Capital Bikeshare has more than 440 stations and 3,700 bicycles across DC, Arlington, Alexandria, Montgomery County, and Fairfax County. It's been an enormous success, boosting bicycling and even reducing traffic.
Now, four private "dockless" bikeshare systems have launched services in DC. DCST has been working with government officials to help these services succeed and ensure their effect on residents and businesses is a positive one, especially on safety, equity, and the way they use public space.
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DC Sustainable Transportation applauds Mayor Bowser’s ReOpen DC transportation agenda and urges rapid implementation
WASHINGTON, DC - DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST), applauds the transportation recommendations of Mayor Bowser’s ReOpen DC Advisory Group, released last week. “We stand ready to assist her in implementing the changes to our transportation systems and infrastructure needed to protect public health and get the District's economy working again,” said Joe Sternlieb, Chair of DCST and CEO of the Georgetown Business Improvement District.
More dockless scooters and bikes, but fewer dockless companies would operate in DC under a new DDOT plan
DC could limit shared dockless bike and scooter companies to just four, but increase the number of dockless bikes and scooters to 20,000, under a new proposal released for public comment Wednesday. Currently, Bird, Bolt, Lime, Lyft, Razor, Skip, and Spin operate dockless scooters and JUMP operates both scooters and dockless bicycles.
Let’s bring 20,000 shared bikes to DC
DC has set a goal that by 2032, 25% of all commutes be walking or biking. Dockless bike and scooter programs can help us get to this goal, but we need to embrace an expansive vision of the system.
DCST and dockless bikeshare operators agree on principles for the future
Five companies now operate dockless bikeshare in DC (and two now offer dockless scooters). You locate a dockless bike with an app, unlock it from your phone, and ride it anywhere (or at least, anywhere allowed). These bikes have brought great benefits to riders... and also some complaints.
With the kinks worked out, dockless bike sharing could roll
Bright orange, green and yellow bikes are sprouting up all around central D.C. and Silver Spring, with a smattering elsewhere. They go by Jump, Spin, LimeBike, Mobike and ofo (written in all lowercase, to look typographically like a bike symbol). This is dockless bike sharing, the newest arrow in the region’s transportation quiver.
Jump up DC’s hills with Jump bikeshare
The latest bikeshare offering in DC is the dockless Jump e-bike which debuted yesterday. We took it for a spin. The electric assist make it a joy to zoom up hills and keep up with vehicular traffic.
Which dockless bikeshare (Mobike, LimeBike, or Spin) is right for you?
On Wednesday, September 20, DC three private, dockless bikeshare companies launched in DC: Mobike, LimeBike, and Spin. A fourth, Jump, is launching Monday with electric-assist bikes. A group of GGWash contributors including Tony Goodman, Tracy Loh, and Canaan Merchant took the three already-launched services for a spin (or a mo? or a lime?). Here were our reactions.
DC’s first dockless bikeshare, Mobike, has launched. I took a test ride.
Dockless bikeshare has come to DC. On Wednesday morning, Mobike opened service to the public. At least two other companies, LimeBike and Spin, are not far behind. How's it working so far? I took a ride to the office to try it.
How to make “dockless” bikeshare good for DC
In a few weeks, you'll likely have more choices for bicycling around DC, as two "dockless" bike sharing companies pilot their services from September to April. DC wants suggestions on how to ensure these services are good for residents and don't cause problems; DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST) has created a white paper of recommendations.