Category: Need to Know
Published: Jul 25 2013 12:00AM
The Capital Bikeshare station locations for the Rockville and Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campuses have been determined.
The installation of the station for the Fenton Street and New York Avenue at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus has already begun. The station at Mannakee Street and Campus Way on the Rockville Campus will be installed in late August.
Montgomery County's Capital Bikeshare's objective is for mass transit riders to ride a bicycle for the last 1 - 2 miles from the transit hub to their destination.
Recently, Montgomery County's Department of Transportation (MCDOT) signed a contract with Alta Bicycle Share that will bring the popular Capital Bikeshare program to Montgomery County. The contract provides for equipment purchase and operating costs in two areas of the County. About 20 bike stations with 200 bikes will be installed in the Rockville and Shady Grove/Life Sciences Center area. Thirty stations with 250 bikes will be located in the Downcounty along both of the Red Line Metrorail corridors between the District of Columbia and the beltway. Areas include Takoma Park, Silver Spring, Friendship Heights, Bethesda, and Medical Center.
Montgomery County's bikeshare program will operate seamlessly with other Capital Bikeshare programs throughout the region. MCDOT's top priority is to ensure the safety of riders by locating stations in areas with safe connections to activity centers and other stations, including bike paths, bike lanes and sidewalks, or on streets that are less congested by traffic. MCDOT is working with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority on locating bikeshare stations at each of the Metrorail stations in the areas to be served.
Bikesharing provides short-term bicycle rentals at self-service, automated, solar-powered docking stations sited at publicly-accessible locations. Bikes may be picked up at one location and returned to another, creating a system that allows for one-way trips. Bikeshare is considered ideal for short trips of less than five miles. Trips under 30 minutes are included in the membership fee, while longer trips are charged based on their duration.
More information on the region's bikeshare system is available at http://www.capitalbikeshare.com.