my mind.

    That may be how many non-bike commuters think. If they change their view, it takes time. It won't happen in the short timeframe tonight, with the news first breaking around 3:30 or 4 pm. That's not enough time for non-bike commuters to decide to bike.

    One big difference between this week and 2008 is the widespread presence of Capital Bikeshare. The free 24-hr memberships tomorrow may spur many non-bike commuters to give it a try. But that will only work for people who live and work near bike stations, and who only have short commutes. A spur-of-the-moment first-timer is not going to be riding for 10 miles, 5 miles or even 3 miles in such a situation. At best, it will be people who live relatively close to downtown DC or other work centers.

    But if CaBi's response is seen as a fall-back option for future Metro outages, then perhaps more people will think about CaBi and personal bikes the next time. Or even next week, if they hear about how easy it was to bike to work during the Metro closure.

    I was trying to think about how I would be able to take my own bike to work, but the building doesn't allow bikes inside and I can't find the key to my U lock. There's no way I would leave my bike out on the street all day with just a cable lock. So I would have to go with CaBi. I figured that the demand for stations would be much higher than usual in downtown DC, and the regular bike corrals hadn't started up yet.

    Good thing that CaBi was on the ball and came up with the emergency bike corrals, not just at Foggy Bottom and Franklin Square (one block away) but also at Union Station. The free daily membership idea is an interesting one too. I'm not sure how many people will take them up on the offer. It might be a lot, or it could be relatively few.

    Perhaps if CaBi pulls off an outstanding performance, it will generate even more goodwill (and less hatred from the vocal minority) and lead to even more financial support. There's still plenty of room for expansion of the system. If large employers like the federal government decide to fund more stations, that will benefit many people, not just the agencies and their employees. Extra or expanded stations in L'Enfant Plaza, Federal Triangle, etc. and the first stations at the Pentagon would be great. Large private employers might be motivated to help pay for new stations near their locations.

    (It would also be nice if Metro had a dedicated revenue source, like every other large transit system does. While there are other issues such as the building of the Silver Line-which supposedly shifted the focus from maintenance to expansion, mismanagement, etc., the lack of stability has caused many of Metro's problems.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DismalScientist View Post
    Sorry, you are all wrong. It'll be a repeat of Popemegeddon. I expect light traffic as everyone takes the day off and telecommutes. I expect slightly more bikes on the trail and lots of pedestrians on the trail in a valiant but ultimately failing attempt to get ready for bikini season.
    There were significantly more cyclists out at 6am (I usually only see one or two other regulars), 66 was bumper to bumper eastbound approaching the exit to Route 7 and parking garages around Metro Center in DC had lines of cars waiting to park (before they even opened at 7am).
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    I noted standard number of folks this am going East on the W&OD from Shreve to Clark's crossing. (I go West in the am) Perhaps the n00bz don't want to hit the trails in the cool* and dark at 6 am or are not riding in from that distance range.
    My office looks right onto the Spring Hill metro station and Rt7. One is devoid of people the other looks standard. I wonder if lots of folks that work in DC and have a choice just stay home today.

    *cool for us = Arctic for normal people.
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    I noticed a marked increase in the number of bike commuters I saw. I normally only see 3 on a regular basis, five if the weather is fantastic. I saw more than 30. There was a LINE of cyclists waiting at the W&OD/George Mason intersection. A LINE! There were seven cyclists (and a runner) there. That is UNHEARD of at 6:40 in the morning! In the dark.

    Traffic on 395 when I crossed over it was already backed up to Shirlington. Usually at that time, it is still flowing steadily, but at the speed limit. There was more traffic on George Mason and even more traffic on Fairfax/10th Street as well.

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    I definitely saw more people than usual and could pick out the newbies relatively quickly because most were overdressed, braking down small hills, and generally looked like a deer in the headlights. Wish I wasn't in a rush and had time to pull alongside some of them and chat how beautiful it is seeing the sun reflect off a misty Potomac in the morning, but alas, I did not have the time--although I'm sure Metro will provide another chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunyata View Post
    I noticed a marked increase in the number of bike commuters I saw. I normally only see 3 on a regular basis, five if the weather is fantastic. I saw more than 30. There was a LINE of cyclists waiting at the W&OD/George Mason intersection. A LINE! There were seven cyclists (and a runner) there. That is UNHEARD of at 6:40 in the morning! In the dark.

    Traffic on 395 when I crossed over it was already backed up to Shirlington. Usually at that time, it is still flowing steadily, but at the speed limit. There was more traffic on George Mason and even more traffic on Fairfax/10th Street as well.
    I got to the WOD/George Mason 15 minutes later and nobody was there but me, but yes, after I left HDCC at 7:30 there was a noticeable uptick in bikes on 4MR.

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    Lots of walking and CaBi commuters on the MVT from CC heading downtown. I expect the evening trail rush hour will fairly congested with the returning hordes, joggers, plane spotters..

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