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    Quote Originally Posted by Zack View Post
    Regarding Arlington National Cemetery, we have identified a station location and hope to have more news on that site soon.
    That is great news.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zack View Post
    Over the years, we try to move stations closer to the Metro entrances like we have done at East Falls Church Metro. We have two more on the calendar for installation in the next few weeks, one at Clarendon Metro and one at Rossyln Metro.
    The East Falls Church station move (in 2019?) was a good one. The old location across the street next to the highway entrance was not particularly useful to anyone for inter-modal purposes. The new location by the Metro entrance I remember thinking showed signs people did indeed see the same problems I was seeing. Whoever pushed that, I salute you.

    If the proposed direct pedestrian bridge from Crystal City to the airport ever comes, the airport bikeshare station would presumably get more interest, traffic, and opportunity for an even better location.

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    Quote Originally Posted by secstate View Post
    The station was easy to find from the trail but a little tricker to find when exiting the airport.
    From what I understand about airport planning, they'll run experiments where people unfamiliar with the airport are plopped down somewhere and given destinations without instructions and see how well they can navigate to them from signs. See what the people do. Those who get lost or otherwise take longer to find the place is a sign for more investment in signs. The trivial cost of extra signs pays off in the long run for smooth airport operations. I wonder how much easier it is t find the Abingdon Plantation ruins historic site (a little hard to find but relatively well signed) than the bikeshare station?

    Now that you raised the issue, I realize only very rarely seen a "This way to Capital Bikeshare" sign anywhere (I can only remember a handful in Alexandria). The airport would seem to be the place for them if anywhere. And though the airport is clearly a special case maybe there is more place for such signs elsewhere. I am thinking the stations on/around the Mall which get high tourist traffic. If they allow stations themselves, surely they'd allow a few signs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yule View Post
    Now that you raised the issue, I realize only very rarely seen a "This way to Capital Bikeshare" sign anywhere (I can only remember a handful in Alexandria). The airport would seem to be the place for them if anywhere. And though the airport is clearly a special case maybe there is more place for such signs elsewhere. I am thinking the stations on/around the Mall which get high tourist traffic. If they allow stations themselves, surely they'd allow a few signs.
    DC has some signage around the city for nearby bikeshare stations, usually when they're near but not obvious/on more frequently used bike routes. For example, there's a sign near 1st and G Place NE to direct people to the CaBi station one block west on N. Capitol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LhasaCM View Post
    DC has some signage around the city for nearby bikeshare stations, usually when they're near but not obvious/on more frequently used bike routes. For example, there's a sign near 1st and G Place NE to direct people to the CaBi station one block west on N. Capitol.
    That is good to know/hear.

    I imagine the government authority which controls a given space might be the main reason "Capital Bikeshare this way" signs might go up or not in cases they might help.

    In the case of national parks grounds I think they're much more hesitant to put up any such signs. In the case of the airport, there's going to be some other layer of bureaucracy.

    It's for this need to juggle so many bureaucracies and layers of government that I am continually impressed by CaBi's successes in running a more-or-less smooth system. (Any of us who know the system well and its layout in various areas get a feel for which local/city/county/government/park authorities seem to be welcoming, and which...less welcoming / less interested, just by instinct of where stations are allowed to be located.)

    I don't know that I have ever seen a "This was to Capital Bikeshare" physical sign anywhere in Arlington on the street but maybe they exist.

    A digitial version of these, which some would say is superior to a simple street sign, started appearing in the late 2010s. I am talking about those "transit screens" you'd see in places like the new Ballston Mall, and libraries, and some Metro entrances, and even I think some high-end apartment building lobbies. The screens that inform you of all your options in the immediate area: Bus, metro, CaBi bikeshare, other bikeshare, e-scooters, Uber/Lyft rideshare -- what's available, how long to walk to each. For CaBi they told how many bikes were available. I wonder how successful these were.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yule View Post

    In the case of national parks grounds I think they're much more hesitant to put up any such signs. In the case of the airport, there's going to be some other layer of bureaucracy.
    Putting up signs on NPS property typically requires going through a compliance process to assess the impact on the things that NPS is charged with preserving including viewsheds. There’s understandably a reluctance to do a ton of work to install a single sign.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd View Post
    Putting up signs on NPS property typically requires going through a compliance process to assess the impact on the things that NPS is charged with preserving including viewsheds. There’s understandably a reluctance to do a ton of work to install a single sign.
    A reply in a new thread on the issue of Capital Bikeshare capacity on the National Mall (see second post):

    http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showth...584#post210584

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCAKen View Post
    Zack, are you working with the MWAA to put signage in at the airport directing people how to get to the bikeshare station?
    Yes, we are working with them on it.

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