Friday, May 3, 2013

Capital Bikeshare adding stations in Petworth, elsewhere


If you're planning to bike north (maybe to Qualia Coffee or Domku) there are some new Capital Bikeshare options for you: the service has added stations at 14th & Upshur, 14th & Colorado, 5th & Kennedy and Georgia & Emerson. They also added one at 18th & Wyoming in Adams Morgan and others around the city. There's more info here (you have to hit "next page" to see the Petworth ones) which also includes the full list of 18 new stations around the city.

I use CaBi multiple times a week, and it's fantastic. I encourage you to check it out if you don't use it already, it's great for short hops or runs down the hill towards U Street. The phone app that tells you which stations have bikes or open docks is really useful too.

7 comments:

Mark L said...

I'm going to indulge myself and complain about a pet peeve of mine. If Bikeshare's goal is to make bikes available where and when people want to use them, it would be a much more effective use of their efforts to improve how bikes are redistributed than to open new stations. They don't need to do more redistribution, but they could do it much smarter.

Andrew W said...

That's a good point. There are times when I have to tool around for a few minutes or go to a farther away station because the ones I want to use are full (or empty.)

HomeImprovementNinja said...

I wish they re-do their groupon deal for 1/2 off a yearly membership. I don't use the bikes when it's cold so paying for a full year doesn't make much sense without it.

Also, even more frustrating than finding all the bike racks empty is finding them all full when you are trying to return it. If you have to bike several blocks away to return your bike and walk back, it defeats the purpose of the bike (convenience) in the first place.

Pete from Elf Moving Boxes

Rob Mandle said...

One of the best ways to deal with full or empty stations (especially at the periphery which the stations referenced in this post are) is to expand and add additional stations. This provides 1) more opportunities for the system to re-balance itself and 2) more and closer alternatives in the event of a full or empty station. Rebalancing will always be Bikeshare's biggest challenge - which is also one of the reasons the contract with Alta Bikeshare has penalties for full and empty stations beyond a certain time period. This is also to say that we should always ask for the best possible rebalancing strategies! :)

Andrew W said...

Also a good point! I hope it helps.

Mark said...

Hi Rob,
I disagree with your first point. Sure, adding another 20 dock station in the middle of Columbia Heights would help – but the impact on whether a bike or an empty dock is available in Columbia Heights when most people are looking for one would be pretty marginal. The main difference would be that 20 more people would get bikes between 8:30AM and 8:40AM.

Mark L said...

Hi Rob,
I disagree with your first point. Sure, adding another 20 dock station in the middle of Columbia Heights would help – but the impact on whether a bike or an empty dock is available in Columbia Heights when most people are looking for one would be pretty marginal. The main difference would be that 20 more people would get bikes between 8:30AM and 8:40AM.