Montgomery County proposal: 50 bike stations/400 bikes in Bethesda, Silver Spring...
County officials would like to add CaBi stations to urban areas along the Metro Red Line in the southern part of the county: Friendship Heights, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Takoma Park. The plan is dependent on receipt of Maryland state grants.
DDOT apparently said that the existing CaBi system would be expanded north to provide better bike connections between the downtown areas and Montgomery County. There are no DC stations near Takoma Park and only a few stations in upper Northwest DC.
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Very encouraging stuff particularly the Takoma and Silver Spring components as they form a very logical extension to an increase in DC CABI from the Georgia Ave corridor. The lack of even a wisp of a timeline is a bit disquieting. I understand that asking Annapolis for funds is a wild card but is this a two year plan, a ten year plan? Enquiring minds want to know. Still very happy to see the county forging ahead on this. Bike share is going to be a winner in MoCo too.
According to the presentation document (posted on the county website), they would like to install the stations during "Fall - Winter 2012".
Montgomery County Bikeshare Presentation (Slide 12)
So it looks like they want to get moving on this relatively quickly.
Montgomery County, College Park and Baltimore City received state grants to implement bikesharing systems, while Prince George's, Greenbelt and other jurisdictions are to receive funding to study the feasibility of bikeshare in their areas.
Once the formal agreements are signed, the projects can move ahead after July 1. The exact timelines will be determined by the local jurisdictions.
So it looks like CaBi will be coming to Bethesda, Friendship Heights, Medical Center, Silver Spring, Takoma Park and College Park in the near future! (Anytime between July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2013 or so.)
Last edited by PotomacCyclist; 05-02-2012 at 08:01 PM.
College Park could install as many as 8 bike stations with the assistance of the state grant. I hadn't heard about this proposal before, but it makes sense.
Looks like they may hit their Fall/Winter 2012 goal after all. A new bill is scheduled to be introduced in the Montgomery County Council today, which could speed up funding for CaBi expansion in the County. The council president said that installation of stations could begin by the end of the year. The entire first wave of stations could be in place by the spring.
The article from the Examiner also indicates that stations are being planned for Wheaton and Forest Glen, but not immediately. I hadn't heard about the plans for these locations before.
Story and map of proposed stations in Friendship Heights, Bethesda, Silver Spring, and Takoma Park.
It might be too early to say whether the spring rollout will be affected or not. Same thing with Arlington's planned expansion.
I like the Bixi bikes and station setup, but I wish they would get their finances, software issues and manufacturing pipeline in order. Why not license the designs to another manufacturer to help ramp up production as all of the new cities (NYC, Chicago, etc.) come online? I was going to suggest a U.S. contract manufacturer, but I'm not sure any exist these days.
The rollout of stations in College Park has been delayed, possibly until the fall. There's also a chance that College Park will abandon its plan to join Capital Bikeshare and go with an alternate system.
(The planned winter D.C. expansion seems to be moving very slowly, so any expansion schedules in MD could also be inaccurate.)